The Mighty Mos Def is coming to Oakland. And he's playing a jazz club. Tickets are now on sale for Mos' upcoming three-night stint at Yoshi's Oakland location April 14-16. As a press release noted, the rapper-turned-thesbian is coming off of critically-acclaimed performances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and will be previewing selections from his fourth album, tentatively-titled The Ectastic.
While many hip-hop fans have seen Mos in various incarnations over the years–his 1999 NYE performance at the Justice League is the stuff of legend, and he's played the Bay Area frequently of late–the Yoshi's dates promise to be something special, and not just because tix are $55 apiece. Backing up the eclectic emcee will be a full-fledged live band–Robert Glasper on piano and keyboards, Stephen Brunner on bass, and Chris Dave on drums–whose credits include Erkyah Badu, Suicidal Tendencies, Christian McBride, and Pat Methany. Which means listeners can expect to hear something in-between highly-technical jazz fusion, Afro-soul, and full-on SoCal thrash-punk. Sounds about right.