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


When: Sun., Oct. 11, 2 p.m. 2009

Long hailed as Oakland's unofficial queen of big-voiced women, Ledisi is finally getting her due. Last year she garnered two Grammy nominations for Lost and Found (probably her first genuinely pop-oriented album), then  returned to her New Orleans blues roots for current release Turn Me Loose. As a blues singer, Ledisi is ferocious -- one of those women who can scream, wail, and growl over several octaves, always staying on pitch. She's not afraid to step outside her comfort zone, either, as evidenced in the 2001 jazz album Feeling Orange But Sometimes Blue. In that instance Ledisi put a soulful spin on "Autumn Leaves," "Straight No Chaser," and "Round Midnight," inflecting each with her own personality. She even combined Stanley Turrentine's tune "Sugar" with a vamp from D'Angelo's "Brown Sugar." Anything but predictable, Ledisi will probably have a few surprises ready when she performs Sunday, Oct. 11, with Blayze and Trace Ellington, at Oakland's Woodminster Amphitheater (3300 Joaquin Miller Rd.). 2 p.m., free.

Rachel Swan

Price: free

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