The Apple Store Celebrates Black Music Month. Join us for live performances and moderated discussions June 1-June 27.

Black Music Month Live

June is Black Music Month, and Apple is celebrating with a series of intimate live shows at the Apple Store, SoHo, in New York. And for the fan who wants to get closer, we’ll also be hosting Meet the Musician events — your opportunity to ask questions and speak with select artists right in our store. Read all about the entertainers below, and find event times and locations on the right. To hear more from this amazing and diverse group, visit Black Music Month on iTunes.

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  • Meet the Musician:
    The-Dream

    Rihanna’s “Umbrella.” Mariah’s “Obsessed.” Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” — just a few of the familiar songs written by Terius “The-Dream” Nash. While he’s always ready when a singer needs a #1 hit, The-Dream can also go it alone, as he recently proved again with his third solo album, the positively triumphant Love King.

    June 1, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
  • Live at the Apple Store:
    Sean Falyon

    The Philadelphia MC and self-styled marketing guru may have flown south to Atlanta, but that doesn’t mean he ever really left. His “Be Everywhere” mantra means he’ll never stop rapping, hosting, or sharing his eventful life with fans via social media. His goal is to use his numerous talents to stay at the top of fans’ minds, no matter where he and his trademark beard happen to be.

    June 3, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
  • Meet the Musician:
    Talib Kweli

    A proud Brooklyn rapper, Talib Kweli is both lyrically gifted and politically insightful. Whether working with Mos Def as Black Star, collaborating with Kanye West, performing with Javotti Media/Empire artist Cory Mo, or releasing his own material, Kweli always commands attention with his captivating stories and unique ability to rhyme over any kind of beat. Prisoner of Conscious is his latest release.

    June 3, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
  • Meet the Musician:
    Hezekiah Walker

    As the founder/leader of the Love Fellowship Tabernacle, Hezekiah Walker has become the face of black gospel choir. In a career spanning three decades, he has recorded more than a dozen chart-topping albums, won two Grammys, and worked with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Diddy, and Whitney Houston. His next album, Azusa the Next Generation, drops this year.

    June 5, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
  • Meet the Musician:
    French Montana

    The Bronx-based rapper, who built an empire with his Cocaine City imprint, was born in Morocco but emigrated to the U.S. as a teenager. He released popular mixtapes and DVDs for years, then signed to Diddy’s Bad Boy Records. His debut album, Excuse My French, has just released.

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  • Live at the Apple Store:
    Lawrence Brownlee

    The most in-demand American tenor in the world in the bel canto repertoire, Brownlee inspires audiences with the seemingly effortless beauty of his voice. He is a star on the international scene and has performed recitals all over the world. This season, with the help of composer and pianist Damien Sneed, he explores the gospel music of his childhood.

    June 9, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
  • Live at the Apple Store:
    Mateo

    Born into a musical family in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mateo started singing at an early age and playing classical piano at age 5. Mateo eventually moved to Los Angeles where he released a three-part mixtape series entitled Underneath the Sky. It garnered critical acclaim. More mixtapes followed, and his debut single, “Say It’s So,” was produced by Kerry Brothers, Jr., and features additional vocals by Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz.

    June 12, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
  • Meet the Designer:
    Cey Adams

    A pioneering street artist, Adams emerged from the ’80s downtown graffiti movement to be exhibited alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. During his long-standing relationship with Def Jam Recordings, Adams has created memorable work for such artists as Run-D.M.C., the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, the Notorious B.I.G., Sean “Diddy” Combs, Maroon 5, and Jay-Z. Adams currently advises numerous brands, while also teaching, lecturing, and writing books.

    June 13, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
  • Meet the Musician:
    Mavis Staples

    Born in Chicago in 1939, Mavis first achieved wide recognition as the lead singer of the Staple Singers, her family’s band. Her rich contralto voice and deep-seated sensuality give her a truly original sound. Her 14th release, One True Vine, releases on June 25 and is her second collaboration with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, who produced and wrote songs for the album.

    June 13, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
  • Meet the Musician:
    J. Cole

    After signing with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, North Carolina’s own Jermaine Cole released a pair of successful mixtapes, The Warm Up and Friday Night Lights. Next came his major label debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story, which hit #1 on the Billboard 200, spawned the double platinum-selling single “Work Out,” and earned him a Grammy nomination. And with his highly anticipated release on Columbia Records, Born Sinner, J. Cole promises to top it all.

    June 19, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
  • Meet the Musician:
    LL Cool J

    LL Cool J is an entertainment icon who has found great success crossing into multiple mediums. A two-time Grammy Award winner, recording artist, talented actor, author, NAACP Image Award winner, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, LL continues to display his wide range of talents with every project. Celebrating three decades in the music business, LL just released his 13th Billboard top-10 R&B/Hip-Hop album, Authentic.

    June 21, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
  • Live at the Apple Store:
    SneakerBox Chock

    This independent hip-hop artist out of Camden, New Jersey, has created several singles, projects, and videos over the years. He released a mixtape hosted by DJ Skee and has collaborated with Skyzoo and Meek Mill, among others. With labelmate and fellow sneaker-lover Bueller da Don, he formed The Running Matez. They’ve been hyping the crowds at SXSW, CMJ, and BET’s Music Matters for years.

    June 22, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
  • Live at the Apple Store:
    JIM-E-O

    Nigerian-born JIM-E-O came to America at age six and began writing songs and producing music in his teens. His original mixtapes led to internships at mom-and-pop record stores all over the East Coast, where he met and cyphered with famous artists, DJs, and music executives. Now residing in Austin, JIM-E-O continues to deliver his lyrical craft via street tales and a sly narrative.

    June 22, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
  • Meet the Musician:
    Bobby V

    Born in Mississippi and raised in Atlanta, R&B crooner Bobby V first made waves with the singing group Mista. After taking a break from music to earn his college degree, he came back with a bang as the first R&B singer in Ludacris’s DTP crew. First, Bobby’s “Slow Down” became a radio favorite, then his self-titled debut topped the charts. With his latest release, Dusk Till Dawn, the success is sure to continue.

    June 22, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
  • Live at the Apple Store:
    MeLa Machinko

    After years of backing legends like Pharoahe Monch, Talib Kweli, and Joe Budden, MeLa Machinko is stepping out on her own. Her debut album, Hov Said It Best, returns her to her Brooklyn roots. On it, MeLa spits lyrics and cadences inspired by — and even includes a few quotes from — borough legend Jay-Z. The project, presented in the form of a Hov-inspired This Is Your Life episode, drops this month.

    June 25, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
  • Live at the Apple Store:
    Dice Raw

    A longtime protégé of Philadelphia group The Roots, Dice Raw hooked up with the band while still in high school. He quickly made a name for himself with distinct cameos on “Lockdown” and The Roots’s “Adrenaline!” In 2000, Dice Raw released his first solo album, Reclaiming the Dead. Since then, he has written for and appeared on every album by The Roots, as well as released multiple solo projects.

    June 25, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
  • Live at the Apple Store:
    The Upperclass Men

    Meet the six-piece avant-garde hip-hop band from Brooklyn, whose style can only be described as the X-Men with instruments and uncanny lyrical wit. Influenced by the Beastie Boys, The Roots, Eminem, Jay-Z, and Kanye West, they blend elements of hip-hop and electronica to create a musical experience that is dark yet profoundly moving.

    June 25, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
  • Meet the Cast:
    Motown The Musical

    The real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that changed American music forever comes to the Broadway stage in Motown The Musical. Follow Motown founder Berry Gordy’s incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and so many more.

    June 27, 2013, 5:00 p.m.