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Nico & Vinz Announce American Tour Dates

Afro-Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz announce a set of concert dates across the continental United States. Watch a behind-the-scenes tour video.


Afro-Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz have announced a lengthy set of American tour dates as part of the Ones to Watch with Skype tour. The set of shows, which will take Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery across the continental United States, comes on the heels of the group's tours with Usher and Bruno Mars, as well as the release of their debut album Black Star Elephant which featured the huge global hit "Am I Wrong."  The duo, who named their LP after their respective country's soccer teams, also recently stopped by NBC's Men In Blazers to discuss their love of the Ghanaian and Côte d’Ivoire national teams. Check out Nico & Vinz' full American tour dates, listed underneath, and watch a behind-the-scenes video from their Usher tour below. For more, revisit the duo's black-and-white video for "My Melody" in support of AIDS survivors.

Nico & Vinz American Tour Dates

5/04/15 Anaheim, CA House of Blues

5/08/15 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom

5/09/15 Austin, TX Parish

5/10/15 Dallas, TX House of Blues

5/11/15 Houston, TX House of Blues

5/13/15 Orlando, FL House of Blues

5/15/15 Greensboro, NC The Cone Denim Entertainment Center

5/16/15 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte

5/17/15 Baltimore, MD Sound Stage

5/18/15 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts

5/19/15 New York, NY Irving Plaza

5/21/15 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club

5/23/15 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's

5/24/15 Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom

5/26/15 Cleveland, OH House of Blues

5/27/15 Chicago, IL House of Blues

5/28/15 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater

5/30/15 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater

5/31/15 Park City, UT Park City Live

6/02/15 Seattle, WA Neptune

6/03/15 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom

6/06/15 San Francisco, CA The Independent

6/07/15 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues

6/08/15 San Diego, CA House of Blues

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