Black Concert: Maxwell Live in Virginia Beach VA Saturday 5-27!

Sat,  05/27/17
07:00 PM
Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, VA

Details: Maxwell, Leela James, Ledisi

Gerald Maxwell Rivera, (born May 23, 1973), better known by his stage name Maxwell, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor. Along with fellow musicians D’Angelo and Erykah Badu, Maxwell has been credited with helping to shape what has been termed the “neo soul” movement that rose to prominence during the late 1990s.

Initially influenced by early-1980s urban R&B, Maxwell progressed rapidly, and by 1991 he was performing on the New York City club scene. Maxwell was able to gain access to a 24-track recording studio and started to record songs for a demo tape, which he circulated among his friends.

Maxwell began working with songwriter Leon Ware and noted guitarist Wah Wah Watson to record his debut Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite in the early 1990s. Recording sessions for the album took place in 1994 and 1995 at Electric Lady Studios, RPM Studios, Sorcerer Studios and Chung King Studios in New York City, and at CRC Studios in Chicago, Illinois.

After production for the album was completed in 1995, the finished product was presented to Columbia Records in Spring of that same year. However, it was shelved for nearly a year, due to issues with Columbia’s management, the label’s extensive reorganization and record executives’ doubts of the album’s commercial potential.

On April 20, 1996, the album made its chart debut at number 38 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. From August to October 1996, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite experienced chart growth on both the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Billboard 200,peaking at number eight on the former and at number 36 on the latter. It spent seventy-eight weeks on the Billboard 200 chart. It became a Top 30 hit in the United Kingdom. The album was later ranked as one of the year’s top-10 best albums by Time, Rolling Stone and USA Today and was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 39th Grammy Awards,losing the award to The Tony Rich Project’s Words.

The album spawned four singles. The first single released, “…Til the Cops Come Knockin'”, debuted on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks at number 87 in May 1996. Peaking at number 79, the single spent 12 weeks on the chart. The second single, “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)”, debuted on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks in August 1996 at number 11, eventually peaking number eight. It spent eighteen weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 36 on September 28, 1996.

The third single, “Sumthin’ Sumthin'”, peaked at number 22 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales. The album’s fourth single, “Suitelady (The Proposal Jam)”, entered the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay component chart in May 1997, peaking at number 64.

Despite only having released only one album, the music video television channel MTV saw his burgeoning popularity and asked him to tape an episode of the concert series MTV Unplugged in New York City. The show was taped live on June 15, 1997, and he performed his own songs as well as covers of songs by Kate Bush (“This Woman’s Work”) and Nine Inch Nails (“Closer”). (Unfortunately he clashed with his label about the release of a full album of his session, resulting in the release of only an extended play, or EP instead, containing seven songs.) The episode of MTV Unplugged first aired on the network on July 22, 1997″.

Maxwell’s second studio album, Embrya, was released in early 1998, and upon its release it was panned by contemporary music critics. The album received mixed criticism for its more “indulgent sound.” With its internal focus and esoteric grooves, the album served as a departure for Maxwell, who did not regret risking his reputation with urban listeners for a more challenging record.

The album experienced a critical backlash similar to that of other artists’ work that broke their previous releases’ successful formulas in favor of more compelling projects, now being termed “neo-soul.”

In 1999, it won the Soul Train Music Award for Best Male Soul/R&B Album. In a retrospective review for Allmusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that Maxwell “overstuffs his songs with ideas that lead nowhere” and called Embrya “a bit of a sophomore stumble, albeit one with promising moments.” Arion Berger, writing in The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), found the songs monotonous and called the album “unfocused and pretentious … full of overwrought, underwritten songs with obscure, fancy titles revolving around a sort of sexual gnosticism.”

Despite the negative press, the album sold more than one million copies and garnered Maxwell a new alternative fanbase, but confounded the traditional urban consumers. On May 26, 1999, the album was officially certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Embrya was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, losing to fellow neo-soul artist Erykah Badu’s Baduizm (1997).

Later in the year he released “Fortunate”, a single written by R. Kelly and featured on the soundtrack for the 1999 film Life. The single peaked at number one on Billboard magazine’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks chart. To date, the song is Maxwell’s most successful single and was Billboard’s number-one R&B single of 1999.

Now, Maxwell’s third album, was released on August 14, 2001 on Columbia Records in the United States. Following the lukewarm radio success of his previous album, Maxwell has stated he felt more comfortable with his artistic direction in the creation of his new album, which does not exhibit his previous work’s conceptual style. The album sold over 296,000 units in the U.S. in the first week, according to SoundScan, to earn him his first-ever number one album.

The second single off the album, “This Woman’s Work”, a live staple of Maxwell’s, charted at number 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 16 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Once again, despite some criticism towards Maxwell’s songwriting, La Weekly stated “Now is a disappointment in the wake of 1996’s Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite and its 1998 follow-up, Embrya.” Now received generally positive reviews from music critics, based on an aggregate score of 78/100 from Metacritic.[40] The album also served as Maxwell’s last release before quietly entering a self-imposed an almost seven-year hiatus from performing, and no tour was planned to support the album.

Coming Soon

The Urban Theme (Intro)


Everwanting:To Want You to Want


Bad Habits


This Woman’s Work
(Kate Bush cover)


Lake By the Ocean

Sumthin’ Sumthin’

Get to Know Ya

Fortunate + Adore (Prince Tribute)

Let The Church Say Amen

Ascension + Band Introduction

Pretty Wings

Urban Hang Suite Tour (1997)

Now Tour (2001–02)

Maxwell 08 Tour (2008)

BLACKsummers’night Tour (2009)

Maxwell & Jill Scott: The Tour (2010)

MaxwellTwoNight -M2N (2012)

Black Summer’s Night- Part II (2014)

King and Queen of Hearts World Tour (2016

The Summer Tour 2017

Sony Music Black College Tour (1996) (with George Clinton, the Fugees, Groove Theory and UBU)

Maxwell & Jill Scott: The Tour (2010) (with Jill Scott)

Annual Summer Jam (2016) (with Fantasia Barrino)

King and Queen of Hearts World Tour (2016) (with Mary J. Blige)

Cancelled tours:

MaxwellTwoNight (2012)

Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite (1996)

Embrya (1998)

Now (2001)

BLACKsummers’night (2009)

blackSUMMERS’night (2016)


MTV Unplugged (1997)]

Coming Soon