Saul Williams National Tour

Saul Williams Launches "The Tar Spangled Banner Tour"
In Support of New Album The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!

Saul Williams
Saul Williams has announced a thirty-stop live tour in support of his recent release, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!. Kicking off March 12 at Austin's SXSW, Saul Williams' "The Tar Spangled Banner Tour" will consist of both live musical performances as well as spoken word events in select cities.

Produced by Trent Reznor, the critically acclaimed record was hailed by Rolling Stone as "arresting and intelligent." Jon Pareles of The New York Times praises the album, "[NiggyTardust's] sense of impending mayhem harks back to Public Enemy at its peak."

Tour Dates
03.12 SXSW, Austin, TX*
03.13 SXSW, Austin, TX*
03.17 Plaza Club, Vancouver BC*
03.18 Aladdin, Portland, OR*
03.19 Neumo's, Seattle WA*
03.21 Slims, San Francisco, CA*
03.22 Club Mercy, Santa Barbara, CA*
03.24 Casbah, San Diego, CA*
03.25 Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA*
03.26 Clubhouse, Tempe, AZ*
03.27 Chandler Gilbert Community College, Phoenix, AZ?
03.28 Estrella Mountain Community College, Phoenix, AZ?
03.29 Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM*
03.31 The Loft, Dallas, TX*
04.01 Warehouse Live Studio, Houston, TX*
04.03 The Parish, New Orleans, LA*
04.04 The Loft, Atlanta. GA*
04.06 Ramshead, Annapolis, MD*
04.07 930 Club, Washington, DC*
04.08 Paradise, Boston, MA*
04.09 Irving Plaza, NY, NY*
04.11 Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA*
04.12 Iron Horse, Northampton, MA*
04.13 La Tulipe, Montreal, QC*
04.14 Mod Club, Toronto, ONT*
04.16 Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI*
04.17 Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH*
04.18 Martyrs, Chicago, IL*
04.19 Varsity Theatre, Minneapolis, MN*
04.21 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO*
04.22 Belly Up, Aspen, CO*
04.23 Kilby Court, Salt Lake City, UT*
* Musical performance
? Spoken word performance

[Published on: 1/28/08]

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moejoerisin Mon 1/28/2008 12:46PM
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awesome artist.. check him out if you have yet to.

gmoo Mon 1/28/2008 01:30PM
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Yes he is moejoerisin.

gmoo Mon 1/28/2008 01:35PM
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BTW...I wonder how many of those who were so blatently 'offended' by Galactic's ghetto reference on their hip-hop CD, are actually going to have the guts to call Saul W. out for this album title. I see a huge double-standard on the horizon.

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/28/2008 02:06PM
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this guy rules! but no austin show? shit!

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/28/2008 02:07PM
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scratch that i'm high. SXSW duh! sorry...

MaseBase starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/28/2008 04:46PM
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This man is phenomenal. I saw him open for KDTU one year way back and I'll never forget his set or the freestyle he and Karl did between sets.

Also check out a movie Saul is in called "SLAM"

totalot Tue 1/29/2008 11:48AM
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if you dont see the difference gmoo, i am not sure anyone can help you understand. on another note, how good would Alfred Howard be with Saul?

gmoo Tue 1/29/2008 12:57PM
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What's the difference, Jturner? Maybe y'all forgot how Brian B was treated after he wrote that article.

gmoo Tue 1/29/2008 01:01PM
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Can you put it into words for me? Show me that you understand.

greengrass starstarstar Tue 1/29/2008 06:04PM
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I am a huge fan of this mans words his voice his meaning and his deeper thinking., but his hip-hop not so much. His talent is that which few have, his spoken voice that moves a whole room. I am disappointed he is not doing more spoken word performances in more places....

totalot Wed 1/30/2008 10:22AM
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Ok Gmoo. One time and one time only.

The "N" word and words like "ghetto," "slums," "ashy" etc. have been assumed by the black and african american communities as techniques to empower folks that have traditionally been under represented, under served and down right discriminated against through out the history of the US. Whether using these words is the correct response to this treatment is not for me to argue, however the use of those words, terms and references out of context and by those who have, nor care of, the background and meanings is the issue. Some would argue that some current underground rap, krunk and gangsta groups are doing the same thing, which could be a fairly decent arguement, however, the comparison of Saul's reference and the Galactic stuff that came out, can and should, not be compared.

gmoo Thu 1/31/2008 01:11PM
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Well said Jturner. I suppose that I was interested to see people's reactions to the title. This is my problem with the situation. The fact that Saul got a pass when writer of the Galactic article didn't had nothing to do with use of the words. None of us could or should attempt to interpret the original intent of the word ghetto in the Galactic article, yet many tore down the author for using 'racist' terminology. In this situation, you have already assumed Saul's original intent to be that of good. There were two distinctly different reactions from two very similar circumstances. Both were trying to title their work creatively to promote thought and action, not to mention make some cash. Yet one was received as hateful and the other accepted, both with unproven original intent. I feel like I support this title, just as I support the title of the Galactic article.

"Galactic has lost all sense of identity and "Galactic Goes Ghetto" is false, amateur and its obvious that these guys have jumped the shark."

You made all these assumptions about both the band and the author from three words. Unless you know Brian Bavosa and his relationship with the inner city, I don't think you can make these claims. Saul, for some reason or another, was given the benefit of the doubt.

GammaJamma Wed 2/20/2008 06:51PM
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I see you in ATL at the Loft, SAUL!