Miles Davis is often credited with reinventing jazz five different times in such a way that his never-heard-before reimaginings influenced music as a whole. Arguably, the same case can be said of contemporary soul songstress Erykah Badu. True, her relatively short recording career only spans twelve years, but its an accomplished one thats sent ripples across genres like mainstream hip-hop and radio-ready R&B. From her higher-consciousness debut Baduizm and the lyrically militant Mamas Gun to the freaky-deaky, gangsta-y Worldwide Underground and the esoteric, hip-hop-heavy New Amerykah, Pt.1: 4th World War, the 38-year old, multiple Grammy Award-winner totally deserves the First Lady of Neo-Soul moniker (though, in our opinion, yall can drop the neo part). And like her ever-revolving changes of sound, you never know what youre gonna get with a Badu gig. Shes torn up Celebrity Theatre twice before with her mic posturing and a group of kickass musicians, so good chances are that shell make it a trifecta.
Sat., May 30, 8 p.m., 2009