Andre 3000, the legendary, virtuosic rapper who represents one-half of the Hip-hop group OutKast, is bringing his flute to Chicago to perform for four dates next month.
Last year, the eccentric artist shocked the music world by releasing an instrumental album with flute and ambient sounds dubbed “New Blue Sun” instead of the Hip-hop album everyone had expected.
The album drew mixed reviews but debuted at No. 30 on the Billboard 200. It moved over 24,000 units, outselling projects by established rappers such as Lil Wayne, Nas, Kodak Black and Ice Spice, to name a few.
A review in The Chicago Defender stated that listening to “New Blue Sun” was “like trekking through a dense cloud of noise that, at various points, sounds unstructured, somewhat dissonant, rhythmic, meditative, searching and somber.”
The review also stated that “the album feels like a healing yet welcome departure from the cacophony of our modern world…”
Now, fans in New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and, yes, Chicago will be able to experience this otherworldly experience live and in concert.
Andre 3000 will perform sold-out shows at Thalia Hall, the Salt Shed and Garfield Park Conservatory for us in Chicago on Feb. 12, 13, and 15. He will be joined by a band composed of Carlos Niño, Nate Mercereau, Surya Botofasina and Deantoni Parks.
Despite the sold-out dates, walk-up tickets are expected to be available on the day of the Garfield Park Conservatory shows. Interested parties are urged to sign up for a newsletter for additional ticket information. General information on tickets is available here.