Ana Moura | Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music | International | Chicago Reader

Ana Moura All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Feb. 11, 8 p.m. 2012

Of all the new wave of Portuguese fado singers to emerge in the past decade, no one cleaves to tradition like the fantastic Ana Moura. She resists the temptation to aim for a broader audience by tweaking the music's fundamentals, and her approach appears to work—last summer I saw her playing to a packed house in Vancouver, and she had the audience eating out of her hand. Last year's Coliseu (World Village) is a live album of a 2008 performance where she's accompanied by a nimble backing band of bass, acoustic guitar, and Portuguese guitar; Moura's powerful voice fills the room, its honeyed warble ever so slightly scuffed up by the meticulously pitched drama of her delivery. Her English-language banter is a bit showbizzy, but it's hard to be bothered by that when she sings. —Peter Margasak

Price: $26-$30

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