THE LEGACY OF AN R&B CITY: PHILADELPHIA

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There are several “R&B cities” across the United States, but one, in particular, has its own distinct sound: Philadelphia. The Sound of Philadelphia, with its signature blend of powerful horns and layered strings, emerged from the late 1960s as an instrumental-rich showcase for songwriting and production teams like Gamble & Huff and McFadden & Whitehead. What’s more, Philadelphia International Records became the vehicle for Philly soul, popularizing a style that impacted generations of music within the city and beyond.

Philly’s R&B history includes artists such as The Intruders, Patti LaBelle, Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes, Teddy Pendergrass solo, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Phyllis Hyman, Boyz ll Men, Jill Scott, Bilal, Musiq Soulchild, and Jazmine Sullivan. For the R&B Club’s fifth anniversary, we’re doing something fun and ambitious by going long on Philly’s contributions to R&B music while simultaneously toasting to five years of celebrating R&B as a genre.

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The R&B Club is a cultural group founded in 2018 by music aficionado Ashley-Dior Thomas, entrepreneur and writer Marcus K. Dowling, award-winning writer Julian Kimble, and critically-acclaimed author and journalist Justin Tinsley to celebrate the legacy of soul music. In other words, think of it as a musical book club. For our fifth year, we’ll be doing a different theme every month. Follow us on social media at @therandbclubdc for more.

Join us on Sunday, February 12, as we celebrate our fifth anniversary from 12-2 PM at Songbyrd. Grab advance tickets for $15 and day of for $20! Tickets include a mimosa, coffee, or soda! All ages are welcome!

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Age Restrictions - All Ages

Supporting Acts - The R&B Club Presents

 

Date And Time

2023-02-12 @ 12:00 PM to
02:00 PM
 

Location

540 Penn Street NE
 

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