Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Video: The Legendary: A Film About The Roots

The Legendary: A Film About The Roots from Cam Be on Vimeo.

Swiped from OKP.

We get an intimate mini-doc on the hardest working band in the biz, and now 4 time Grammy award winners, The Roots. Cam Be (director/editor) and Jeff Baraka (Interviewer/co-producer) tagged along with The Roots for a few stops on last year’s Hennessey Artistry tour, and got some great footage. Says Cam of the vid: “In this film I wanted to not only highlight the versatility of a group that has played with most everyone in the industry. But also capture candid moments of real human beings just trying to share the gifts they have been given to the best of their abilities.” Props to videographer (of the shrine & more) Cam Be.

Video: Quadron “Pressure” Live

Quadron - Pressure (Live) from Plug Research on Vimeo.

We really can’t get enough of Danish duo, Quadron. All of their live performances are amazing, but this one especially stands out. Watch as Quadron vocalist Coco performs “Pressure” while accompanied by Rebekah Raff on the harp. If you weren’t a fan before, you are now!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

J*Davey + Blu + Res live @ The Shrine on Saturday, April 9th

Hip, Sexy and beyond any one genre; Los Angeles duo J*Davey invades Chicago.

The J*Davey Navey (featuring Blu) docks at The Shrine on Saturday, April 9th.

Doors open at 8pm, performances start at 9pm. Also featuring Philadelphia's own Res #BlackGirlsRock!!!

Also featuring VERZATILE!



J*DaVeY "Mr Mister" from JackBrookSOCKETUMi on Vimeo.

Theory of Revolution // J*Davey from on Vimeo.

J*DaVeY "Get Together" from JackBrookSOCKETUMi on Vimeo.



a lil Blu & a lil Res!

Blu - video(s)

Blu & Exile from on Vimeo.

Blu - Morning and Melo (Video) from BluFan on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bad Rabbits + Black Keys (videos)

The Black Keys - Howlin' For You (Official Video)

This is the official video for The Black Keys song Howlin' For You off the album Brothers- directed by Chris Marrs Piliero

Video: Bad Rabbits “Human Nature” (Michael Jackson Cover

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Cee-Lo Green - Bodies (Video)

Today, we get to watch director Mikael Colombu’s full mini-movie murder mystery (you love that alliteration) for track # 5 off of The Lady Killer. Kerry Washington, Janelle Monae, and Karl Lagerfield all co-star in the video with Mr. Green. Nice lil’ twist at the end – would be dope if they continue the story line with a video for Janelle Monae’s “Locked Inside.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Anthony David - live on Saturday, March 19th, 2011

On Saturday, March 19th prepare yourself for some southern soul (by way of Savannah, Georgia) in the form of singer, song-writer Anthony David. Known for his hit record "Words" (a duet with India Irie)! Doors open at 8pm, performance will be at 9pm!

Also, check out his new video "4evermore" feat. Algebra Blessett.

Buy tickets now -

Anthony David EPK from Digital Soul on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 12, 2011



The night starts out innocently enough—a smattering of couples and numerous posses, equally split between guys and gals, hang out while soulful, throwback hip-hop bumps from the house system. But when Nigerian DJ Dee Money settles into the booth around 11pm, the Shrine’s jam-packed Coup D’Etat Lounge erupts into a raging Afro-reggae party. There are no wallflowers to be found among this decidedly straight, African-American crowd; one glance in the right direction and you could find yourself coupled off for a grind straight out of a Lil Weezy video. Don’t be fooled, though: Getting down is one thing, but a man’s got to work a lot harder than that to get the digits, let alone the girl. Turn up the charm or these ladies will be on to the next one faster than you can say Jay-Z. 2109 S Wabash Ave (312-753-5700). Third Saturday of the month. $20. —Joshua P. Ferguson



Thursday, February 10, 2011

Pac Div – Mania! (Preview)

Pac Div, "Mania!" Teaser (Directors' Cut) from Clement & Co. on Vimeo.

Here is a teaser video featuring Pac Div’s “Take Me High” off their upcoming Mania! mixtape.

Bilal - "Robots (Chuck Treece & Tom Spiker Remix)" feat. Hezekiah & Ishe

We at The Shrine are totally in love with Bilal's Airtight’s Revenge! As of late this album has been getting noticed by several known remix-producers lately. The latest song to be remixed is “Robots.”

Producers Chuck Treece and Tom Spiker on the boards while Hezekiah and Ishe handle the additional vox.


Also do remember that Bilal will be LIVE in concert at The Shrine on Saturday, March 5th. This is an early show, doors open @ 8pm...performance starts at 9pm.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Video: Raphael Saadiq - Good Man

Raphael Saadiq "GOOD MAN" from Isaiah Seret on Vimeo.

With all the no good, lying, lowly, cheating, double-crossing & I hate you so much right now type anti-man anthems, it’s nice to hear Raphael Saadiq put something out there for all the men handlin’ their responsibilities. The video is starring Chad Coleman (The Wire)and one of my personal faves Yaya DaCosta (America’s Next Top Model). Men, there is a MESSAGE somewhere in this video!

