soulhead West Coast Summer Music Guide 2012


There are a lot of great events going on this summer for soul music lovers all over. And if you live on the west coast or will be visiting, you’ll definitely want to use soulhead’s Summer Music Guide—West Coast to make this summer So[ul] unforgettable! This guide includes R&B, soul, and hip-hop events from mid-June to the end of August and each month is broken down by region to make it easy for you to find out what’s going on in your area. Events highlighted in orange are must sees! Feel free to share additional events in the comment box!

June

NorCal

Stephanie Mills

Stephanie Mills

  • Date: Thursday, June 14 thru Sunday, June 17
  • Time: 8pm (except Saturday at 3pm)
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Venue: Yoshi’s
  • Cost: $60

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Over the span of a 25 year illustrious career, Stephanie Mills has distinguished herself as an actress and performer who is as at home on the Broadway stage as she is in the recording studio. Hit records such as “I Have Learned To Respect The Power Of Love,” “Home” and “Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin?” have become enduring classics. Stephanie’s critically acclaimed appearances in shows like the four-time Tony Award-winning “The Wiz” and “Your Arms Too Short To Box With God” has assured her of a consistently loyal following among fans, industry insiders and critics alike. The loyalty that she has inspired in her audience has seen her through a twenty-five year career filled with accomplishments and achievements.– Yoshi’s

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic perfo...

Richmond Juneteenth

  • Date: Saturday, June 16
  • Time: 10am-6pm
  • Location: Richmond, CA
  • Venue: Nicholl Park on 33rd & Macdonald
  • Cost: Free but donations are appreciated


FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Parade and live performance by George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, The Original Kingdom Travels, and many more!

 Ab-Soul Plus Special Guest

Ab-Soul

  • Date: Sunday, June 17
  • Time:  Doors @ 7:30/ Show @ 8p
  • Location: Oakland
  • Venue: The New Parish
  • Cost: $18-28
  • Presented by: Tastemaker Live & Sean Healy

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

On Sunday, June 17, Ab-Soul, one-fourth of Black Hippy, will be performing along with some very special guest at the New Parish in uptown Oakland. Soul hails from the same camp as Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q and Jay Rock and thus, expectations run high for the standout MC from Carson, CA… Soul’s sound is distinct yet apparently apart of the ‘New West’. What makes Soul different is not only his ability to pen thought provoking tracks like “Terrorist Threats” featuring Jhené Aiko and Danny Brown and “A Rebellion” featuring his former girlfriend, the late Alori Joh, that make force listeners to take a critical look at the world they live in but to create bass heavy tracks, with ScHoolboy Q, like “Druggys Wit Hoes” and “Druggys Wit Hoes Again” strictly for the purpose of getting hyped for the night.– TML & SHP

 Rose Royce

Rose Royce

  • Date: Thursday, June 21
  • Time: 8pm & 10pm
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Venue: Yoshi’s
  • Cost: $20-30

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

New Edition, Tony Toni Tone, and World Famous Rick and Russ Show

Feels Good

  • Date: Monday, June 23
  • Time: 9pm
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Venue: Oracle Arena
  • Cost: $37.50-$123.25

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Berkeley Juneteenth

Berkeley Juneteenth

  • Date: Sunday, June 24
  • Time: 10a-6p
  • Location: Berkeley, CA
  • Venue
  • Cost: Fre

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

MAIN STAGE ENTERTAINMENT is the “heart” of Juneteenth-in-Berkeley. The music incorporates the best of the African American experience: African drumming, jazz, blues, neo-soul, gospel, rhythm and blues, and reggae. Local talents, like John Handy, Faye Carol and Pharoah Sanders have graced our stage, but BJF is a vehicle for showcasing up and coming acts, providing them with an opportunity to show their talents.

