Vaikule, Stībelis set North American tour

Latvian pop and jazz singer Laima Vaikule is teaming up with pop singer Jānis Stībelis for a 12-city North American tour geared toward Russian-speaking audiences.

Known for her long collaboration with Latvian composer Raimonds Pauls and Russian poet Ilya Reznik, Vaikule has found success in Russia since the mid-1980s. Stībelis, who also uses the English stage name Jay Stever, has performed with Vaikule in concerts in Latvia and Russia. His most recent album, released in December, is the English-language Secret Mission.

Concerts are planned in:

  • California at 8 p.m. Jan. 9 in the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 W. 8th St., Los Angeles. For ticket information, visi
  • California at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 in the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco. For further information, visit
  • Colorado at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 in the Teikyo Loretto Heights Theater, 3001 S. Federal Blvd., Denver. For further information, visit
  • British Columbia at 8 p.m. Jan. 13 in the Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond. For further information, visit
  • Quebec at 8 p.m. Jan. 15 in the Salle Jean-Grimaldi, 1111 rue Lapierre, porte #4, LaSalle. For further information, visit
  • Ontario at 8 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Metro Toronto Convention Center, 255 Front St. W., Toronto. For further information, visit
  • Michigan at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in Millenium Centre Theatre, 15600 J.L. Hudson Dr., Southfield. For further information, visit
  • Illinois at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 in Christian Heritage Academy, 315 Waukegan Road, Northfield. For further information, visit
  • Massachusetts at 8 p.m. Jan. 22 in John Hancock Hall, 180 Berkeley St., Boston.
  • Pennsylvania at 8 p.m. Jan. 23 in Lower Moreland High School, 555 Red Lion Road, Philadelphia. For further information, visit
  • New York at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 in Millenium Theatre, 1029 Brighton Beach Ave., Brooklyn. For further information, visit
  • Florida at 8 p.m. Jan. 25 in the N.M.B. Performing Arts Theater, 17011 N.E. 19th Ave., North Miami Beach. For further information, visit

For more on Stībelis, visit

For more on Vaikule, visit

Laima Vaikule

Latvian singer Laima Vaikule has scheduled a January tour for Russian-speaking audiences in North America. Accompanying her will be singer Jānis Stībelis.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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