* Akua Allrich: ‘Tribute to Nina Simone & Miriam Makeba’

July 31, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
Bohemian Caverns
2001 11th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
$25 in advance, $30 at the door

Akua Allrich recently released a powerful third album, Soul Singer, made up almost entirely of original compositions. But she never strays from her core influences; the trained gaze of Nina Simone and the eruptive power of Miriam Makeba hang about the room, even on Allrich’s own tunes. This weekend at Bohemian Caverns, the focus is squarely on those forebears at Allrich’s seventh annual “Tribute to Nina Simone & Miriam Makeba.” (Full disclosure: I also wrote the liner notes for Soul Singer.) Two separate sets at 8 & 10 p.m.



Giovanni Russonello

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Giovanni is the founder of CapitalBop, and a music critic for the New York Times. He previously served as a contributor to the Washington Post, the FADER, JazzTimes, NPR Music and others, and hosted “On the Margin,” a books show on WPFW-FM. As head of CapitalBop, he has covered the D.C. jazz scene since 2010. (He is no longer directly involved in the presenting of CapitalBop's concerts.) He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in history, with a focus on African-American history. Reach Giovanni at editor@capitalbop.com. Read him at giovannirussonello.com or nytimes.com/by/giovanni-russonello. Follow him on Twitter at @giorussonello.

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