Esperanza Spalding

You might recognize her from the PBS commercials. She’s the super sexy one with the giant Afro who plays upright bass. She’s also a Grammy Award winner and professor at the Berklee College of Music. She’s playing here in Tucson, and I was lucky enough to find out in time.

This tour will be theatrical, according to her description:

“My hope for this group is to create a world around each song, there are a lot of juicy themes and stories in the music. We will be staging the songs as much as we play them, using characters, video, and the movement of our bodies.”

I’m curious to see what it’s all about. This will be the first “popular music” concert that my husband’s ever been to. I assured him that it’s jazz, not Nine Inch Nails, and the parking area for the Rialto Theater should be filled with the usual Obama bumper-stickered Prii.

For some reason, I doubt younger folks will be there. A thirty-something friend of mine on Facebook commented, “Sounds like Starbucks.” I thought about replying, “But tastes like a lightly roasted, freshly ground Ethiopian pour-over with notes of dried blueberry, dark chocolate, and a cola finish.” But rather than reply directly via Facebook, I thought it would be more interesting to see if he’s reading my blog. (Yeah, you, Dinger.)

For those of you who haven’t heard her, here she is:

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Dirty Loops

I’m heading to Oklahoma City tomorrow to visit my mom, and I’ve coordinated my trip so that I can see Dirty Loops while I’m there.

They’re a Swedish internet sensation who made their claim to fame by doing incredibly inventive jazz fusion covers of songs like Justin Bieber’s “Baby”. The music is really hard to describe, but try to imagine Britney Spears, Michael Jackson and Pat Metheny rolled into one. Okay, don’t imagine it. Have a listen. Here’s an original, “Hit Me”:

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