Soul, Funk, R&B, & Hip-Hop

En Vogue

When: April 8-9, 8 & 10 p.m. and Sun., April 10, 7 & 9 p.m. 2011

At one point, the members of this Oakland quartet were getting name-checked in Tribe Called Quest songs, and cleaning house at the MTV Music Awards. Two decades since their heyday, they're still fly. En Vogue formed back in 1989 under the tutelage of producers Foster and McElroy, who wanted to manufacture a girl-group for the hip-hop era. The four singers had video-ready good looks and phenomenal vocal range, not to mention they could kill on four-part harmonies. Their cover of the classic R&B song "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" can hold its own against the original by Aretha Franklin. They released two incredibly successful albums and a slew of lesser-known albums, and set new standards for female R&B groups. Over the last 15 years, the group changed personnel and fell off the pop charts, shaken by the departure of Maxine Jones and Dawn Robinson. They reappeared last year for a special BET Awards reunion that turned out to be permanent — so they say, at least. En Vogue's 2010 appearance at Yoshi's (510 Embarcadero, Oakland) was a huge success, and the singers hope to repeat it this week. They'll appear at the venerable jazz club Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, at 8 & 10 p.m., and Sunday, April 10, at 7 & 9 p.m. $50

Rachel Swan

Price: $50

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