The girl power is off the chain in this ten-piece soul/R&B outfit. Frontwoman Kam Franklin’s supple, supercharged vocals recall Gladys Knight in her prime.
EAR TAXI FESTIVAL
The city’s premier new-music fest returns with four days of adventurous programs, featuring more than 350 artists and fifty-four world premieres.
LAMPEDUSA: CONCERT FOR REFUGEES
A singular charity event featuring Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin and others, with proceeds going to a Jesuit organization serving refugees worldwide.
Chicago’s bluegrass bard strays from his home turf at the Hideout, presumably to focus on the progressive folk of his new “Upland Stories” album.
A Baroque orchestra that infuses its centuries-old material with an almost giddy passion that turns it weirdly alive—making Handel as vital as hip-hop.
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.” His jazz quintet recently completed a two-year residency at Uncommon Ground, and he regularly hosts a jazz singers’ jam at Lizard’s Liquid Lounge. 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.