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“Smack it! Flip it! Rub it down, oh noooo!”

Bell Biv Devoe will headline Ladies Night Out vol. 2, Ocean Records’ big R&B extravaganza that will also bring Al B. Sure, SWV, Jon B, Tacoma’s Ralph Porter and more to Kent’s Showare Center Thursday night. My Q & A with Ronnie Devoe ran in last Friday’s GO section. And now here are some bonus audio clips from the interview about …

… the origins of “Smack it! Flip it! Rub it down! Oh noooooooo!” (and something about big butts and smiles.)

… making the transition from New Edition to BBD.

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Inaugural ‘Nesian Fest slated for Saturday

Local hip-hop and R&B group Island Trybe is trying to end a sad year on a positive note beginning with ‘Nesian Fest, which starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Hell’s Kitchen.

Island Trybe organized the event with Aomas Entertainment as a showcase of Pacific Islanders active in the local hip, R&B and reggae scenes. As Island Trybe manager Sean Lizama explained, “’Nesian” is just shorthand for some of the regions local Islanders hail from – Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia.
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Usher to kick off OMG tour in Seattle

Usher will kick off his forthcoming OMG tour at Seattle’s KeyArena on Nov. 10, KeyArena announced today. The R&B superstar – best known for “Yeah!” “Caught Up” and other hits – will be out on the road in support of this year’s “Raymond V. Raymond” and “Versus” releases. Ticket details have not yet been released.


John Legend, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings added to Puyallup Fair lineup

Grammy award-winning R & B artist John Legend will headline the Puyallup Fair grandstand on Sept. 14. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. that day with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings adding support, fair organizers announced.

Tickets are $35 to $75 and will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 26. Find out more here.


Tour the new Supremes exhibit with Motown legend Mary Wilson (video)

On Friday, Mary Wilson of Motown’s legendary Supremes took a few of us media types on a tour of “Reflections: The Mary Wilson Supreme Legacy Collection,” the new exhibit at Seattle’s Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum. A related story will run in GO on Friday. Meanwhile, here are some of the video highlights.


Corinne Bailey Rae recalls her days in Helen (audio)

Most people know Corinne Bailey Rae for “Put Your Records On,” the pop smash that elevated her from unsigned artist to international superstar back in 2006. But did you know that Rae, Monday’s main attraction at the Moore in Seattle, started out as a rocker?

Before her solo career took off, the British songbird played in an alt-rock band called Helen that was nearly signed to Roadrunner Records. Click here to find out what happened to that band and how it may have influenced her new album, “The Sea.”

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Michael Franti reflects on his career, conflict in the Middle East (interview audio)

You’ve already heard what he had to say about tour mate John Mayer’s racially inflammatory comments in Playboy. And now I’ve finally had a chance to edit some more Michael Franti interview clips, this time with the hip-hop/soul veteran reflecting on his expanding fan base, his musical growth and traveling to the Middle East.

He’ll be at KeyArena with John Mayer Wednesday. Meanwhile, click the links to hear him talk about …

… finally having a big hit, the secrets of his success.

… how his musical focus has shifted

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Maxwell and Jill Scott headed to KeyArena

Grammy Award winning soul singers Maxwell and Jill Scott have teamed up for a 20-city tour that’s scheduled to drop in on Seattle’s KeyArena on June 2, Live Nation announced today.

Maxwell ended a long hiatus, scored the most critically acclaimed R&B album of 2009 with “BLACKsummers’night” and wound up taking best male R&B vocal performance and best R&B album at this year’s Grammys.

Scott launched her “Real Thing” tour at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre in early 2008. Since then she’s been making waves as the star of HBO’s “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.”

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