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

Gett Off: Meshell Ndegeocello Covers Prince

When: Sun., March 13, 8 p.m. 2011

The East Bay slid into utter chaos when pop superstar Prince announced his three February show dates at Oracle Arena. Within a few days, nearly nine hundred scalpers had advertised on Craigslist, while diehard fans paid up to $738 a ticket, so they could be close enough to watch spit fall from the singer's mouth. That alone says something about Prince's longevity. Neo-soul singer MeshellNdegeocello doesn't have quite the same cachet, but she's definitely part of the same lineage as Prince, to whom she'll pay tribute this week. Raised in the DC go-go scene, Ndegeocello is mostly known as a singer and electric bassist, though she's actually proficient in a number of instruments. She careers between genre the way a polyglot might shift between languages, mixing reggae beats and funk bass lines with the soft, murmured vocals of an R&B torch song. As a result, Ndegeocello's tracks are often jaggedly stitched together. But they're also startling and beautiful. She'll lead a full band this week at The New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland) Friday-Saturday, Mar. 11-12, and at The Independent (628 Divisadero St., San Francisco) on Sunday, Mar. 13. Friday and Saturday shows start at 9:30 p.m., Sunday show starts at 8 p.m. Supporting act Martin Luther will cover The Beatles. $25. or

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Price: $25 (sold out)

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