Video directed by Isaiah Seret.

Saadiq’s Stone Rollin‘ will be out March 22nd.

J.Period x The Roots x John Legend – Wake Up! Radio [Mixtape]

In honor of John Legend & The Roots‘ Grammy nominated album, Wake Up!, J & Truelements Music put together this remix compilation featuring Legend, The Roots Crew, Rakim, Common, Nneka, Q-Tip, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, K’Naan, and more. Black Thought hosts this epic mixtape, which remixes and rebuilds the original recording sessions from the Wake Up! album. To go along with this tape, J will also release an exclusive digital 12″ on Tuesday (2/15) featuring a collab between John Legend, Black Thought, and the God MC Rakim, “In The Ghetto (Wake Up!).” “When this project began, I was excited to explore the legacy of soul music behind the WAKE UP! album,” explains J.Period, “but I had no idea of the level of access and creative freedom I would be granted by John Legend & The Roots to tell that story. The result is not only something that traces musical history lines from artists like Marvin Gaye to contemporaries like John Legend — but something that adds to that history: brand new collaborative tracks as if Marvin & John recorded together. It’s simply unprecedented on a mixtape. And I am particularly proud of the fact that all of it speaks to the true power of music to carry a message, and have a positive impact on society, and on people’s lives.” This star-studded tape is being given away for free download.

>>>Download HERE

Rich Medina is BACK @ The Shrine for FREE!

Rich Medina: Live at The Shrine on Friday, Feb. 11th!
Doors open @ 9pm!

All hail the king!

Rich Medina will be rocking the house this upcoming Friday with an exclusive DJ set! Afrobeat, Soul & Hip-Hop!!! Rich Medina is a legendary Master of the Mix (click here) and will set it off this Friday night!!

Doors open @ 9pm! CLICK HERE TO RSVP for FREE entry b4 11:30pm!

Erykah Badu - Gone Baby, Don't be Long

Erykah Badu - Gone Baby, Don't be Long from beeple on Vimeo.

From the album New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh

Directed by: Flying Lotus
Post-Production: Beeple
Modeling: Beeple + Vince Ream
Director of Photography: Theo Jemison

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Army & Lou's closes after 66 years!

Article via The Chicago Sun-Times.

It was the late Mayor Harold Washington’s favorite restaurant — the booth where he always sat still bears his name. And its storied history goes beyond feeding the grass-roots political movement that elected the city’s first black mayor.

At its original Black Metropolis location, it fed the leader of another movement: the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the ’60s.

But South Side soul-food legend Army & Lou’s, 422 E. 75th St., thought to be the oldest black-owned restaurant in the Midwest, closed its doors for the last time Sunday.

“It’s really just due to the economy. People are not eating out as much,” said one of the five partners, Goldie McDuffie. “We had to close. We’ll see what happens in the future.”

For 65 years, Army & Lou’s has fed celebrities, politicians, business moguls and others who slid into its red linen-tableclothed booths for greens and ham hocks, catfish, chitterlings and peach cobbler. Celebs ranged from Cab Calloway to Muhammad Ali to former U.S. Sen. Charles Percy.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Talib Kweli live at The Shrine - SOLD OUT

Tonight's Talib Kweli show @ The Shrine is officially SOLD OUT!

Did we mention (yeah we did) that he is backed by VERZATILE!!!!

Also we have Que-Billah performing live!

Music by DJ Broadway Streetz & Timbuck2

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Fela...the Movie?

In 2010, Fela! took Broadway by storm with the unforgettable story and music of political activist/father of Afrobeat Fela Kuti. With Will Smith and Jay-Z on the production end, the monster musical easily scooped up 3 Tony awards and created an entire new generation of Fela fans worldwide. Now, the buzz in the streets is that the play will soon light up the silver screen in a film adaptation.

The gossip comes off the heels of news that Will Smith and Jay-Z will be teaming up again for a modern remake of the 1982 family movie Annie, starring Smith’s daughter, Willow. Annie apparently won’t be the last Broadway-to-film venture for Jigga man and Smith this year. The Fela film is rumored to be directed by Steve McQueen and Biyi Bandele, and to star British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (Salt, 2012).

So will die hard Fela Kuti fans Mos Def, Common, and Talib Kweli contribute their passions to the film’s soundtrack? I sure hope so. Either way, the Shrine family is positively stoked about the project. We’ll post more details as they come. In the meantime, cop your tickets to the Talib Kweli show this Friday, February 2nd, 2011 to hear music from one of the countless musicians inspired by the legend that is Fela Kuti.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

?uestlove On Fela

It's no secret Fela Kuti has had an a huge impact on music, especially Hip Hop. His beats have been sampled and his attitude was the original swagga. Roots bandleader ?uestlove talks about why the man continues to be vital today.