With her exuberant self-empowerment single “Juice,” the irrepressible singer-rapper-flautist positions herself as one of 2019’s defining voices.
After five decades, the Funkmaster General is calling it quits, and his farewell tour is all the send-off you could wish for, with P-Funk and other guests on hand.
(Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre)
You’ll tell your grandchildren you saw them. In fact, if you’re one of the band’s original fans, you’ll probably tell them the next day.
The commanding Chicago soul diva celebrates her new album, “Legacy! Legacy!,” a riveting, wide-ranging call-out to her principal influences and antecedents.
(Evanston History Center)
Native son Fulks takes a rare detour from his own oeuvre to pay tribute to the life and legend of Doc Watson, the singer-songwriter who conquered nearly every American genre.
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.