RAHEEM DEVAUGHN DOES IT AGAIN:What An Awesome 3rd Annual Holiday Charity Concert Featuring Some Of His Talented Friends

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Wale Hosts Another Free Concert In Washington, DC

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For anybody who ever tried to say that Wale doesn’t either rep for or put on for his city, is a straight up liar!

Once again, he’s coming back to the area for a totally free concert with a major brand behind him. Billboard, yes, THAT Billboard and 1800 tequila will host the Back To The Block concert on Thursday, July 9th.

Tickets are totally free, but you’ll have to be over the age of 21 in order to reserve yours. RSVP at the official site and you’re on your way to see Wale!

Canada’s ‘One Love’ Festival Featuring J.Cole And Nas

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Many people don’t consider Canada as a place where you would run to go get your fix of hip-hop music, and we usually wouldn’t either, but this Labor Day weekend (only for us Americans out there) you can make an escape to the Great White North to see what the buzz is about.

September 5, 2015 marks the date for the One Love Festival in Calgary, Alberta. Taking place at Shaw Millennium Park, this first year festival will be one of the biggest fest of it’s type to hit the Canada border.

The fest is headlined by J. Cole and Nas, who are joined by Machine Gun Kelly, Raekwon, Travis $cott and Wale. Tickets are now on sale for this event, so go cop them from One Love Fest’s site.

2015 Essence Music Festival: Saturday Rewind

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Welcome back to Concert Daily’s coverage of the 2015 Essence Music Festival where we want you to join in helping us to #BringTheLove.  We got an earlier start today so that we could go check out what was happening over at the convention center. As ALWAYS in the Summer down in Nola, it was BLAZING hot with crazy humidity, so we were ready to get into the AC over at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Granted we love the concerts over at the Superdome, the family oriented activities during the day are what set ESSENCE Fest apart from any other festival.

Upon walking inside Hall B, we could just feel the family atmosphere in the air. Parents walking around with their kids to the different interactive booths, best friends walking in groups to check out items for sale in the vendor row, and young couples holding hands while watching many of the free entertainment options were a couple of things that we observed. There’s one thing that we can’t forget, and that’s the food vendors! If you are a foodie, then this is the one official spot that you need to come to get your eat on. With various food vendors setup from different culinary styles to choose from, there was something for everyone’s pallet.

 

You couldn’t help but to walk down every inch of this place and find something that wasn’t happening. The Coca-Cola booth was jumping the ENTIRE time with numerous dance contests and people on the middle of the floor doing the Wooble, all while giving away free Coke products to help cool them down. The folks over at State Farm conducted one of the funniest karaoke sessions I had ever seen.  Many reality TV stars were in the building as well, speaking on different panels that ranged from how to be a successful entrepreneur, to what’s it REALLY like being on reality TV. Out of all the panels that were occurring, the one that stuck out to us the most was the “Women In Media” that featured Loni Love, April Ryan, Dja “Déjà vu” Parker and Shirley Strawberry. Since we are a media entity, it was very rewarding to see black women who are already deeply involved in the industry give their views and accounts of how things really work, also including some “tokens” for young women who may want to seek out a career in the entertainment realm.  Towards the end of the day, we headed over to the McDonald’s booth where R&B artist Case was about to hit the stage. He performed many of his older hits that had people singing along to every note, mixed in with some new music that he’s about to release.

 

 

Now on to the main event! The third night of the concert series is the one that mostly everyone has been talking about, and for good enough reason. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott was on the bill to make her return to music tonight on the mainstage of Saturday’s Essence Festival. The crowd tonight was noticeably younger, due to the likes of Missy, Usher, Sevyn Streeter, Elle Varner, Wale, Mali Music and Esperanza Spalding. Don’t get it twisted though, there was still enough music to go around for everybody, including the “grown folks” who dominated Friday’s crowd because Common, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Raheem DeVaughn and Kool Moe Dee were very much in the building.

 

First to take the mainstage was Academy Award Winner Common, who walked out to a crowd that was now starting to file into the venue. His set was relatively simple, outfitted in a plain jacket and jeans backed by a single background singer, a keyboardist, drummer and a DJ. While performing, he pulled a female fan up onstage to now be a part of show; this is the stuff that most fans dream of. What he did while she was with him, was most unique. He took the opportunity to get some basic particulars about the woman, whose name was Ashley, and began to form a freestyle rap centered around her while kissing her on the neck. Gazing into Common’s eyes and blushing, you could tell Ashley was both slightly embarrassed and extremely flattered at the same time, wouldn’t you be as well if you got pulled onto a huge stage at a national event and had a song tailor made to you?

Fan footage courtesy of Sonya Jenkins on Youtube

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Atlanta’s ONE Musicfest 2015 Performers Just Announced

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Here we have it, another music fest! One of the most anticipated festivals in the SouthEast to be exact, rooted in Atlanta and created by the DNA of Atlanta Music Lovers!

The sixth annual One Musicfest will take place on multiple stages and will serve as the ultimate mashup of innovative urban alternative acts with over eleven hours of non-stop music. The festival will feature over 25 of the hottest global DJs whose music crosses over to all spectrums, local vendors, games, and interactive activities. One Musicfest is the only place to see this roster of incredible acts join together for One purpose; which is to witness a wide variety of sounds, from rock to hip-hop, electro, reggae, funk, disco, house, alternative and soul while having your musical senses stimulated.

