Kansas City, Kan., native Janelle Monáe has announced her 2018 North American tour, and Kansas City is not among the first 28 stops. But St. Louis is.
But soon after the announcement, she said that more tour dates are coming. "KC I have not forgotten about you," she tweeted.
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On Friday, Monáe will release "Dirty Computer," her third full-length album and the follow-up to "The ArchAndroid," a 2011 Grammy nominee for R&B album of the year, and "The Electric Lady," released in 2013.
The Dirty Computer Tour will open in Seattle on June 11. It will stop at the Pageant theater in St. Louis on July 11 before moving on to Nashville on July 13 and Indianapolis on July 14. The tour will make two stops in Michigan: Grand Rapids on July 7 and Detroit on July 9. One music website reported — incorrectly— the tour will culminate "with a date in Monáe’s hometown of Atlanta."
Kansas City has two theaters comparable to the Pageant: the Uptown Theater and the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. As of Monday, the Uptown had only two shows booked in July (Bela Fleck on July 9, and Seether on July 16). The Midland has only comedian Ron White on July 27 and the "Bring It Live" revue on July 29. Both theaters could have dates on hold for shows that have yet to be announced.
Monáe's only headlining appearance in Kansas City was in November 2013 at the Uptown Theater. In August 2011, she opened for Katy Perry at the Sprint Center. In May 2011, she opened for Bruno Mars at what is now called the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence (a show that was moved from the Uptown Theater).
In February 2017, organizers of the Kansas City Heritage & Jazz Festival announced that Monáe would be one of their headliners. Shortly after that announcement, Monáe abruptly dispelled that announcement with a tweet: “Unfortunately this is untrue information. An alternative fact."
Later she tweeted: “I LOVE my city & look forward 2 performing there in the future! Unfortunately I never confirmed this show. I'm pissed you guys were misled.”