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doors 7:30pm, show 9pm, Admission $27.00
A Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, and producer from Philadelphia, PA, Bilal trained in jazz and big-band arrangements at the Mannes Music Conservatory in New York. With this formal training, he learned to sing opera in seven languages. His debut album, "1st Born Second," is a collection of songs entirely by the artist himself, right down to the music, lyrics, and notes. His single "Soul Sista" appears on the Love & Basketball movie soundtrack. In addition, Bilal sang the hook on Common's "The 6th Sense" with neo-soul singer Jill Scott. He also scats and plays keyboards. Bilal has appeared onGuru's "Jazzmatazz, Vol. 3: Street Soul," and has written and produced for the likes of Erykah Badu (he earned production, writing, and vocal credit on her lauded sophomore album, "Mamma's Gun"). Bilal is also a member of theSoulquarians collective, along with Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Q-Tip, and D'Angelo. A reference to the father of surrealism, Salvador Dali, Bilal's latest album, "A Love Surreal," is knee deep in emotive soul and features Robert Glasper, Thundercat, KING, among others. SPIN has placed it on their “Best R&B of 2013” list while People Magazine considers if one of the “Best Albums of 2013 (so far).” Bilal’s timeless appeal has resurfaced with critics and fans through his 14-track work of art.