Feeling the Groove at the 44th Hampton Jazz Festival

This past weekend music lovers from all across the region converged in Hampton, VA for the 44th annual Hampton Jazz Festival, featuring an all-star...

A Family Affair: BeBe and CeCe Winans join Mary Mary in concert

There is certainly an undeniable bond that exists between brothers and sisters, especially when an opportunity presents itself to share in a larger-than-life experience. Beloved...

Guitarist of Legendary Go-go Band Talks New Career in Pop, Rock

Go-go music may have been what originally spurred guitarist Valentino Jackson’s career, but his distinct versatility didn’t allow him to stay moored to the...

Ben Holt Memorial Branch Announces Voice Competition

The newly formed Ben Holt Memorial Branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians recently announced its local scholarship competition in voice. Contestants between...

Former Go-Go Star Aims For Broader Audience with ‘F.I.N.A.O’ Mixtape

When Derek Lyons, stage name Poozy Kush, released his debut solo mixtape F.I.N.A.O. 11:11 If You Don't Get it, You Don't Get it, on...

Rapper Phil Ad: The Newest Face of DMV Hip-Hop

Infectious beats and clever lyrics are the components of tracks constructed by rapper Phil Adé. But while he may be one of a handful...

Talib Kweli Delves into Past with ‘Gutter Rainbows’

On Reflection Eternal’s 2000 album Train of Thought, Talib Kweli challenged fans and himself to “do what comes naturally.”After years of recording on mainstream...

Fantasia’s ‘Back to Me’ Tour Comes to Maryland

The past year has been an emotional rollercoaster for “American Idol” winner Fantasia. A failed suicide attempt, relationship with a married man – and...

Music Stars Geri Allen, Patrice Rushen Team for One-Night Concert

Playing on two facing Steinway Grand pianos, Kennedy Center favorite Geri Allen shares the stage with R&B hitmaker Patrice Rushen ("Forget Me Nots"), and...

New Teen Singer Draws Comparisons to Young Michael Jackson

Thirteen-year-old Jawan Harris is a bright singer and dancer on the rise. With a charming “boy- next-door” demeanor and vocal styling that draws comparisons to...

Reggae Star Duane Stephenson Returns with New ‘Riddims’

Duane Stephenson’s sophomore release, BLACK GOLD, hit stores Sept. 28 and shows the celebrated singer/songwriter working with legendary reggae sax player Dean Fraser, who...

Multi-talented Musician Esperanza Spalding Prepares for Lincoln Theater Debut

With her voluminous halo of corkscrew curls and lithe physique, bassist and violinist Esperanza Spalding could easily parlay her good looks into a career...