From “She Bop” to “Kinky Boots,” girl’s got the decades-in-the-making diva thing down cold. And the pipes are still pipin’ hot.
CORKY SIEGEL’S CHAMBER BLUES
The blues-harmonica legend, backed by a string quartet. Yet another genre wall collapses, in the most gorgeous way imaginable.
Hypnotic, avant-garde pop, alternately hauntingly hypnotic and thrillingly muscular… sometimes in the same tune.
FRANCES LUKE ACCORD
Chicago-based duo are nominally folk, but frolic tunefully through a whole field of genres. And the vocals are ravishing.
The virtuoso pianist and the CSO go full-out Slavic, with a program consisting solely of Stravinsky and Prokofiev.
Robert Rodi is an author, spoken-word performer and musician who has served as Newcity’s Music Editor since 2014. He’s written more than a dozen books, including the travel memoir “Seven Seasons In Siena,” and his literary and music criticism has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Salon, The Huffington Post and many other national and regional publications.