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v25_hot_summer_concertsAre you travelling with the family for the summer?  Check out some of these hot concerts dates.  Oh yeah, single ladies and gents, get your groove on this summer.


2012 Essence Music Festival News

Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin and Trey Songz will perform live at the 2012 Essence Music Festival. In addition fans will get to witness something that hasn’t happened in 10 years – a live performance from D’Angelo during the festival’s opening night. The annual event runs from July 6-8 in New Orleans. For schedules visit:

Mary J Blige

Herbie Hancock Establishes ‘International Jazz Day’

Herbie Hancock has established the “International Jazz Day celebration. The first annual event is Hancock’s brainchild in an effort to promote societal unity and the cultural connection of the art form to American music. Hancock a multiple Grammy Awardee is also a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Ambassador.

Herbie Hancock

Jazz Great Louis Armstrong Last Performance CD Released

Smithsonian Folkway Recordings is releasing Armstrong’s music on CD and digital download in collaboration with the Louis Armstrong Foundation The live recording of Louis Armstrong playing his trumpet for one of the last times is being released to the public for the first time. The recording was created in January 1971, according to the AP. Armstrong was a featured performer celebrating the inauguration of fellow Louisiana native Vernon Louviere as president of the club.

Louis Armstrong

The Jacksons Unity Tour Set

Jackie Jackson and his brothers Jermaine, Marlon and Tito will tour the U.S. beginning June 18 in Louisville. The upcoming shows will honor their brother’s legacy, with performances of his solo songs being part of a segment of the show that will serve as a tribute to Michael.  siblings are also planning a return to the studio to record their first studio album since 1989′s “2300 Jackson Street,” after wrapping up their “Unity Tour” this summer.

The Jacksons

Gospel All Star Salute

Mary Mary and Fred Hammond will be honored for their work during an all-star salute at the Essence Music Festival. Performers include Yolanda Adams, Maurette Brown Clark, Kim Burrell, Byron Cage, Tyronne Foster & The Arc Singers, Tramaine Hawkins, Israel Houghton, Bishop Lester Love and Pastor Marvin Winans. The salute will take place Sunday, July 8 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans

Mary Mary

Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan To Headline “Taste of Chicago

Jennifer Hudson will anchor the five-day Taste of Chicago festival with a performance on Wednesday, July 11.Other acts include Death Cab for Cutie Thursday, July 12, Chaka Khan — with opener Raphael Saadiq – performs on Saturday, July 14 and country singer Dierks Bentley on Sunday, July 15. Additional acts will be announced. This year there will be a $25 fee for tickets to the performances in Millennium Park’s Petrillo bandshell.

Jennifer Hudson

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