Sure, mention Chaka Khan to most casual and/or younger music fans and her 1984 smash hit "I Feel for You" will come up within roughly 10 seconds—maybe less if you're talking to a Minnesota casual music fan, what with that song being written by Prince and all. But stopping there's a huge mistake: Khan's tenure with Rufus made her one of the most prominent female singers of the '70s, and with a voice like a silk machete, she earned her star status with some of the best funk and disco performances of the '70s and '80s: "Do You Love What You Feel," "Sweet Thing," "I'm Every Woman," you name it. She's still the focal point of some important modern music—Kanye West might owe a lot of his career to her single "Through the Fire"—though her most recent album, the cover-heavy, Jam & Lewis-produced Funk This, also positions her as a premier soul revivalist. 18+.
Tue., Aug. 5, 7 p.m., 2008