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Soul & R&B Events 2021

Soul and R&B music originally featured lyrics and melodies that highlighted the struggles of blacks in a post-World War II America. The predominately African American audience and artists who connect with R&B found refuge in the urban-inspired songs that told their stories.

Contemporary R&B music also tends to focus on issues within the black community, including relationships, crime, prejudice, and empowerment. Those themes are usually married with urban musical elements that cater to the black American demographic. However, fans of R&B music run the gamut. Many listeners enjoy the beats, enthusiasm, and authenticity that R&B artists bring to the table.

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  • 70s Soul Jam
  • Aaron Marcellus
  • Al Green
  • Ali Mcguirk
  • Alicia Keys
  • All-4-one
  • Angela Johnson
  • Ann Marie – Artist
  • Anthony Hamilton
  • Apollo Music Cafe
  • Avant
  • b2k
  • Barak
  • Bayou Rendezvous
  • BB King’s Blues Band
  • Bell Biv Devoe
  • Bells Atlas
  • Billy Price Band
  • Blackstreet
  • Bobby Brown
  • Bobby Long
  • BottleRock Official Aftershow
  • Boyz II Men
  • Brassroots District
  • Brenton Wood
  • Brian Dunne
  • Brian McKnight
  • Brick
  • Butterscotch
  • Calvin Richardson
  • Carl Thomas
  • Cautious Clay
  • Chantae Cann
  • Chante Moore
  • Charles Lloyd
  • Charlie Thomas’ Drifters
  • Charlie Wilson
  • Cheryl Pepsii Riley
  • Chic
  • Chip Ratliff and The DirtyBluCrue
  • Chris Brown
  • Color Me Badd
  • Con Funk Shun
  • Cris Jacobs Band
  • Dan Harris
  • Daniel Caesar
  • Darien Dean
  • Dash – Band
  • Deangelo’s Birthday R&B Comedy Showcase
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Deva Mahal
  • Dez – Artist
  • Diana Ross
  • Dianne Reeves
  • Dior Ashley Brown
  • Donny Hathaway: Live Tribute
  • Dru Hill
  • Dumpstaphunk
  • Durand Jones & The Indications
  • DVSN
  • Dwele
  • Earth Wind and Fire
  • El DeBarge
  • Eli Paperboy Reed
  • Ella Mai
  • Elle Varner
  • Emily King
  • Emmanuel Withers
  • En Vogue
  • Erykah Badu
  • Escort
  • Faith Evans
  • Foundation of Funk
  • Frankie Beverly
  • Freddie Jackson
  • Funk It Up Old School Concert
  • Gary Clark Jr.
  • Gary Taylor
  • George Porter Jr.
  • Gerald Albright
  • Ginuwine
  • Gladys Knight
  • Got My Own Sound Band
  • Grand Rapids Soul Club
  • H-Town
  • H.E.R.
  • Hi Five
  • Higher And Higher: A Feel-Good Rock N Soul Shindig
  • Ian Veneracion
  • India.Arie
  • J. Holiday
  • Ja Ronn and Flow
  • Jacquees
  • Jade Novah
  • Jagged Edge
  • James Hunter
  • Jane Eugene
  • Jeffrey Osborne
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Jermaine Elliott
  • Jess Glynne
  • Jessie Reyez
  • JJ Grey
  • Jodeci
  • Jody Watley
  • Joe
  • John Davidson
  • John Holiday
  • John Legend
  • Johnny Gill
  • Jon B.
  • Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
  • Jorja Smith
  • Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal
  • Josh Waters
  • Jungle
  • Kali Uchis
  • Kat Wright
  • Keith Sweat
  • Kelly Finnigan and The Atonements
  • Kem
  • Kenny Babyface Edmonds
  • Kenny Lattimore
  • Kev Choice
  • Kid Koala
  • Kimberly Nichole
  • Kool and The Gang
  • Ladies Night Out
  • Lady Moon and The Eclipse
  • Lalah Hathaway
  • Lauryn Hill
  • Lee Fields
  • Leela James
  • Legendary Ladies of Motown
  • Legends of Motown
  • Linda Clifford
  • Lionel Richie
  • Little Anthony
  • Lizz Wright
  • Lolo Zouai
  • Loose Ends
  • Louis York
  • Macy Gray
  • Marc Broussard
  • Marcia Ball
  • Mariah Carey
  • Mario
  • Marisela
  • Marsha Ambrosius
  • Marshall House Project
  • Masters of Soul
  • Matt Cappy
  • Maxwell
  • Maze
  • Maze And Frankie Beverly
  • MC Lightfoot
  • Melanie Fiona
  • Melvin Seals
  • Meshell Ndegeocello
  • Michael Kiwanuka
  • Miles Jaye
  • Milo Z
  • Miss Lavelle White and The L Men
  • Monica
  • Montell Jordan
  • Morris Day and The Time
  • Motown Soul
  • Musiq Soulchild
  • Mya
  • Next
  • Nicholas Payton
  • Nick Waterhouse
  • Nile Rodgers
  • Njomza
  • Omar and the Stringpoppers
  • Opening Night at the Bowl
  • Parliament Funkadelic
  • Patti Austin
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Peabo Bryson
  • Phantom Vanity
  • Pink Sweats
  • Pretty Ricky
  • Pride & Joy
  • Prisca
  • R.A. The Rugged Man
  • R&B Only
  • Raheem DeVaughn
  • Rahsaan Patterson
  • RBRM
  • RC and The Gritz
  • Regina Belle
  • Rita Coolidge
  • Rival Nova
  • RKCB
  • Robert Randolph & The Family Band
  • Robin Jackson and The Caravan
  • Ronnie Wright
  • Ruben Studdard
  • Rude Boys
  • Russell Thompkins Jr.
  • Sam Savage
  • Samantha Martin And The Delta Sugar
  • Sammy J
  • Saturday Night Fever
  • Scary Pockets
  • Shai
  • Shareef Keyes and The Groove
  • Sheila E
  • Shemekia Copeland
  • Shoffy
  • Sister Sparrow
  • Skylar Gudasz
  • Smokey Robinson
  • Somo
  • Sonny Landreth
  • Soul Clap
  • Soul Crackers Dance Party
  • Soul Kitchen
  • Soul Mechanisms
  • Soul Mechanix
  • Soul Sessions
  • SoulCapella
  • Southern Soul Spring Jam
  • Stephanie Mills
  • Stevie B.
  • Stokley
  • Summer Walker
  • Super Jam
  • Sweet Honey In The Rock
  • SWV
  • Tamar Braxton
  • Tameca Jones
  • Tank
  • Tank and The Bangas
  • The Bar Kays
  • The Commodores
  • The Crystals
  • The Delfonics
  • The Diamonds
  • The Dip
  • The Dirty Birds
  • The Dramatics
  • The Expressions
  • The Four Tops
  • The Isley Brothers
  • The Jacksons
  • The James Hunter Six
  • The Living Deads
  • The Lon Bronson Band
  • The Manhattans
  • The Marvels
  • The Millennium Tour
  • The Music of Aretha Franklin
  • The New Stylistics
  • The NTH Power
  • The O’Jays
  • The Righteous Brothers
  • The Sounds of Zamar
  • The Spinners
  • The Suffers
  • The Sugar Ball
  • The Temptations
  • The Teskey Brothers
  • The Whispers
  • Thee Sinseers
  • Tim Akers and The Smoking Section
  • Tituss Burgess
  • TLC
  • Tom Browne
  • Tommy Castro
  • Tommy Castro And The Painkillers
  • Tommy Lepson and The Too Much Sisters
  • Toni Braxton
  • Tony Terry
  • Tony Toni Tone
  • Tosin and Allinor
  • Tower Of Power
  • Trey McLaughlin
  • Trey Songz
  • Tweed
  • Tyler Carter
  • Ural Thomas and The Pain
  • Valerie June
  • Waiting On Mongo
  • War – Band
  • Wishbone Ash
  • Xavier White
  • Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band
  • Young Paris
  • Zigaboo Modeliste
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    1. What's in a Name?

