Born in Philadelphia Bilal Oliver is a schooled musician and dynamic live performer whose artistry draws from jazz, soul, and hip-hop. With fans that includes Eryka Badu, Janelle Monae, Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammed and featured spots with, among others, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Diddy and Common, Bilal made his major label debut with 2001’s First Born Second. The cd sold over 300,000 copies and announced that Bilal was an artist to watch. Bilal’s sophomore recording Love For Sale leaked to the internet before its official release and would enjoy over half a million downloads. 2010 saw Air Tight’s Revenge, which yielded the Grammy nominated “Little Ones”. Ask Bilal how he sees his newest release, A Love Surreal, and he replies without hesitation. “I’ve always had a lot of information about what it is that I wanted to do but sometimes it would come off as obscure. This time I think I’ve set out what I meant to do.”
Opening set by SHIRLETTE & THE DYNAMITE BROTHERS
“With the 2008 release of their second full-length album entitled Again, The Dynamite Brothers secured their place as soulful blenders of rock and blues. Songs from the album were featured on the debut of HBO’s comedy series, Eastbound and Down. The band also made a cameo appearance during the show’s second season.
After completing a west coast tour as bassist for The Corey Parker Band (son of legendary James Brown saxophonist, Maceo Parker), Shirlette Ammons went back to the business of creating music with her own hip hop/rock band, Mosadi Music. Mosadi has shared stages with Grammy-award winning artists Anjelique Kidjo, Meshell Ndegeocello and rocked side stages at sold-out arena shows alongside main stage acts Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, and others. In 2006, Mosadi Music released their debut album, The Window which featured guest appearances from various artists including Phonte Coleman and Purple St. James (Grammy-nominated Foreign Exchange), and Mosadi drummer Matt McCaughan (Portastatic, Bon Iver).”