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Sunday 06/07
Geto Boys @ The Howard Theatre
$25 / $30
Geto Boys (originally spelled Ghetto Boys) from Houston, Texas, consisting of Scarface, Willie D, and Bushwick Bill are the founders of Southern rap and is considered one of the greatest musical groups of all time. TheGeto Boys' lyrics push reality rap themes to extremes. They are credited for having inspired a legion of acts, including 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., Eminem, UGK, T.I., Goodie Mobb, OutKast, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Z-Ro, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Juvenile, Mystikal, Esham and Insane Clown Posse. In the early 1990s, several American politicians attacked rap artists associated with the sub-genre gangsta rap, including the Geto Boys. A high-profile incident in which Bushwick Bill lost an eye in a shooting was indicative of the group's 1991 album, We Can't Be Stopped. The album cover features a picture of the injured Bushwick being carted through a hospital by Scarface and Willie D. The album featured the now classic single, "Mind Playing Tricks on Me", which became a big hit and charted at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100. After Willie D left the group, Scarface and Bushwick Bill continued with the Geto Boys with the addition of Big Mike who made his debut appearance with the group on 1993's album, Till Death Do Us Part. Although Till Death Do Us Part was certified gold,it was not as well received by fans. Subsequently, Big Mike was dropped and Willie D returned for 1996's critically acclaimed The Resurrection, and the 1998 follow-up Da Good Da Bad & Da Ugly, of which Bushwick Bill was not a part. After seven years on hiatus, the group reunited to record its seventh album, The Foundation, which was released on January 25, 2005. The Geto Boys' songs have placed in several movies, most notably Mike Judge’s cult classic film Office Space which included “Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta” from Till Death… and “Still” from The Resurrection. The song "Mind of a Lunatic" has been covered by many recording acts including Marilyn Manson in 2003, as a B-side off the album The Golden Age of Grotesque. The single "Damn it Feels Good to Be a Gangsta" has also been covered by the band Aqueduct and country singer Carter Falco. Although the band rarely releases albums or perform together,they are said to be in talks to record a new album and are currently performing spot dates in select cities. Recent showsinclude ICP’s The Gathering of the Juggalos Festival in Cave Rock, Illinois and Return of the Legends with Ice Cube in Detroit. They performed to a sold out audience at Emo’s in Austin on January 26, 2013. On February 9th, the group began filming an episode of TV One’s hit docu-series Unsung, set to air summer 2013. Willie D also began writing a planned syndicated advice column entitled, Ask Willie D.
Stephanie Mills
Saturday 11/07
Stephanie Mills @ The Howard Theatre
$69.50 / $75
Stephanie Mills is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music whose onstage energy and power inspires standing ovations wherever she performs. She is a legendary Grammy and America Music Award winning recording artist with five best selling albums and ten Billboard #1 singles. Career History Over the span of 35 years illustrious career, Stephanie Mills has distinguished herself as an actress and performer. Stephanie‘s critically acclaimed appearances in shows like the four-time Tony Award -winning “The Wiz” have assured her of her consistent and loyal fan base. Stephanie hails from Brooklyn, New York and grew up singing in her home church. Her vocal abilities became evident by age nine. For six consecutive weeks, a young Stephanie won the amateur night at the acclaimed Apollo Theatre. She then went on to do her first Broadway musical, "Maggie Flynn". She then did classical tv shows such as "Captain Kangaroo" and "The Electric Company". Ms. Mills signed with 20th Century Fox Records in 1979. While working with producers James Mtume and Reggie Lucas, Stephanie recorded "WhatchaGonna Do With My Lovin" and by 1984, she had climbed the charts with major hits: "Sweet Sensation", "Never Knew Love Like This Before" (a gold single), "Two Hearts" (a duet with Teddy Pendergrass), "Keep Away Girls", "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?." Stephanie scored three best selling albums in a row with "WhatchaGonna Do With My Lovin", "Sweet Sensation', and "Stephanie" in a span of just two years. Stephanie has an insatiable appetite for singing. It is one of the things she loves to do. She says it makes her happy and she looks forward to putting out new music in 2014. She hopes her music will make her fans as happy as it has made her!