Darlene Love is a minister’s daughter with a dominating, church-rooted voice. Unfortunately, Love has not always gotten recognition for that skill. In 1962 producer Phil Spector had her record the lead vocals on the single “He’s a Rebel,” backed by her own group, The Blossoms. The song went to number one on the pop chart, but the song credit went to a different girl group, The Crystals. Love eventually got credit for her talent on a 1963 Phil Spector Christmas compilation album. She sang “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” and that multi-octave rendition has since become her trademark. At 75, her gospel-pop delivery still works, and her name gets top billing. Read more >>> Darlene Love performs at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $45–$82.50. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Shake Shack made some changes to its menu yesterday including the addition of gluten free buns that are now available for Shack burgers and Chick’n sandwiches for $1 extra. Because Shake Shack must know how great bubbly goes with fried chicken, the company also added Prosecco for $15 per glass. Multiple locations, shakeshack.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Celebrate the winter solstice at Bossa, where musicians Tristan Welch and Ron Oshima and sound artists Douglas Kallmeyer and Dan Miñoza create soothing soundscapes to mark the change in seasons. 7 p.m. at 2463 18th St. NW. $5.
Celebrate the holidays with an ensemble of area performers when Listen Local First presents its annual holiday concert at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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