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To paraphrase Prince, there’s an entire generation of Chicago artists who have purified themselves in the waters of Lake Michigan. One such Chicagoan is 19-year-old R&B singer Ravyn Lenae, who first made waves by bringing a bit of Baduizm to songs by Mick Jenkins, Noname, and Saba, rappers inspired more by the Lyricist Lounge than the trap house (and part of the same scene that spawned Chance the Rapper). Lenae’s breathy falsetto soon took center stage, and while her acrobatic birdsong was a delicate complement to the woozy, wobbly beats of 2017’s Midnight Moonlight EP, it’s even better on this February’s Crush. The EP was produced entirely by Steve Lacy, a fellow teenage up-and-comer and member of Odd Future offshoot The Internet, and it’s an all-killer, no-filler collection of sultry and soulful love songs. It’s almost maddening that a 19-year-old could come up with such a stunning showcase. There must be something in the water. Read more>>> Ravyn Lenae performs at 8 p.m at Songbyrd Music House, 2477 18th St. NW. $18–$20. (202) 450-2917. songbyrddc.com. (Chris Kelly)
OH AND ALSO
Union Stage hosts The 9 Songwriter Series, in which nine musicians from around the region perform, including funk and blues band Sol Roots and neo-folk artist and event creator Justin Trawick. 7:30 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $12–$15.
Choreographer Asya Zlatina presents BARRY, a contemporary dance performance that celebrates Yiddish culture, at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Logan Fringe Arts Space presents a symphonic metal reenactment Charles Dickens‘ last, unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood. 8 p.m. at 1358 Florida Ave. NE. $25.
Blues Alley welcomes legendary Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $40–$45.
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