There is only one Aretha Franklin — the kind of superstar vocalist nonpareil who, at 74, can deliver a high-intensity, nearly five-minute rendition of the national anthem before a football game wearing a fur coat and a Detroit Lions beanie.
It’s in celebration of such a singular figure that fellow musicians including Bettye LaVette, Rhiannon Giddens, Glen Hansard, Melissa Etheridge and Kenny Loggins will gather for a tribute concert at Carnegie Hall on March 6.
The Brooklyn Afrobeat group Antibalas will serve as the house band for the concert; Ann Wilson, Todd Rundgren, Sarah Dash, Taj Mahal, Living Colour and Allen Stone are also scheduled to perform. (Ms. Franklin, however, is not on the bill.)
The show honoring Ms. Franklin’s music was organized by Michael Dorf, a founder of the Knitting Factory and City Winery, whose yearly tribute shows have also recognized Bill Withers, David Byrne, Paul Simon, Prince, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. (Last year’s show, for David Bowie, was announced just before the singer’s death, and transformed into a memorial of sorts.)
“The Music of Aretha Franklin” will be Mr. Dorf’s 14th annual tribute concert, with proceeds benefiting music education organizations for underprivileged youth. Tickets are available via musicof.org.
DEC. 7, 2016Read More