Macklemore And Ryan Lewis Announce US Tour Dates

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are ready to take their thrift shop show state-side. After announcing their world tour, the chart-topping duo documented their trek in Deutschland and revealed that they would be coming to the U.S. for a slew of shows kicking off in October in Portland and culminating in their hometown Seattle. Special guests include Big K.R.I.T. and Talib Kweli.

Oct 22 – Portland, OR – Rose Garden
Oct 23 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
Oct 24 – Missoula, MT – Adams Center
Oct 25 – Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
Oct 26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverick Center
Oct 29 – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center
Oct 30 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
Oct 31 – Decorah, IA – Luther College
Nov 1 – New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
Nov 2 – Auburn Hills, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills
Nov 4 – Chicago, IL – UIC Pavilion
Nov 6 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
Nov 7 – University Park, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
Nov 8 – Boston, MA – TDE Garden
Nov 9 – Buffalo, NY – First Niagara Center
Nov 11 – Syracuse, NY – Carrier Dome
Nov 13 – New York, NY – Theater at Madison Square Garden
Nov 14 – New York, NY – Theater at Madison Square Garden
Nov 18 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
Nov 19 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
Nov 22 – Atlanta, GA – The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Nov 23 – Tampa, FL – USF Sun Dome
Nov 24 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
Nov 27 – Houston, TX – Reliant Arena
Nov 29 – Cedar Park, TX – Cedar Park Center
Nov 30 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre
Dec 4 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
Dec 5 – San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center
Dec 7 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Center
Dec 12 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena

Pre-sale begins tomorrow on Macklemore.com. Peep their trippy overseas adventure above. —Andrew Asare

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