COMMUNITY STAGE features performances directed towards novice entertainers. Auditions are held 60 days prior to the Festival. HEALTH FAIR- Alameda County health agencies offer informational workshops and health screenings. TWO ON TWO BASKETBALL TOURNEY provides wholesome, physical competition on event day. HISTORICAL EXHIBITS includes an indoor exhibit hall featuring a collaboration of presenters. ART FOR CHILDREN programs and for-fun activities are coordinated by practicing artists. The VISION MAGAZINE is a BJF souvenir publication sold on Festival day which features the day’s activities. –berkeleyjuneteenth.org

Johnny Osbourne, Bushman, & Spawnbreezie

Johnny Osbourne

  • Date: Tuesday, June 26
  • Time: Doors @ 8p/ Show @ 9pm
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Venue: The New Parish
  • Cost: $20-25

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Stereo Love 4 – Summer Of Love 2012

Summer of Love

  • Date: Saturday, June 30
  • Time: 9pm
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Venue: Womp Island Headquarters
  • Cost: $10-20

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

5 Stages of sound! Trance/Progressive, Electro/House/Dubstep, Hardcore/Hardstyle,

SoCal

Allen Stone

Allen Stonde

  • Date: Thursday, June 14
  • Time: Doors @ 7p/ Show @ 8p
  • Location: Santa Ana, CA
  • Venue: The Observatory
  • Cost: $16
  • Presented by: The Observatory

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

From backwoods barbecues and community gatherings; Allen Stone emerges to share personal melodies, telling his tales of life after just 24 years. Getting his start singing at his father’s church in small-town America; it wasn’t until later when introduced to the greats of soul music (Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin) and then to the confessional lyrical fashion of the 60’s -70’s singer/ songwriters, did music begin to ignite intense passion, eventually carrying this boy to a musical home. -allenstone.com

Love and Soul Featuring Brian Mcknight,  Musiq Soulchild, & Case

 McKnight and Soulchild

  • Date:  Thursday, June 14
  • Time: 7:30p
  • Location: Highland, CA
  • Venue: San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino
  • Cost: $40-60

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Love and soul – the perfect combination for a night out with someone extra special. And San Manuel presents three of the best love and soul singers around: Brian McKnight, Musiq Soulchild, and Case. With over 20-million album sales worldwide, Brian McKnight has received multiple Grammy nominations and been the recipient of numerous other industry awards. It�s hard to imagine a performer with more heart and soul than Musiq Soulchild, one of the most soulful artists recording today. Case got his soulful start singing backup on albums for renowned R&B artists. He has appeared on the soundtracks of many movies. — sanmanuel.com

Ab Soul

  • Date: Friday, June 15
  • Time: Doors @ 8:30pm/ Show @ 9pm
  • Location: Hollywood, CA
  • Venue: Key Club
  • Cost: $18
  • Presented by: Key Club & Sean Healy

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Back to Basics Festival

Back to the Basics

  • Date: Saturday, June 16
  • Time: 6pm
  • Location: Santa Ana, CA
  • Venue: The Observatory
  • Cost: $30
  • Presented by: The Observatory

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

The Visionaries / People Under The Stairs / Zion I / EvidenceWith Souls of Mischief, Fashawn, Blu, Chali 2na, Planet Asia, Strong Arm Steady, Ugly Duckling & Rebels to the Grain 2 Stages, Outdoor BBQ & much more! Open to all ages

Rahsaan Patterson with Sy Smith

Sy and Rahsaan

  • Date: Saturday, June 23
  • Time: 7:30p
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Venue: El Rey Theatre
  • Cost: $30-40

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Washington

Anita Baker

Anita Baker

  • Date: Friday, June 22
  • Time: 8:30p
  • Location: Tacoma, WA
  • Venue: Emerald Queen Casino
  • Cost: $90

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Las Vegas

Dru Hill & More

Milford Dru HillDate: Saturday, June 23

  • Time: 8pm
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Venue: Las Vegas Hotel
  • Cost: $64.90-86.90

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Dru Hill, Dominique, George Wilborn, Kenny Howell, Damon Williams

July

NorCal

28th Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival

Fillmore Jazz

  • Date: Saturday, July 7 & Sunday, July 8
  • Time: 10am-6pm
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Venue: Fillmore Street, between Jackson & Eddy
  • Cost: Free

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Blending art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 90,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend. From sunup to sundown, visitors can groove to the sounds of live music from multiple stages, browse the offerings of over 8 blocks of fine art and crafts and enjoy gourmet food and beverages. Asian to Cajun, paintings to pottery, old favorites and new directions, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is not to be missed.- FJF

 Al Green

Al Green

  • Date: Saturday, July 14
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Venue: Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium
  • Cost: $45-100

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Earth Wind & Fire

Earth Wind and Fire

  • Date: Monday, July 16
  • Time: 8:15pm
  • Location: Livermore, CA
  • Venue: Wente Winery
  • Cost: $80-305

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Eleventh Annual Outsound New Music Summit/ Festival

