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Friday, October 9, 2009

Saturday To-Do: Maxwell

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 1:55 PM

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MAXWELL
7:30 p.m., Verizon Arena. $21.75-$59.50.

Sometime after 2001, the year Maxwell's third album entered the charts at number one (it later became his third straight platinum album), the neo-soul leader took a novel path. He took a break. He shaved off his signature Afro, which allowed him to walk the street anonymously. He quit performing and took a prolonged hiatus that didn't really end until earlier this year, when he released “BLACKsummers'night” “I took a break from the responsibility of being a public person. It was nice just to be a person, instead of a performer,” he told the Chicago Tribune recently. How's that for a healthy perspective on celebrity? His take on soul is just as enlightened, full of soaring falsetto and live instrumentation that harkens back to the genre's golden age. Cerebral rapper Common shares the bill along with rising R&B star Chrisette Michele.

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