JAY-Z AND BEYONCÉ
This qualifies more as a royal progression than a musical event, but there’s no discounting the ample gifts of each, however much their personal lives tend to distract.
August 10 and 11
CHICK COREA TRIO
One of the most towering figures in jazz, the brilliant, restless composer-pianist-bandleader is still evolving, and at a pace artists half his age can’t begin to match.
The cut-crystal-voiced soprano sings “Narrow Sea,” a new work by Pulitzer-winning composer Caroline Shaw, plus George Crumb’s “Winds of Destiny”—both under a summer sky.
Austin-based singer-songwriter and blues guitarist Venson has one of the most arresting voices on the current scene… and she shreds her chords like she’s riding a cyclone.
Africa’s reigning diva, Kidjo blends genres, styles and influences like a boss. She’s touring her latest album, an ecstatic cut-by-cut reimagining of Talking Heads’ iconic “Remain In Light.”
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.