Unfortunately, blues legend Bobby Blue Bland has canceled his Celebrate Brooklyn appearance tonight due to illness, but the replacement is no slouch: Odetta, the legendary folk singer who has been performing and recording nonstop since 1950. She is a key figure in the history of popular music in this country, and has inspired countless musicians of every stripe, including none other than Bob Dylan:
"The first thing that turned me on to folk singing was Odetta. I heard a record of hers [Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues, 1956] in a record store, back when you could listen to records right there in the store. Right then and there, I went out and traded my electric guitar and amplifier for an acoustical guitar, a flat-top Gibson..."
Jazz and blues singer Catherine Russell opens at 7:30. $3 suggested donation.