There's nothing like going to a good show, seeing an artist you've been following live in concert. Over the course of the year we had the opportunity to see some pretty cool shows. From Chance The Rapper and Mick Jenkins, to Chic Corea and Usher, 808s and Jazz Breaks  ranks some of the year's best shows we've attended. 

15. KING

Location: The Foundry, Philadelphia,PA

Following the release of their debut album, We Are KING, KING set out on a world tour. And in October, they made their stop to Philadelphia's Foundry. Filled with angelic harmonies, lush synthesizers, and plenty of grooves, KING had the crowd dancing and singing along all night, making for an excellent show. 

14. Christian Scott

Location: South Kitchen and Jazz Lounge, Philadelphia, PA

Photo: Ralston Smith  

Since the beginning of Christian Scott's career, Scott has made it a point to merge his cultural upbringing as a New Orleans native, Native American background, Jazz, and Hip-Hop.  Combining all of the aforementioned elements, Scott put on an excellent show in Philly. 

13. Kaytranada - Roots Picnic

Location: Festival Pier, Philadelphia, PA 

Merging House, Hip-Hop, Soca, and R&B, Kaytranada's taken 2016 by storm.  Following the release of his debut album 99.9%, Kaytranada played a DJ Set at this summer's Roots Picnic, as the crowd did the electric slide and danced along to Kaytranada's beats. 

12. Willow Smith - Roots Picnic

Location: Festival Pier, Philadelphia, PA 

Photo: Roots Picnic Instagram  

I didn't really know what to expect from Willow Smith when I saw she was on the lineup for the 9th annual Roots Picnic. I mean, my only exposure to Willow was Whip My Hair. But, whatever expectations I had for her prior to The Picnic were exceeded, as Willow performed a phenomenal show! And to cap off the set, Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff joined Willow on stage to perform Summertime, in Philly, during the Summer . . . the crowd went CRAZY! 

11. Chic Corea - 75th Birthday Celebration

Location: The Blue Note Jazz Club, New York, NY

Chic Corea is one of the greatest pianists ever.  At 75 with 22-Grammys under his belt what's left to prove? Well, nothing.  Corea's passion and zeal for music was on full display as he played a month long residency at the historic Blue Note Jazz Club in Manhattan. 

10. Hillsong - Outcry Tour

Location: BOK Center, Tulsa, OK

No group has been been more influential in shaping the sound of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) as Hillsong. Embarking on a world tour, Hillsong brought their eclectic brand of music to Tulsa's BOK Center.  

9. Mick Jenkins - Quest For Love Tour

Location: The Foundry at The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA 

Though young, Jenkins displays excellent showmanship and high performance intelligence. Following the release of his debut album The Healing Component (THC) Jenkins set out on the road. In October Jenkins' tour made its stop in Philadelphia. 

8. DJ Khaled - Made In America

Location: Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

DJ Khaled can throw a party.  Inviting Philly Legend, Freeway, Jay Electronica, and others on stage, DJ Khaled had the Parkway rocking! 

7. Anderson .Paak - Roots Picnic

Location: Festival Pier, Philadelphia, PA

Photo: Roots Picnic Instagram Account 

Anderson .Paak's had one of the best years in 2016. Following the release of his album, Malibu in January .Paak's been working non-stop. In June .Paak stopped by The Roots Picnic, giving the crowd all it could handle, dancing, singing, and playing drums. 

6. Usher - Roots Picnic

Location: Roots Picnic, Philadelphia, PA 

Photo: Roots Picnic, Instagram 

With a discography spanning more than 20 years, Usher's solidified himself as an R&B legend. Backed by the Legendary Roots Crew, Usher played the hits as he headlined the 9th annual Roots Picnic. 

5. Gary Clark Jr. - Made In America

Location: Ben Franklin Parway, Philadelphia, PA 

Photo: Gary Clark Jr. Instagram Account 

The Blues have all but disappeared from popular music.  But, there's still hope because of Gary Clark Jr. In the tradition of B.B. King, Albert King, and Muddy Waters, Gary Clark Jr. played a phenomenal set at Made In America. 

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4. Coldplay - Made In America

Location: Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pa

Headlining Day 2 of Made In America, Coldplay gave the festival a spirited performance. Accompanied by a light show, lead singer Chris Martin danced from one end of the stage to the next, as they played music from their discography spanning 20 years

3. Kirk Franklin - 20 Years In One Night

Location: The Criterion, Oklahoma City, OK

For some, Kirk Franklin is an artist that pushes the envelope, and tries too hard to fit in. For others, he's a musical genius and brilliant songwriter.  I happen to fall on the end of the spectrum that thinks he's a genius.  With a discography spanning more than 20 years, Kirk Franklin embarked on celebratory tour in 2016.  


2. Chance The Rapper - Made In America

Location: Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

Few artists perform with the energy, joy, and excitement as Chance The Rapper. Accompanied by the Social Experiment, Chance performed music from mixtapes, 10 Day, Acid Rap, and Coloring Book. And in many ways upstaging the headliner, Coldplay. 

1. Tye Tribbett - Live Recording/GA Reunion

Location: The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA

Most concerts last about an hour and a half. If you get your money's worth, 2 hours. Well, in July Tye Tribbett put on a 3 hour concert split between a live recording, and a reunion concert. Performing in both sets, Tribbett never missed a beat, or even looked like he lost any energy. Undeniablely, the best show this year.