Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. She is an interpreter of the highest order. Whether the song originated as country, rock, pop or blues, it is pure R&B when she gets through with it. Her career began at the tender age of 16, recording for labels like Atlantic, Epic and Motown. Now, with 50+ years of show business under her belt, she is as busy as ever.
National Geographic + Pop-Up Magazine, the internationally renowned “live magazine,” makes its Benaroya Hall debut in a one-night-only evening of live journalism. Featuring a fascinating cast of renowned storytellers, from the worlds of film, print, audio, photography and more.
Critically acclaimed, three-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest artists in international music today. In her latest project, Kidjo reimagines The Talking Heads’ classic album, Remain in Light. Released in 1980, Remain in Light was a revolution of pop music innovation, pushing sonic boundaries with sampled and looped grooves inspired by legendary Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.
The set list for Alan Cumming’s new concert show is as eclectic and idiosyncratic as Alan himself! Legal Immigrant, a collection of musings on his ten years as a US citizen, growing older and what it feels like to be an immigrant in today’s America (regardless of your prefix) begins with a show-stopping opening of Kander & Ebb’s The Singer, Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends and Not A Day Goes By from Merrily we Roll Along then Losing My Mind from Follies - all combined into one American musical theatre giants’ mash up! He will cover songs made famous by female musical legends as diverse as Pink, Edith Piaf, Adele and Marlene Dietrich. Ever wanted to hear Schubert and Peggy Lee together in one song? You will! Cole Porter will make an appearance, as will Scottish treasures Robert Burns and the Proclaimers, and there might even be a Disney Princess medley sung without a drop of irony. The evening will end with Cumming inviting the audience to sing along with him to one of America’s best known and, in his opinion, most maligned anthems!