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V103 presents Summer Block Party: Jill Scott,BBD,Nelly & Kelly,SWV

Saturday

Jul 22, 2017 – 6:00 PM

1300 South Lynn White Drive
Chicago, IL 60605 Map

  • Jill Scott
  • Nelly
  • Bell Biv DeVoe
  • Kelly Rowland
  • SWV

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Jill Scott: Jill Scott broke into the R&B world in 2000 combining sass and soul to become one of Neo-Soul's hottest performers. She parlayed her huge vocals into a career that has included the stage and the screen. She released her hotly anticipated fourth album in June, 2011 and will tour throughout the year to promote the disc. Join Jill Scott on the Summer Block Party concert tour this Summer and Fall, 2011. Don't miss a date on Jill Scott's concert schedule; Use Eventful as your source for Jill Scott tour dates and performance information.

The Phillie native started out originally as a spoken word artist before being discovered by ?uestlove of The Roots who recruited her to work with them in the studio. In 2000, she co-wrote and performed back-up vocals on the Grammy-Award winning track, "You Got Me", and then toured Canada during a stint on the Broadway musical Rent. Following the success of both achievements, Scott was picked up by Hidden Beach Recordings who released her debut album, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1. The single, "Gettin' In The Way", was a bold soul anthem and garnered her rotation in the video music world. However, it was with the single, "A Long Walk", for which she was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2003. To promote her debut, she embarked on the Words and Sounds Tour, which toured North America throughout 2001.

After releasing a live album of her tour, Experience: Jill Scott 826+ in 2001, Scott returned to the studio to record material for her sophomore effort. Three long years later and she released her second LP, Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2, in 2004. In support of the effort, Scott embarked on the Buzz Tour, in 2004 which kept her on the road throughout the summer. Due to fan demand, Scott embarked on the Big Beautiful Tour in 2005. The nationwide tour featured Common and Raphael Saadiq as the opening acts and solidified Scott as a top live performer.

Scott took a few years off before returning in 2007 with several critically acclaimed projects. She earned a Grammy Award in 2007 for her collaboration with George Benson & Al Jarreau for the track "Bless This Child". She appeared in Tyler Perry's hit film, Why Did I Get Married? and she released her third album The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3, which fulfilled her contract with Hidden Beach. In 2008, Scott embarked on the year long The Real Thing Tour: An Evening with Jill Scott, which featured Neo-soul starlet, Bilal. Scott then turned her efforts to the small screen and her starring role on the critically acclaimed HBO series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

After a few years off from recording and touring, Scott emerged in 2010 with a co-headlining tour with Maxwell and she penned material for her fourth album. The effort, The Light of the Sun, was released in June, 2011 and marks the Neo-Soul superstar's latest hit album. To promote the disc, Scott's concert schedule includes the Summer Block Party tour throughout 2011. The three time Grammy-Award winner has proven that she is a star in the recording booth, on the television, and most importantly on the stage. Don't miss a date on the Jill Scott concert schedule 2011. Use Eventful as your source for Jill Scott tour dates and venue information.

Nelly: A savvy pop-rapper with crossover appeal, Nelly seemed like a novelty when he first debuted in summer 2000 with "Country Grammar (Hot...)," yet he was no one-hit wonder, consistently returning to the pop charts with successive smash hits like "Hot in Herre." His universality is partly rooted in his hometown: the Gateway City, officially known as St. Louis, MO, which set him apart from all of the prevailing rap styles of his time. He wasn't from the East or West Coast, nor was he from the South; located in the middle of the United States, St. Louis is a Midwestern city halfway between Minneapolis and New Orleans, built upon on the western banks of the Mississippi River. Nelly's locale certainly informs his rapping style, which is as much country as urban, and his dialect as well, which is as much Southern drawl as Midwestern twang. Plus, Nelly never shied away from a pop-rap approach, embracing a singalong vocal style that made his hooks catchier than most, thanks also in part to his standby producer, Jason "Jay E" Epperson. As a result, Nelly became a rapper capable of crossing practically all boundaries, from the Dirty South to TRL and everything in between. His first hit, "Country Grammar (Hot...)," became a nationwide summer anthem, and many more smash hits followed. His popularity peaked in summer 2002, when he topped seemingly every Billboard chart possible with his Nellyville album and its lead single, "Hot in Herre."

Born Cornell Haynes, Jr., on November 2, 1974, in St. Louis, Nelly moved with his mother from the inner city to suburban Universal City as a teen. There he chiefly attended to baseball and rap, forming the St. Lunatics with a group of his peers (including Big Lee, Kyjuan, Murphy Lee, and City Spud). The St. Lunatics enjoyed a regional hit in 1996 with the self-produced single "Gimmie What You Got," but no recording deal was forthcoming. Frustrated with failed attempts to land a recording deal as a group, the St. Lunatics collectively decided that Nelly would have a better chance as a solo act. The rest of the group could follow with solo albums of their own. The gamble paid off, and soon Nelly caught the attention of Universal, who signed him to a solo deal.

His debut album, Country Grammar (2000), featured contributions from the St. Lunatics as well as the Teamsters, Lil Wayne, and Cedric the Entertainer, and thanks to the widespread popularity of lead single "Country Grammar (Hot Shit)," Country Grammar debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 album chart, climbing to the top spot soon afterward. In addition to the Top Ten title track, Country Grammar spawned the hits singles "E.I.," "Ride wit Me," and "Batter Up." In the wake of Nelly's remarkable breakthrough success, he recorded a group album with the St. Lunatics, Free City (2001); released by Universal, the album charted Top Three and spawned a moderate hit, "Midwest Swing," which cracked the Billboard Hot 100 at number 88.

