Clubs & Concerts

Anita Baker

When: Sun., June 17, 7 p.m. 2012

I must admit that I've come a long way from the sleepless nights of my childhood, tossing and turning in my basement bedroom while Anita Baker's albums Rapture and Giving You the Best That I Got bled down from the floor speakers in the living room above, where my mother's depressive cocktail of tears, gin, drugs and loud slow jams terrorized our home. Eventually, her drama would destroy our family. It's hard not to associate Baker's distinct, velour vocals with that time period, although my adult relationship with her music offers a healthier recognition of how this timeless Detroit diva draped classic R&B with creamy jazz tones. She's given us a near-perfect recording career. —Eric Tullis

Price: $63-$137

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