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18 Sep

Rafael Pereira to Join Janelle Monae on US Tour

Pearl percussion artist, Rafael Pereira, is teaming up with the R&B pop-sensation, Janelle Monae, for a US headlining tour that is scheduled to embark this week.  Kicking off at The Electric Factory on October 13th, Rafael and Janelle Monae will spend the 6 weeks following traveling throughout the US, making 25 stops along the way, before coming to a close at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA.  Janelle Monae is campaigning in support of her latest studio album, The Electric Lady, which was released just last month, and hosts the lead single “Q.U.E.E.N.”.  The Electric Lady stands as Janelle Monae’s second studio album and serves as the follow up to her 2010 release, The ArchAndroid, which garnered two nominations at the 53rd Grammy Awards under the category of ‘Best Contemporary R&B Album’, as well as another Grammy Nomination under ‘Best Urban/Alterative Performance’ category, for the hit single Tightrope.  A full list of tour dates for the upcoming ‘Electric Lady US Tour’ can be found below.

As is the life of a high-demand percussionist, like Rafael Pereira, the intense pressure of performing under the bright spotlight that this upcoming tour presents is, simply, just another day at the office.  Beautifully playing himself into becoming one of the most sought-out percussionists in the Atlanta, Georgia area, Rafael’s precision playing has lead to an astounding resume of recording accolades, along with making waves with his side project and original band, Rua 6, which was recently recognized by USA Today for being voted the Best Latin Band in the Atlanta area.  With Janelle Monae, Rafael has, once again, turned to the well rounded and full bodied tone of his fiberglass Elite Series Congas and Elite Series Bongos, which have also become his go-to rig when being relied upon in the studio.  Rafael’s setup is as follows:

Elite Series:
Arctic White
w/ Piano Black stripe

PCF117DX – 11.75” Conga
PCF125DX – 12.5” Tumba
PBF300DX- 7”/9” Bongos
PTE1336 timbale

PBL10 clave block- high
PBL20 clave block- medium
HH2- Horacio Hernandez signature ClaBELL
BCM3 Bala Cha-Cha bell
PTM50BHR Ultra Grip tambourine
PGA30 Hex Ganza

For more information on Janelle Monae and Rafael Pereira’s upcoming tour, please be sure to visit  Also be sure to check out the video below of Janelle Monae performing her single, “Dance Apocalyptic”, live on David Letterman. 

Janelle Monae: 'The Electric Lady Tour'
10.13.13. Electric Factory- Philadelphia, PA
10.14.13. Lincoln Theatre- Washington, DC
10.16.13. House Of Blues Boston- Boston, MA
10.19.13. Kool Haus- Toronto, ON
10.21.13. Vic Theatre- Chicago, IL
10.22.13. Skyway Theatre- Minneapolis, MN
10.24.13. Gothic Theatre- Englewood, CO
10.25.13. In The Venue- Salt Lake City, UT
10.27.13. Downtown Las Vegas- Las Vegas, NV (Life Is Beautiful Festival)
10.29.13. Roseland Theater- Portland, OR
10.30.13. Showbox SoDo- Seattle, WA
11.01.13. Warfield Theatre- San Francisco, CA
11.02.13. Club Nokia- Los Angeles, CA
11.05.13. House Of Blues- Anaheim, CA
11.06.13. House Of Blues- San Diego, CA
11.07.13. The Crescent Ballroom- Phoenix, AZ
11.09.13. House Of Blues- Dallas, TX
11.12.13. The Moody Theater- Austin, TX
11.13.13. House Of Blues- Houston, TX
11.15.13. Uptown Theater- Kansas City, MO
11.17.13. Ryman Auditorium- Nashville, TN
11.19.13. The Ritz- Raleigh, NC
11.20.13. Fillmore Charlotte- Charlotte, NC
11.22.13. Hard Rock Live- Orlando, FL
11.23.13. Jackie Gleason Theater- Miami Beach, FL
11.26.13. The Tabernacle- Atlanta, GA