Maxwell is off to the races…
Following the release of his new single “Off” earlier this week, the 48-year-old half-Puerto Rican artist has announced plans to release his first full-length project — blacksummers’NIGHT —in spring 2022.
The forthcoming project closes out the album trilogy that Maxwell launched in 2009 with the Grammy Award-winning BLACKsummers’night, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
“Off,” the first taste from blacksummers’NIGHT, reunites the singer-songwriter-producer with his longtime creative collaborator, producer-musician Hod David.
On the heat-seeking ballad, Maxwell couples his seductive invitation for romance with an enticing declaration, “And if I hit that spot/ We’re on a mission to go off.”
“From announcing a new partnership with BMG for my label Musze to receiving the Legend Award at the upcoming 2021 Soul Train Awards, I couldn’t be more excited to share this new single with loved ones offering a glimpse into NIGHT,” Maxwell said in a statement.
The three-time Grammy winner is also partnering with the Black Promoters Collective (BPC), a coalition of African American independent promoters, to present the NIGHT 2022 Tour.
Featuring openers Anthony Hamilton and Joe, the 25-date arena tour begins in Dallas on March 2 with stops in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta before concluding in Miami on May 8.
Pre-sale starts on November 22 with tickets going on sale to the public on November 29.
Calling Maxwell one of the most respected artists in the industry, Black Promoters Collective CEO Gary Guidry said, “His body of work and showmanship are second to none. We believe he has a true connection to the culture. We are happy to partner with him on the NIGHT Tour and look forward to growing this relationship for years to come.”
BPC president Shelby Joyner added, “Maxwell’s music has been the soundtrack to many of our lives. People are ready to return to live music and regain a sense of normalcy. As a partner, we look forward to not only promoting the NIGHT Tour, but also creating space for Maxwell’s fans to safely listen to and enjoy the music they love so much.”
Here are the dates for Maxwell’s 2022 NIGHT tour:
March 2 — Dallas, TX @ Texas Trust CU Theater
March 4 — Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
March 5 — New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
March 9 — Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
March 11 — Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
March 12 — Hampton, VA @ Hampton Coliseum
March 16 — Columbus, GA @ Columbus Civic Center
March 17 — Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
March 19 — Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
March 20 — Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex
March 23 — St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Center
March 25 — Memphis, TN @ FedExForum
March 26 — Birmingham, AL @ Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex
March 27 — Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
March 30 — Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
April 1 — Atlantic City, NJ @ Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall
April 2 — Washington, D.C. @ Capital One Arena
April 6 — Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
April 7 — Indianapolis, IN @ Gainbridge Fieldhouse
April 9 — Chicago, IL @ United Center
April 10 — Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
April 15 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
April 16 — Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena
May 7 — Tampa, FL @ Amelie Arena
May 8 — Miami, FL @ FTX Arena