With the general public being forced to wait for a lineup, we were teased via the festival’s official Facebook page with possibilities of hopefuls, but now we have a confirmed list. This year you can expect to see  talent to include: Ms.Lauryn Hill, The Roots, Janelle Monae & Wondaland, A$AP Rocky, Wale, Raekwon, Ghostface, The Internet, Raury, SZA, Scarface, 8Ball & MJG, Big KRIT and many more to be announced. The festival will take place at Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood on Saturday, September 12, 2015.

Early bird tickets are now on sale and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.

Atlanta’s Birthday Bash Turns ’20’

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The Atlanta Hip Hop culture has made a major impact not only in the country but throughout the world. With that said, Hot 107.9, one of the staple radio stations in Atlanta, GA is celebrating it’s 20th birthday this year, and is doing so in a big way. The weekend of June 19-21 will blast four concerts over three days to commemorate the station, including a throwback to its first Birthday Bash in 1996.

Every year Birthday Bash has been known to shut down the Atlanta area, so it’s kind of cool to see a concert celebration in such platform, with different “themed” days. Each day of concerts will take place a various venues across the city. Check out our full breakdown of each night with the lineup below. Tickets can be purchased on Birthday Bash’s website, while VIP packages can be copped HERE.

 

Friday June 19, 2015

The “Classic Throwback Concert” @ The Tabernacle – 8 p.m.
Bun B
Trick Daddy
Ying Yang Twins
Young Joc
Little Scrappy
Pastor Troy
Kilo Ali
95 South
MC Shy D
Shop Boyz

Tickets: $45 – $85

Saturday June 20, 2015

Birthday Bash 20 “Free Block Party” Downtown @ Centennial Olympic Park – 12 Noon
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Birthday Bash 20 Concert @ Philips Arena – 7 p.m.
Future
Ludacris
Wale
Rae Sremmurd
Migos
K Camp
DJ Drama

Tickets: $10.79 – $189

Sunday June 21, 2015

Future of Hip Hop “Next to Go Concert” @ Variety Playhouse – 8 p.m.
Fetty Wap
Kevin Gates
TK and Cash
Cool America
Solo Lucci
Scotty ATL

Tickets: $35

 

Drake Headlines D.C.’s First Ever Two-Day Music Festival, the “Landmark Music Festival”

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It’s been a LONG time coming that the DMV area, most notably the Washington, D.C. area has been needing a music festival that spans the course of an entire weekend with top billing national recording artist.

Well those people that have been waiting for it, you have to wait no longer! Brought to you by the same people who runs the yearly Lollapalooza festival, it was recently announced that the inaugural Landmark Music Festival, benefiting the Trust for the National Mall, will take place on September 26-27 at West Potomac Park. There will be 5 stages worth of acts, so you’ll certainly get your money’s worth. You’re probably asking yourself who are some of these acts, well so far they have the likes of Drake, The Strokes, Alt-J, Wale and MANY more.

Tickets have started to go on sale HERE and are reasonably priced (starting at $150 for a two-day  pass) for a concert of such magnitude and size. More details on the event can be found on the Landmark Festival site. Tell all your friends about this and make this a success so that they will be willing to come back every year.

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Review: Wale Live At Baltimore Soundstage

Regardless of the frigid temperatures that took over the area on the 20th of February, the crowd showed up and showed out. The last stop on Wale’s ‘Simply Nothing’ tour, sponsored by Simple Mobile, was in Charm City at the Baltimore Soundstage. A number of artist took to the stage displaying an array of talent. From local artist to the likes of Fat Trel and Audio Push.

Wale took to the stage just in time to settle down a crowd that was becoming just a little bit restless. At times, the events that were going on in the crowd would distract patrons from what was happening on stage. However, it was a good show overall and I would recommend catching a show when he comes to your area. Although, I would probably recommend that they don’t have so many opening acts on the next tour.

Take the time to check out a few videos from the show below and make sure to stay tuned to Concert Daily for future Wale dates.

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Wale’s “Simply Nothing” Tour

Per tradition, Wale is spending his New Year’s Day in his hometown area doing what he does best, blazing the stage, but instead of doing just a one-off show, this will double as the start of his newest tour. Backed by Simple Mobile, the “Simply Nothing” tour will take the Maybach Music start to 32 cities to give fans a sample of what his upcoming album “The Album About Nothing” will sound like. Check the dates below and tickets can be found on livenation.com

 

“Simply Nothing” Tour Dates:

Jan. 1 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
Jan. 9 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Jan. 10 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Jan. 11 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
Jan. 13 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
Jan. 14 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Jan. 15 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Jan. 16 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Jan. 17 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Jan. 19 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
Jan. 22 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Jan. 23 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
Jan. 24 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre
Jan. 25 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Jan. 27 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
Jan. 28 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
Jan. 30 – Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium
Jan. 31 – San Diego, CA – North Park Theatre
Feb. 2 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
Feb. 4 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Feb. 5 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Feb. 6 – ustin, TX – Emo’s
Feb. 7 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage
Feb. 8 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
Feb. 10 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
Feb. 11 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Feb. 12 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
Feb. 14 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
Feb. 15 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
Feb. 17 – Richmond, VA – The National
Feb. 19 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
Feb. 20 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstagea