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Soul Survivors Featuring Eric Roberson and Vivian Green 

When: May 25-26, 8 & 10 p.m. 2011
Price: $22

A product of the Philadelphia music scene, Vivian Green has spent the past decade making her mark amidst a class of neo-soul peers that include MusiqSoulchild, Bilal, and Jill Scott. When the latter tapped Green to be a back-up singer for her world tour, it didn't take long for a major label deal to follow. Ten years later, Green is a single mom whose third album, 2010's Beautiful, was her first recording in five years. Aided by producer/composer Anthony Bell, the 30-something singer-songwriter opted for a contemporary R&B sound that embraces hip-hop nuance ("So Far Gone"), reggae rhythms ("Save Me"), and the obligatory ballad inspired by her son (the string-laden "Jordan's Song"). A well-respected singer-songwriter whose talents have been tapped by the likes of Guru and Cyndi Lauper, Vivian Green will be sharing the stage with Eric Roberson at their Soul Survivors Tour on Wednesday and Thursday, May 25-26 at Yoshi's(510 Embarcadero West, Oakland). 8 & 10 p.m., $22.

— Dave Gil de Rubio


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