R&B and soul star Raphael Saadiq will be in Cleveland on Thursday to help kick off President Barack Obama’s fall campaign in northeast Ohio.
Saadiq will be giving a free concert at the House of Blues, starting at 6 p.m. Along with a sampling of his distinctive style of R&B, he will be pumping up potential volunteers with a pep talk on Obama’s accomplishments and tips on getting out the vote.
A well-known Obama supporter, Saadiq is a former member of the multiplatinum group Tony! Toni! Toné! He has been nominated for 12 Grammy awards, winning in 2003 for Best R&B Song “Love of My Life (Ode to Hip-Hop).”
Saadiq received three Grammy nominations for his 2008 album “The Way I See It,” which featured guest artists Stevie Wonder, Joss Stone and Jay-Z. It was voted Best Album of the Year on iTunes.
While he has always worked in the tradition of American soul and R&B, Saadiq took a major step forward with his 2011 release “Stone Rollin’,” which was praised as a fresh update of a retro genre.
No word on whether Saadiq is bringing a band with him. But alone or with a group, he won’t be at a loss for words.
Tickets are free and available at the Obama campaign offices listed below. They can picked up starting at 6:00 tonight on a first-come, first-served basis. The offices are open until 9:00, but get there early. They will go fast.
3740 Euclid Avenue
13100 Shaker Square
5734 Ridge Road
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