  • Date: Sunday, July 15 to Saturday, July 21
  • Time: Various, See Schedule
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Venue: San Francisco Community Music Center
  • Cost: $38

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

The San Francisco Bay Area’s underground music scene covers a tremendous breadth of styles and artists.  What they share is a love of improvisation, and of new or unusual compositions and sound-making techniques. Coming out of genres as diverse as jazz, electronic, new classical composition, world, hip-hop, and metal, to name but a few, the performing artists are led by their desire to learn and impart something new about music.  The Bay Area new music scene often works outside of traditional venues, creating special environments for new kinds of sound.  Outsound volunteer curators are dedicated to presenting the cutting edge of sound and music composition and performance. — ONMS

 Les Nubians

  • Date: Thursday, July 19
  • Time: Doors @ 8pm/ Show @9pm
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Venue: The New Parish
  • Cost: $25-30

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.


Oakland Jazz Festival

Oakland Jazz

  • Date: Saturday, July 21
  • Time: Doors @ 10a, Show @ 12noon
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Venue: Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estates
  • Cost: $69.75

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Kem, Ledisi, Eric Benet, Norman Brown, Wayne Wallace, Rodney Franklin, World Famous Rick & Russ Show

Ledisi featuring Eric Benet

Ledisi

  • Date: Sunday, July 22
  • Time: Doors @ 6pm
  • Location: Sacramento, CA
  • Venue: The Grove Amphitheater @ The Woodlake Hotel
  • Cost: $35-55
  • Presented by: Tastemaker Live & Sean Healy

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Michael Franks

  • Date: Saturday, July 28 & Sunday, July 29
  • Time: Sat. 8pm & 10pm, Sun. 6pm & 8pm
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Venue: Yoshi’s
  • Cost: $25-30

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

SoCal

Full Crate & Mar w/ Special Guest Jesse Boykins III

Full Crate JB

  • Date: Tuesday, July 3
  • Time: Doors @ 9pm
  • Location: Santa Monica, CA
  • Venue: Zanzibar
  • Cost: $10-12.50
  • Presented by: Project Live & Nu Soul Magazine

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Full Crate & Mar are on the international forefront of progressive electronic and soul music. Hailing from Amsterdam, they are on a headlining North American tour.

Since the buzz, which started in 2009 with their independent free release of “She was Fly” which later became part of their debut ep entitled “Conversations With Her”, Crate and Mar have worked and performed with artists such as Eric Roberson, Erykah Badu, Mark Pritchard, Electric Wire Hustle, Seiji, The Park, Daru Jones and Jesse Boykins III to name a few and made remixes forcChris Turner, Athony Valadez and Steve Reich.

Jesse Boykins III has a timeless sound. He shares a point of view that crosses all genres, generations and cultures. Every note and each word in all his recorded works, to his live performance is skillfully crafted evoking emotions that can move any listener across the world to examine and acknowledge those feelings within themselves.– brownpapertickets.com/

Al Green plus special guest Allen Stone

Al Green AS

  • Date: Thursday, July 19
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Venue: Greek Theatre
  • Cost: $35-110

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Ledisi

  • Date: Thursday, July 19
  • Time: 7pm
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Venue: Club Nokia
  • Cost: $26-46

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

An Evening With Maxwell

Maxwell

  • Date: Friday, July 20 & Saturday July 21
  • Time: 8pm
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Venue: Staple Center
  • Cost: $29.50-$275

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

LA Babies, we are so fortunate that we live in a city that gets to host some of the most stellar events and this summer will be no exception. Sexy, sultry crooner, Maxwell is doing a two-day concert at the Staples Center and all proceeds will be donated to the Obama 2012 campaign! How cool is that?

Maxwell will be performing his first two albums, Urban Hang Suite and Embrya on the first night and his last two albums, Now andBLACKsummer’snight on the second night. These concert will take place on Friday, July 20th and Saturday, July 21st. — blackisonline.com

Mint Condition

Mint Condition

  • Date: Saturday, July 21
  • Time: 8pm
  • Location: Anaheim, CA
  • Venue: City National Grove of Anaheim
  • Cost: $45

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

  • Date: Wednesday, July 25 & Thursday, July 26
  • Time: 8pm
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Venue: Nokia Theatre
  • Cost: $39.50-$115.50

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Big KRIT

Big Krit

  • Date: Monday, July 30
  • Time: 8pm
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Venue: El Rey Theatre
  • Cost: $22

