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Courtesy of Dean & DeLucaPharrell is a master both in the studio and the kitchen. The Grammy award-winning producer revealed Monday that he will be teaming up with gourmet grocery store chain Dean & DeLuca to create a new product line called The Williams Family Kitchen. 

The partnership was announced at the Dean & DeLuca store in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, where both Pharrell and his father, along with DEAN & DELUCA CEO Sorapoj Techakraisri and Vice Chairman Charles Finch, were speaking about the exciting new business arrangement.

"It was an honor to help my dad turn his cooking pastime into a business with this DEAN & DELUCA collaboration," said Pharrell. "His recipes are so good -- my whole family is addicted to his cooking. Our father son agreement was that he would make food with healthier ingredients that were a better choice for his lifestyle and would essentially help add years to his life," he added. 

"By partnering with a powerhouse like Pharrell, Soprapoj and I are building on DEAN & DELUCA's history of excellence as a curator of some of the world's most premium products," said Finch. "Together we will continue to build the brand's presence in the luxury and entertainment sectors through this and similar partnerships." 

You will be able to purchase products from The Williams Family Kitchen in Spring 2017. For more information, visit www.deandeluca.com

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Dennis Leupold/RCA Records With news of her highly anticipated next album, Joyride, the release of her latest single, "Superlove," and its sexy music video, R&B songstress Tinashe has been on a roll this year.  

During yesterday's red carpet event for MTV's Video Music Awards, the entertainer talked to ABC Radio about what fans can expect from her sophomore studio album, which is currently in development.  

"Joyride is coming very soon, which I'm very excited about. "Superlove" is out now, and I just released the music video, which is really fun," she said. "We got to be on the beach, doing a lot of dancing, it was really high energy, so I had a great time. I'm excited about the new music," Tinashe added.  

As for the inspiration behind her fun, summer single "Superlove," and its Baywatch-inspired music video, Tinashe expressed that it all boiled down to the power of positivity. 

"For "Superlove," I definitely was inspired by, just, positivity, positive energy, I wanted to bring something really lighthearted and fun to the table, and that's what "Superlove" is all about," she said. 

"I think it's really important to bring positivity to the table because...we have to, in this day and age, in music... we have to really emphasize that and I think that it's important that we have just music that makes people feel good." 

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James Devaney/GC ImagesJay-Z's celebrated lyric on R. Kelly's Ignition Remix, "after the show is the after party," came to life after the MTV Video Music Awards where five celebrity hip-hop power couples met up for drinks at a private soiree.

Rapper/producer, Swizz Beatz posted the all-star meeting on Instagram that showed Jay-Z and BeyonceSteve Stoute and Lauren BrancheKanye West and Kim KardashianDiddy and Cassie and Swizz and his wife, Alicia Keys, gathered at a table seemingly toasting to the good life.

Beatz added the caption, "Family Zone" followed by nine crown emjois apparently making reference to the power couples, who are often considered hip hop royalty. 

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Prince Williams/WireImageIn early July, it was reported that former Destiny's Child singer, LaTavia Roberson, was fighting for her life in the hospital due to pregnancy complications.  

On Sunday, the entertainer appeared to be on the mend, but wrote a sad update for her fans on Instagram. 

"Hey lovers! I do truly appreciate every prayer and everything positive that was sent my way. I was, in fact, in the hospital. And during that time, unfortunately, I lost my daughter but MY GOD never makes mistakes. Thank you for your ongoing prayers! I love you all," she wrote.  

Roberson gave birth to her first child, Lyric Richard, in 2013. Post-Destiny's Child fame, the entertainer continued a career in the spotlight as an actress, writer and businesswoman.  

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Def Jam/Boys Don't CryAs predicted last week, Frank Ocean's sophomore album, Blonde, has topped the Billboard 200 chart.  

The achievement is a career first for the singer, whose debut album, channel ORANGE, peaked at number two on the same chart, yet helped Ocean win a Grammy award for Best Urban Contemporary Album in 2012.

Blonde sold 276,0000 album units in the week ending August 25, Billboard reports. It's also the third-biggest debut album of the year, behind Beyoncé's critically acclaimed Lemonade and Drake's mega-hit album, Views.   

Ocean's latest studio effort features a wide range of collaborators, including Kendrick Lamar,BeyoncéAndre 3000, and Radiohead lead guitarist and keyboardist, Jonny Greenwood

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Photo Courtesy of Rockstars ProductionAtlanta's annual Black Gay Pride celebration is almost here and the lineup of artists has officially been announced.  

