DMA and Starbucks Announce Erykah Badu to Headline Free Summer Concert

The Dallas Museum of Art and Starbucks Coffee Company today announced that four-time Grammy Award-winning artist Erykah Badu will headline the annual free summer concert, Starbucks Coffee Presents Erykah Badu at the Dallas Museum of Art, on June 15. The popular and well-attended event is part of the 2007 Late Night events, a programming series offered on the third Friday of each month when the Museum is open until midnight.

During the evening, Badu, the Dallas-based neo-soul, R&B/hip hop singer/songwriter whose work crosses over into jazz, will perform a free outdoor concert at 8 p.m., Friday, June 15 on the Museum’s Ross Avenue plaza. It is expected to draw more than 18,000 fans.

“We are thrilled to host Erykah in concert as part of the award-winning Late Nights series, which offers an array of programs and activities focused on the visual, performing, and literary arts for the entire family,” said Judy Conner, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Dallas Museum of Art. Our partnership with Starbucks allows the DMA to further its mission of engaging people with art.”

“Starbucks is excited to partner with the Dallas Museum of Art as the presenting sponsor of Late Nights and the free summer concert for the fourth year, bringing North Texans great programs and great entertainment,” said Chris Carr, Starbucks Regional Vice President. “The partnership with the Museum continues to be an opportunity for us to produce worthwhile, social benefits to our community.”

This is the fourth year Starbucks Coffee has been the presenting sponsor of the Late Nights series and summer concert. In addition to monetary support for the series, Starbucks provides guided coffee tastings, education on the varieties of coffees, and complimentary beverages to Late Nights visitors.

Dallas native Erykah Badu, attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts and was working as a waitress at Grinder’s Coffee Shop in her hometown when she opened for soul singer D'Angelo at a 1994 show. D'Angelo's manager signed Badu to his label, and served as producer for her debut album, Baduizm. The first single, "On & On," became a number one R&B hit in early 1997, and Baduizm is now considered a landmark for R&B music and has gone platinum five times. Her triple platinum-selling Live! album followed later in the year. In 2000, she returned with her highly anticipated second studio album, Mama's Gun. Her 2003 release, Worldwide Underground, was recorded mostly on tour and features collaborations with artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Queen Latifah and Angie Stone.

In addition to four Grammy Awards with 18 nominations, Badu’s work has been honored with three Soul Train Lady of Soul awards, an Aretha Franklin “Entertainer of the Year’ award, a Billboard Music Video award, a BET Music Video award and an American Music Award. VH1 ranked her #100 on its list of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.

Badu also serves as an activist in south Dallas. Her charity organization, Beautiful Love Incorporated Non Profit Development (B.L.I.N.D.) provides community-driven development for inner-city youth through music, dance, theater and visual arts.

In addition to her music, Badu has appeared in the films “Blues Brothers 2000,” “The Cider House Rules,” “House of D,” "Before the Music Dies", and “Dave Chappelle's Block Party.” She consistently supports Dallas music and just two weeks ago appeared in a lead role in the music video for the Dallas hip hop group “Strange Fruit Project” scheduled to air on VH-1 this summer.

About the Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art, established in 1903, has an encyclopedic collection of more than 23,000 works, spanning 5,000 years of history and representing all media, with renowned strengths in the arts of the ancient Americas, Africa, Indonesia and South Asia; European and American painting, sculpture and decorative arts; and American and international contemporary art.

The Dallas Museum of Art is the anchor of the Dallas Arts District and, in all its vitality, serves as a cultural magnet for the city with diverse programming ranging from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary readings, dramatic and dance presentations, and a full spectrum of programs designed to engage people of all ages with the power and excitement of art.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

The Dallas Museum of Art is located between St. Paul and Harwood streets, just south of Woodall Rodgers Freeway. The DMA charges a general admission fee of $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for students with current school identification. DMA members and children under 12 are free. General admission is free for all on Thursdays after 5 p.m. and the first Tuesday of the month.

Hours are Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Museum is closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. For information during business hours, call 214-922-1200. For a calendar of programs, news of family activities,

or to view images of works from the DMA’s permanent collection, visit DallasMuseumofArt.org.

About Starbucks Coffee Company
The Starbucks Coffee Company Central Zone office is located in Dallas and operates more than 140 Starbucks in the Dallas–Fort Worth area since entering the market in 1994. The Central Zone office has one of the largest field staffs for Starbucks outside of the Seattle office with more than 80 corporate employees.

The office is responsible for stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. Since joining the North Texas community, Starbucks has been involved in a number of community initiatives including the Dallas Arboretum’s Cool Thursdays series, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Starbucks Holiday Angels Joy Drive to name a few. Starbucks has been awarded the 2005 Obelisk “Juror’s Award,” for its partnership with the Dallas Museum of Art.