Sugar Water Festival

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Sugar Water Festival
Tour by Erykah Badu, Queen Latifah, Jill Scott
Promotional poster for festival
Associated albumThe Dana Owens Album
Worldwide Underground
Beautifully Human
Start dateJuly 8, 2005 (2005-07-08)
End dateAugust 13, 2006 (2006-08-13)
No. of shows24 in North America
Erykah Badu tour chronology
Worldwide Underground Tour
Sugar Water Festival
Summer Tour
Queen Latifah tour chronology
Sugar Water Festival
Trav'lin' Light Tour
Jill Scott tour chronology
Big Beautiful Tour
Sugar Water Festival
The Real Thing Tour

The Sugar Water Festival was a music festival founded by American recording artists Erykah Badu, Queen Latifah and Jill Scott. The trek played to amphitheaters and arenas in the United States during the summer of 2005 and 2006. It began in 2005 as an event to bring awareness to health issues to African-American women. British duo Floetry opened shows during the 2005 run. The festival was relaunched briefly in 2006 with Kelis opening the show and comedian Mo'Nique hosting the festival.[1] 2006 was the final year for the outing. The festival had plans to expand into Europe and Asia, however, this did not come to fruition.


The festival was announced in May 2005. Forming the "Suger Water Festival, LLC, the trek was headlined by Badu, Latifah and Scott. The singers stated performing Lilith Fair was the inspiration for the outing—with each singer wanting to bring a specific message to African American woman.[2] The festival was planned within six months, not providing enough times to gain notable sponsors. Badu says the meaning behind the name is the symbolism of "water" to "Earth", as the planet is three-fourths water. She continues to say women are the sweetness to the water, giving them the name of the tour."

To introduce the shows, Badu stated:[3]

Opening acts[edit]

Set list[edit]

  • For the 2005 outing, the set list included an opening performance by, Scott, Latifah and Badu performing "Night's Over Egypt" and closing finale, "Never Too Much" as a tribute to R&B/soul singer Luther Vandross.
  1. "Nights Over Egypt"
Queen Latifah
  1. "Baby Get Lost"
  2. "Hard Times"
  3. "Hello Stranger"
  4. "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh"
  5. "California Dreamin'"
  6. "Simply Beautiful"
  7. "Latifah's Had it up 2 Here"
  8. "Just Another Day..."
  9. "Ladies First"
  10. "U.N.I.T.Y."
Jill Scott
  1. "Golden"
  2. "The Way"
  3. "Do You Remember"
  4. "Gettin' In the Way"
  5. "Cross My Mind"
  6. "A Long Walk"
  7. "Whatever"
  8. "He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat)"
Erykah Badu
  1. "Rimshot (Intro)" (Instrumental Interlude)
  2. "Green Eyes"
  3. "Didn't Cha Know?"
  4. "Cleva"
  5. "Orange Moon"
  6. "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)"
  7. "Otherside of the Game"
  8. "Danger"
  9. Medley: "On & On" / "...& On"
  10. "Back in the Day (Puff)"
  11. "Bag Lady"
  1. "Never Too Much"
Jill Scott
  1. "Exclusively"
  2. "The Way
  3. "Cross My Mind"
  4. "Bedda at Home"
  5. "Whatever"
  6. "A Long Walk"
  7. "Golden"
  8. "The Fact Is (I Need You)"
  9. "He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat)"
Queen Latifah
  1. "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy"
  2. "If I Had You"
  3. "California Dreamin'"
  4. "Simply Beautiful"
  5. "Lush Life"
  6. "A Good Woman"
  7. "Just Another Day..."
  8. "Come into My House"
  9. "Ladies First"
  10. "U.N.I.T.Y."
Erykah Badu
  1. "I Want You"
  2. Medley: "On & On" / "...& On"
  3. "Next Lifetime"
  4. "Tyrone"
  5. "Back in the Day (Puff)"
  6. "Otherside of the Game"
  7. "Kiss Me on My Neck (Hesi)"
  8. "Cleva"
  9. "Green Eyes"
  10. "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)" (contains elements of "Rapper's Delight")
  11. "Danger"
  12. "Bag Lady"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America—Leg 1[3]
July 8, 2005 Virginia Beach United States Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 9, 2005 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 12, 2005 Wantagh Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater
July 13, 2005 Boston Bank of America Pavilion
July 15, 2005 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center
July 16, 2005 Camden Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
July 17, 2005 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena
July 21, 2005 Atlanta Chastain Park Amphitheater
July 22, 2005
July 23, 2005 Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 26, 2005 Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 27, 2005 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
July 29, 2005 Chicago United States Lakefront Pavilion
July 30, 2005 Columbus Germain Amphitheater
July 31, 2005 Maryland Heights UMB Bank Pavilion
August 2, 2005 Greenwood Village Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
August 4, 2005 Concord Chronicle Pavilion
August 6, 2005 Paradise Mandalay Bay Events Center
August 9, 2005 Los Angeles Greek Theatre
August 10, 2005
North America—Leg 2[10]
August 3, 2006 Grand Prairie United States Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie
August 5, 2006 Atlanta Chastain Park Amphitheater
August 12, 2006 New York City Prospect Park Bandshell
August 13, 2006 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion

Additional notes[edit]

  • During the August 13, 2006 show in Columbia, Maryland, Scott along with Latifah and MoNique performed with Badu on her closing finale, "Bag Lady".


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  4. ^ Vaziri, Aidin (2 August 2005). "Divas of hip-hop and R&B ready to spice up Sugar Water Festival". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2 July 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  5. ^ "The Week of June 30". The Washington Post. 23 June 2006. Archived from the original on 2 July 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
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  7. ^ Anderman, Joan (15 July 2005). "Sugar Water makes inspiring debut". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 2 July 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  8. ^ Patterson, Spencer. "Sugar Water Festival great for Scott". Las Vegas Sun. The Greenspun Corporation. Archived from the original on 2 July 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  9. ^ Gathers, Katrina T. (20 July 2005). "It's ladies first at the sublime Sugar Water Festival". The Day. p. D3. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  10. ^ "Queen Latifah Launches 2006 CURVATION(SM) PROJECT CONFIDENCE(SM) Awards at Sugar Water Festival" (Press release). PR Newswire. 3 August 20. Archived from the original on 2 July 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011. Check date values in: |date= (help)