New Orleans: Essence Music Festival – July 1-3 + Giant Step Discount Tickets

 

The highly anticipated Essence Music Festival is back and features everything soulful – from old-school to new-school to pop sensations; See Boyz II Men, Jennifer Hudson, Miguel, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Dwele, Usher, Mint Condition, Charlie Wilson, Timothy Bloom, and Fantasia, amongst others. The music is enough but add in that New Orleans grub, though? No question that this is a trip that needs to happen. Essence has partnered with Giant Step to offer our members special 10% discount tickets; The offer expires June 30th, so jump on it!

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Raphael Saadiq Joins Thievery Corporation on Williamsburg Waterfront – Fri, 6/24

As if the prospect of the upcoming Thievery Corporation show on June 24th at the Williamsburg Waterfront wasn’t exciting enough, word has reached us that Raphael Saadiq will be joining the bill. More special guests are expected to be announced closer to the show. It would seem the perfect summer show just got more perfect.

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Yael Naim – New Album + Live Shows in NY (5/9) and LA (5/16)

Thanks to the runaway success of her international hit “New Soul,” Yael Naim’s self-titled 2007 release propelled this French-Israeli singer-songwriter on a yearlong promotional trek around the globe. Naim’s stunning new album, She Was a Boy (which has already surpassed Gold status in France), collects 13 luminous folk-pop gems, each recorded at the singer’s apartment-turned-workshop. Upbeat tunes like “Come Home,” “Stupid Goal” and “Go to the River” will instantly appeal to fans of “New Soul,” though She Was a Boy presents a serious expansion of Naim’s sound as well.

Check out her upcoming appearances in NY and LA – She’ll be at Le Poisson Rouge on May 9 in NY, and she’ll be at Hotel Cafe on May 16th in LA.

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Aloe Blacc Live Video + North American Tour

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We know a bit about Aloe Blaccs live show, having seen him perform at more than one of our NYC events. He has lit up all kinds of stages around here, from small venues to Central Park’s Summerstage. Now he’s embarking on a 2011 North American tour, supporting his recent Good Things album, featuring the worldwide hit song “I Need a Dollar.” The popularity of Good Things has spread to all parts of the globe – come see what the rest of the world is raving about!

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Blitz the Ambassador Video – “Best I Can” ft. Corneille + Native Sun Out Today

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Check out the new video from Blitz the Ambassador, “Best I Can” ft. Corneille off the new album, Native Sun, released today. He’s having album release parties in New York (SOB’s, 5/4)  and DC (Club Liv, 5/5) off the heels of a successful month-long tour of Europe, with The Embassy Ensemble.

Native Sun on iTunes | Fat Beats