Don’t Miss: Dru Hill @ Howard Theatre, 8/18/17

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Dru Hill (Photo courtesy Howard Theatre)

R&B and soul vocalists Dru Hill have reported working on a new album, which would be their fifth overall and their first since 2010’s InDRUpendence Day, released on Kedar Massenburg’s label Kedar Entertainment Group. While the gents are hard at work, they also are hitting the road with a date at the Howard Theatre on Friday, Aug. 18.

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Music Park: Diana Ross @ Wolf Trap — 7/25/17

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Diana Ross performs at Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile, on July 8, 2013. (Photo by Claudio Poblete)

Diana Ross arrived on the stage at Wolf Trap as the personification of 25 years of popular music packed into a regal package. The nearly sold-out show, attended by people of all races and generations available, roared heartily throughout the ensuing show-stopping performance.

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Don’t Miss: Diana Ross @ Wolf Trap, 7/25/17

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Diana Ross (Photo courtesy Wolf Trap)

In April, Diana Ross saw her seminal album Diana released in its original mix by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards on vinyl for the first time ever. Diana – The Original CHIC Mix appeared on two 45rpm discs via Motown/UMe/UMGI.

The classic album features irresistible disco tracks like “Upside Down” and “I’m Coming Out.” And it just so happens that Diana is on tour, so you can hear her sing them live when she comes to Wolf Trap on Tuesday, July 25.

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Music Park: Al B. Sure! @ Howard Theatre — 6/28/17

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Al B. Sure! (right) with Charles Everett on Jan. 26, 2012. (Photo by Back9Network)

Al B. …Sure Still Has It!

Blueprint. Foundation. Imprint. Artists like Chris Brown, Trey Songz, and Bryson Tiller enjoy the contemporary mesh of melodious R&B and heavy-hitting hip hop beats. However, this mesh and the idea behind it isn’t a new phenomenon. Deep R&B fans can recall how Al B. Sure!, heralded by the New Jack Swing subgenre, was a pioneer for the male singer to be suave and street. Al B. reminded us of this when he played at the Howard Theatre on June 28.

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Music Park: R. Kelly @ MGM National Harbor — 5/21/17

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R. Kelly performs at MGM National Harbor on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Say what you like about R. Kelly, but the man is a hell of an entertainer.

The full-blown cultural icon was at his best (or worst, depending on your point of view) in a boisterous show at MGM National Harbor on Sunday, strutting his stuff, taking every opportunity to mingle with his female fans, and at the end of the day earnestly demonstrating that he’s got the goods, particularly with his naturally gifted voice.

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Music Park: Ginuwine @ Howard Theatre — 1/27/17

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Ginuwine performs at the 2015 Music Friendship Festival for Camp Zama, Japan, on Sept. 12, 2015 (Photo courtesy MWR Camp Zama)

1996 was the year of attention grabbing breakouts: Hotlanta hosted the summer Olympics to catapult itself to the now entertainment mecca of the South, former Vice President Al Gore demonstrated the Macarena dance to the world, and Tickle Me Elmo arguably caused childhood frenzy. Though, in the world of RnB, Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, also known as Ginuwine, emerged out of the collaborative shadows of now superproducer Timbaland to start his solo career with the frenzied single, Pony! Two decades and seven albums later, the Grammy-nominated singer returned home to DC on Friday and reminded the Howard Theatre why he’s still the Same Ol G’.

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