During concerts, a musician’s wild side emerges, such as when a guitarist destroys an amplifier or a singer eats a zebra. Observe untamed talent with today’s Groupon to see “Life Is a Cabaret: Sandra Reaves-Phillips” at Rhythm Hall inside Richmond CenterStage. For $42, you get two general-admission tickets (an $84 value, including all fees). Choose from the following dates:
- Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m.
- Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, April 7, at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, April 8, at 3 p.m.<p>
Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as a singer who “takes the stage as if it belongs to her and belts out the blues like a force of nature,” Sandra Reaves-Phillips dishes out a medley of jazz, blues, and soul honed through a lifetime on the stage. Reaves-Phillips has lent her pipes and dramatic skills to both the acclaimed 1986 jazz drama ‘Round Midnight and 1989’s Lean On Me, for which she sang the title track. During a show that barrels along on laughter and playful banter, her clear vibrato turns into a brassy growl as she uses standards such as “Let the Good Times Roll” to explore the heights and depths of her range. Her slower, sensual tunes seethe with swagger and knowing glances, building up to energetic versions of blues classics. Showstoppers from past performances include renditions of “Me and My Shadow,” “St. Louis Blues,” and “Two Wrongs,” a country-blues ballad that confirms the conventional wisdom that two wrongs make one long civil lawsuit.