For decades, Rhythm and Blues (R&B) has been one of the most popular genres of music. Though the sound has evolved over the years, the majority of up-and-coming artists have kept its soothing soulful melodies and catchy beats, intact. Somewhat surprisingly, some of the best R&B acts, can be found in Orange County, whether one is old school, or prefers the more contemporary artists. Check out the lineup.
Earth, Wind & Fire
The Pacific Amphitheatre
100 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Date: July 30, 2016 at 8:15 p.m.
In the heart of the summer concert series at The Pacific Amphitheater, is one of the most iconic R&B groups in history. The summer concert series runs from July 15 – August 14. On July 30, Earth, Wind & Fire, will take the stage. The perfect way to spend a warm summer evening in the OC – Sit back and enjoy as one of the truly classic bands takes you on a trip down memory lane. Earth, Wind & Fire, should be on everyone’s bucket list. If you have never seen them live, now is your chance.
Ja Rule & Ashanti
3503 S. Harbor Blvd
Santa Ana, CA 92704
Date: Sep. 4, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
In the mood for something a little more contemporary? This may the concert for you. Ja Rule and Ashanti will take you through an evening of smooth jams, occasionally upping the tempo, but always maintaining a nice flow. By blending their unique styles, the two have always had a great chemistry. This was evidenced by the success of their collaboration on the epic smooth jam “Mesmerize”, more than a decade ago. This should be a terrific show.
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
1107 Jamboree Rd
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Date: Sep. 23, 2016 at 7 p.m.
All these decades later, Smokey is still one of the best. One of the biggest stars from the glory days of Motown, the esteemed Mr. Robinson always puts on a great show. Come on out and see him perform all of his greatest hits, from ‘Tears of a clown’ to ‘Being with you’, and everything in between. The Hyatt Newport Beach, provides the perfect intimate setting for one of the greatest vocalists of all time.
City National Grove of Anaheim
2200 E. Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92806
Date: Oct. 1, 2016 at 8 p.m.
A native of Philadelphia, PA, Taalib Johnson (aka Musiq Soulchild) brings to life the deep soulful sounds of Philadelphia R&B. He blends that sound with a little funk, blues, jazz and hip-hop, to create his own unique melodies. This will be an evening of some of the best live music one can find. In 2000, the 38-year old released his first album. His latest album was released in April 2016 and the hit single ‘I Do’, shows he is still on top of his game and getting better with age.
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach
021500 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Date: Dec. 31, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
If you are at the point where crazy New Year’s Eve parties are becoming routine, go ahead and change it up a little. This year, come on out to Huntington Beach and enjoy an evening with a truly talented vocalist. Formerly the lead singer of the group ‘LTD’, Mr. Osborne has been thrilling audiences all over the world ever since 1982, when he went solo and burst onto the R&B scene with his huge hit ‘On the Wings of Love’. Make this the year you celebrate New Year’s with an evening of truly classic R&B.