The event's 20th year will welcome K. Michelle, rappers Cardi BTrina and Remy Ma, and two-fifths of the Braxton sisters, Trina and Towanda. The five-day affair begins September 1st with a welcome reception at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, hosted by the senior pastor of Atlanta's The Vision ChurchBishop Oliver Clyde Allen, III, and founders of The Gentlemen's FoundationGee and Juan Session-Smalls.  

"Atlanta Black Pride provides an exceptional platform to connect the LGBT community and its allies globally," says Rockstars Production founder, Juju Rock, on the vast importance of the celebration. 

"Black Pride serves as an opportunity to raise awareness of social ills specific to our community and potential solutions. Equally important, this celebration provides an opportunity to recognize our cultural differences and vast accomplishments."

Atlanta Black Gay Pride takes place during Atlanta Pride Weekend, and Labor Day Weekend, from September 1st to 5th.  

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Paras Griffin/WireImage; Matthew McNulty/RedfernsCan Brandy and Monica fans expect a sequel to their "The Boy Is Mine" rivalry? The divas appear to be in a new rivalry, this time off-camera and in regards to Monica's single, "So Gone," which was released in 2003.  

Brandy was recently asked by a fan to participate in the popular #SoGoneChallenge social media dare, where fans of Monica and celebrities rap freestyle lyrics along to the audio instrumental of Monica's 2003 single, "So Gone."  

However, Brandy denied the request on Instagram with a simple "chile bye," message, captured by gossip website Rhymes with Snitch.

Over the weekend, Monica posted an Instagram message, taken by many of her fans as a response to Brandy's "So Gone" snub.  "Still Working... I couldn't be more grateful," she wrote.  

"Negativity, envy, hate & jealous are the key to an early demise..What ever you spread amongst the world is sure to come back to you.. ."

And Brandy's own Instagram response to Monica's message? A picture of herself holding up a Photoshopped "Chile, Bye!" sign. 

"Oh My GOD, this statement has me sooooooo relevant and soooooo famous again (sarcastic)!!" wrote Brandy, apparently in response to the speculation. "Should I do the #childbyechallenge for more validation????? Or maybe I should drop a single like a remix or something so I can stay on top.... ."  

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Prince Williams/GettyThis past weekend, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick faced widespread criticism after he refused to stand for the national anthem during a preseason game last Thursday night.  

However, there is one rapper who agrees with the footballer's reasons -- and his name is T.I.  

In an Instagram message written Sunday, the performer posted a picture of the writer of the United States National Anthem, Francis Scott Key, along with a powerful note. "This is the gentleman who wrote the song U want US to stand up for????," he begins.  

"Listen, I respect the troops. I respect their efforts. However, I also acknowledge that black soldiers fought & died in WW2 to defend freedoms & liberties overseas that they couldn't even receive for themselves when they made it back home as veterans. Me standing UP (or not standing) for mines shouldn't be taken as an insult against yours......," T.I. adds. 

Kaepernick stated that he would continue to sit during the National Anthem at future NFL football games, in protest of racial injustice across America.  

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Larry Busacca/Getty ImagesWith every Queen, there's a princess, and Queen Bey's daughter, Blue Ivy, looked every bit the royal part during Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. 

The four-year-old wore a gold and light brown Mischka Aoki dress, fittingly called "The Grand Royalle," capped off with a diamond tiara designed by famed jeweler to the stars Lorraine Schwartz, and pale pink Giuseppe Zanotti high-top sneakers, says Billboard.  

And the price tag for Blue's dress? A whopping $11,000. 

Of course, Beyoncé and her little princess showed off their exquisite fashion looks on the VMA red carpet, giving fans on Twitter more reasons to love the mother-daughter pair.  

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ABC/Randy HolmesComplex magazine's ComplexCon convention and festival is fast approaching. The two-day event takes place this November and will feature an exciting array of food, cultural conversation and, most of all, live music. 

While the roster of artists is still in development, Kid CudiTravis ScottLil Yachty and the Sailing Team and Virgil Abloh have all been confirmed to perform. Pharrell has also been named as ComplexCon's Cultural Director and Host Committee Chair, which should attract additional exciting musical acts. 

This year's ComplexCon takes place November 5 to 6 in Long Beach, California. For more information, visit www.complexcon.com.  

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Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTVLeave it to Kanye West to provide the highlight of the night at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, held Sunday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

He commanded the mic for what sounded like a stream-of-consciousness speech that touched upon numerous subjects, ranging from his "Famous" video to Taylor Swift to his perceived all-around greatness.

