Bilal and Jill Scott in Concert

Two rare neo soul music gifts -- Jill Scott and Bilal -- will both hit the concert stage tomorrow at Chicago's Northerly Island outdoor pavilion. This means that Friday, August 8, 2008 could make Chicago lakeside history. This day may go down as one on which die-hard neo soul lovers witnessed Jill Scott and Bilal Sayeed Oliver rock Lake Michigan so intensely, we'll experience a soul music tsunami!

Many neo soul lovers have seen Jill Scott live before and know the unabashed power of her beautiful personality and vocal ability. Jill, of course, also did a "Jennifer Hudson," doing a stellar job with an acting role in Tyler Perry's hit film Why Did I Get Married? (An award Jill might have deserved over J.H. in a more fair, less Holly-hyped world.)

But if you've never experienced Bilal in concert, get ready and get SET. The man behind the 2001 hit "Soul Sista," Bilal in concert is spectacular. His one and only officially released CD -- 1st Born Second -- remains one of my all-time favorites. He offers today what made so many love fresh moody funk-rockers such as Sly Stone, Prince, and perhaps even Gil Scott Heron.

Classically trained with the coolest falsetto voice, avant garde Bilal has a cult following that won't give up on him - despite his record label challenges with Interscope. In concert, he is known to sandwich an aria between cult album cuts he may have recorded with the likes of Jay-Z, Common, Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, or Dr. Dre.

Stellar talents they both are, Jill Scott and Bilal. Both are natives of my beloved former city of Philadelphia. Much like their hip-hop brethern The Roots, these two Philadelphia artists are icons in the neo-soul movement. Almost every one of these revered artists graduated the acclaimed Philadelphia High School for Creative & Performing Arts.

Enjoy some vintage video footage of the dynamic duo who're touring together and turning out places left and right:

If you're interested in concert tickets, the rest of the Bilal & Jill Scott tour schedule includes:

Aug 7 2008
starlight Theatre
Kansas City, Missouri

Aug 8 2008
Charter One
Chicago, Illinois

Aug 15 2008
Highline Ballroom
New York, New York

Aug 26 2008
Yoshis San Francisco
San Francisco

Aug 27 2008
Yoshis San Francisco
San Francisco

Aug 28 2008
Yoshis San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Be there -- somewhere -- or be square. (Philly repreSENT!)

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