The Roots Will Perform At Ottawa’s Jazz Festival This Summer (@theroots)

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Hip-Hop legends, The Roots, have been booked as one of the headliners for the 2019 Jazz Festival in Ottawa, Canada. The event will take place from June 21st through July 1st at Confederation Park. The Roots will be performing on the 29th at 8:30 PM.

Visit the event’s website for additional information.

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Nas Will Perform ‘Illmatic’ With The Detroit Symphony Orchestra On March 5th (@Nas @DetroitPistons @DetroitSymphony)

NasThe Detroit Pistons present 13-time Grammy Award Nominee Nas, joined by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, as a culmination of Detroit Pistons Black History Month festivities at Orchestra Hall on Tuesday March 5th at 7:30 PM.

One of the most influential and talented MCs to ever hold a mic, Nas will perform his debut album Illmatic in classical style, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the record. Proceeds from the event will benefit programs that stem from the Detroit Pistons partnership with the DSO and the annual Sphinx Competition, which provides new opportunities to young African-American and Latino string players and the communities and audiences they serve.

The Detroit Pistons and DSO have a multi-year partnership aimed to enhance music and education programming for Detroit youth. Financial commitments from Pistons owner Tom Gores, Vice Chairman Arn Tellem and the Detroit Pistons Foundation have expanded the DSOs Civic Youth Ensemble offerings for Detroit students.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Why Was Drake’s Speech Cut-Off At The GRAMMY Awards?

Drake-2019-GrammysOne of the lowest point of last evening’s GRAMMY Awards was when Drake’s honest, authentic and heartfelt speech was cut short. The artist was making a very timely and accurate speech to his fellow musicians about everyone already being winners as long as they are putting in the work and are being supported by their fans.

He was basically saying that no one needs a GRAMMY to legitimize their success in the music business, and for that he was apparently cut off. A few seconds after the artist made that statement the show went to a commercial break and Drake was cut-off. Today the GRAMMY is claiming that Drake’s speech was finished before they went to break; but no one is buying that.

Hence the headline question; why was Drake’s speech cut-off at the 2019 GRAMMY Awards?

Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Slick Rick & Others Confirmed For The 2019 Cincinnati Music Festival (@CincyMusicFest)

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The 2019 staging of the annual Cincinnati Music Festival will kick off on Thursday, July 25th and will wrap up on Saturday, July 27th. It will be held at the Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.

This year will see a slew of major mega rhythm & blues as well as hip-hop acts taking to the stage. Some of the confirmed artists include: Kid Capri, Slick Rick, EPMD, Maxwell, Earth, Wind & Fire, Mary J. Blige, Blackstreet, Teddy Riley, Dave Hollister, and that is just to name a few.

Tickets start at $60 USD and can be purchased HERE.

Nas To Headline Sideways Festival In Finland (@Nas @Sidewayshel)

nasSideways is the only big music & arts festival in the Helsinki area happening at the beginning of the Summer. Every year they present nearly 80 live acts plus entertaining sideshows from music trivia competitions to art exhibitions, 80’s arcade games to skateboarding sessions.

For 2019 they have added veteran hip-hop artist Nas as one of their main headliners. The Queen’s Bridge native has just released 3 back to back videos from his latest album, all while working on new musical projects.

Sideways Festival takes place on June 6th, 7th, and 8th at Sideways (Nordenskiöldinkatu 11, 00250) in Helsinki. Click here for tickets.

Legendary Hip-hop Artist Scarface Confirmed For Yoshi’s Oakland On Mar. 2nd (@BrotherMob)

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The legendary Scarface will be making a stop at one of the most popular live venue on the west coast, Yoshi’s. It’s located at 510 Embarcadero West in Oakland, California. The event, which kicks off at approximately 9:30 PM, has a door entrance ranging from $32 to $39 USD.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Yasiin Bey Heads To London For A One-Off Performance

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On Friday, February 1st, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) will perform at O2 Forum Kentish Town (located at 9-17 Highgate Road) in London, UK. This is an 18 and older event – ID required – that will run from 7 to 11 PM (UK time).

Tickets are available online for £29.50 + tax. Click here to purchase tickets.