Super exciting news of the day: singer-songwriter-r&b-soul-hip-hop great Lauryn Hill – or Ms. Lauryn Hill, if you prefer – returns to Philly this summer to headline a show at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, August 27th. Tickets go on sale Thursday, June 30th at 10 a.m., and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
On the heels of her iconic 1998 album The Mis-Education of Lauryn Hill being inducted into Library of Congress this week, the singer / songwriter takes the stage at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside tonight. Unlike last fall’s show at the Electric Factory, which was full band and freewheeling, tonight finds Lauryn in acoustic mode, reminiscent of her Unplugged 2.0 album. Get tickets and information about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch a performance of “Turn Your Lights Down Low” from last fall below. Continue reading →
For what many regard as an artist that redefined the way we looked at the musical genres of R&B and Hip-hop, the revered Fugee and solo star Lauryn Hill will be performing an acoustic show at the Keswick Theatre on March 28th. Continue reading →
Last summer, Lauryn Hill (former front-woman of The Fugees) performed & recorded a 2 hour concert in Brooklyn, NY, and now that show has been turned into a pay-per-view film titled “Live from the Brooklyn Bowl”. Continue reading →
Confession time. The one time I saw Bob Dylan, I walked out.
His performance was disappointing, more than a little bit sad, and first got me thinking about unspoken agreement between artist and audience. When a concert is so drastically different from the expectations behind it, did the crowd get shortchanged?
It was the XPoNential Music Festival two summers ago, the year of the colossal rain storm. I was soaked to the bone, sticking it out for my chance to see the American songwriting legend who was responsible for Blonde on Blonde and Blood on the Tracks and so so many more classics. I knew he wasn’t going to play the songs the way they sounded on the album; I knew his voice wasn’t what it once was. And I was okay with that, because I’m generally comfortable with artists taking artistic liberties – and let’s face it, Dylan was never a great singer.
But I wasn’t prepared for how bad it was going to be. A half hour or so into the set, the band – who seemed to all be skilled players, for sure – was in the middle of a wandering, free-form expanse while Dylan’s barely audible voice croaked indiscernibly along. At one point, he uttered something that sounded vaguely like “Pourin’ off of every page / Like it was written in my soul from me to you” and I realized, OH GOD, this is supposed to be “Tangled Up in Blue.” I gave up. I went home.
This is not an article for the haters. I mean, If you want to find an excuse to complain about Lauryn Hill, it’s out there. The singer, songwriter and onetime Fugee hasn’t released a proper album in 16 years. The record she’s reportedly been making with Phil Nicolo has been scrapped and restarted more times than anybody knows. Her shows are expensive, they don’t start on time, blah blah blah. Know what? I don’t care about any of that narrow-minded groupthink Internet echo chamber nonsense, because Hill is coming to Philly for a headlining show on Saturday night and I’m freaking pumped. You should be too, and here’s why. Continue reading →
New York rapper Nas brings his Life is Good tour to The Electric Factory tonight for a show with Lauryn Hill. The legendary lyricist released his seventh and critically acclaimed studio album in July, following up 2010’s Distant Relatives collaboration with Damian Marley. South Jersey’s Lauryn Hill is also sharing some new material on the tour; the influential soul/hop hop artist debuted a new track called “Black Rage”, though the ex-Fugee hasn’t released a solo album since 2002. Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here. Jhene Aiko will open the all-ages show. Below, watch Lauryn Hill’s surprise performance with The Roots on the 4th of July.
Legendary New York City rapper Nas is bringing the tour in support of his eleventh studio album, Life is Good, to Philadelphia on November 7 for an appearance at The Electric Factory. Opening is soul favorite Lauryn Hill, who last graced the stage in Philadelphia this summer for an impromptu appearance with The Roots at the Welcome America Festival. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday. Below, watch a video of Lauryn Hill jamming with The Roots on the parkway.