Isley Brothers, Keith Sweat | Credit Union 1 Arena at UIC | Blues, Gospel, and R&B | Chicago Reader
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Isley Brothers, Keith Sweat Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $49-$99
More than seven years ago, Peter Margasak wondered in these pages if the Isley Brothers’ pair of shows at the Star Plaza would be their last Chicago-area appearances; vocalist Ron “Mr. Biggs” Isley was set to serve hard time for tax evasion, a 37-month term that would end some 53 years after the release of his band’s first single. But Ron and his brother Ernie are still touring tirelessly behind soul classics such as “It’s Your Thing” and “This Old Heart of Mine,” and what’s more, the self-affirming new “I” by MC of the moment Kendrick Lamar liberally samples the Isleys’ sinewy “That Lady” (and Ron adds a couple new ad-libs to seal his blessing). The brothers’ recent sets have focused on their material from the 70s or earlier, but the rest of the lineup for the V103 R&B and Old School Fest reaches back to slightly more recent times. Also performing are New Jack Swing pioneer Keith Sweat, whose name and face have been attached to an Internet radio channel specializing in “grown and sexy” jams (run by V103 parent company iHeart Media), and Twin Cities vocal group Mint Condition, whose 2012 album Music @ the Speed of Life (Shanachie) showcases their still-sparkling harmonies. —Maura Johnston
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