K-Ci & Jo-Jo, Gerald Levert Headline Soulfest 2000

Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly, also on summer crooner tour.

R&B crooner Gerald Levert will join

Maze and

color="#003163">K-Ci & Jo-Jo in kicking off the Soulfest 2000 tour July 1 in Memphis, Tenn.

The tour's 23 performances are concentrated in the East, Midwest and

South, but it will include two Los Angeles shows and a final Aug. 20

performance in Northern California.

In March, the multitalented Levert released G, a collection of 14 romantic songs that recall classic soul tunes, such as "Misery" (RealAudio excerpt) and "Baby U Are." The son of

color="#003163">O'Jays singer Eddie

Levert, Gerald Levert also has worked as a producer and

record executive.

Singers K-Ci & Jo-Jo found immediate success after leaving

color="#003163">Jodeci, when the single "All My Life"

propelled their 1997 debut album, Love Always, to success. The

duo released their follow-up album, It's Real, last year.

Maze, led by singer Frankie Beverly, have scored numerous top-10 R&B hits over the past 30 years with songs such as "Back in Stride" (

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/artists/aiclip.cgi?track=%7Ezz-XXXXXX%2F0223831_0201_00_0002.ra">RealAudio excerpt). Last year they released three albums, each a double-CD combining two earlier albums.

Soulfest 2000 tour dates:

July 1; Memphis, Tenn.; Mid-South Coliseum

July 2; St. Louis, Mo.; Fox Theater

July 8; Dallas, Texas; Starplex Amphitheater

July 9; Houston, Texas; Compaq Center

July 13; Washington, D.C.; Nissan Pavilion

July 14; Cleveland, Ohio; State Theater

July 15; Chicago, Ill.; Arie Crown Theater

July 16; Indianapolis, Ind.; Black Expo at the Fieldhouse

July 21; Charlotte, N.C.; Blockbuster Pavilion

July 22; Philadelphia, Pa.; Mann Music Center

July 23; Detroit, Mich.; Pine Knob

July 28; Pittsburgh, Pa.; I.C. Light Theater

Aug. 4; New York, N.Y.; Beacon Theatre

Aug. 5; Virginia Beach, Va.; GTE Amphitheater

Aug. 6; Atlanta, Ga.; Chastain Park

Aug. 9; Miami, Fla.; J.L. Knight Center

Aug. 11; Raleigh, N.C.; Alltel Pavilion

Aug. 12; Richmond, Va.; Landmark Theater

Aug. 13; Birmingham, Ala.; Boutwell Auditorium

Aug. 15; Minneapolis, Minn.; Northrop Auditorium

Aug. 18–19; Los Angeles, Calif.; Universal Amphitheater

Aug. 20; Concord, Calif.; Chronicle Pavilion