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Big KRIT with Casey Veggies

  • Date: Tuesday, July 31
  • Time: Doors @ 7p
  • Location: Santa Ana, CA
  • Venue: The Observatory
  • Cost: $20

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Washington

Boyz II Men, En Vogue, Salt-N-Pepa

Boyz II Men

  • Date: Saturday, July 7
  • Time: 7pm
  • Location: Tulalip, WA
  • Venue: The Tulalip Amphitheatre
  • Cost: $45-65

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean

  • Date: Friday, July 13
  • Time: 8p
  • Location: Seattle, WA
  • Venue: The Showbox at The Market
  • Cost: $25

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Mint Condition

  • Date: Friday, July 20
  • Time: 8p
  • Location: Seattle, WA
  • Venue: The Showbox at The Market
  • Cost: $45

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

The Jackson Unity Tour

Jackson Tour

  • Date: Sunday, July 29
  • Time: 7p
  • Location: Snoqualmie, WA
  • Venue: Snoqualmie Casino-Mountain View Plaza
  • Cost: $49-100

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Las Vegas

Marsha Ambrosius with Special Guest Tamia

Marsha and Tamia

  • Date: Saturday, July 14
  • Time: 9pm
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Venue: Mandalay Bay Resort
  • Cost: $65
  • Presented by: UPTOWN Vegas

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

UPTOWN VEGAS PRESENTS: Marsha Ambrosius with Special Guest Tamia. In conjunction with Tony Rome Presents, Blackvegas.com & Moore Global Group #BVMG. This sexy poolside concert at Moorea Beach Pool at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino Resort takes place on July 14th. If you were in attendance last year then you know this was one of the best shows of the year.

There will be a Special Edition of NeoSoul (Welcomes Uptown Vegas) Thursday July 12th at Ghostbar in the Palms Hotel & Casino, with a very special guest. Tickets for the poolside concert now available and only 400 available.– blackvegas.com

Ledisi BGTY Tour with special guest Eric Benet

  • Date: Friday, July 20
  • Time: Doors @ 7:30pm/ Show @ 8:30pm
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Venue: House of Blues
  • Cost: $32-49

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Aloe Blacc

Aloe Blacc

  • Date: Thursday, July 26
  • Time: 7pm
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Venue: Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan
  • Cost: $20
  • Presented by: BLVD Social Club

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Srh Fest Featuring Kottonmouth Kings, Dialated Peoples, Hed P.e.

Kottonmouth Kings

  • Date: Friday, July 27
  • Time: 8pm
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Venue: The Hard Rock Hotel
  • Cost: $27

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

August

NorCal

12th Annual Art & Soul Oakland

Oakland Art & Soul

  • Date: Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5
  • Time: 8/4 – 2pm-midnight; 8/5- noon-6pm
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Venue: 14th Street & Broadway
  • Cost: Advance Online $10 adult, $5 seniors & youth; At Gate $15 adult, $8 seniors & youth; children 12 & under free


FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

SJ Jazz

  • Date: Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12
  • Time: 8/10- 5pm-9pm; 8/9 & 8/10 – 10am-10pm
  • Location: San Jose, CA
  • Venue: Plaza de Cesear Chaves
  • Cost: $15-45 adult; $5-15 children

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

August 10-12, the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest is the hottest event of the summer featuring a stellar lineup of international stars, emerging artists and regional favorites playing straight-ahead jazz, blues, salsa, Latin, R&B, and more! It’s not just the biggest live music event in Silicon Valley–it’s the perfect summer experience featuring tasty food, wine and micro-brews; family fun and jazz for kids; and a Club Crawl and other after-hours events for the grown ups.

Featured performers at the 23rd annual festival include Morris Day & The TimeThe Jazz Crusaders featuring Joe Sample, Wayne Henderson and Wilton FelderThe SpinnersDianne ReevesTerence BlanchardBoney JamesCoco MontoyaRene MarieTia FullerIvan Neville’s DumpstaphunkTony Monaco GroupJeff Hamilton TrioAlessandro Penezzi QuartetAmanda Shaw & The Cute GuysYoshiaki Miyanoue Tokyo QuartetAdam Theis & SubharmonicJohn Broadway Tucker,BlackMahalAllan Harris BandJoyce RandolphLaila SmithBen FlocksKat Parra Latin World EnsembleJackeline Rago & the Venezuelan Music ProjectWil Campa y Su Gran UnionPacific Mambo OrchestraTeam BahiaYesberger Band,Vitchev/Tamburr New Quartet, and many others. –sanjosejazz.org

