Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, Janelle Monae: Of all the R&B divas to cram an arena show into ACL Live, Bronx badass Mary Jane Blige unleashed a 2013 stomp down there that made Aretha Franklin in the same venue appear meek and mild. Finally returning with fellow New Yorker Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones (aka Nas), she offers My Life II... There’s Something About Me, My Self & MaryJane (Act 2), while he raps Nasir.
Originally from Maryland, GhostBoy Jay$ee (Jean-Claude Meama) can rhyme as if he’s related to Toronto’s Tory Lanez or spit his tales of grinding straight-up. Remain equally attentive to the swift, ofttimes off-the-wall content of Blaise Armour. The rappers’ collaborative Ethereal Tapes Vol. 1 drops this month.
Two Eighties hardcore pioneers – Austin-originated lefty thrashers MDC and Houston’s drunk-and-belligerent Verbal Abuse – steam via a monthlong U.S. tour. Joining are several ATX hardcore heroes, including the Elected Officials – who share political convictions and singer Sophie Rousmaniere with MDC – and local street punk heroes Sniper 66, Disowned, Denton’s Noogy, and Valley punks Confused.
Back in the day they called it a gathering of the tribes. Now, this ninth local Jerryfest converges in celebration of the Grateful Dead’s Captain Trips, one Jerome Garcia (Aug. 1, 1942-Aug. 9, 1995). The Jerry Garcia Band leads the charge behind longtime B-3 organist and Garcia compadre Melvin Seals. Austin’s resident Dead cover band, Deadeye, opens.