Mary J. Taking Her Breakthrough Experience On The Road

Singer kicks off summer tour July 14 in St. Louis.

What a year 2006 is shaping up to be for road-tripping women. First Madonna, then Mariah, and now Mary J.

According to Blige’s representative, the queen of hip-hop soul will kick off her next tour July 14 at the UMB Bank Pavilion in St. Louis with openers Jaheim and LeToya Luckett. The last stop will be September 8 at Concord, California’s Chronicle Pavilion. The singer, whose The Breakthrough LP is on its way to becoming her best-selling album to date, has named the outing Mary J. Blige: The Breakthrough Experience.

Blige, who was a headliner at Sunday’s Summer Jam in New York (see “Where’s The Beef? T.I., Busta, Mary J., Diplomats Keep Summer Jam Light On Drama” ), will have two more high-profile warm-up shows before the official tour launch. She takes the stage with New Edition at Houston’s Essence Music Festival on July 1, and she’s also taking part in Milwaukee’s Summerfest.

Mary J. Blige tour dates, according to her record label:

  • 7/14 – Maryland Heights, MO @ UMB Bank Pavilion
  • 7/15 – Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
  • 7/16 – Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
  • 7/19 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
  • 7/21 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
  • 7/23 – Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center
  • 7/26 – Burgettstown, PA @ Post-Gazette Pavilion
  • 7/27 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
  • 7/29 – Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Center
  • 7/30 – Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion
  • 8/4 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Casino and Hotel
  • 8/5 – Raleigh, NC @ Alltel Pavilion
  • 8/6 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
  • 8/9 – Selma, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
  • 8/11- Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Centre
  • 8/12 – Memphis, TN @ FedExForum
  • 8/13 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theater
  • 8/18 – Columbus, OH @ Germain Amphitheater
  • 8/19 – Chicago, IL @ Charter One Pavilion
  • 8/20 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater
  • 8/25 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
  • 8/26 – Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheater
  • 8/27 – Atlanta, GA @ HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
  • 9/1 – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
  • 9/2 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay
  • 9/3 – Universal City, CA @ Gibson Amphitheater
  • 9/6 – Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
  • 9/7 – Marysville, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
  • 9/8 – Concord, CA @ Sleep Train Pavilion