It’s very heartening to see Lauryn Hill get back on track. Output since her 1998’s wildly successful, Grammy-laden debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and her scant touring and new material has been overshadowed by rumors of mental instability, religious fanaticism of Vatican-provoking levels, and deeply erratic behavior.
Now, following the generally positive reviews of her Rock the Bells festival set this summer, Hill has announced an East Coast tour, which includes a surprising six New York dates--and at very disparate venues, too. She’ll play the hipster-riffic Music Hall of Williamsburg, the intimate Bowery Ballroom, and iconic jazz hall Blue Note, among others.
Tickets are currently sold out for all shows but the newly-added Blue Note dates.
The singer promised a 10-day European tour in 2009 but cancelled it abruptly after only two dates. So mind your manners, all: if everyone behaves themselves during this road trip, hopefully Ms. Hill will grace us with some long-overdue material.
As it is, she can take solace in knowing that she’s currently the saner ex-Fugee by default for not releasing petulant EPs about savagely far-fetched political dreams. But then, Pras really wanted to become sheriff of Mayberry. (Oh, wait...)
Full tour dates for Lauryn Hill:
December 18: Higher Ground, Burlington, VT
December 20: Wilbur Theatre Boston, MA
December 22: Toad's Place New Haven, CT
December 27: Highline Ballroom New York, NY
December 28: Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
January 1: Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
January 3: Blue Note Jazz, New York, NY
January 4: Blue Note Jazz, New York, NY
January 5: Blue Note Jazz, New York, NY
January 29: House of Blues Atlantic City, NJ
March 19: Jazz In The Gardens Festival Miami, FL
March 20: Jazz In The Gardens Festival Miami, FL