Top Dog entertainment is putting its stars on the road late this spring. The entertainment group announced in late January a 30-date “Championship Tour” headlined by Grammy winning hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar. It will also include performances by SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul
The tour comes on the heels of a big release year for Top Dog. Both Kendrick and SZA debuted critically acclaimed tracks in 2017.
This tour, which kicks off in Vancouver on May 4, has only one other show in Canada and 28 in the U.S. Though ticket data for the secondary market isn’t available yet, the average asking price for “The Damn Tour” was $197.85, the highest since TicketIQ.com began tracking data. Lamar’s 2015 “Kunta Groove Sessions Tour” cost fans an average of $148.17 while the 2013 “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City World Tour,” cost an average of $151.64.
Lamar, who has been vocal politically, opened the 2018 Grammys, marking the second time in his career he’s been bestowed that honor. He’s won 12 Grammys, including five Jan. 28 for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Music Video and Best Rap/Sung Performance. He last opened the Grammys in 2016.
“The Damn Tour,” which played 36 concerts in the U.S. between July and September last year, is getting set for its second leg, a European journey in February and March that begins in Dublin and ends in Berlin.
“The Championship Tour” is set for cities large and small, including Los Angeles (May 10), New York City (May 29), Boston (June 5) and Chicago (June 15). There is only a single concert at each stop, though in some of the larger metropolitan areas, there is a second show in a suburban arena. The tour wraps up in Pittsburgh on June 16.
The upcoming tour marks the fifth time Lamar has headlined and his sixth tour. He joined Kanye West on the artist’s “The Yeezus Tour” in 2013-14. The tour comes on the heels of a big release year for Top Dog. Both Kendrick and SZA debuted critically acclaimed tracks in 2017.
5/04 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
5/5 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
5/6 – Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
5/8 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
5/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
5/13 – San Diego, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
5/14 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
5/15 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
5/17 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
5/18 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
5/19 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/22 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
5/23 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
5/25 – Atlanta, GA @ Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
5/27 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
5/29 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
5/30 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
6/1 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
6/2 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
6/3 – Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
6/5 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
6/7 – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
6/8 – Philadelphia, PA @ BB&T Pavilion
6/9 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/12 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
6/13 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/15 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
6/16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion