Friday, February 12, 2010

Say it with soul: Valentine's weekend concerts

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 6:19 PM

With snowfall expected in Atlanta, this weekend could present the perfect storm — especially for dudes who don't feel like breaking the bank just to show their Valentine some love. But just in case Mother Nature doesn't cooperate with your plans to couch-cuddle on the cheap, here's a last-minute list of soul and hip-hop shows to get your significant other wide open.

Shameless Plug presents Hey Love w/Bilal, the Foreign Exchange, Jesse Boykins III

Recognize the promo video? It's a remake of the old-school Hey Love commercial from the ’80s. They used to play this thing back in the day on BET like it was going out of style. The ending is still classic:

"This is a fantastic album, man. Lemme borrow it?"

"No my brother — you gots to buy your own!"

$32.50. 8 p.m. Fri., Feb. 12. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

The Foreign Exchange official after party — Presented by MJQ's Friday night FACE/OFF crew (DJs Rasta Root and Jah Prince). Hosted by Phonte with special DJ set by Nicolay. Also doubles as DJ Rasta Root's birthday bash. Call for price. MJQ, 736 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-870-0575.

Goodie Mob Reunion featuring B.o.B aka Bobby Ray — In an odd twist of fate, Goodie Mob is playing its second reunion show in Atlanta on the same night that Shameless Plug — the cats who pulled off the first Goodie Mob reunion last September — is having it's V-day show. The original reunion (maybe this one should be called "re-reunion") almost got rained out at the outside Masquerade Music Park. No chance of that this time. It's at the Tabernacle. Expect to hear "Beautiful Skin" thrown in the mix for the ladies. $35. 9 p.m. Fri., Feb. 12. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie Street. 404-659-9022. www.tabernacleatl.com.

Related: CL's Goodie Mob cover story (9/16/09)

Good Frid-A - Official Goodie Mob after party — Also doubles as Muddy Waters promoter/artist manager Richard Dunn's birthday party. Free drinks 9 p.m.-11 p.m. Call for price. Fri., Feb. 12. Django's, 495 Peachtree St. 404-347-8648. www.djangosatlanta.com.

Steve Aoki — Electro for your libido. $10-$20. 10 p.m. Fri., Feb. 12. Opera, 1150 Crescent Ave. 404-874-3006. www.operaatlanta.com.

Rhonda Thomas and Afrosounds — One of the most seductive vocalists in Atlanta's jazzy soul scene, Rhonda Thomas used to backup Isaac Hayes so you know she can bring the ish. Hush yo mouth! Just talkin' bout Shaft. It's a two-night stand. $15. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 12. REPEATS SAT. Churchill Grounds, 660 Peachtree St. 404-876-3030. www.churchillgrounds.com.

Passion & Poetry - Sweet Seductions — V103's Quiet Storm host Joyce Littel presents her long-standing spoken word and soul show with a lineup including Malcolm Jamal Warner, trumpeter Joey Sommerville, LA Poet, C.O.C.O. Brown, Ruckus, BET's Lyric Cafe poet Spinxx, Theresa Da Songbrid, Avery Sunshine, Tamika Scott (formerly of Xscape), and Phillippia (CL's Best local down-and-dirty diva). $35. 12 midnight. Sat., Feb. 13. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com. REPEATS SUN., FEB. 14. 7 p.m. with alternative soul artist Eric Roberson.

Tha Love Bomb 2 —  And just in case the weather keeps you stuck at the crib, you can tune into 88.5 on your radio dial as the station's Saturday night hip-hop show Tha Bomb presents it's second annual Valentine's-themed show, featuring soul, hip-hop and alternative tunes to groove to. No worries fellas, it's free. 7 p.m. - midnight. Sat., Feb. 13. 88.5 (WRAS-FM).

Or simply buy Sade's new album, Soldier of Love, and call it a night.

Know of any other V-weekend goings-on? Feel free to post details in the comments section.

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