The Roots Confirmed For Oxbow RiverStage In Napa On October 11th (@theroots)

We’ve just been informed that the legendary Roots Crew will be playing at the Oxbow RiverStage, which is located at 1268 McKinstry Street, Napa, CA, on Friday, October 11th.

This event will begin at 7:00 PM. General admission tickets, which are going for $55.00 each as well as Gold VIP ($125 each), are available via Ticketmaster.

Neo-Soul / Jazz Artist Bilal To Perform In Oakland This September (@Bilal @yoshis_OAK)

Singer / songwriter Bilal will be doing three back to back sets at Oakland’s popular live venue, Yoshi’s, this September. The artist is confirmed for two sets on Saturday, September 14th (one at 7:30 pm and the other at 9:30 pm); with an additional set on Sunday, the 15th at 7 pm.

For tickets and additional information, click here.

Philadelphia’s Street Renamed To Honor R&B Legend Patti LaBelle (@MsPattiPatti)

A couple weeks ago Philadelphia’s Broad Street, between Spruce and Locust, was renamed Patti LaBelle Way. The renaming was done during the Wawa Welcome America Festival, and it was done to honor the legendary singer’s accomplishments and ties to the city.

Patti LaBelle has won two Grammy Awards and is considered the godmother of soul. In addition to her singing career, LaBelle also has a successful line of cakes and pies.

Mary J. Blige Moves Into TV Production (@maryjblige)

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Mary J. Blige has signed a first-look TV deal with Lionsgate to develop and produce television series via her newly launched Blue Butterfly Productions Company. Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. is a global content platform that brings films, television series, movies etc. to audiences all over the world.

Blige, who currently stars on Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy and VH1’s Scream, is no stranger to acting and the movie culture. That being said, now, in addition to everything else she’s involved with, MJB will be wearing a new hat as TV producer.

The Legendary EPMD Will Be Live At Yoshi’s Oakland Next Weekend! (@yoshis_OAK)

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The legendary hip-hop duo, EPMD, will be performing live at Yoshi’s (510 Embarcadero West) in Oakland, California on Saturday, July 20th. Additionally, there will be a special guest performance by Bay Area’s own Suga T with an introduction to rising talent, Sweet Juices.

This event is being presented by Mark Elliott & The A-List Musiq Circle, with support from hip-hop TV. It is being hosted by Brother J from XCLAN.

Have You Seen Common’s Video For His Latest Single “Her Love”? (@common)

commonOn June 14th, Common released a new single titled HER Love. Via his social sites he explained the meaning of the song and why he decided to do it. He wrote the following:

“Today I’m releasing my first single, HER Love, and it’s about my love for Hip Hop and how much the culture has given me. How much this art form means to me and how I appreciate what the new artists are doing. I was blessed to have a J.Dilla beat to write this song to and it was a beautiful fit for what I wanted to say. I asked Daniel Ceasar to sing the hook and we asked special guest Dwele to do his thing as It was only right to have my brother from Detroit rock on a Dilla track. I am just grateful to be putting this song out and to the culture and art form that changed my life. Love.”

If you have not done so as yet, click here or on the image above to check out the official video for HER Love.

Nas Will Celebrate 25 Years of Illmatic In WA This August (@Nas)

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Iconic rapper, Nas, will perform at the Accesso Showare Center on Saturday August 17th, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his legendary album Illmatic. Recognized by Rolling Stone Magazine as the greatest hip-hop album of all time, Illmatic sets the tone for the greatest era in hip-hop history. Along with his songs on Illmatic, Nas will also be performing all of his hits from his 25 year long career.

Nas will be supported by Lupe Fiasco, AZ and Redhead. Show time is 8 PM, and the Accesso Showare Center is located at 625 W James Street in Kent, Washington.