Latimore, Vance Kelly, Nellie "Tiger" Travis | The Zone | Blues, Gospel, and R&B | Chicago Reader

Latimore, Vance Kelly, Nellie "Tiger" Travis Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Sun., Dec. 12, 6 & 9 p.m. 2010

Benny Latimore's career-defining 1974 hit, "Let's Straighten It Out," established him as a tenderhearted sensualist—flawed yet penitent, fortified with hard-won wisdom, and ready to do anything necessary to redeem himself to his lady. Latimore's now in his 70s and hasn't hit the charts in years, but his aphorism-heavy blend of romance and self-deprecation continues to melt hearts along the dwindling but still-potent chitlin circuit. On his 2009 release All About the Rhythm and the Blues (LatStone), the self-styled Miami Sex Machine rounds out his usual mix of sensitive-guy anthems and good-natured gettin'-it-on songs with "Obama and the Fat Man," which encourages the president to stand up to right-wing media attacks; "City Life," which chronicles the grim urban realities confronted by a good-hearted country boy; and the title song, which celebrates the music and living culture of the blues—a gauntlet thrown down, given that even many southern African-American artists now treat the "b-word" as an epithet. Mr. Lee, Chicago's ageless dancer, emcee, and comedian, will oversee the festivities. Vance Kelly and Nellie "Tiger" Travis open. —David Whiteis

Price: $35, $25 in advance

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