Queen City Cadence: Esperanza Spalding kicks off world tour
blog by Kathryn Przybyla • April 18, 2012 @ 8:00am
It has not taken Esperanza Spalding long to emerge as one of the brightest lights in the musical world. Listeners familiar with her stunning 2008 “Heads Up International” debut, “Esperanza” and her best-selling 2010 release “Chamber Music Society,” were well aware that the young bassist, vocalist and composer from Portland, Oregon was the real deal.
Spalding’s success was confirmed in February of 2011, when she became the first jazz musician to receive the Grammy Award for Best New Artist—infamously beating out Justin Bieber for the title.
In March, Spalding released her latest recording, Radio Music Society, her most diverse, ambitious and masterful recital yet. Inspired by her desire to write for a large ensembles, Spalding has crafted her performances to spotlight the talents of her 12-piece world class band.
Spalding will kick off her world tour with opening night in Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday at the UB Center for the Arts. Tickets are on sale for $27, $37 and $42 through the CFA box office or Ticketmaster.
The rest of the best:
Wednesday—Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society Tour, 7:30 p.m., UB Center for the Arts ($27, $37, $42)
Thursday—Plants and Animals with Aircraft, 8:00 p.m., Mohawk Place ($8 advance, $10 day of show)
Sunday—Ani DiFranco with Pearl and the Beard, 7:00 p.m., Ashbury Hall at Babeville ($32.50 tickets)
Sunday—Kip Moore with Underground Stampede and EVH Band, 6:00 p.m., Rane Party Bar ($10 tickets)
Tuesday—Death Cab for Cutie, 7:00 p.m., Kleinhans Music Hall ($38, $50)
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