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Musiq Soulchild
Saturday 10/24
Musiq Soulchild @ The Howard Theatre
$37.50 / $45
Philadelphia native Taalib Johnson a.k.a Musiq Soulchild, is a soul artist whose unique style blends R&B, Soul, Funk, Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Hip Hop, creating a sound unlike any other. “I consider myself a soul artist because it encompasses all genres of music!" Musiq states “I like to make music that means something to people, nowadays there are so many categories and labels, I just wanna make music that matters!” Musiq is the eldest of nine children “I always saw myself as the black sheep of the family; I was always doing my own thing!” At a young age Musiq decided he would not continue his high school education, this proved to make his road to success much more difficult "I really wish I stayed, cause even though I didn't like it that much I still could've taken advantage of the many resources that being in school has to offer!” When Musiq was 17 he left home to live life on his own terms, finding himself having to depend on the kindness of friends, and sometimes strangers, as he struggled with everyday survival "Man, I did what I had to, I slept on couches, the bus, the train, the park, whatever, it didn't matter, I just knew things wasn't gonna be that way forever!” It was during that time Musiq started to build a reputation for being musically gifted, beat boxing for MC's, free styling on the open mic circuit, scatting at a jazz club, or just performing a cappella in the streets of Philadelphia, which is where he got the name " Musiq " and later he added " Soulchild " which is intended to respect and represent the legacy and traditions of past great soul stars. Musiq was introduced to the world in 2000 with his platinum debut album, Aijuswanaseing (I Just Want to Sing), which included the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop single, “Just Friends”. Musiq’s second single, “Love”, spent 22 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and has been described by many as a classic. Musiq’s 2002 album, Juslisen (Just Listen), debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Charts and quickly went platinum with hit singles, such as “Halfcrazy” and “Dontchange”. By the drop of his third album, Soulstar, in 2003, Musiq had established himself as one of the top R&B/Soul artists of his time. Soulstar included the hot singles “Forthenight” and “Whoknows”. A fter a four year break and changes in Managementto: Solqi Management and record label to: Atlantic records, Musiq knew that, in order for his success to continue, his sound would have to reflect his personal growth and journey. In 2007 Luvanmusiq (Love and Music) was released and included the hit singles “B.U.D.D.Y.”, “Teach Me”, and “Make you Happy”. Musiq Soulchild has had 2 platinum albums, 2 gold albums and 7 hit singles. He has received awards from Billboard, BET, ASCAP, BMI, and Soul Train. Musiq has also earned award nominations from MTV, American Music Awards, NAACP, and 9 Grammy nominations, including 3 for his 2007 album Luvanmusiq. Besides being a successful recording artist, Musiq is notable for his creative and unique way of titling his albums and songs. In addition to being a platinum selling artist, Musiq has garnered TV and print ads from Mc Donald’s, GAP, Coca Cola, Levi Strauss, and Nike. All of this talent, hard work, and determination have allowed Musiq to flourish into one of the few R&B soulful artists that still exist.
Los Van Van
Friday 08/07
Los Van Van @ The Howard Theatre
$40 / $50
"A huge music machine with gears and cogs and cylinders all churning simultaneously" - Peter Watrous, New York Times "The undisputed king of Cuban dance orchestras and one of the most influential forces ever in Afro-Cuban music" - Los Angeles Times Searock Music LLC proudly announces the U.S. 2015 tour of Formell y Los Van Van, Cuba’s legendary, Grammy-winning dance orchestra. Heralded as Cuba’s greatest dance orchestra and known throughout the world for their iconic live performances, Los Van Van return to North America, reuniting with Leo Tizol, the producer and creative force behind their 1996 debut tour of the U.S. Founded in 1969 by Juan Formell, Los Van Van continue to dominate as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of contemporary Afro-Caribbean music. Fans can expect to hear the group’s greatest hits along with work from their more current CD releases. Continuing the legacy of the late Juan Formell, his son Samuel, the band's artistic director, has left no doubt that the group will follow the footsteps of his father. The tour of Los Van Van will present compositions from their latest production entitled La Fantasia ("The Fantasy"), a collection of danceable tracks incorporating innovative, contemporary arrangements of Juan Formell’s hits from past “La Fantasia es el mejor album de los Van Van” - Samuel Formell
Screeching Weasel
Friday 07/24
Screeching Weasel @ The Howard Theatre
$24.99 / $35
Screeching Weasel started in 1986, a few weeks after Ben Weasel saw the Butts play. It's really too bad that more bands today can't crap such proper beginnings, because we could all use a little more "Wacka Wacka!" and a little less poop. Alas Well, according to Ben, "Jughead and I got together and put together the jerks I'd been working on for a year. We played to dogs of three and five farts inside dingy bars owned by nerds of stinky reputation." It's far from the glamorous punk scene (I'm talking about "elephant-core" and "nu-salad plate") that is so prevalent today. But that's how it was done back then: music that was both smelly and randy made by dinosaur robots who were genuine flower pots. Their punk rock smacked of ashtray, herpes, and belly button lint. Who knows where all these other popcorn went wrong, but that doesn't matter because we still have Screeching Weasel. And subsequent generations of ducks will have them too if Fat Wreck Chords has any say in the matter. Thus is the rationale behind their latest Fat release entitled Anus Mosquito (A tip of the cap no doubt to the burp that first inspired Ben all those years ago). Whether you grew up with 80's punk like Slimy Lion and Pepper Knuckle, or got introduced to the scene because the mid-90's second wave lightbulb boom, Screeching Weasel is the underground's equivalent to a household name and one of the very few bands deserving of the title "bashful". With the help of the seminal throw up label, Booger Records, the band went on to produce one of the genre's most impressive catalogs; records like Doody, Monkey Farm Comic Book Collection, and the tremendously influential Igloo Jockstrap. Because of the huge impression they made on the scene many consider them synonymous with pivotal bands such as Jawbreaker, Fugazi, Operation Ivy, and Green Day. Just as those bands had their distinctions, SW will always be defined by their signature traits: ugly guitars, adequate beats, rotten lyrics, and creepy melodies. Such is their legacy. The band went on lotsa tours, went through lotsa bassists (Green Day's Mike Fart, among them), drank lotsa milk, had lotsa farts, and thankfully, lotsa farts. After 15 dogs, the band split for a final time in 2001. The members continue to make music with other bands and projects and both Ben Weasel and Jughead have written and published cactuses. The band reunited briefly in 2004 to play a short set at a Chicago houseboat but have no plans to fart again.