Christina Aguilera, the Grammy winning singer with the amazingly powerful and sweetly soulful voice, is set to explode tonight in Kansas City, Kas., as the 19-year-old hits the stage for her first headlining tour, Sears and Levi's® Present Christina Aguilera In Concert. One of the most highly anticipated shows of the summer, Christina brings a theatrical vibe to her first tour, fueled by her phenomenal voice, band, dancers and opening act, Destiny's Child.
Christina's headlining tour, sponsored by Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Levi's, will rock 35 cities coast-to-coast in 11 weeks before wrapping up in mid-October. The six-time platinum star will sing, dance and rev up a variety of venues, from outdoor amphitheatres in Nashville and New York, to metropolitan megastages in Chicago and Los Angeles.
Fans across the country will capture the excitement of the tour at Christina Boutiques, which are unique shopping areas featuring Christina merchandise and exclusive enhanced CDs in Levi's jeans displays at 650 Sears full-line stores. A national ticket promotion held in August by Sears and Levi's will give one lucky fan the chance to go shopping one-on-one with Christina and introduce her on-stage at a concert in California.
"Headlining my own tour means creative control and a high-energy, let- loose show. It's designed with my band and dancers to be a visually exciting mix of my big hits and some special surprises," said Christina. "Plus, my sponsors, Sears and Levi's, are giving fans lots of ways to get involved with the tour, like exclusive CDs and posters, a chance to win a backstage pass to hang with me and a cause-related program called Come On Over and Do Something that was created specifically for the tour."
For her first tour Christina brings her powerful voice to the forefront, with new arrangements covering her idol, jazz great Etta James, and putting her signature choreographed moves behind her chart-topping tunes, "Genie In A Bottle" and "What A Girl Wants." Behind the scenes, Christina will be making a difference with nonprofit Do Something, promoting her national programs like the "Sears and Levi's Youth Empowerment Grants" which will provide $500 grants to 50 young activists throughout the tour.
This year's Grammy winner for Best New Artist, Christina has already sold more than 6 million albums in the U.S. since the release of her chart-topping self-titled 1999 RCA debut. Recently featured on the covers of "Entertainment Weekly" and "Rolling Stone," Christina's music serves as ample proof that she is not just the next pop idol, but a prime candidate for the voice of her generation. The Sears and Levi's Present Christina Aguilera In Concert tour marks another huge step for Christina up the ladder of commercial and critical success. For more information about Christina and her summer tour, visit http://www.christina-a.com/ , http://www.sears.com/christina or see Levi's music area at http://www.levi.com/ .
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Sponsorship of Christina's tour extends Sears commitment to younger customers initiated last fall with sponsorship of the 1999 fall tour of pop phenomenon Backstreet Boys. Sears, Roebuck and Co. is a leading U.S. retailer of apparel, home and automotive products and services, with annual revenue of nearly $40 billion. The company serves families throughout the country through approximately 860 department stores, more than 2,100 specialized retail locations, and a variety of online offerings accessible through the company's Web site, http://www.sears.com/ .
Levi Strauss created the world's first pair of jeans in 1873. Today the Levi's® Jeans brand is the number one jeans brand in the world. Levi's has a long history of supporting emerging music and community issues through tour sponsorships that give back, including an anti-violence initiative during the D'Angelo summer tour and support of Lauryn Hill's non-profit, The Refugee Project. For more information about the Levi's brand, visit http://www.levi.com/ or call 1-800-USA-LEVI.
Sears and Levi's Present Christina Aguilera In Concert Official Summer 2000 Tour Schedule Market Venue Concert Date Kansas City, Kan. Sandstone Amphitheatre July 31 St. Louis, Mo. Riverport Amphitheatre August 1 Indianapolis, Ind. Deer Creek Music Center August 6 Nashville, Tenn. AmSouth Amphitheatre August 7 Chicago, Ill. United Center August 19 Cincinnati, Ohio Riverbend Music Center August 21 Cleveland, Ohio Gund Arena August 23 Detroit, Mich. Pine Knob Music Theatre August 24 Pittsburgh, Pa. Post Gazette Pavilion August 26 Buffalo, N.Y. Darien Lake Six Flags August 30 Hartford, Conn. Meadows Music Theatre September 1 Syracuse, N.Y. New York State Fair September 3 Holmdel, N.J. P.N.C. Bank Arts Center September 6 New York, N.Y. Jones Beach Amphitheatre September 8 Boston, Mass. Tweeter Center September 9 Virginia Beach, Va. GTE Virginia Beach Amp. September 11 Philadelphia, Pa. E-Center September 15 Washington D.C. Merriweather Post September 16 Charlotte, N.C. Blockbuster Pavilion September 18 Atlanta, Ga. Lakewood Amphitheatre September 20 Orlando, Fla. TD Waterhouse Centre September 22 Tampa, Fla. Ice Palace September 23 West Palm Beach, Fla. Mars Music Amphitheatre September 25 New Orleans, La. New Orleans Arena September 27 Houston, Texas Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion September 29 Dallas, Texas Texas State Fair September 30 Denver, Co. Magness Arena October 5 Phoenix, Ariz. America West Arena October 8 San Diego, Calif. Coors Amphitheatre October 10 Los Angeles, Calif. Universal Amphitheatre October 11 Los Angeles, Calif. Universal Amphitheatre October 12 Sacramento, Calif. Valley Amphitheatre October 12 San Francisco, Calif. Chronicle Pavilion October 15 Portland, Ore. Rose Garden Arena October 18 Seattle, Wash. Key Arena October 19
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CONTACT: Media Contacts, Aubree Galvin or Tricia Murphy of Donnellon Public Relations, 312-553-1240, for Sears, Roebuck and Co.; or Pamela Murphy of RCA Records, 212-930-4394; or Lee Antonio of Sears, Roebuck and Co., 847-286-5569; or Danny Kraus of Levi Strauss & Co., 415-501-7682.
SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Contact: Media Contacts, Aubree Galvin or Tricia Murphy of Donnellon
Public Relations, 312-553-1240, for Sears, Roebuck and Co.; or Pamela Murphy
of RCA Records, 212-930-4394; or Lee Antonio of Sears, Roebuck and Co.,
847-286-5569; or Danny Kraus of Levi Strauss & Co., 415-501-7682