The following summer Nelly returned with his second album, Nellyville (2002), and lived up to his self-proclaimed billing as "1" (i.e., the title of his 2001 hit from the Training Day soundtrack): Nellyville topped the Billboard album chart while the Neptunes-produced lead single, "Hot in Herre," remained atop the singles chart. In all, Nelly impressively held the number one spot on ten different Billboard charts the week of Nellyville's release, and he remained a chart presence as he released a string of follow-up singles: "Dilemma" (a chart-topper), "Air Force Ones" (a Top Three hit), "Work It" (featuring Justin Timberlake), and "Pimp Juice" (the source of some controversy).

Even once Nellyville ran its course commercially, Nelly's hit streak continued unabated, with "Iz U" (from his stopgap remix album Derrty Versions [2003 (from the Bad Boys II [2003 and R. Kelly, who had both recently released very successful two-disc sets). Sweat and Suit were led by a pair of red-hot singles -- "Flap Your Wings" (a club jam) and "My Place" (a slow jam) -- and debuted at the top two spots on the Billboard 200 album chart. Follow-up singles included "Tilt Ya Head Back" (featuring Christina Aguilera), "Over and Over" (Tim McGraw), "Na-Na-Na-Na" (Jazze Pha), and "N Dey Say." Sweat and Suit were later bundled as Sweatsuit (2005), along with the new song "Grillz," itself a number one hit. Jason Birchmeier, All Music Guide

Bell Biv DeVoe: Slogan: "Our Music Is Mentally Hip Hop, Smoothed Out On The R&B Tip, With A Pop Feel Appeal To It"

Kelly Rowland: As 1/3 of Destiny's Child, Kelly Rowland and her girls sold tens of millions of records and toured the world several times over, winning awards and setting records along the way. As a solo star, Kelly Rowland is a Grammy Award winner and chart-topper in her own right and has scheduled tour dates throughout 2011. The R&B diva has transcended into the Euro-pop and Dance scene as of late and is prepping her third solo album, Here I Am, which is scheduled in conjunction with an international tour. Don't miss a date on the Kelly Rowland concert schedule 2011; Use Eventful as your source for Kelly Rowland tour dates and tour information.

Kelly Rowland broke out big alongside superstar Beyonce Knowles and Michelle Williams and together became the most successful female R&B trio of all time. While on hiatus from Destiny's Child in 2002, Rowland sang the hook on the hit single, "Dilemma", a duet with Nelly on his Nellyville disc. The #1 single was the biggest hit of the summer and earned the duo a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and solidified Rowland as an independent artist. In 2003, Rowland released her debut album, Simply Deep, which earned the newly minted solo star a Gold plaque. Kelly Rowland tour dates were scheduled periodically during Destiny's Child's three year-long hiatus before the group returned to the studio in 2004. After releasing their fourth album together, Kelly Rowland tour dates were scheduled with Beyonce and Michelle on the Destiny Fulfilled…And Lovin' It Tour. Following the tour, they parted ways to focus on other projects.

Rowland turned to her burgeoning solo career and prepped material for her sophomore album. Rowland released Ms. Kelly in 2007 and received moderate success both in Europe and the US. After the release, Rowland secured a new management team and evolved towards a more dance and Euro-pop sound. In 2009, Rowland returned to the top of the charts with the international smash, "When Love Takes Over", which appeared on David Guetta's One Love album. The single was nominated for a Grammy Award and topped the charts on several European surveys. David Guetta returned the favor to Rowland and produced the lead single, "Commander", off of her upcoming album. Kelly Rowland tour dates were scheduled periodically throughout the year to create buzz for the single.

After a delayed release, Rowland's hotly anticipated third album will finally drop in July, 2011. The album, Here I Am, features the hit #1 R&B single, "Motivation", as well as "Commander". To promote the album, Kelly Rowland tour dates have been scheduled internationally at intimate venues. Rowland honed her skills on international tours with Destiny's Child and has proven that she has the chops to be a solo superstar. With #1 singles in several genres, Rowland has emerged as a diverse singer who can collaborate with acts ranging from David Guetta to Lil' Wayne. Don't miss a date on the Kelly Rowland concert schedule 2011. Use Eventful as your source for Kelly Rowland tour dates and concert tour information.

SWV: Before there was Destiny's Child, the hottest trio of R&B singers were SWV. These Sisters with Voices churned out R&B hit after hit and sold over ten million records in the process. After disbanding in the late '90s, they recently reunited and are back on the road. Their fifth studio album will be released in 2011 and an extensive SWV tour is expected to follow. Stay on top of SWV tour dates as they are scheduled in your area; Use Eventful as your source for SWV tour dates and venue information.

SWV formed in 1992 with three childhood friends, Cheryl Gamble, Tamara Johnson, and Leanne Lyons. After sending Teddy Riley a five track demo, they earned a recording contract with RCA Records who helped produce their debut album. Released in 1992, It's About Time, featured five hit singles including the #1 single "Weak", and earned SWV a nomination for Best New Artist at the 1994 Grammy Awards. The album was certified triple-Platinum and SWV was the flyest R&B group on the soul scene. They followed up with their sophomore album, New Beginning, which was equally formidable. Their third album, Release Some Tension, was released in 1997 and featured collabos with Puff Daddy, Missy Elliot, and Snoop Dogg. After releasing a Christmas album in 1997, the girls disbanded and focused on side projects.

In 2005, the girls announced a plan to reunite and release new material. Since then SWV tour dates and concert performances have been scheduled periodically. They have performed at the 2008 BET Awards and in 2010 at the Mo'Nique Show. They signed a record deal in 2011 and have been busy working on their comeback album. SWV tour dates are scheduled periodically throughout 2011. Stay on top of the SWV concert schedule and use Eventful for locally scheduled SWV tour dates.

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