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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Raphael Saadiq Announces Oakland Show

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 10:40 AM

click to enlarge Retro Chic: Raphael Saadiq
  • Retro Chic: Raphael Saadiq

November 18th will be a homecoming of sorts for Oakland native Raphael Saadiq. Ray Ray, as he is known, is arguably the most prolific and talented male soul/R&B artist around today--equally seasoned at singing, playing several instruments, and producing. Saadiq has come a long way since the late 80s, when Tony Toni Tone defined the "Oaktown sound" along with Hammer, EnVogue, Digital Underground and Too $hort--his 2008 release The Way I See It earned three Grammy nods and was voted Best Album of the year on iTunes, and his production credits include Joss Stone, D'Angelo, Ledisi, Lucy Pearl and LeToya Luckett. Saadiq plays the Fox Theater--an entirely appropriate venue, given his retro-Motown shtick. Tickets go on sale Friday, but special presales are available here -- enter the code "ankh" and they're all yours.

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