PlayStation® Presents Breed Love Odyssey, Featuring Hip-Hop Pioneers Mos Def and Talib Kweli at More Than 20 Tour Stops Across the Country
Sony Computer Entertainment America, as Title Sponsor, and House of Blues® Partner to Showcase Multimedia Entertainment With PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable)
FOSTER CITY, Calif.
Sony Computer Entertainment America, in conjunction with House of Blues®, today announced the show dates and routing of the PlayStation® Presents Breed Love Odyssey tour. Co-headliners hip-hop artists Mos Def and Talib Kweli will perform across the country at intimate club settings accompanied by an eclectic line-up of up-and-coming hip-hop artists including Pharoahe Monch, K'Naan and Jean Grae. The tour will make its first stop in Sacramento on October 28 and will conclude in New York City in December.
At each stop of the Breed Love Odyssey tour, PlayStation will give concertgoers an opportunity to experience multimedia entertainment with one of the hottest items on the market today, the PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system. Street teams will be at each tour stop to showcase stunning PSP gameplay, as well as video and music playing capabilities. In addition, the first 50 attendees who show us their PSP systems at the event will receive a copy of the PSP software title NBA '06, and a CONNECT Cash™ card worth 25 song downloads, an approximate value of $65*. Moreover, all attendees will receive a card redeemable for an EXCLUSIVE Mos Def download from the CONNECT Store.
"With the tremendous talent and innovation that both Mos Def and Talib Kweli bring to the table, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to have PlayStation present the Breed Love Odyssey tour," said Sharon Shapiro, senior director, promotions and sports marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "The PSP shares these attributes with the artists and thus the partnership delivers the ultimate combination of entertainment."
In addition to the on-site PSP sampling opportunities and unparalleled value opportunities for concert-goers at each location, Sony Computer Entertainment America will reward one grand prize winner with a trip to see the show at House of Blues Chicago and a chance to meet Mos Def in person. The grand prize winner will also receive a PSP Value Pack and select software titles to help pass the time on the way to the show. The sweepstakes in total will offer consumers over 50 opportunities to win PSP prizes and autographed merchandise. For more information on the sweepstakes and details on how to enter, please visit www.us.playstation.com/events.aspx.
Mos Def and Talib Kweli first teamed up in 1998 as the critically acclaimed Black Star, and from there, both artists embarked on solo careers that continue to flourish. Kweli's Right About Now, his highly anticipated follow-up album to The Beautiful Struggle, will be released in late November under the Blacksmith Music Corp label and Mos' most recent album, The New Danger, received a Grammy® nomination. Beyond his hip-hop talents, Mos has broadened his career in television, film and stage as host, music supervisor and co-executive producer for the HBO series Def Poetry, as a frequent guest on Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show" and with his Broadway debut in 2002 in the Tony nominated, Pulitzer Prize winning Topdog/Underdog. In 2004, Mos Def starred in the critically acclaimed HBO movie Something the Lord Made, for which he received nominations for an Emmy, a Golden Globe Award, an NAACP Award and a Golden Satellite Award. His big screen roles include those in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and The Italian Job, both recently released on UMDTM (Universal Media Disc) for PSP.
Below are all the confirmed tour stops to date (additional shows may be added).
PlayStation® Presents Breed Love Odyssey Routing Schedule**: Date Where Venue Oct. 28 Sacramento, Calif. Memorial Auditorium Oct. 29 San Francisco Mezzanine Oct. 30 San Francisco Mezzanine Oct. 31 Santa Cruz, Calif. Catalyst Nov. 1 Santa Cruz, Calif. Catalyst Nov. 3 Los Angeles Gibson Amphitheatre Nov. 4 Anaheim, Calif. House of Blues (early & late shows) Nov. 5 San Diego House of Blues (early & late shows) Nov. 6 Las Vegas, Nev. House of Blues Nov. 7 Phoenix Marquee Theatre Nov. 10 Denver Ogden Theater Nov. 11 Denver Ogden Theater Nov. 12 Albuquerque, N.M. Sunshine Theatre Nov. 13 Austin, Texas Stubb's Nov. 14 Houston Club Hush Nov. 19 Atlanta Earthlink Live Nov. 20 Tampa, Fla. Masquerade Nov. 23 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Revolution Nov. 24 Orlando, Fla. House of Blues Nov. 25 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club Nov. 26 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club Nov. 29 New Haven, Conn. Toad's Place Nov. 30 Providence, R.I. Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel Dec. 1 Boston Roxy Dec. 9 Chicago House of Blues (early & late shows)
**Additional tour stops to be added. All dates, venues and performers subject to change.
For more information regarding tour stops, performers, special promotions and ticket information visit www.us.playstation.com and www.hob.com/odyssey.
About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one™ game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era. PSP is a new portable entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio.
Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console, the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the PSP system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
ABOUT HOB ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
HOB Entertainment, Inc., a Los Angeles-based global entertainment company, is the definitive live music brand. Founded in 1992, this dynamic company with soul, spirit and vision is comprised of several unique businesses, including:
-- House of Blues Clubs, which operate 1,000 -- 2,400 capacity venues located in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Chicago, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Cleveland, San Diego and Atlantic City. -- House of Blues Concerts, Inc., which owns, operates or exclusively books 19 arena and amphitheatre venues throughout North America, including Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, Dallas, Seattle (The Gorge), Atlanta, Cleveland, Toronto and Vancouver. House of Blues -- IT IS LIVE! ™ www.hob.com Visit us on the Web at http://www.us.playstation.com/ .
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