If there's anything to be said about Phoenix, it's that musicians love starting their tours from here. Maybe it's the proximity to L.A. Maybe we're just lovely people who live in an unforgiving climate, and we deserve a nice distinguishing characteristic that isn't unbearable heat and picturesque mountains. Who's to say?
In any case, Long Beach, California rapper Vince Staples is the latest artist in this class. Earlier this year he switched up his style yet again, from the electronic experiments of Big Fish Theory, to the radio-inspired concept record FM! He also performed at Gold Rush in September. Now, he's taking off on a headlining stint, the "Smile, You're On Camera" Tour (that doesn't sound wryly dystopian at all!, and it's starting right here in Arizona. That's right baby, Vince is kicking off his tour in the wonderful city of...
...TUCSON?! GODDAMN IT!
Ah well. Second night is fine. It's totally cool. I'm not grinding my teeth while writing this or anything. It's fine. I'm fine.
Vince will hit up The Van Buren on Saturday, February 2, bringing with him fellow L.A. rapper Buddy as opener. Tickets will go on sale Thursday, December 13 at 10 a.m. via TicketWeb. See the full tour below.
Vince Staples – "Smile, You're On Camera" Tour
February 1 – Tucson AZ – Rialto
February 2 – Phoenix AZ – The Van Buren
February 4 – Albuquerque NM – Sunshine Theater
February 6 – Dallas TX – House of Blues
February 8 – Austin TX – Emo’s
February 9 – San Antonio TX – Aztec Theatre
February 10 – Houston TX – House of Blues
February 12 – Atlanta GA – Tabernacle
February 13 – Tampa FL – The RITZ Ybor
February 14 – Fort Lauderdale FL – Revolution
February 15 – Orlando FL – Plaza Live
February 18 – Norfolk VA – Norva
February 19 – Philadelphia PA – The Fillmore
February 21 – New York NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
February 22 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club
February 25 – Boston MA – House of Blues
February 26 – New Haven CT – College Street Music Hall
February 28 – Montreal QC – MTELUS
March 1 – Ithaca NY – State Theatre
March 2 – Columbus OH – Newport Music Hall
March 5 – Toronto ON – Rebel
March 6 – Cleveland OH – Agora
March 8 – Cincinnati OH – Bogart’s
March 9 – Grand Rapids MI – 20 Monroe
March 10 – Detroit MI – Royal Oak
March 12 – Chicago IL – The Riv
March 15 – Milwaukee WI – The Rave
March 16 – Saint Paul MN – Palace Theatre
March 18 – Denver CO – The Ogden
March 22 – Vancouver British Columbia – Harbour Convention Center
March 23 – Portland OR – Roseland
March 25 – Seattle WA – Showbox Sodo
March 29 – Oakland CA – Fox Theater
March 30 – Los Angeles CA – The Novo
April 2 – San Diego CA – The Observatory North Park
April 3 – Pomona CA – Fox Theater
Vince Staples – "Smile, You're On Camera" Tour. With Buddy. 8 p.m. Saturday, February 2, at The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street; 480-659-1641; thevanburenphx.com. Tickets available 10 a.m. Thursday, December 13, via TicketWeb.
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