By: Kent B. - MSTv
Partially reproduced from: The Washington Post
The genre being referred to as "future R&B" - the music churned out by Drake, the Weeknd, Jhene Aiko and Kelela - is atmospheric and complex in a way that leaves fans chewing on its rhythms listen after listen. But it will never quite get the blood pumping and the booties shaking like the old-school R&B of New Edition.
Those looking for a schooling should take note: Bobby Brown (below), Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell, Mike Bivins, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill, the superstar sextet that started ranching out as mere children, have reunited for a nearly 30-city tour.
The current love affair with all things '80s and '90s - from the gauche street-wear to grunge -i should make
this show a draw for kids as well as more mature fans.
The five "old" boys of modern R&B/Funk will be hitting the Saenger Theater stage on July 15th. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com, Saengernola.com or the Saenger box-office@ (504) 525-1052.
Reproduced from: NOLA.com
Fans of electronic music can enjoy the first annual Independence Fest, taking place on July 4-5 in Kentwood. The festival will include a full lineup of DJs and will feature a rare opportunity for overnight camping on a festival grounds in Tangipahoa Parish.
"Although the focus will be electronic music, there will be several music genres, and many remixes," said John Lejeune Jr., aka DJ Hollywood, a popular north shore DJ known for his multimedia shows and "Bass Wagon" that rolls in many parades during the Mardi Gras season.
Lejeune is included in a roster of electronic musicians and DJs that includes: Kid Kamillion, Oiki, DJ BZRK, DJ Trip, DJ Trashy, Filey, Christian Radkey, Everest, Kthulu Prime Kayatik, Rroid Drazr, Dxxxy, Eduk8, Killahouse, DJ F'real, DJ Snow, Sfam, Twizz, Perry Gaffney Jr., @Iamdenzibaby, Rat3d, Go Mr. DJ Fantastic, DJ Ruff Tymes, DJ Baldy, DJ 21, DJ IV3, DVDJ Navas, DJ Maliboo, DJ Dizzi, DJ C-Mix, DJ Hollywood, Jimmy Rhodes, Turtle.
"Most of the DJs are locally from New Orleans, the north shore, or Lafayette," Lejeune said. "However, Oiki – from Russia – will be making his USA debut."
Lejeune said his set will use a powerful concert sound system and offer "extreme lighting effects." There will also be a photo booth on-site, as well as "a beachy area for summer fun."
"I've done other events at campgrounds personally, but none like this with so many DJs in the lineup," Lejeune said.
Independence Fest will take place on Friday (July 4) and Saturday (July 5) at 23226 Highway 440, Kentwood. For information and tickets, call 504.615.7280 or visit the website at Independencefest.com.