After walking onto the stage to chants of "Yeezy," the rapper declared, "I am Kanye West, and that feels really great to say, especially this year."

In a nod to the infamous VMAs moment when he interrupted Taylor, Kanye joked, "Now later tonight 'Famous' might lose to Beyoncé but I can't be mad, I'm always wishing for Beyoncé to win."

He then let loose with his thoughts, name-checking his former girlfriend, Amber Rose, who was in attendance, and one of his wife Kim Kardashian West's exes while addressing his "Famous" video, which featured naked lookalikes of celebrities in bed.

"It was an expression of our now, our fame right now, us on the inside of the TV, you know, the audacity to put Anna Wintour right next to Donald Trump. I put Ray J in it, bro," he said, as Kardashian West laughed in the crowd.

"If you think about last week it was 22 people murdered in Chicago," the rapper said. "You know, people come up to me like, 'Man, that's right! Take, tell Taylor this. Bro, like I love all y'all. That's why I called her," alluding to the infamous phone call between the two that Kardashian West released.

Moments later, Kanye mentioned that his role models are "artists" and "merchants," then proceeded to name them: "Truman, Ford, Hughes, Disney, Jobs, West."

All of this was a prelude to Kanye unveiling his new music video for "Fade," starring Teyana Taylor, who dances around exercise equipment before developing cat-like features while joined by fiancé Iman Shumpert.

Beyoncé was the shining star of the VMAs, though. She was the top winner, taking eight awards, including Video of the Year for "Formation."

In accepting Video of the Year, she made sure to thank her "beautiful daughter" and "incredible husband," Blue Ivy and Jay Z, for their support, before dedicating the prize to the people of New Orleans.  

Earlier in the night, Bey ruled the stage for 15 minutes for a dramatic and sexy medley of songs from Lemonade, including "Hold Up," which won the award for Best Female Video.

That honor was presented to her by the Final Five women's gymnastics team -- minus Gabby Douglas, who was hospitalized with a mouth infection.

Per Billboard, Beyoncé now holds the record for most career Moonmen wins with 24, surpassing Madonna's 20.

Britney Spears, who's had her share of famous VMAs moments herself, took a break from her Las Vegas show to grace the MSG stage in a mostly yellow sparkling outfit. She performed her new tune "Make Me…" with G-Eazy.

The broadcast began with a performance by Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award recipient Rihanna. Pretty in pink, she ran through several of her hits, like "Only Girl (In The World)," "We Found Love" and "Where Have You Been."

The performance continued throughout the night, with Ri-Ri periodically returning to the stage to sing "What's My Name?," "Work," "Pour It Up," "B**** Better Have My Money," "Stay," "Diamonds" and "Love on the Brain."

Rihanna's night was capped by her rumored love interest Drake -- who'd already congratulated her with a Los Angeles billboard -- presenting her the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

"She's someone I've been in love with since I was 22 years old. She is one of my best friends in the world," he shared, before giving her the award -- and what looked like a kiss on the cheek.

Future's performance was introduced by Olympic gold-medal-winning swimmer Michael Phelps, who revealed that he was listening to the rapper's "Stick Talk" when he made the angry #Phelpsface that went viral during the Rio Games.

Future then delivered a live version of "F*** Up Some Commas."

Phelps seemed to get a big kick out of presenter Jimmy Fallon being dressed as Phelps' disgraced teammate Ryan Lochte later in the broadcast, taking photos with his smartphone of the late-night host. Fallon, making light of Lochte's "over-exaggerated" robbery tale in Rio, told all sorts of lies, joking, for example, that he taught Drake the "Hotline Bling."

Ariana Grande was joined by Nicki Minaj for a workout-themed rendition of "Side to Side," with Ariana demonstrating she can sing and pedal an exercise bike at the same time.

Nick Jonas sang "Bacon" inside a diner where various guests like Joe Jonas and Joe's band, Best New Artist winner DNCE, were sitting at tables. He eventually brought the performance to the street with the help of collaborator Ty Dolla $ign.

The Chainsmokers and Halsey came together for a live version of their hit "Closer."

Alicia Keys was a presenter, but she performed in her own way while honoring the 53-year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech by reciting a poem.

"If war is holy and sex is obscene, then we got it twisted in this lucid dream," she said.

Following the poem, she sang a cappella.

The VMAs did not have a host this year. Instead, various entertainers were enlisted to cover the show.

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele offered play-by-play commentary as the characters @TheShamester and @LizardSheeple. DJ Khaled, recent Saturday Night Live star Jay Pharoah and comedienne Nicole Byer also took part in the coverage.

