You hear it all of the time, especially from the older generation. “There is nothing like the old school” and “We will never get music like that again.” I admit, I am guilty of saying it a few times myself. There are only so many times you can hear artist call women out of their name on a song or speak in what is supposed to be English but misses the mark. It gets old quick.
Twilight Productions 2 has given those of us who need a break from the norm some relief. Don’t get me wrong, I am an 80’s baby who is very much a fan of most of the artist today but I grew up on music from the 80’s and 90’s where women were women and men were men. Not b*tches, h**s or ni**as.
We haven’t even gotten through the summer yet, and the ball is already rolling for the Fall 2015 tour schedule. Something hot off the presses just dropped into our laps…literally.
This fall, two of soul music’s leading faces are partnering up to co-headline a 25 city North American Tour. Raheem Devaughn and Leela James will be bringing “The Love ‘n Soul Experience” tour to a city near you starting October 7th in Charleston, SC. During this tour you’ll be able to witness both artist performing hits off of their recent chart-topping albums, alongside fan favorites from their entire catalogs.
Coming along as a special guest will be a newcomer to the music scene V. Bozeman. That name might sound familiar to you because she starred in the FOX hit series “Empire”. Ticket pre-sales for the tour start on July 15th and can be bought via Ticketmaster. Get the full schedule of dates for the tour below.
Raheem DeVaughn & Leela James’ “The Love ‘n Soul Experience” Tour 2015 Dates:
Oct. 7 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
Oct. 8 – Chattanooga, TN – Track 29
Oct. 9 – Atlanta, GA – Symphony Hall
Oct. 10 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
Oct. 11 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
Oct. 14 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
Oct. 15 – Chicago, IL – Portage Theater
Oct. 16 – Detroit, MI – The Garden Theater
Oct. 17 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
Oct. 18 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
Oct. 21 – Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre
Oct. 22 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
Oct. 23 – New York, NY – Apollo Theater
Oct. 24 – Washington, DC – Warner Theater
Oct. 25 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live
Oct. 27 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Oct. 29 – Norfolk, VA -The Norva
Oct. 30 – Winston Salem, NC – Lawrence Joel Vet. Memorial Coliseum
Nov. 1 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
Nov. 4 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
Nov. 5 – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
Nov. 6 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
Nov. 7 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
Nov. 12 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
Nov. 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
Holiday weekends during the Summer time tend to be the time when people want to get out, party, relax, and enjoy some good music.
The holiday that everyone depicts as the official “kickoff to the Summer” is Memorial Day, and this May 22-24 comes the arrival of the San Diego Jazz Festival.
To be hosted at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, CA, you’ll be able to see some of R&B’s biggest names from past an present. So far the headliners who have been announced are Toni Braxton, Maxwell, and R.Kelly among others. The full list of artist can be found below and tickets can be purchased HERE. More artist to be announced .
2015 San Diego Jazz Festival performs:
Fri May 22
Sat May 23
Jazz In Pink
Sun May 24
It’s that time again to find out who exactly will be taking over NOLA this 4th of July weekend. That’s right, one of the biggest national musical events, the annual Essence Music Festival, slated for July 2nd – 5th, has recently released who will be headlining their concert series.
This year, a lot of usual festival goers were up in the air about whether or not they wanted to go to “the party with a purpose” simply because the organizers were dragging their feet with announcing not only who the headliners would be, but who would be performing PERIOD!
Last year’s festival brought some huge names in music, with the likes of Prince, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Lionel Richie, Janelle Monae and many more taking the stages, so get into who will be rocking the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this year…is it anybody that you want to see?
