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On the night before Valentine’s Day, Xavier and his cadre of talented musical guests return for a very special ALL CHAKA KHAN EDITION of his annual Ladies Of Soul Tribute. Are you a Chaka-holic? Come get treated.
Now in its eighth year, past guests have included Tony Award winner Lena Hall, Stephin Merritt, Joan As Policewoman, Sxip Shirey, Rizo, Adeline, Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive, Del Marquis of Scissor Sisters, Mykal Kilgore (Post Modern Jukebox / The Wiz Live!), Cassondra James, and Bridget Barkan. New York Magazine rated the show "Brilliant" on its famed Approval Matrix!
This year’s guest lineup includes people you’d expect to hear singing Chaka’s tunes and a few you definitely would not. Joining Xavier in Chaka-brating are Crystal Joy (Motown: The Musical), Luke Jenner (The Rapture), Martha Redbone, Nicki B. (Escort), Sheherazade Holman (Darlene Love, H.E.R.), Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields) and possibly a few surprises.
Xavier has received un-coerced praise for his vocal skills from some of the biggest names in the business, including Madonna, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Devo, Daryl Hall, Anita Baker, Lena Horne, TV on the Radio, Anohni, Danny Tenaglia, Toshi Reagon, The Rapture, and Ashford & Simpson. His UK debut on Virgin Records earned him a top ten hit. The Boys Choir of Harlem alum has collaborated on recordings with Poolside, Scissor Sisters, Horse Meat Disco, JD Samson, Slow Knights, Nova Social, Tamar Kali, Young & Sick, New Power Generation, Basement Jaxx vocalists Vula & Sharlene, Diane Birch, Bright Light Bright Light, Stephin Merritt, Sxip Shirey, and LL Cool J.