After triumphing at Austin’s South by Southwest, Saul Williams is on the road performing both his musical mastery and his spoken word artistry.
The 30 city tour has the artist out there promoting his latest effort, “The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust.” Williams’ brilliant new work was overseen by Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor.
Williams recently spoke about working with the Cleveland-based rock icon.
“‘The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!’ is the lovechild of Trent and me,” says Williams. “The NiggyTardust concept sets me free to do more on stage with costume, etc. than one might expect from a regular Saul Williams show. It allows me to put my theatre training to use. I’ve also thought long and hard about all the discussion surrounding racial epithets etc. and chose this title as a means of furthering the dialogue while also showing how creativity will outlive and outshine hatred of any kind.”
Considering presidential candidate Barack Obama’s recent speech on the subject requesting a national dialogue, it sounds like Williams has hit the cultural hot spot once again.
Here’s Saul performing his fantastic cover of U2’s “Sunday, Bloody Sunday.”
Saul Williams tour dates:
26 Clubhouse, Tempe, AZ
27 Chandler Gilbert Community College, Phoenix, AZ – spoken word
28 Estrella Mountain Community College, Phoenix, AZ – spoken word
29 Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM
31 The Loft, Dallas, TX
01 Warehouse Live Studio, Houston, TX
03 The Parish, New Orleans, LA
04 The Loft, Atlanta. GA
06 Ramshead, Annapolis, MD
07 930 Club, Washington, DC
08 Paradise, Boston, MA
09 Irving Plaza, NY, NY
11 Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
12 Iron Horse, Northampton, MA
13 La Tulipe, Montreal, QC
14 Mod Club, Toronto, ONT
16 Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI
17 Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH
18 Martyrs, Chicago, IL
19 Varsity Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
21 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO
22 Belly Up, Aspen, CO
23 Kilby Court, Salt Lake City, UT