Common, Erykah Badu and Alicia Keys are among the artists set to perform during the Heineken’s Red Star Soul concert series beginning this month.
The concert series is slated to kick-off on Wednesday (August 15) in Los Angeles, with its first event — hosted by Heineken and Vibe magazine — featuring sets from Common and Def Jam’s Chrisette Michelle. Heineken’s Red Star Soul will then continue across the nation, stopping in Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia before wrapping things up on October 23 in New York.
Other artists set to perform along the way include Raphael Saadiq, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Emily King, and Raheem DeVaughn, among others.
“Heineken Red Star Soul was created to honor the achievements of soul and R&B musicians and others who inspire others with their talent and tenacity,”Andy Glaser, Brand Director, Heineken USA said via statement. “Heineken Red Star Soul shines a spotlight on these artists, enabling them to continue to bring new musical experiences to live audiences while celebrating the independent spirit that lives in each of us. With our concert performances and by honoring our Heineken Independent Achievers, we salute luminaries and rising stars who continue to make valuable contributions to soul and R&B music.”
During each stop of the series, a member of the local music community will be honored with the Heineken Independent Achiever Award, an award that recognizes individuals who demonstrate the hustle, integrity and drive necessary to make it while inspiring others.
Eight award recipients were selected by a committee consisting of music industry luminaries and winners will be announced shortly. The star-studded committee, featuring Bryan-Michael Cox and Kenny Burns, reviewed dozens of entries and offered their expertise to the search for independent spirits with the power to inspire others. Each of the committee’s selections will accept their award on-stage during the Heineken Red Star Soul concert in their hometown.
In addition to three-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Cox and industry insider Kenny Burns, the selection committee for the Heineken Independent Achiever Award included Vice President of Writer Publisher Relations, BMI, Catherine Brewton; and recipients of the 2006 Heineken Independent Achiever Award for Atlanta and Washington, D.C., founder of Atlanta’s FunkJazzKafe, Jason Orr and current Jive artist Raheem DeVaughn.
Line-ups and confirmed dates for the forthcoming tour is as follows:
8/15 – Los Angeles, Boulevard3 (Common, Chrisette Michelle and D-Nice)
8/28 – Cleveland, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Raphael Saadiq, Chrisette Michelle and Teedra Moses)
9/4 – Detroit, Seldom Blues (Common and Raheem DeVaughn)
9/13 – Chicago, Crobar (Erykah Badu and Chrisette Michelle)
9/18 – Atlanta, Opera (Common, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Emily King)
9/26 – Washington, D.C., Love (Common and Teedra Moses)
10/3 – Philadelphia, World Café Live (Erykah Badu and Raheem DeVaughn)
10/23 – New York, Spotlight Live (Alicia Keys and DJ Cassidy)