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Mary J. Blige/El Debarge/Jazmine Sullivan

8 p.m. Saturday, October 16. The Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.

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Shortly after the success of her 1992 debut album, What's the 411?, Mary J. Blige was already being hailed as the queen of hip-hop soul. Eight studio albums and nine Grammy awards later, she has yet to be challenged for the throne. Known for turning her personal pain and struggles into chart-topping music, Blige continues to use her powerful voice and soulful production to remain one of the biggest names in the industry. Also scheduled to perform is '80s icon El DeBarge, who's currently on the verge of a comeback, thanks to a strong performance at this year's BET Awards, a new single and an upcoming album release. Jazmine Sullivan rounds out the bill.

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