Rhythm and and blues, or R&B to most music fans, is a popular genre of American music that originated in the 1940s. While R&B music was marketed predominantly to African Americans, today R&B is popular with all generations, races and both sexes. An R&B usually includes drums, bass, one or two guitars, a piano and a singer. The R&B sound of today can be a mix of electric blues, gospel and even some rock and roll. Some of the great R&B artists and bands of all-time are still on tour, so catch some of these great acts when they come to your town. Here are some great upcoming R&B concerts in and around Atlanta.
Darrell Scott
City Winery Atlanta
650 North Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 946-3791
www.citywinery.com/atlanta

Date: July 29, 2016 at 8 p.m

Darrell Scott can flat out entertain. As an instrumentalist, he sort of straddles the line between R&B and other music genres. Darrell will put on an enjoyable night of music at City Winery. He has collaborated with the likes of Steve Earle, Sam Bush, John Cowan and Verlon Thompson. Scott also won a 2007 “Song of the Year” award and he won a recent award at the Independent Music Awards. Come out and see Scott and appreciate his musical talents.

Isley Brothers, Freddie Jackson, Ruben Studdard & Chante Moore
Wolf Creek Ampitheater
3025 Merk Road
College Park, GA 30349
(404) 613-9653
www.wolfcreekamphitheater.com

Date: July 30, 2016  at 6:30 p.m.

The legends of R&B come to Wolf Creek Ampitheater on July 30. Hear and see great acts like the Isley Brothers, Freddie Jackson, American Idol, Ruben Studdard and the perfect voice of Chante Moore. Combined, the ensemble has numerous top-40 hits and other great dance and soul classics that make up a great soundtrack of R&B. General admission seats start at just $45.

Chaka Khan
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 916-2800
www.cobbenergycentre.com

Date: August 5, 2016 at 8 p.m

10-time Grammy Award winner, Chaka Khan, brings her timeless R&B act to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on Aug. 5. Khan has continued to influence many generations of recording artists. With a rare ability to sing in seven music genres, including R&B, Khan will entertain with her recognizable material, but she also has new songs ready to be experienced and enjoyed. She has been touring for decades, but this is a chance to see her in a theater set up at the Cobb Energy. Tickets start at $37.

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Jill Scott
Chastain Park Ampitheatre
4469 Stella Drive
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 233-2227
www.chastainseries.com

Date: August 25, 2016 at 7 p.m.

One of Atlanta’s favorites, Jill Scott, returns to Chastain Park on August 25, this time with Gallant and Tish Hyman as the accompanying acts. Scott is a three-time Grammy Award winner who has five studio albums to her credit. Scott is a soprano but can hit notes in the sixth octave as displayed on songs such as “Gimme.” Scott always delivers a magical night, so bring a significant other and experience a live performance from Scott.

Boney James, Gerald Albright, Pieces Of A Dream & David Benoit
Wolf Creek Ampitheater
3025 Merk Road
College Park, GA 30349
(404) 613-9653
www.wolfcreekamphitheater.com

Date: Sept. 2, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

On the surface, this may look like your run of the mill jazz concert, but all of the acts at Wolf Creek on Sept.  2 have been influenced by the R&B greats. Boney James took up the clarinet at the ripe old age of eight and was influenced by R&B and Motown saxophonist, Grover Washington Jr. Benoit has over 25 albums under his belt and even though he spends much of his time these days as the head of the conducting department at UCLA, he is known far and wide for his work with Patti Austin, Cece Winans and Brian McKnight. This is a night of easy listening R&B than you can’t pass on.

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