Souls will be stirred and spirits lifted as Grammy-winning gospel superstar Kirk Franklin and R&B powerhouse Ledisi bring their soaring vocals to Oakland's Paramount Theatre as part of the The Rebel, The Soul & The Saint Tour. Credited for helping bring gospel to the mainstream, Franklin is a 10-time Grammy winner whose faith-based music and dashing demeanor unites audiences across the genres of hip-hop, pop and R&B. The multi-platinum-selling artist is the host of BET's Sunday Best show, and he recently collaborated with Kanye West on the rap maestro's The Life of Pablo. Jazz and R&B artist Ledisi has been making critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated recordings for years (The Truth, Pieces of Me), but she made her biggest waves in 2014 with her stirring performance as the gospel legend Mahalia Jackson in the Oscar-nominated film Selma. Her rendition of "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" on the movie's soundtrack proves that she's one of the most soulful singers working today. The two will cook up an amazing show that's sure to touch your heart, body and soul. You'll hear fan favorites, as well as songs from Franklin's most recent release Losing My Religion and Ledisi's newest album Let Love Rule. R&B singer-songwriter -- and former Maroon 5 member -- PJ Morton opens up the night. This is one concert that's sure to have you feeling #blessed.
When you're trying to plan an exciting night out, seeing a pair of classical pianists in concert is probably pretty far from the top of your list. Pianists Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe know that, which is why their concerts routinely leave critics breathless: "These classical rock stars are charismatic, fun, sexy and wildly talented," raves the Rochester City Newspaper, while Arts Saginaw's concert review noted that "The audience cheered like it was a football game." By infusing their performances with fiery rock 'n' roll showmanship, Anderson & Roe aim to make classical music relevant again by making it a total blast. Just look at the setlist for this concert at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco: Sure, there's some Ravel and Stravinsky, but they'll also be playing their own arrangements of Radiohead and Michael Jackson -- and we haven't even mentioned the screening of Mel Brooks' hysterical Halloween comedy Young Frankenstein yet. Prepare yourself for an abby-normal amount of thrills when this pair of classical pianists take the stage.
Third Eye Blind, the alt-rock hit-makers behind '90s gems "Semi-Charmed Life," "Jumper" and "How's It Going to Be," roll into San Jose with their Fall of the Summer Gods tour to close out a banner year of travel. Frontman Stephan Jenkins and the rest of the San Francisco-born band have been celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of their breakout self-titled debut. The group is still in peak form two decades later; last year alone, they dropped the We Are Drugs EP and made the festival rounds, including Outside Lands, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. Catch them when they hit the stage of City National Civic with a show that spans two decades of music.
Tuesday November 14, 2017 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:00pm)
Rapper, recording artist and label owner J. Stalin hits the stage at Back Bar San Jose in support of his latest smash record, I Don't Sell Dope No Moe. Born Jovan Smith in West Oakland's Cypress Village housing project, J. Stalin overcame a rough-and-tumble beginning to break through in 2006 with a series of well-received mix tapes and his debut album On Behalf of the Streets, which helped launch the city's new gritty-sounding "Go" musical movement. He's since released a dozen more albums, and heads up the group Livewire Da Gang.
It was at the age of four that Nef the Pharaoh got his first taste of the spotlight, winning first place for rapping in a high school talent show while he was still in preschool. An outlier by any measure, Nef -- now 22 years old -- has collaborated with fellow hip-hop artist E-40, who also issued Nef's self-titled EP in 2015, spawning the track "Big Tymin'" -- a hit with critics and fans alike. Now, hot off the release of his latest album, The Chang Project, Nef the Pharaoh brings his live show to the stage of Back Bar SoFa in San Jose.