Outside Lands Festival

Outside Lands

  • Date: Friday, August 10 – Sunday, August 12
  • Time: 11am-10pm
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Venue: Golden Gate Park
  • Cost: $165-495

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
If you’re looking for a live music event featuring an eclectic and diverse line-up and the best in food, wine, and art, look no further than the Outside Lands Festival. Since its inception in 2008, Outside Lands has united hundreds of thousands of music lovers with some of the region’s favorite bites and sips in San Francisco’s famed Golden Gate Park. Attendees to this year’s festival can look forward to performances by Stevie Wonder, Alabama Shakes, Big Boi, Santigold, Michael Kiwanuka, and Fitz and the Tantrums, as well as Metallica, Tom Morello’s Nightwatchmen, and Norah Jones. The festival incorporates a major greening component as well, and all are encouraged to support local vendors and businesses while attending the events.– soultrain.com

Soul Box Vol. 1 presents Kindred The Family Soul

Kindred Soul

  • Date: Saturday, August 11
  • Time: 5pm
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Venue: Malonga Center for the Arts
  • Cost: $30-40
  • Presented by: Soul Box Vol. 1

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Kindred the Family Soul, also referred to as Kindred, are an American R&B, soul, and neo soul duo consisting of the married couple of Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon. Kindred emerged from the Philadelphia neo soul movement that also includes Jill Scott, who discovered them while the couple was performing at the Black Lily Film & Music Festival.

With a new album released in the latter half of 2011 beautifully titled “Love Has No Recession” and packed with new hits like “You’ve Got Love” feat. Snoop Dogg and “Magic Happens”, Kindred continues to deliver that good music for the soul. So come on out and enjoy a special night with them as they return to perform live in the Bay Area for the first time in over a year!– Soul Box

Luciano

Luciano

  • Date: Saturday, August 18
  • Time: 8pm Sharp
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Venue: Mezzanine
  • Cost: $31.50-45
  • Presented by: Wanubi Project

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Rock the Bells Mountain View

RTB MV

  • Date: Saturday, August 25 & Sunday, August 26
  • Time: Doors @ 12
  • Location: Mountain View, CA
  • Venue: Shoreline Amphitheatre
  • Cost: $99-439.50

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Originally launched in 2004, Rock the Bells has since become one of the most popular summer music festivals for hip-hop heads of all ages. This year’s series boasts performances by Nas, Method Man & Red Man, Kendrick Lamar, Big Daddy Kane, Common, Ice Cube, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Kid Cudi, and Salt n Pepa. Taking place over the course of three weekends in three different cities (August 18-19 in San Bernardino, CA; August 25-26 in Mountain View, CA; and September 1-2 in Holmdel, NJ), the 2012 Rock the Bells festival has teamed up with Hip Hop and Hope for Haiti, a non-profit organization, to bring awareness to the country’s continuing humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake of 2010. This year’s Rock the Bells will culminate with a concert in Miami, FL featuring some of this year’s festival performers (date to be announced).– soultrain.com

Esperanza Spalding

E Spalding

  • Date: Saturday, August 25
  • Time: 8pm
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Venue: Paramount Theatre
  • Cost: $28-73

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

SoCal

The Summer Music Festival starring Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Patti Labelle, The O’Jays, Tank

Frankie Beverly

  • Date: Saturday, August 11
  • Time: 7:15pm
  • Location: Universal City, CA
  • Venue: Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk
  • Cost: $125

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

2012 Rock the Bells Festival – San Bernardino

RTB SB

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  • Date: Saturday, August 18 & Sunday, August 19
  • Time: Doors @ 12
  • Location: San Bernardino, CA
  • Venue: NOS Event Center
  • Cost: $199-999

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Anita Baker & Esperanza Spalding

AB ES

  • Date: Wednesday, August 22
  • Time: 8pm
  • Location: Hollywood, CA
  • Venue: Hollywood Bowl
  • Cost: $1-134

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Smooth Summer Jazz: Men of Soul, Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson Freddie Jackson, and more

Smooth Summer Jazz

  • Date: Sunday, August 26
  • Time: 6pm
  • Location: Hollywood, CA
  • Venue: Hollywood Bowl
  • Cost: $12-136


FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Babies were made to them, brides have walked down the aisles to them, lovers have been brought together because of them and the Quiet Storm format on radio stations across the country would be non-existent without them—the unforgettably timeless, chart-topping classic love songs of four of the greatest R&B crooners and soul singers of all time– Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson and Howard Hewett. Their love songs have helped mend many a relationship and been at the center of making millions more memorable. Through their lyrics, millions have gained a better understanding of the meaning of true love and all that it has to offer. This time around all four men will come together for a few unforgettable nights.– menofsoultour.com

Washington

Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke

  • Date: Saturday, August 11
  • Time: 8:30pm
  • Location: Tacoma, WA
  • Venue: Emerald Queen Casino
  • Cost: $90

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Las Vegas

Kem

Kem

  • Date: Friday, August 10
  • Time: 8pm
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Venue: Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
  • Cost: $59-90
  • Presented by: Urban Soul Nation

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

 

International Festivals

Radio 1 Hackney Weekend 2012

Hackney

  • Date: June 23-24
  • Time: All Day
  • Where: London, UK
  • Cost: Free

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Jay-Z, Leona Lewis, Lostprophets, Sean Paul, will.i.am, D’banj, Trey Songz, Rhianna, Santigold, Nas, and Much more

Parkpop Festival 2012

Parkpop

  • Date: June 24
  • Time: All Day
  • Where: The Hague, Netherlands
  • Cost: Free!

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Roskilde Festival 2012

Rosklide

  • Date: July 5-8
  • Time: All Day
  • Where: Roskilde, Denmark
  • Cost: TBA

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Royce DA 5-9, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Wiz Khalifa, The Roots

Roskilde Festival is the largest North European music festival and has existed since 1971. We are a non-profit organisation consisting of about 25 full-time employees and thousands of volunteers. Each year, The Roskilde Festival Charity Society, which is the association behind Roskilde Festival, ensures that the profits from the festival are donated directly to humanitarian and cultural purposes. -MFJ

Wireless Festival 2012

Wireless

  • Date: July 6-8
  • Time: All Day
  • Where: London, UK
  • Cost: Click Here

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Barclaycard Wireless Festival 2012 takes place in Hyde Park, London, this July. The line-up so far has been confirmed as:

Friday 6 July: deadmau5, Maverick Sabre, Knife Party, Feed Me, Modestep, Jaguar Skills, Childish Gambino, Ms. Dynamite, Gemini, Zedd, Afrojack, The Roots, Metric, Santigold, Zeds Dead

Saturday 7 July: Drake, Nicki Minaj, Example, Wiz Khalifa, The Weekend, Professor Green, Tulisa, Chiddy Bang, D’Banj, Clement Marfo and the Frontline, Dot Rotten, Rita Ora, Hilltop Hoods, Koan Sound, Alunageorge, Plus Special Guest – Nero

Sunday 8 July: Rihanna, Jessie J, J Cole, Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth, Pitbull, Cher Lloyd, Kaskade, Madeon, A$AP Rocky, Flux Pavilion, Stooshe, Delilah, Theophilus London, Angel, Lloyd, Far East Movement, Doctor P, Kreayshawn, Plus Special Guest Calvin Harris -ticketmaster.co.uk

Lounge on the Farm 2012

Loung on the farm

  • Date: July 6-8
  • Time: All Day
  • Where: Canterbury, UK
  • Cost: Click Here

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

The Lounge On The Farm’s history, like so many romantic tales, begins with a number scribbled on the back of a fag packet. A chance meeting between ‘Lounge Original’ Sean and the son of a farmer as they watched a band perform aboard a flat bed lorry in the middle of Canterbury in the spring of 2004 is where it all began. Ideas were exchanged. A telephone number was hastily jotted on a pack of Marlboro’s. And the rest as they say is history!– MFJ

Ottawa Bluesfest 2012

Ottawa BluesFest

  • Date: July4-15
  • Time: All Day
  • Where: Ottawa, ON (Canada)
  • Cost: $375 12-Day Pass


FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Clarence Clemons took the stage in 1994 and helped kick off what would become Canada’s fastest growing celebration of Blues and Roots music. Five thousand people descended on Majors Hill Park that first year, probably not realizing the tradition they were helping to create. In the years since, more than a million people have tuned in their ears and opened their hearts to some of the biggest names in the music industry.– MFJ

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