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JUNE 15: R+R: NOW Featuring Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott & More (VIDEO)

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R+R = NOW

Next Level Events presents R + R= NOW on Friday, June 15 at the Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points - Atlanta. Show times are 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. 

Pianist/songwriter/producer Robert Glasper created a music super group and the lineup is beyond talented. The Robert Glasper Experiment frontman joins forces with multi-instrumentalist and producer Terrace Martin, jazz trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, bassist Derrick Hodge, drummer Justin Tyson and multi-instrumentalist Taylor McFerrin to form R+R=NOW. It's pretty clear the band has a healthy pulse on several genres, including jazz, soul, R&B and hip-hop, so we're guaranteed to get quality music from the collective.

Glasper said, "R+R NOW tells "our story from our point of view. Everybody's sound is so different, but we all come from the same concrete garden. It's a very honest, fluid sound that rings of hip-hop, EDM, jazz, at times -- hell -- reggae...a bunch of cats that respect each other so much that we always pass the ball." If you're wondering what the name means, it comes from Glasper's love and respect for Nina Simone who always implored artists to reflect the times. Their name is shorthand for Reflect+Respond=NOW, and we're curious to see what hot button issues they take on and turn into the next groove. While there's no word yet on when we can expect their first release, just know that we'll be sitting here twiddling our thumbs and tapping our feet until we get some new music from the genius idea that is R+R=NOW.

Ray Cornelius is one of Atlanta’s newest entertainment writers and media personalities. His arts and entertainment website, www.raycornelius.com spotlights the latest in “positive” African-American celebrity news and was established in 2012. Since that time Cornelius has covered a myriad of red carpet premieres, award shows and Atlanta-based films including Tyler Perry’s Temptation, The BronzeLens Film Festival, The Trumpet Awards, and The Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards just to name a few. He has also interviewed a who’s who list of today’s top singers, actors and reality stars. With nearly 20 years of media experience, Cornelius has also worked as an associate producer for the Emmy-winning public affairs program, ATL Insider and with such award shows as The Soul Train Awards, The Trumpet Awards and BET Hip-Hop Awards.