Prior to the VMAs ceremony, MTV aired an hour-long preshow with performances by Lukas Graham, Alessia Cara, Troye Sivan and Jidenna.

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M.Caulfield/WireImageMonday marks what would have been the 58th birthday of Michael Joseph Jackson, born on August 29, 1958.

The King of Pop began his career as a young child, performing with his brothers in The Jackson 5. His first solo studio album, Got to Be There, was released in 1972 when Jackson was fourteen years old.  

His fifth solo studio album, Off The Wall, earned Michael the artist his first Grammy Award, for Soul/R&B Album. But it was his sixth studio album, 1982's Thriller, that solidified Jackson as a bonafide crossover music superstar.  

The groundbreaking music videos for the album's singles, such as "Beat It" and "Billie Jean," were among the first by an African-American artist to air on MTV.

Michael's music video for "Thriller" remains as one of music history's most iconic, as are other MJ videos such as "Bad," "Black and White" and "Remember the Time."  There's a reason that MTV's Video Vanguard award was re-named the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

As his career progressed, Jackson continued to captivate fans and the world with his cinematic music videos, otherworldly dance moves, progressive fashion sense and socially-relevant hit songs.  

He earned numerous awards during his lifetime, including 13 Grammy Awards, 26 American Music Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  His widespread influence continues to be seen in the music industry today.  

Michael Jackson married twice -- the first time to Elvis Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, and the second time to nurse Debbie Rowe. Jackson and Rowe had three children: Paris-Michael Katherine JacksonPrince Michael Jackson II and Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., known as "Blanket."

On June 25, 2009, Jackson died after his doctor, Conrad Murray, administered a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol.  Murray was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter, and was released from jail in 2014 after serving two years of a four-year sentence. At the time of his death, Michael was rehearsing for a series of comeback concerts in London called This Is It.  

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MTVHere are the winners for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, held at New York's Madison Square Garden Sunday night:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Beyoncé -- “Formation”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Beyoncé -- “Hold Up”

BEST MALE VIDEO
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna -- “This Is What You Came For”

BEST COLLABORATION
Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign -- “Work From Home”

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
Drake -- “Hotline Bling”

BEST POP VIDEO
Beyoncé -- “Formation”

BEST ROCK VIDEO
twenty one pilots -- “Heathens”

BEST ELECTRONIC VIDEO
Calvin Harris & Disciples -- “How Deep Is Your Love”

BREAKTHROUGH LONG FORM VIDEO
Beyoncé -- Lemonade

BEST NEW ARTIST
Presented by Taco Bell
DNCE

SONG OF THE SUMMER
Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap, “All In My Head” 

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award
Rihanna

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES
Presented by Orbit Gum

BEST ART DIRECTION
David Bowie -- “Blackstar”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyoncé – “Formation”

BEST DIRECTION
Beyoncé – “Formation”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Beyoncé – “Formation”

BEST EDITING
Beyoncé – “Formation"

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Coldplay – “Up&Up”

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MTVThe MTV Video Music Awards have given us plenty of controversial moments, but this year, show organizers hope that in addition to the usual wardrobe malfunctions and onstage feuds, the stars will throw politics into the mix.

"By all means, in a political year, we’re counting on artists to take this moment and address young America and give them some point of view of what’s going on in the world," says MTV executive Erik Flannigan

Rihanna will take home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award on Sunday, and Flannigan says, "We’re gonna see a lot of different Rihanna looks – not just visually but musically. And the way you see it appear through the show is gonna be a little bit different too."

This year, for the first time, the VMAs are being held at New York's Madison Square Garden.

"The moment you’re inside Madison Square Garden, you’re at a different level," Flannigan says. "So in some ways, I think this is a show that leans into the history of the building...we’re gonna take advantage of every single inch of it."

The MTV VMAs air at 9 p.m. ET Sunday night. 

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Nathian Legion/Warner Bros. RecordsIf you're searching for something to watch this weekend, Majid Jordan's latest music video may just be the answer. The duo has released a new video for their track, "Small Talk," which portrays the musicians on a bittersweet double date.  

The song comes from their self-titled debut album, Majid Jordan, which rose to the number-six spot on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. The duo's signed to Drake's label imprint, OVO Sound. 

Next up for Majid Jorddan is their North American II tour, which starts September 30 in Montreal. 

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ABC/Randy HolmesThis fall, the third season of Empire returns -- and none other than "The Voice" herself, Mariah Carey, will make a guest appearance on the show. 

