Kelis Headlines Webster Hall on Friday Night

June 11th, 2014

Kelis Rogers grew up in Harlem with music (and food) in her blood. Rogers’ father was a jazz musician, and she played a variety of instruments and sang in her church’s choir before attending the famed Fiorello H. LaGuardia School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Influenced by funk, soul and hip-hop, Kelis’s first album arrived in 1999, but it was her third album, 2003’s Tasty (stream it below), which told of how she “brings all the boys to the yard,” that made her a star. And on her most recent release, the soul-driven Food (stream it below), the Le Cordon Bleu–trained singer covers some of her favorite culinary topics. In a glowing review, Spin says the album “is teeming with warm brass and chunky riffs, with heaping hunks of vintage soul and salty slabs of funk,” and that “it’s a hearty take on soul food that still manages to shock your taste buds.” See Kelis (above, performing “Jerk Ribs” on Late Show with David Letterman) play Webster Hall on Friday night. The soulful Son Little opens the show.