papoose1.jpgBrooklyn native Papoose will judge upcoming hip-hop acts in the Blaze the Stage Summer Invitational Showcase.  The show, which takes place in New York City on August 4, will feature 30 acts competing for cash prizes and a chance to be discovered by music executive and A&R’s. Papoose has signed on to judge the contest along with Bad Boy recording artist, Cheri Dennis, and choreographer Lauriann Gibson. For more information on Blaze the Stage, visit www.skirballcenter.org.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will perform at the House of Blues in Chicago on Monday, August 6 as a part of MSN’s “Music in Concert” series. The trio will perform songs from their new album, Strength & Loyalty, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. If you can’t make it to Chicago for the show, don’t fret, the concert will air live on MSN’s website  — http://music.msn.com/bonethugsnharmony — on August 6 at 9:00 pm EST.

On September 6, Nas will join the Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer and Phil Vassar in “A Concert for Virginia Tech.” The event will be held at the university’s Lane Stadium and will be free of charge to all students. All of the artists have agreed to waive their fees and will perform for free. “We’re extremely grateful for the compassion and generosity of these artists who wished to create a very special event where our students, faculty and staff can come together to celebrate the spirit and resiliency of our university community as we being a new academic year,” says Charles Steger, President of Virginia Tech.