In a new trailer, Mimi is shown in two scenes as a singer named Kitty.

"You always got a trick up your sleeve," Mariah says to Cookie in one portion of the video. 

Further in the trailer, she sings next to actor Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon in the television drama.  

The five-time Grammy winner has worked with Empire's creator, Lee Daniels, before, with roles in his films Precious and The Butler.   

FOX's Empire returns September 21 at 9 p.m. ET.  

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ABC/Randy HolmesThe weekend is here -- and so is a new music video from Chris Brown, for his hit single, "Grass Ain't Greener." 

The visual clip shows Breezy donning a bandana and ripped jeans amid a backdrop of scantily clad girls and bad-boy sidekicks as he sings about a fake ex-girlfriend who takes the artist's "kindness for weakness."

"Grass Ain't Greener" is the first single to debut from Brown's forthcoming album, Heartbreak on a Full Moon

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ABC/Fred LeeChance the Rapper's career is on fire, but there's one thing more important to him than success -- and that's his daughter, Kinsley.  

The artist recently spoke to GQ in a profile interview about the frightening condition Kinsley was born with, and how it gave the musician a new sense of faith during a time in his life when he was in danger of losing it completely.

"I think it was the baby that, you know, brought my faith back," Chance said.  

"My daughter, when she was still in utero, she had, they call it atrial flutters. It's kind of an irregular heartbeat. But when you're in utero, it's real hard to detect and also to treat. Sometimes you have to get a C-section so they can operate on the baby," he explained. 

"And it made my pray a whole lot, you know, and need a lot of angels and just see s*** in a very, like, direct way," Chance said.  "And...you know, God bless everything, it worked out well." 

Indeed it did -- Chance's latest mixtape album, Coloring Book, debuted to critical acclaim and rose to number eight on the Billboard 200 in June. He also met with President Obama in April to discuss the My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge initiative.  

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RCA RecordsThursday night, Usher stopped by ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote his new movie, Hands of Stone, but also announced that his new studio LP, Hard II Love, was available to pre-order.  

Now, Hard II Love not only has its release date of September 16 confirmed, but the album cover and two new tracks have been revealed.

Hard II Love features 15 tracks in total. Fans can listen to the songs "Missin U" and "Champions"today, which are both also featured on the Hands of Stone film soundtrack.  

Usher stars in the movie, which opens today, as legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.   

On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Usher talked about the hard work, which included intense boxing training, for his role. "I trained for a year, boxing. And in preparation I really wanted to understand what it was to think, move and feel like a boxer," he said.  

"I had to lose about 20, 25 pounds, I ate for my blood type," he added. 

Speaking of stone, the album cover for Hard II Love shows off Usher's face, made of the mineral matter in his likeness, with certain parts chipped away.  

You can pre-order Hard II Love today, which also includes Usher's current hit singles, "No Limit" and "Crash."

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Atlantic RecordsYoung Thug blew everyone's minds Thursday night. The rapper, who now goes by his birth name, Jeffery, dropped his latest mixtape album at midnight -- and a new, jaw-dropping look

Thug's mixtape project No, My Name Is JEFFERY, features the artist on the album's cover decked out in a ruffled lavender dress and a broad, geisha-inspired hat that obscures his face. The fashion-forward statement made Thug the number-one trending topic of discussion on Twitter Thursday night.   

No, My Name is JEFFERY features ten tracks named after well-known celebrities, such as "Wyclef Jean," "Swizz Beats," "RiRi" and even "Harambe," in honor of the Cincinnati Zoo gorilla slain this past May. The full-length studio version of the album will be released worldwide Saturday. 

In other news, Young Thug/Jeffery is planning to hit the road in eight cities to celebrate the release of his new album. Live performances include Chance the Rapper's Magnificent Coloring Day! festival in Chicago September 24, and the Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco October 15. 

Here are Thug's upcoming tour dates:  

8/27 -- Columbus, OH, Breakaway Music Festival 
8/27 -- Cleveland, OH, Summer Jam: TI, Wale and Young Thug in Cleveland
8/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, FYF Fest
9/09 -- Raleigh, NC, Hopscotch Music Festival 
9/24 -- Chicago, IL, Chance the Rapper's Magnificent Coloring Day!
10/15 -- San Francisco, CA, Treasure Island Music Festival 
11/02 -- Detroit, MI, FM 98 WJLB and Channel 955 Present Big Show At The Joe 
11/06 -- McDade, TX, Sound On Sound Fest  

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