Charlie Wilson and En Vogue at the Bowl: This is a great double bill. R&B icon Charlie Wilson (affectionately known as Uncle Charlie) will play a bunch of songs from his solo career as well as a lot of those old Gap Band hits. There’s never a bad time to hear “You Dropped a Bomb On Me” or “Party Train.” And En Vogue will continue to blaze the trail that they started back in the ‘90s. “Free Your Mind” is one of the all time R&B classics.

This writer chatted with En Vogue in 2017, when they said that, “We still love performing. We love what we do. We’ve still got a pretty good fan base that wants to come out and hear our music and has been asking for new music for a long time now. It’s that energy and that love that keeps us going and keeps us wanting to come back and perform. When we engage with them, it energizes us, and it’s an exchange of love. We love coming back to that. ”

“There are still issues in America with women not making the same amount of pay for the same jobs as men,” they continued. “We have not fully arrived yet. We’ve come a long way, but we’ve not fully arrived yet, so I think with any administration, it’s still important to have women with strong voices to uphold and support each other and get those messages out there that open up people’s minds, and free their minds, to accepting women for what they’re able to bring to the world, the workforce, to the home, everywhere.

Charlie Wilson and En Vogue at the Bowl: The event takes place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12 at the Hollywood Bowl.

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