Bettye LaVette has been singing up a storm for most of her life, but she's only gained overdue critical and popular attention during the past decade. The Detroit native started young, releasing her first record at the age of 16 and touring with Otis Redding and James Brown in the 1960s. But, apart from a few scattered singles and albums in the '70s and '80s, she was largely overlooked by the music industry until the turn of this century. Since then, LaVette has reclaimed her place as one of the most stirring soul singers alive, especially in the wake of her landmark 2005 album, I've Got My Own Hell to Raise. She's in town this week as part of the James Brown tribute at the Hollywood Bowl, but tonight she takes centerstage and raises the roof at this relatively intimate nightclub.
Mon., Aug. 11, 8 p.m., 2014
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