TCL and Shaggy’s Hot Summer Nights Tour is making a stop in Noblesville on June 24.
The highly anticipated summer tour kicks off June 1 at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham, Al and will make stops in 26 different cities in the U.S., including Noblesville’s famous Ruoff Music Center. The show will feature multi-Grammy Award winning headliners TLC and Shaggy and special guest artists Sean Kingston and En Vogue for a night of classic hits.
The Hot Summer Nights tour came together as Burrell said he has done shows with the legendary girl group in the past and people really seemed to enjoy that, so they decided to launch a summer tour and bring on other acts to “sweeten the package.”
“It’s great because, you know, I’m rocking with the ladies, and then these two island boys,” said Orville Burrell, known to most by his stage name Shaggy. “So, that’s a great party … Hot Summer Nights (is) a great name, and we could rock it.”
Burrell, who won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album for “Boombastic” and “44/876,” said he has been touring pretty much nonstop since the late 90s, with his longest break occurring during the pandemic. However, the “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel” singer expressed his excitement for this tour, as being onstage is where he feels most comfortable, and said he cannot wait to continue touring again this summer.
“I get a sense of satisfaction by seeing audiences smile from ear to ear and bringing joy,” he said. “It is a high for me, and I will continue to do it until my last breath.”
As someone with such an extensive musical range, having stepped out of the box in traditional reggae and dancehall music, accompanied by substantial touring experience, Burrell said he has come up with ways to make each show on a tour special for both him and audiences. For starters, he said each show has a different setlist.
“Each audience is different; I treat them different,” he said. “I like to tap into the culture of wherever it is. If I go there, I like to see what they’re into, and I’ll try and incorporate that in the show.”
Although some may consider Indiana and other Midwestern states as “flyovers,” Burrell said these are a few of the places that end up having the richest cultures and vibrant music scenes. This is one of the reasons Burrell makes an effort to go into each city he performs in and talk to local DJs and radio stations to see which music is most popular.
“A lot of these places that might sound a little obscure when you get in there just is actually very cool,” he said. “I’ve gone against the grain, broken the mold, set a lot of trends, stepped out of the box, so going to you know place like, you know, what you call ‘obscure places’ that reggae acts might not tour is something that is exciting to me and something that I look forward to be breaking ground.”
Burrell said anyone who plans on coming to the show should wear something comfortable and shoes they can dance in because the night will be full of hit after hit from each of the artists and a fun collaboration between them.
But most of all, Burrell said he hopes he can bring joy and a smile to the faces of those who come out to have a good time, even if just for a few hours.
“We’re living in such a rough time now; things are so dark … people are following different narratives,” Burrell said. “But there’s one narrative you should follow is your heart and how you feel, and if we could bring joy and make them feel really, really good for a couple of hours you’re hanging out with us, I’ve done my job.”
The Hot Summer Nights tour will stop in Noblesville, Indiana at Ruoff Music Center, 12880 E. 146th St., on June 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and are on sale now through livenation.com or through the artists’ websites.
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