Author Archives: Jaye Frances

Lauryn Hill Announces Tour

Lauryn Hill isn’t letting the not-so-flattering reviews of her recent shows stop her from giving it another go. After taking about a month off from her last stint on the road–one plagued with reports of her extreme tardiness (which she kind of apologized for) and sets featuring off-putting renditions of fan favorites, Hill’s has announced 12 dates for her Moving Target tour at intimate locations throughout the South and on the West coast.

In fairness to the former Fugees singer, there were a few positive reviews of her concerts. The Village Voice made a point to mention that once you get over the fact that she’s not going to perform her hits as you remember them, and that your evening might extend into the wee hours of the next morning, Lauryn’s pretty awesome.

4/9                   Portland, OR                         Arlene Schnitzer Hall

4/12                 San Francisco, CA                The Warfield

4/15                 Indio, CA                                Coachella Music and Arts Festival

4/18                 Los Angeles, CA                    Club Noki

4/20                 Los Angeles, Ca                    El Rey Theater

4/23                 Denver, CO                            The Fillmore

4/27                  Dallas, Tx                              House of Blues

4/29                 San Antonio, Tx                    Josabi’s

5/1                   Austin,Tx                                 Stubbs

5/4                  Houston,Tx                              House of Blues

5/7                   New Orleans, LA                   Jazz and Heritage Festival

5/10                 San Diego, Ca                         Humphreys



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DJ 2-Tone Jones /DC


A true fundamentals DJ, 2-Tone Jones speaks with his hands as in the tradition of Hip-Hop’s founding element. Through his bottomless crates of records he has rocked parties from LA to NY, on down to the ATL and even out in Europe. On the performance side 2-Tone has shared the stage, and spun alongside, the likes of Brand Nubian, Raheem DeVaughn, Pete Rock, Large Professor, Algebra Blessett, Grap Luva, Camp Lo, Tracey Lee and Phil Ade. From 2005-07 he was the DJ-in-residence for Shaman Work Recordings, an independent Hip-Hop music label whose roster included CL Smooth, MF Doom, John Robinson and Wale Oyejide. Currently, on Monday nights from 10-11pm 2-Tone serves as a co-resident DJ and host for a progressive hip-hop radio show called Ill Street Grooves, part of the Decipher hip-hop strip on DC’s own WPFW 89.3 FM/Pacifica Radio. He is also a resident DJ at the famed W Hotel located directly across the street from the White House. Along with a handful of D.C.’s most talented visual artists, Mr. Jones is a member of a cutting-edge art troupe/marketing group known as AM Radio: Artwork Mbilashaka. 2-Tone also performs as a member of one of the most imitated (but of course never duplicated), up-and-coming bands on the east coast known as Sound of the City (SOTC). Members of the band have toured and recorded with artists such as Jill Scott, Snoop Dogg, Mariah Carey, Frank McComb and Ski Johnson.  Most recently he, along with long-time friend and collaborator Gerald Watson, created a special project called Shaolin Jazz: The 37th Chamber; a musical marriage between an assortment of classic jazz selections and various tracks from the catalog of the Wu-Tang Clan.  So be on the listen-out for 2-Tone Jones thru a speaker near you.

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DJ Needles/St Louis

Born on December 16, 1976 in St. Louis, MO and raised in East St. Louis IL, James Gates aka DJ Needles actually stumbled into deejaying in 1994 by doing house parties with tapes and cds. Needles’ brother asked if he’d do the party for his friend knowing he had tons of tapes full of the best Hip Hop and R&B music from recording off the radio. From there he went on to do more house parties, small high school functions and youth events and began to build a name around his hometown of East St. Louis and surrounding areas. In 1997, Needles got a job at Vintage Vinyl (St. Louis Landmark Record Store) and was surrounded by so many dope, rare and “gotta-have” records, he became a collector and began learning to mix. Shortly thereafter in 1998, Needles released his first mixtape entitled “98 Fresh Mix Tape” featuring music from Pete Rock, A Tribe Called Quest and Black Star. The next year, radio personality Deja Vu recruited Needles to commercial radio, offering him a specialty mixshow as a platform to expose underground and classic Hip Hop music. During the past decade, Needles has been exposed to many different genres in his hometown of St Louis and while in Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and New York. Needles’ appreciation for good, significant music runs deep and he expresses that wherever he deejays.
Needles often refers to his style as polyrhythmic; many different styles as one fresh sound. When Needles performs you are likely to hear Rare Groove, Deep Funk, Afro Beat, True School Hip Hop and R&B, Raw Soul, Dusty Jazz, Breakbeat and Nu Soul.

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DJ Slimkid3

DJ Slimkid3

Slimkid3 first introduced himself to the world as part of the legendary hip-hop quartet the Pharcyde, dazzling crowds worldwide with his natural ability to entertain.


With their singular blend of freaky humor, far-out lyrical imagery, and infectious beats, the fresh-faced South Central natives ushered in a golden era of hip-hop with such timeless classics as “Passin’ Me By” and “Ya Mama”—and unwittingly defined the sound of a generation. Their critically acclaimed debut album, Bizarre Ride II: The Pharcyde, released in 1993, would go on to be certified Gold.


As a member of the Pharcyde, Slimkid3 toured for two years with the Lollapalooza festival, shared bills in Europe and Japan with De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, and recorded a sophomore album, Labcabincalifornia, with the legendary producer J Dilla. The J Dilla collaboration “Runnin’” and the surreal anthem “Drop” today remain classic hip-hop standards.


In 2000, Slimkid3 began to pursue a solo career, exploring the boundaries of hip-hop with a full band and live instrumentation. His debut full-length album, Liberation, was released in 2002 under his given name, Tre Hardson. It also features collaborations with Saul Williams, MC Lyte, and Chali 2na. Another full-length LP, Slimkid3’s Café, followed in 2006.


All four original members of the Pharcyde reunited in 2008 for a highly anticipated run on the main stage of the international “Rock the Bells” hip-hop festival, performing to sold-out crowds alongside such top acts as Nas, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and Method Man and Red Man.


In 2007, Slimkid3 put his decades of  experience rapping, producing, and arranging to work as a DJ, regularly spinning sets at Guys in Los Angeles, among other venues. In 2009, he co-founded Live&Direct PDX, a monthly party event in Portland, Oregon, featuring live remixing of classic hip-hop favorites alongside veteran Portland DJs Rev Shines of Lifesavas and DJ Nature.

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