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PHOTO COURTESY OF BLIGE
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Mary J. Blige
Walnut Creek—As the famous Common line goes, "Eyes on the prize/ eyes on the thighs of Mary J. Blige/ imagining how good the cat must be." Three years later, the two put out the single "Come Close," and who knows, maybe dude found out. But don't get your hopes up, fellas. At a place like Walnut Creek, you won't even be able to get close enough to the "Queen of Hip Hop Soul" to even try your best pick-ups: Just settle on hearing Mary J. purr and recognize that, when it comes to consistency and greatness in black music today, Blige has reached lioness status. Robin Thicke opens the 7 p.m. show. Tickets are $53.75-$194.75. —Eric Tullis

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