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

Goapele

When: Thu., Dec. 3, 8 & 10 p.m., Fri., Dec. 4, 8 & 10 p.m., Sat., Dec. 5, 8 & 10 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 6, 2 & 7 p.m. 2009

A statuesque bearing and shimmery, diaphanous voice have always distinguished Goapele from other R&B singers. More importantly, she has musical depth. Her first hit, “Closer,” set a husky melody line against a progression of parallel fifths, hammered together by keyboardist Michael Aaberg and producer Amp Live. It helped establish Goapele as the type of woman who could sing about dreams in a way that actually stuck. In the seven years since she broke, Goapele has oscillated between the pop and jazz worlds, collaborating with artists as varied as trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, producer Linda Perry, and rapper Kanye West. She’s experimented with Auto-Tune and created a sexier persona, but also proved she has the pipes to sing standards and real blues. She’ll perform Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 3-6, at San Francisco Yoshi’s (1330 Fillmore St.). $22-$26. Yoshis.com

Rachel Swan

Price: $15-$28, kids' matinee $5

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