Blues, Folk, & Country

Rhonda Benin’s Birthday Bash

When: Sun., Feb. 23, 6 p.m. 2020

Versatile East Bay vocalist Rhonda Benin spends a good deal of her time as a performer making sure her fellow artists are in the mix. Her eighth-annual “Just Like a Woman” showcase returns to Freight & Salvage next month featuring a roster brimming with bodacious talent. But she can throw down on her own account just fine, and her birthday gig promises a winning combination of jazzy R&B and soulful jazz. Immersed in African-American music’s manifold currents, an incalculably rich heritage that shapes every note she sings, Benin is a true keeper of the blues flame. She’s joined by a cast of musicians worthy of a party themselves, with the great Tammy Hall on piano, veteran bassist Ron Belcher, drummer Alcide Marshall, Paul Branin on tenor saxophone and guitar, and the flamboyantly gifted trumpeter Geechi Taylor.

Andrew Gilbert

Price: $12.00

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