Ronald Isley's "The Celebration Tour" opens with a New Jersey-New York homecoming at Board Walk Hall in Atlantic City and the Uptown Paradise Theater in the Bronx on May 8th and 9th, respectively.
The tour's first leg wraps up at the Bonelli Park Jazz Festival in San Dimas, California on July 18th. Along the way, Ron will perform in the Caribbean on Tom Joyner's Sea Cruise, May 17-18th. The aptly-titled "Celebration Tour" marks the first head¬lining trip under the Isley banner since March-April 2007. (Please see complete itinerary below.)
Meanwhile, Ron has already begun recording a new album – his first new solo project since the 2003 tribute album, Here I Am: Ron Isley Sings Burt Bacharach. Further details on the new album will be announced in the weeks and months ahead.
Ron's new album will be the first to bear the Isley imprint since Baby Makin' Music, released May 2006 on Def Jam/Def Soul Recordings. The album, which hit #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and #5 on the pop side, spun off the R&B hit, "Just Came Here to Chill." At the 21st annual Soul Train Music Awards in March 2007, the records were nominated respectively for Best R&B/Soul Album by a Group, Band or Duo, and Best R&B Soul Single by a Group, Band or Duo.
May 8 Atlantic City, NJ Board Walk Hall
9 Bronx, NY Uptown Paradise Theater
17-18 The Caribbean Tom Joyner Sea Cruise
19 St. Maarten
30 Oakland, CA KBLX Soul Concert
June 5 St. Louis, MO Fox Theater
11-12 Merryville, IN Star Plaza
18 Dallas TX Fair Park Band Shell
19 Houston, TX Arena Theater
July 18 San Dimas, CA Bonelli Park Jazz Festival