      The term R&B, which stands for rhythm and blues, was coined by a Billboard magazine reporter named Jerry Wexler in the 1940s. At the time, Billboard referred to its R&B music charts by names like Harlem Hit Parade and Sepia, which were considered demeaning to the African American community. R&B was used to describe upbeat postwar African American music that combined blues & jazz.

      Some of R&B’s earliest and most popular artists were Ray Charles, James Brown, Sam Cooke and Little Richard. Each of those artists is considered music legends both in and outside of the R&B music scene, even decades after their rise to fame.

      The Evolution of R&B

      By the 1960s, R&B had evolved into a music genre that included the sister music style of soul. Soul music focused heavily on elements of gospel and blues. After Ray Charles became the first artist to secularize gospel music, Aretha Franklin came along, earning the nickname “Queen of Soul.”

      As soul music continued to gain momentum, the era of Motown hit in the 1960s. Artists like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Etta James, and The Supremes were emerging as big acts in the soul music field. The first soul song to reach #1 on the pop charts was “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge in 1966.

      The Elements of Soul

      Some key elements of soul music include emotionally-driven vocals, themes of ethnic pride and sad lyrics that reflect a World War II era way of life. In fact, the “blues” part of R&B refers to the sadness that people experienced during the time. The “rhythm” part comes from the way the second and fourth beats of the music are accented.

      Multi-part vocal harmonies are also a large component of soul and R&B music. Groups like The Temptations, The Supremes and the Jackson Five utilized this in their music.

      The R&B Music Spectrum

      Classic R&B music was well defined in earlier decades but today several music genres fit under the R&B umbrella. Urban styles like soul, funk, disco, and rap are also considered types of R&B.

      Some of today’s most popular R&B artists include Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Drake, Kanye West, and Beyonce. These artists are not only among the most famous in their genre but in the world of music. Tickets to their shows often sell out within minutes. Make sure to check SeatRetriever for exclusive deals at cheap prices so you aren’t rummaging for tickets at the last minute. Not only are concerts by R&B artists fun, listening to live soul music is definitely good for making the soul feel alive.

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