R&b Soul Tickets

The African-American music has many styles or genres. Along with popular genres such as soul music, rock and roll, pop and jazz, rhythm and blues or R&B is also a genre that has its roots in African-American music. It came to the fore during the 1940s, and while slavery was abolished by then, R&B lyrics revolve around African-American experience of slavery, pain, joy and freedom. The themes of freedom, relationship and aspirations are often dominant in R&B lyrics.

Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and many others are considered to be some of the best R&B artists ever. Some of the biggest names in the business today will be performing all year round. Book your R&B tickets and watch them perform live.

History: R&B in Changing Times

R&B was initially used as a marketing term by recording companies. R&B was considered to be the music of urban African-Americans and the music was labeled as R&B. From 1950s up till the 70s, R&B came to be known as the music which incorporates saxophone, drums, bass, guitars and piano, with occasional background vocalists.

History: R&B the Changing Terminology

In the 1950s, blues music was sold as R&B. In the mid-1950s however, R&B came to be associated with a style of music which incorporated soul music, gospel and electric blues. In the 1960s, with the British Invasion, the music of The Animals, The Who and the Rolling Stones was referred to as R&B. In the 1970s, R&B music was associated with funk and soul. In the 1980s, R&B changed again and developed into “Contemporary R&B.” Contemporary R&B was the amalgamation of dance, hip hop, pop, funk and soul music.

As Robert Palmer, a writer and producer, describes it, R&B is “a catchall term referring to any music that was made by and for black Americans”.


Rhythm and blues was first used in 1943, as a new word for “race music” which was considered inappropriate in postwar USA. Interestingly, Jerry Wexler of Billboard magazine is credited with coining this term in 1948.

African-American Music before R&B

The precursors to R&B were jazz and blues. With urban migration of African-Americans to industrial centers such as Los Angeles, New York, Detroit and Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s, these cities became new markets for African-American music. Artists such as T-Bone Walker, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Leroy Carr, Lonnie Johnson and Harlem Hamfats (band) were forerunners to R&B.

R&B Transcending the Race Relations

In the beginning, R&B music records were only bought by African-Americans. During the early 1950s this started to change as more and more white teenagers began to listen to it. The music of Little Richard especially influenced many including Elvis Presley, Otis Redding and James Brown.

Richard’s “Long Tall Sally” and “Tutti Frutti” were blockbusters of the decade.

In 1957, two of Elvis Presley’s songs “All Shook Up” and “Jailhouse Rock” were in the top five R&B songs. This was the beginning of non-African American artists breaking into what was known as the music created by African-Americans.

African-American Music Leading to African-American Record Labels

In 1959, two record labels, owned by African-Americans opened up – Berry Gordy’s Motown Records and Sam Cooke’s Sar. Unlike Gordy, Cooke was also a singer. Known as the King of Soul, he is widely credited with the rise of artists such as James Brown, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin and others. His untimely death led to the closure of the record label he had started. Berry Gordy, on the other hand, is one of the most successful record producers in the world.

Contemporary R&B

With changing preferences of the American youth in the 1980s and 1990s, R&B took a backseat to hip hop. Traditional R&B artists saw slump in their record sales, others either adopted hip hop style or sold their music with hip hop labels.

The new genre was known as Contemporary R&B and its spearheads were Mary J. Blige, Beyoncé, TLC, R. Kelly and Usher. The second wave of Contemporary R&B ushered in artists such as Boyz II Men and Toni Braxton. The present wave of Contemporary R&B is represented by rappers Fetty Wap and Drake, who have incorporated softer and smooth sounds into traditional R&B.

R&B and Contemporary R&B artists are regularly performing at different venues, all over the world. If you are looking for R&B concert tickets then this is your chance to buy them.