The civic center had no on-sale date or ticket price information listed for what is apparently a very late addition to the calendar.
UPDATE at 1 p.m. 10.25.13: Tickets are $102, $77, $57 and $37 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday at the Roanoke Civic Center box office, HomeTownBankTix.com or 877-482-8496.
T.I., whose “Trap Muzik” was a hit before most people even realized trap music had become a genre, was an early 2000s sensation out of Atlanta, but legal issues derailed his career, and he wound up in prison. His most recent album, “Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head,” went to No. 2 on the Billboard all genres chart and topped the Hip-Hop/R&B chart, where it remains this week at No. 71, after 44 weeks. The single “Ball” was the only one with significant chart success. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to watch the bounce-flavored number. Watch out, because the language is salty, and guest Lil Wayne salts it up even more.
Another Georgia rapper/actor, 2 Chainz, is up in the chart, too, with his album, “B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME,” and as a guest whose recent work with Drake (“All Me”) and B.o.B. (“HeadBand”) also has him in the pop singles chart. His own single, “Used 2,” debuted at No. 44 in the Hip-Hop/R&B singles list at billboard.biz. But he, too has, has dealt with legal trouble, though his is more recent.
Kelly Rowland, a good singer whose career had extended beyond Destiny’s Child, is first on the bill.
This is actually kind of significant. It would be the venue’s first hip-hop/R&B concert since 2011, when Charlie Wilson performed a killer show in front of 1,046 at the coliseum in May 2011. In 2007, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly and the late Chuck Brown teamed up for a shot in front of 2,000. But those shows were not rap-centric.
A poorly promoted September 2008 show featuring Rick Ross and Trina drew about 1,100 to a shed configured on that night for 9,000. That show happened before current venue manager Global Spectrum took over.
In recent years, Salem Civic Center has booked a pre-household-name Kanye West (2,600 saw him there in 2004). West’s protege, Big Sean, played there in April 2012, drawing 1,062 to a Roanoke College-sponsored event.
I’m very curious to see if folks turn out for this one. I’m guessing that if it doesn’t draw reasonably well, the bigger hip-hop shows will continue to stop in Washington, Richmond and Greensboro, N.C., and bypass Roanoke.