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Aug. 6-7: Summer Spirit Festival

Aug. 6-7: Summer Spirit Festival
(Courtesy/erykahbadu.com)

I have been listening to Erykah Badu's mixtape "But You Caint Use My Phone," pretty steadily since I was released last year. It's kind of an updated, extended remix of her 1997 song 'Tyrone.' On 'Cel U Lar Device,' one of my favorite tracks, she flips Drake's 'Hotline Bling' on its whiny, manipulative ass. The fact that she, along with many of the other artists performing in this festival, have been working consistently at making great, relevant music since I was in high school is pretty amazing. It makes shelling out the money to attend basically a no brainer. The Roots? Janelle Monáe? The freaking Chuck Brown Band?! C'mon. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (410) 715-5550, merriweathermusic.com, $94-$450. (Lisa Snowden-McCray)

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