Paul Simon has announced plans to perform a 17-city, 18-show tour with all proceeds going to charity.


Simon’s charity of choice is the Half-Earth Project, which aids in the support of biodiversity. He will play shows from June 1 to June 28, starting in St. Augustine, Florida, and ending in Denver, Colorado.

The Half-Earth Project is an initiative started by E.O. Wilson‘s Biodiversity Foundation to preserve the biodiversity in “a large swath of area through Alabama down through the Gulf Coast, including Florida.” The idea is that humans must “devote half the surface of the Earth to nature” in order to keep the planet healthy.

Simon became publicly outspoken about this cause in 2016 after reading Wilson’s book, Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life. “Half-Earth is compulsory reading if we care about the lives of our children, our children’s children and all of the species alive today,” he said.

While the shows will benefit the charity, Simon assures fans the concerts will be all about the music. “I don’t want people to come and think they’re going to be lectured to, but I don’t mind having Ed’s book available or having [Half-Earth] caps there,” the singer-songwriter said.

See all tour dates below.

June 1 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Ampitheatre
June 2 – Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Ampitheatre
June 4 – Simpsonville, SC @ Heritage Park Ampitheatre
June 6 – Charlotte, NC @ Metro Credit Union Ampitheatre
June 7 – Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Ampitheatre at Regency Park
June 10 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion
June 11 – Toledo, OH @ Zoo Ampitheater
June 13 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
June 14 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
June 16 – Eau Claire, WI @ Eaux Claires Festival
June 17 – Eau Claire, WI @ Eaux Claires Festival
June 18 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
June 20 – Billings, MT @ MetraPark Arena
June 21 – Missoula, MT @ Ogren Park at Allegiance Field
June 23 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
June 24 – Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Ampitheatre
June 25 – Lake Tahoe, NV @ Havey’s Outdoor Arena
June 28 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre

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