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LIVE: Bettye LaVette @ The Egg, 11/19/11

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
Bettye LaVette

Bettye LaVette

Sharon Jones may be the “overnight sensation” du jour, but Bettye LaVette has a 10-year head start on the queen of the Dap-Kings. The last time LaVette came through these parts, the 65-year old Michigan native was part of a package show with Maria Muldaur and “Long, Tall” Marcia Ball. While that evening was truly splendiferous, I really wanted to hear more of LaVette when it was all over, so having her return in a headliner role was a hot pre-Thanksgiving meal.

Backed up by a stripped-out, horn-free quartet, LaVette was offstage when she started singing a searing rendition of Lennon & McCartney’s “The Word.” But she strode out front in a hurry, dressed strictly for business – black heels, black pants, black sleeveless top and packing a grit-coated voice that makes Tina Turner sound like Buffy Sainte-Marie. AARP needs to video LaVette dancing onstage just to show seniors what is possible, because Miss Bettye was rocking right from the jump, and so were the 400-or-so people who came to drink in the energy.

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LIVE: Bettye LaVette @ The Egg, 11/19/11

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
Bettye Lavette

Bettye Lavette

It was, in short, a perfect night of music, one to cherish for decades to come.

Following an inspired opening set by Les McCann and Javon Jackson, Bettye LaVette sang her first notes off-stage and then joined her band for a dynamic rendition of the Beatles’ “The Word,” dancing steps that belied she was 65. She sang and moved like she was 25, and the word was love from there on out for a small but appreciative audience.

LaVette is a soul survivor in the truest sense, and her renaissance and rediscovery in the past decade underscore one of the great stories in music. Like Ray Charles and Mavis Staples, she makes any song her own, imbuing the lyrics with a sense of history and understanding.

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Les McCann cancelled

Monday, July 6th, 2009

So, the Jamie Foxx show at the Times Union Center wasn’t the only concert cancellation announced this week.

On a considerably sadder note for Nippertown music fans, the Les McCann/Javon Jackson show won’t be rolling into The Egg on Saturday, August 15, either.

Yes, the handwriting was probably on the wall, since the McCann/Jackson band was originally slated as the opening act for the always reliable, but rarely transcendent Robert Cray Band. Cray’s band dropped off the bill a while back, and The Egg valiantly tried the save the date for the 73-year-old keyboardist-vocalist McCann and saxman Jackson, who was in mighty fine form at the Freihofer’s Jazz Festival at SPAC just a couple of weeks ago.

‘Twas not to be, however.

Refunds are available at The Egg box office.

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