On Friday, March 25th, legendary hip hop trio De La Soul takes the stage at The Shrine in Chicago, IL with special guest DJ Mark Fulla Flava. As one of the founders of the alternative hip-hop scene, the Grammy award winning De La Soul has been holding it down since their brilliant debut release in 1989. Today more than 12 releases later (and another in the making) these guys are masters of the game. Doors open at 9:00PM, and advance tickets are still available, so make sure you get yours now.
On Saturday, March 19th, iNSPiRE, in association with Giant Step and Dusty Groove America, bring soul to The Shrine in Chicago. Singer-songwriter Anthony David will be backed by Verzatile, with special guest Marz G and DJ Mark Fullaflava.
Atlanta-based Anthony David is best known for his hit 2008 single "Words," [Youtube] a duet with India.Arie, but his career started long before then. An accomplished songwriter, his working relationship with Arie began in 2001 when he contributed the song "Part of My Life" to her 7x Grammy nominated album Acoustic Soul. Since then, he has released 4 albums and toured extensively. His latest album As Above So Below (3/22) shows him teaming up with Nashville's Shannon Sanders, and features guest artists such as upcoming Atlanta songstress Algebra, rapper Phonte of Little Brother, and Shawn Stockman of Boys II Men. So if you'll be in Chi-town this weekend, mark your calendars for Saturday and get tickets!
On March 5th, Bilal brings his own live band to the windy city for a rare Chicago performance by the Philadelphia-born Soulquarian. Bilal's 2010 album Airtight's Revenge was arguably one of the best soul albums of the year, getting incredible feedback from both his peers and the press. The remixes, the covers and videos that came along with it were all leading to this - the tour. If you're in Chicago next weekend, catch Bilal at The Shrine, presented by Giant Step and Dusty Groove, to experience the voice Janelle Monáe once described as a Van Gogh painting.