Robert Cray performs onstage through the 2017 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards on September 13, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Photo: Rick Diamond, Staff / Getty Images for Americana Music
Alena Smith’s surrealist tackle the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson is wise, humorous, allegorical and in contrast to the rest I’ve seen. An embrace of anachronism and sharp wit concerning seemingly unchanging points concerning love, life, artwork and gender give the present a darkly comedian edge in its presentation of younger maturity. The “Dickinson” forged — anchored by Hailee Steinfeld because the titular poet — is as much as the duty of blending dramatic and comedian, with some impressed visitor spots crammed by Wiz Khalifa (as Death) and John Mulaney (as a famed sylvan recluse). The first season was startling for its originality, and the second started this month with extra modifications going through the Dickinson household and extra poems ensuing.
Where: Streaming on Apple TV+.
2. Robert Cray
Even when Robert Cray emerged as a blues savior within the ‘80s, the smoothness that came across in his singing and guitar playing suggested a broader musical background than any one style. And sure enough, Cray has proven a brilliant interpreter of soul, R&B and gospel, too. At 67, the Georgia native has over a four-decade career proven himself a consistently brilliant vessel for any form of American roots music, evidenced once again on “That’s What I Heard,” an excellent album he launched final yr simply days earlier than the pandemic stored him from supporting it with a tour.
8 p.m. Jan. 20
Heights Theater, 339 W. nineteenth
3. Shake Russell
As a performer, Shake Russell has been a staple on this metropolis for many years,