You searched for:

  • [X]Suburbs North
  • [X]Evanston
  • [X]Music
  • [X]Blues, Gospel, and R&B
  • [X]All Ages
Start over

Search for…

Narrow Search

Blues, Gospel, and R&B Search – All Ages

2 total results

Syl Johnson

Fri., Nov. 28, 8 p.m.

Of Syl Johnson’s 19 chart appearances between 1967 and 1982, only one was a top-ten hit (“Take Me to the River” reached number seven on the R&B charts in 1975), but it would be a mistake to understate his influence on account of those numbers. His street-tough, contemporary sound contains echoes of Chicago’s blues and gospel heritage—and it foretold the style that has since become known as “soul-blues.” (Johnson has also been sampled widely by hip-hop artists, including Kanye West, Public Enemy, Eric B. & Rakim, and most notably the Wu-Tang Clan.) Favorites such as 1969’s “Is It Because I’m Black” and 1970’s “Concrete Reservation” arose from and enriched the deep-soul tradition of righteous social protest; even 1982’s “Ms. Fine Brown Frame” transcended its leering lyrics to become a statement of racial pride. Johnson’s latest album, last year’s Syl Johnson With Melody Whittle Featuring Syleena Johnson (Twinight), pairs him with pop-leaning Australian vocalist Melody Whittle and includes a show-stopping turn from his youngest daughter, Syleena, best known as a mainstream R&B artist. Johnson’s leathery, pugnacious vocals blend well with Whittle’s melismatic modernist singing, and Syleena storms back to church with a tumultuous rendition of the 1969 Betty Everett hit “There’ll Come a Time.” The set list balances standards and new originals, and with his choice of material as well as his deep-blues harmonica work, Johnson demonstrates that even a roots man like him can stay creative and relevant across many eras and genres. —David Whiteis $15-$27

Buy Tickets
SPACE (map)
1245 Chicago Ave.
Evanston
phone 847-492-8860
Syl Johnson

Tools

SPACE (map)
1245 Chicago Ave.
Evanston
phone 847-492-8860

Tools

Showing 1-2 of 2 total results in this search.