St. Louis doesn't see many high-profile hip-hop/contemporary R&B touring acts, but this extravaganza makes up for a year's worth of misses. De La Soul
are currently reprising their 2000 tour together -- but this time the party includes John Legend
, whose exquisite vocals, sensitive piano and trans-generational songwriting influences make him the leading heir to Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield's legacies. In a genre that has little pity for old-timers, De La Soul has overcome label woes and changing fashions to continue innovating, like on last year's album The Grind Date
. And Common's huge single "Be" is so strikingly distinctive, you can pardon the presence of dorm-folk dumbass John Mayer in the video.
Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $26 (21+ only); call 314-726-6161 for more information.