If you love the soulful sounds of rhythm and blues music, you are in for some great entertainment during the second half of 2016. Whether you love the old-school Motown-flavored R&B or today’s rocking hip-hop and pop versions, you’ll find something to suit your tastes in this eclectic lineup.
Beyonce
Edward Jones Dome
901 N. Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102
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Date: Sept 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Beyonce’s Formation World Tour is a celebration of her game-changing “Lemonade” album. The staging for this all-stadium tour includes a 60-foot rotating LED box called the Monolith, a treadmill runway, and a secondary stage that houses 2,000 gallons of water. Each rotation of the Monolith opens a new section of the show which corresponds to the chapters in the “Lemonade” album.The tour is drawing rave reviews for its production values, vocal power and sheer entertainment.

Chaka Khan With El DeBarge
Fabulous Fox Theatre
527 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
www.fabulousfox.com

Date: Aug 27, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

The Fox will play host for this powerful R&B double bill concert supporting the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ club. The evening opens with an awards show, celebrating the achievements of local youth, volunteers, and generous community members. Then three-time Grammy nominee El Debarge will take the stage, followed by Chaka Khan herself, who has won a whopping 10 Grammy awards. Support this great cause and enjoy an evening of rocking entertainment.

An Evening With Cedric “The Entertainer” And Friends Ft. Aretha Franklin
Peabody Opera House
1400 Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
www.peabodyoperahouse.com

Date: Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

Cedric will definitely entertain you with his comedic talents, but the real star of this show will be Cedric’s featured guest, Aretha Franklin. Ms. Franklin has been the undisputed Queen of Soul for nearly six decades, and she shows no sign of slowing down. Her hits span half a century, from her gospel roots to her current Diva status, including titles like “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” and “A Rose Is Still A Rose.” Don’t miss this opportunity to spend an evening listen to a voice that is widely considered one of America’s national treasures.

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An Evening Of Stars Benefit Concert, Featuring Ledisi
The Sheldon
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
www.thesheldon.org

Date: Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

This is the inaugural event for an annual UNCF benefit gala that will make a welcome addition to the St. Louis music and charity scenes. The event acknowledges UNCF’s local Youth Scholarship recipient and honors their Person of the Year Award recipient. This year’s Person of the Year is the actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer. This year’s musical highlight will be a live performance by national recording artist Ledisi, which will be a treat in the Sheldon’s perfect acoustical environment. All proceeds benefit the United Negro College Fund.

Hiatus Kaiyote
The Pageant
6161 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112
www.thepageant.com

Date: Tuesday, Aug 9, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

Hiatus Kaiyote is a future-soul group from Australia. They were nominated for a Grammy for their song “Nakamarra” in 2013, which they recorded with Q-Tip. Hiatus Kaiyote is a multi-dimensional group, and R&B is just part of their repertoire. Expect and eclectic performance at The Pageant, with smooth tunes from a variety of genres.

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Lauren Haas is a nomadic freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Visit her blog at http://www.thesoulofajourney.com.