J. Cole 2013 tour includes his largest Colorado headlining date - Reverb

J. Cole 2013 tour includes the rapper’s biggest Colorado headlining date

North Carolina rapper J. Cole has been riding the wave of his excellent sophomore effort “Born Sinner,” and now the MC is announcing the What Dreams May Come tour – which includes a Denver-area stop.

The J. Cole 2013 tour will hit the 1stBank Center in Broomfield on Oct. 22, promoter AEG Live announced Monday afternoon. Wale will open the show.

Hot off first and second singles “Power Trip” and “Crooked Smile,” Cole’s “Born Sinner” is a strong follow-up to his debut “Cole World.” The 1stBank Center date is pretty intense considering the last time Cole rocked a local stage had him opening for Drake at Fiddler’s Green in 2012.

From our May 14, 2012 review: “Most MCs can’t replicate their voices as heard on albums, but Cole has it nailed. He’s a strong live MC, and he proved it again on his two radio hits at the end of his set. “Work Out” is pure pop bliss with its recognizable production and slamming lyricism, and its extended, live-autotuned vocal intro by the synth player was stunning. “Can’t Get Enough” is a genius song for this new era of hip-hop, combining elements of pop and dub with smart, head-nodding lyrics that aren’t afraid to delve into self-referential territory.”

Thankfully Cole’s rhymes are better than his pull quotes: “It’s going to be a wild ride,” he said in a press release on Monday.

Tickets for Cole’s Colorado date go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at axs.com.

J. Cole 2013 tour dates:

Sept. 10 – Miami, FL – James L. Knight Center
Sept. 12 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
Sept. 13 – Tampa, FL – David A. Straz Performing Arts Center
Sept. 14 – Jacksonville, FL – Moran Theater
Sept. 15 – Augusta, GA – William B. Bell Auditorium
Sept. 17 – Charlotte, NC – Halton Arena @ UNC Charlotte
Sept. 19 – St. Louis, MO – Fabulous Fox Theatre
Sept. 21 – Chicago, IL – Arie Crown Theatre
Sept. 24 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena @ Boston University
Sept. 25 – Philadelphia, PA – The MANN
Sept. 27 – Cleveland, OH – State Theatre
Sept. 29 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Oct. 2 – Norfolk, VA – Chrysler Hall
Oct. 4 – Atlanta, GA – The Fox Theatre Atlanta
Oct. 8 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Oct. 10 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre
Oct. 12 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
Oct. 13 – St. Paul, MN – Myth
Oct. 15 – Kansas City, MO – The Midland by AMC
Oct. 17 – New Orleans, LA – Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena
Oct. 18 – Houston, TX – Reliant Arena
Oct. 19 – Austin, TX – Austin Music Hall
Oct. 20 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Oct. 22 – Broomfield, CO – 1st Bank Center
Oct. 25 – Las Vegas, NV – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Oct. 27 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
Oct. 30 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre

Ricardo Baca is the founder and executive editor of Reverb, the co-founder of The UMS and an award-winning critic and editor at The Denver Post.

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