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Celebrate African-American Music Appreciation Month 2012 at Yoshi’s San Francisco: Live Hip Hop with Aceyalone (6/14), ’70s Soul & Funk with Rose Royce (6/21) and Neo-Soul with Rahsaan Patterson (6/22)

The month of June is African-American Music Appreciation Month and Yoshi’s Jazz Club is the perfect place to partake in the nationwide celebrations.  In this post we have highlighted three shows that will take place during this month at the venue’s San Francisco location (1330 Fillmore Street).  Event details are included below.  For additional information, please visit

ACEYALONE (of Freestyle Fellowship)
Featuring The Underground Railroad Band

Thursday, June 14, 2012
10 p.m.  / $15 Advance / $20 Doors



American rapper Aceyalone is known for his command of words & language. Widely recognized as one of the more lyrically gifted in the history of emceeing, Aceyalone embodies the sophisticated west coast style that is showcased in other indie artists such as Blackalicious and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien. After releasing a pair of albums with the Freestyle Fellowship, To Whom it May Concern… and Innercity Griots, Acey signed to Capitol Records and released his highly acclaimed solo debut, All Balls Don’t Bounce, in 1995. He returned three years later with his second album, A Book of Human Language, a collaboration with producer Mumbles. Acey returned solo again in 2001 with his third solo album, Accepted Eclectic. In 2002, the Freestyle Fellowship returned after 9 years for the release of their third group album, Shockadoom. 2002 and 2003 saw two more solo releases, Hip Hop and the World We Live In and Love & Hate and another A-Team album (‘Lab Down Under’). In 2006, Aceyalone released two more solo projects, first, Magnificent City, a collaboration with producer RJD2, followed by Grand Imperial. 2007 sees Acey releasing the first in his planned explorations of world musics, Lightining Stikes. For more information, visit Aceyalone’s website.

Car Wash!

Kenny Copeland (Trumpet, Male Lead Vocals)
Michael Nash (Keyboards)
Freddie Dunn (Trumpet)
Henry Garner (Drums) & More!

Thursday, June 21, 2012
8pm $30 / 10pm $20


Several legendary hits recorded during Rose Royce’s twenty-nine year recording career are still currently playing on radio stations all over the world. These include such sensations as “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore”, “Do Your Dance”, “I’m In Love”, “I Wanna Get Next To You”, “Wishing On A Star” just to name a few. Many artists have covered Rose Royce’s timeless songs such as “Car Wash” (Christina Aguilera / Missy Elliot), “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” (Madonna), “I’m Going Down” (Mary J Blige), and “Wishing On A Star” (The Cover Girls), (Teena Marie) & (Will Downing). In addition Rose Royce Tracks have been sampled by artists too numerous to list. The Music of Rose Royce has also been featured in many television shows and motion pictures including, The Simpsons, Martin, Airplane, Friday, The Mod Squad, Money Talks, Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle and many others. Rose Royce has successfully managed to stay fresh and attract new fans all over the world. Dazzling audiences worldwide, Rose Royce currently tours the United States as well as Europe, Japan and Australia. Rose Royce has played to many standing room only crowds all over the world. The Grammy Award Winning Group Rose Royce has sold millions of copies of the album “Car Wash,” “In Full Bloom,” and “Rose Royce Strikes Again” and is currently putting their new material together for release later this year. Rose Royce is a versatile group who possesses a multitude of talent and charisma. For more information, visit Rose Royce’s website.


Friday, June 22, 2012
8pm $26 / 10pm $22


Far from the mischievous “Kid” he played on Kids Incorporated 23 years ago, Rahsaan Patterson re-entered the music scene from behind the scenes penning perhaps Brandy’s biggest single to date as well as session work for other well known artists. By the time he sought a record deal, there was a near bidding war over him. MCA won the battle in 1995 and by 1997; Rahsaan Patterson’s self-titled debut was released. Though he was as unique as any of the newly crowned “Neo-Soulers” of the late 90’s, Rahsaan at MCA was very lost in the shuffle of corporate fools who didn’t know how to “package,” “market” or “promote” him. The truth is, his material was so top shelf that the markets that truly mattered to Black music, specifically in the adult category, were already spinning one if not two of his singles from the early EP and he didn’t need the label to step in and do anything but support the momentum the quality recordings already came with. With an overly sexual Maxwell fresh on everyone’s lips, minds, and hearts, EVERY man in the industry after Max HAD to have an image. MCA allowed their confusion and control over Patterson to inhibit otherwise gold/platinum material for reaching its full potential. The music biz could easily have killed the spirit of an artist as pure and authentic as he is. The mere fact that we are welcoming his latest studio effort, Bleuphoria, is a feat that only one member of the ‘neo-soul elite’ managed to do. To continue pressing on without the support of all the pretty things that seem so necessary for artists to get heard these days is remarkable, but more importantly, inspiring. The concept of Bleuphoria is deeply entrenched in the idea that love manifests itself in tones of blue. The deeper in love one falls, the deeper and more intense its color becomes. The revelation of love comes from God and one’s self, resulting in a blissful and euphoric state. The cosmos factor into this equation as the foundation of it all. Love: deep and infinite. Like the vastness and depth of the universe, reaching beyond our skies, residing beneath our flesh and within our minds; this is Bleuphoria. Earth is Bleuphoria. The universe is Bleuphoria. We are Bleuphoria. For more information, visit Rahsaan Patterson’s website.


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