Scene of the Crime, one of 2007s finest albums, was the sublime, Southern, rockin product of Michigan blues singer Bettye LaVette. The veteran diva came by the authority of her voiceand the discs multifaceted, Muscle Shoalsminted brilliancevia decades of hard times since debuting at 16. Now possessed of the sensual charm of the woman of a certain age, but still ornery, mean, and fine as hell in impossible stilettos, LaVette takes it to the stage with a show thats not to be missed. Yes, shes pure pleasure to behold, yet she tends to be supported by very able players and, best of all, her program takes on the air of an unfussy master class for an era lost to the oversouling of American Idolatry. LaVettes motto could be Mama dont take no mess!if youre truly grown n sexy, theres nowhere else yall ought to be tonight. With John Hammond
Sun., Jan. 11, 8 p.m., 2009
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