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Dude, I'm sorry, but my summer concert schedule got a whole lot brighter after seeing this press release in my Inbox this morning. Anyone who

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Dude...Erykah Badu!

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Dude, I'm sorry, but my summer concert schedule got a whole lot brighter after seeing this press release in my Inbox this morning. Anyone who knows me will no doubt find it bizarre...but I love Erykah Badu. Just dig her video for "Honey" and you'll see why.

ERYKAH BADU

with special guest

THE ROOTS

MARYMOOR PARK – REDMOND, WA

Thursday, June 5, 2008

On Sale Saturday, April 19 at 11:00 a.m.

Seattle, WA – The Lakeside Group, Seattle Theatre Group (STG) and Live Nation welcome Erykah Badu with special guest The Roots to Marymoor Park on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.

She grew up listening to '70s soul and '80s hip-hop, but Erykah Badu drew more comparisons to Billie Holiday upon her breakout in 1997, after the release of her first album, Baduizm. Born Erica Wright in Dallas in 1971, Badu attended a school of the arts and was working as a teacher and part-time singer in her hometown when she opened for D'Angelo at a 1994 show. D'Angelo's manager, Kedar Massenburg, was impressed with the performance and hooked her up with the singer to record a cover of the Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell duet "Precious Love." He also signed Badu to his recently formed Kedar Entertainment label, and served as producer for Baduizm, which also starred bassist Ron Carter and members of hip-hop avatars the Roots on several tracks. The first single, "On & On," became a number one R&B hit in early 1997, and Baduizm followed it to the top of the R&B album charts by March. Her Live album followed later in the year. In 2000 she returned with her highly anticipated second studio album, Mama's Gun. Worldwide Underground, a loose affair billed as an EP despite being longer than many full-lengths, was released in 2003. Her next step, 2008's New AmErykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War, initiated a series of planned releases across the following year.

Philadelphia’s The Roots has shown the way for live rap, building on Stetsasonic's "hip-hop band" philosophy of the mid-'80s by focusing on live instrumentation at their concerts and in the studio. The Roots' live shows are among the best in the business. The Roots new album, “Rising Down” on Def Jam is in stores April 28th 2008.

Tickets are $37.50 and $47.50 and go on sale Saturday, April 19 at 11:00 a.m. at ticketmaster.com, livenation.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone (206) 628-0888. All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees. Dates and times subject to change without notice.

 
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