Kendrick Lamar announces his ‘The Big Steppers’ tour, including a concert at San Diego State University

Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar is shown performing Day N Vegas hip-hop music festival in Las Vegas on Nov. 12, 2021. His most recent major performance was as part of the 2022 Super Bowl half time show. His upcoming tour will include a San Diego concert at Viejas Arena.
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

The 37-date tour is in support of his new album, ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’. Baby Keem and Tanna Leone are the opening acts


Kendrick Lamar won’t be waiting long to promote his first album in five years, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” which will be released today and is one of the most anticipated albums of 2022 for many fans.

The Los Angeles native — who won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 album, “DAMN.” — will kick off his “The Big Steppers Tour” July 19 at the Paycom Center in Oklahoma City.

The 37-concert trek will include a Sept. 6 show at San Diego State University’s Viejas Arena. It will conclude its North American leg in Los Angeles with Sept. 15 and 16 performances at Arena (the venue formerly known as Staples Center). A European tour will follow.

Lamar has not toured since 2019. His most recent San Diego area performance was in 2018 at what is now North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in Chula Vista.

Being self-congratulatory has long been de rigueur in hip-hop, a music that celebrates achievement — both real and aspirational — along with boasts, toasts and more boasts.

The opening acts for all the dates on “The Big Steppers Tour” will be Baby Keem and Tanna Leone.

Keem, a 2022 Grammy Award winner, is the 21-year-old cousin of Lamar. Leone and Keem both record for pgLang, Lamar’s record label and multimedia company.

Both are also featured on Lamar’s new album, which is, in fact, a double-album. Other guests on “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers” range from Pharrell Williams and Ghostface Killah to The Alchemist and Beth Gibbons of Portishead.

Tickets for “The Big Steppers Tour” go on sale to the general public May 20 at noon local time on Lamar’s website,, and at and A pre-sale will be held on the same websites beginning at 10 a.m. local time Thursday and is open to all.

Ticket prices for Lamar’s San Diego concert are priced between $59 and $129 each, plus service fees.

Kendrick Lamar 2022 tour dates

Tuesday, July 19: Oklahoma City, Okla., Paycom Center

Thursday July 21: Austin, Texas, Moody Center ATX

Friday July 22: Houston, Texas, Toyota Center

Saturday July 23: Dallas, Texas, American Airlines Center

Wednesday July 27: Tampa, Fla., Amalie Arena

Friday July 29: New Orleans, La., Smoothie King Center

Saturday July 30: Atlanta, Ga., State Farm Arena

Sunday July 31: Nashville, Tenn., Bridgestone Arena

Tuesday Aug. 2: Charlotte, N.C., Spectrum Center

Thursday Aug. 4: Washington, D.C., Capital One Arena

Friday Aug. 5: Brooklyn, N.Y., Barclays Center

Saturday Aug. 6: Brooklyn, N.Y., Barclays Center

Sunday Aug. 7: Long Island, N.Y., UBS Arena

Tuesday Aug. 9: Philadelphia, Pa., Wells Fargo Center

Wednesday Aug. 10: Boston, Mass., TD Garden

Friday Aug. 12: Toronto, Ontario, Scotiabank Arena

Saturday Aug. 13: Toronto, Ontario, Scotiabank Arena

Sunday Aug. 14: Detroit, Mich., Little Caesars Arena

Tuesday Aug. 16: Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center

Thursday Aug. 18: Milwaukee, Wis., Fiserv Forum

Friday Aug. 19: Chicago, Ill., United Center

Saturday Aug. 20: Minneapolis, Minn., Xcel Energy Center

Sunday Aug. 21: Kansas City, Mo., T-Mobile Center

Tuesday Aug. 23: Denver, Colo., Ball Arena

Wednesday Aug. 24: Salt Lake City, Utah, Vivint Arena

Friday Aug. 26: Portland, Ore., Moda Center

Saturday Aug. 27: Seattle, Wash., Climate Pledge Arena

Sunday Aug. 28: Vancouver, B.C., Rogers Arena

Tuesday Aug. 30: Sacramento, Golden 1 Center

Wednesday Aug. 31: Oakland, Oakland Arena

Thursday Sept. 1: Oakland, Oakland Arena

Tuesday Sept. 6: San Diego, Viejas Arena at San Diego State University

Wednesday Sept. 7: Anaheim, Honda Center

Friday Sept. 9: Las Vegas, Nev., T-Mobile Arena

Saturday Sept. 10: Phoenix, Ariz., Footprint Center

Wednesday Sept. 14: Los Angeles, Arena

Thursday Sept. 15: Los Angeles, Arena