Headliners include Festival first-timer, Kendrick Lamar and Festival favorite, Mary J. Blige, Usher, and Missy Elliott
Also confirmed to perform at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival nighttime concerts at the Superdome include Erykah Badu, India.Arie, Common, Floetry, Sevyn Streeter, Kelly Price, Lianne La Havas, Elle Varner, Esperanza Spalding, Raheem DeVaughn, Mali Music, Eric Roberson, Teedra Moses, Avery*Sunshine, Bilal, Goapele, Robert Glasper, Trombone Shorty, Kool Moe Dee, Doug E. Fresh, Mystikal, Slick Rick, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Nico &Vinz, SZA, Dee-1, Tonya Bond Cannon, Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Kindred The Family Soul, Tweet, Jeff Bradshaw and Tank & The Bangas.
Kevin Hart, Trey Songz, and Lecrae will headline the festival’s opening “Now Playing” concert, a sort of soft opening, on Thursday, July 2. The festival first presented a smaller Thursday night event, with reduced seating and only one stage, in 2014. Hart first performed on the main Essence stage in 2012.
Acts will continuously be added to this already impressive list, so keep it locked on Concert Daily for all the updates. You can purchase tickets on Ticketmaster.
Ledisi has announced ‘The Intimate Truth Tour,’ which is scheduled to kick off February 27 in Los Angeles. Joined by fellow R&B vocalists Raheem DeVaughn and Leela James, the trek will make stops in major cities throughout the U.S. before wrapping in Atlanta, GA on March 29th.
‘The Intimate Truth Tour’ will support Ledisi’s latest album, The Truth, as well as her forthcoming seven-song EP, The Intimate Truth, which recently dropped in January. Purchase tickets for the tour on ticketmaster.
“The Intimate Truth” Tour 2015 dates:
Feb. 27 – Los Angeles., Club Nokia
Feb. 28 – Fresno, CA., Tower
Mar. 1 – Oakland, CA., ox Theater
Mar. 4 – Houston, TX., Bayou Music Center
Mar. 5 – Dallas, TX., Majestic
Mar. 6 – Tulsa, OK., The Brady
Mar. 7 – Memphis, TN., Orpheum Theater
Mar. 8 – St. Louis, MO., The Pageant
Mar. 11 – Chicago, Il., Portage Theater
Mar. 12 – Cleveland, OH., House of Blues
Mar. 13 – Detroit, MI., Motor City Casino
Mar. 14 – Indianapolis., IN – Murat Theater
Mar. 15 – Baltimore, MD., Lyric
Mar. 18 – Bethlehem, PA., Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Mar. 19 – Boston, MA., Wilbur Theater
Mar. 20 – Newark, NJ., NJPAC
Mar. 21 – Washington, DC., DAR Constitution Hall
Mar. 22 – Richmond, VA., Altria Theater
Mar. 25 – Charlotte, NC., The Fillmore
Mar. 26 – Greensboro, NC., Cone Denim Entertainment Center
Mar. 27 – Nashville, TN., War Memorial Auditorium
Mar. 28 – North Myrtle Beach, SC., House of Blues
Mar. 29 – Atlanta, GA., Symphony Hall
Saturday, October 4th was an eventful day at the Washington Convention Center in the nation’s capital. The day was filled with amazing food vendor’s, clothes, seminars, entertainment and a stripper pole. Yes, I said a stripper pole.
Personally, I make it a point to attend the festivities every year and I make sure to include my family. You spend the entire day together having fun but learning at the same time. Panels such as ‘Why I Stayed’, bring up topics that most people are often afraid to talk about but let’s people know that they are not alone.
As far as entertainment, you had demonstrations from Drea Kelly of VH1’s Hollywood Ex’s. Tamara Braxton, Diggy Simmons, Tank, Raheem Devaughn, Syleena Johnson, Lil Mo and more. Originally TI was not set to perform but he surprised the crowd with an impromptu performance of ‘Mediocre’ and ‘If It Ain’t About The Money’. Tamar performed all of her album favorites and Diggy was mauled by a group of tweens. Lol, seriously, he is a brave young man. Raheem, Syleena and Tank also put on great shows but I will let you be the judge.
Check out the videos below! [Photos coming soon!]