When Maria Isa performed at this year's Voltage: Fashion Amplified show, even an ill-fitting custom-made dress couldn't interfere with Isa's sexy confidence. Whether dressed in a tracksuit or hiked up in heels, Isa embodies a kind of sultry coolness that demands reverence—this woman has something to say, and damn right she's not afraid to say it. On her latest album, Street Politics, for which this show is a celebration, Isa embraces her Puerto Rican roots while paying homage to the local hip-hop scene that has cultivated her blossoming, impressive career, in a style she has dubbed SotaRico. Culling sounds and styles as diverse as R&B, bomba, and reggaeton in an overarching hip-hop style, Isa stands apart as a culturally and politically aware artist who contributes a unique voice to the multi-faceted local scene. With Muja Messiah, Dance Band, I Self Devine, Mayda, Kill the Vultures, and more. 18+.
Fri., June 5, 8 p.m., 2009