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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lil John Roberts at World Cafe Live, Arbor Christmas Show, Joint Chiefs of Math at PhilaMOCA

Lil' John Roberts | Photo via facebook.com/LilJohnRobertsfanpage
Lil’ John Roberts | Photo via facebook.com/LilJohnRobertsfanpage

Accomplished jazz drummer Lil John Roberts headlines World Cafe Live downstairs today. His 20-year career has included collaborations with a variety of pop, R&B and jazz legends, from Janet Jackson to Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder. This year, however, marked the first time the Philly-born Roberts released an LP under his own name. Heartbeats is a collection of slick, suave grooves that incorporate funk and soul into expansive songs. He also worked with a slew of collaborators on this outing, including Robert Glasper, Eric Roberson Musiq Soulchild and Ursula Rucker. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch the music video for “Space,” the opening track on Heartbeats. Continue reading →