Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:45

Folk Best Bet: Suzanne Vega

Written by  Emma Kat Richardson
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Suzanne Vega wsg. Gerry Leonard
Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo
Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.
$20, (269) 488-4476

What a retro month February has been. Between the reemergence of matchbox twenty and now songstress Suzanne Vega's upcoming performance at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, we're stumbling blindly through a foggy bliss of never-ending nostalgia. This kind of repetitiousness usually only occurs on the second of February, but hey, who's going to sneer at a whole month of pitch-perfect musical remembrances? Certainly not the aforementioned Vega, a prolific folk-rock revolutionary who has been churning out politically charged and self-aware hits since 1987's mega single, "Luka." Armed with nothing but a guitar and lush set of pipes, Vega is often credited as taking the reins in the late '80s folk revival movement, joining contemporaries like The Indigo Girls and Tracy Chapman to inject some lady power into the then-hair-metal dominated rock scene. Accompanied by modern folkster Gerry Leonard, this show is sure to leave fans of Vega's, both new and established, swooning for more. Great job, shortest month; keep repeating yourself.

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