TVD Ticket Giveaway: John Legend at DAR Constitution Hall, 10/22

John Legend leads by example. Behind the boyishly handsome face is a mind bent on leadership. The son of a seamstress and a veteran National Guardsman, Legend was homeschooled as a child and nurtured his musical talent then. As an adult, the nine-time Grammy winner has taken the philosophical layer of classical soul and made it part of his mission.

Last weekend, on his Facebook page, Legend announced he’s heading on tour this fall. The tour kicks off on the east coast, and he’ll be making a stop in DC at DAR Constitution Hall on October 22nd!

Tickets for the show will go on sale this Friday, Aug 17th, at 10 AM through Ticketmaster, but we’ve got your chance to win a pair of tickets before you can even buy them.

The singer-songwriter will promote Love in the Future, his new album in which he serves as executive producer with Kanye West and Dave Tozer, his long time collaborators. On the first leg of the tour, Legend will be accompanied by Stacy Barthe – a veteran singer-songwriter for Brandy, Estelle, and Britney Spears. English folk-soul chanteuse Lianne La Havas will tour with Grammy winner on the second leg.

Earlier this year, Legend came to DC to be part of the What’s Going On…NOW” initiative designed to target youth, teachers, and mentors within the primary and secondary education sectors. The campaign empowers youth to learn the power of democratic new media and create digital art with a positive message. The question “What’s Going On… NOW?” sets the stage for young people to think critically and creatively when forming the user-generated content for the site. The platform gives youth and their mentors the opportunity to evaluate and add to their submitted work.

A multitude of projects ostensibly keeps Legend on his toes. But at the core of all the neon marquees and red carpets is a young man who is setting this life to the tune of social change and good will. With talent to boot, the name Legend might have been adopted with keen foresight.

John Legend, born John Roger Stephens, led an a capella jazz-pop group called the Counterparts in college. For a chance to win two tickets to the DAR for his live show, tell us your favorite singer who comes from jazz roots in the comments below.

For example, one of my all-time favorites is Femi Kuti, who began as a saxophonist in his father’s band.

The winner will be chosen at noon on Thursday, August 16th.

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  • paulette33

    Dianne Reeves!

  • Molly

    Keb Mo!

  • Cali

    Definitely has to be Ella Fitzgerald!

  • Alison

    Erykah Badu

  • imZenaida

    Cassandra Wilson

  • MakisaSays

    Etta James!

  • dmvsndboard

    Gotta go with Nina Simone.

  • sm60175

    Louis Armstrong, I hope I win… would be a great birthday present!

  • RonTheDon

    George Benson

  • Harry

    Tyondai Braxton

  • dg1793

    Nas. His father was a Jazz musician.

  • Kzelenka

    John Mayer

  • Kevin Cyrus

    John Legend.

  • gypsymedic

    Norah Jones <3

  • Alexis P
  • LZC

    Jason Mraz

  • chris

    Sarah Vaughan

  • arin

    my step-mom, the late dee dee bellson, daughter of pearl bailey (of broadway fame) and louis bellson (legendary jazz drummer)

  • Eddie

    Sheila E.

  • KeonteS

    Rachelle Ferelle. She performs with a complete mental and physical dedication. Her spirit is present in her art.

  • TarynNicole

    Ella Fitzgerald. You can feel every emotion that woman ever had in every one of her songs. And I feel the same way about John Legend’s music. 

  • Erica

    Duke Ellington!

  • TimothyNicholson

    Jamie Cullum showed me that Jazz can be cool and youthful.  He really got me tuned into the genre.

  • MuseumGirl

    I have recently discovered Abbey Lincoln and I love her sound.  She is my current favorite. 

  • JGAcct

    Billie Holiday – she is my all time favorite.

  • PoqGirl

    Esperanza Spalding is a great performer. She is amazing.

  • WMLove

    Ella Fitzgerald has such as soothing voice. I love her stuff with Louie Armstrong.

  • Alice

    Astrud Gilberto! I love her story and her style and her relationship with jazz sax legend Stan Gilberto. I fell in love with “The Girl from Ipanema” the first time my grandma played the record for us during our visit to her house near Tampa in the early ’90’s. My brother and I sang the song the whole drive back up the East Coast, though I’m sure we got most of the words wrong : )And DAR is, in my humble opinion, the best venue in D.C.! From Paul Simon to P-Funk, it’s always a good time!

  • Goonnay

    I went to the Newport Jazz Festival and became attached to the Jazz from Jamie Cullum. I love his covers and original songs. Lots of energy!

  • Gooners

    I went to the Newport Jazz Festival and became attached to the Jazz from Jamie Cullum. I love his covers and original songs. Lots of energy!  Always wanted to see John Legend, yet missed out on tickets!

    • TimothyNicholson

      Gooners Yes, I saw him there too during my senior year of high school!  He’s fantastic!  Me and my friend saved up our money and drove all the way from Hartford to see him.  Unfortunately we went during the opening night, which meant that the crowd was full of super wealthy-old folk.Me and my buddy showed up wearing jeans and t-shirts– got the dirtiest looks from the caviar crowd. The two of us were the only ones standing in our seats and singing along.

  • TinyDancer

    Etta James. So much soul, so much truth, so much emotion in her voice. Love Etta. 

  • EmTee

    I absolutely LOOOOOOOVE Joh Legend and Jill Scott :)  They do a great job of infusing jazz with soulful R&B

  • BettyMcWhite

    Sarah Vaughn has always been my choice when I wanted to listen to some good jazz music. 

  • RealC

    Natalie Cole *winner*

  • oliviaung

    The winner has been notified. Check your email!


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