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PREVIEW: Patti LaBelle and SaBeautiful, SaBountiful Voice (Hennepin Theatre Trust)

Following an absolutely smashing concert at the Minnesota State Fair in 2015, Patti LaBelle returns to Minnesota for a one-night only concert at the Minneapolis State Theatre at 8 pm this Saturday, January 14, 2017.  She has been performing for over fifty years and is a versatile performer known for singing R&B, pop standards, and spiritual sonnets.

Labelle’s career as a singer began in the early 1960s when she was the lead singer for the R&B singing group the Blue Belles. The group had a huge disco hit with the song “Lady Marmalade” in the 1970s. She went on to become a solo artist in the late 1970’s with a series of hit songs including “You Are My Friend” and “New Attitude.” She released a series of several successful solo albums in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Overall, she has sold more than 50 million records.

She was nominated for 13 Grammy Award and won 2: the first in 1992 for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and the second in 1999 for best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. The Grammys inducted her recording of “Lady Marmalade” into its Hall of Fame in 2004. She also won 7 NAACP Image Awards, including Entertainer of the Year in both 1986 and 1992.

Her varied career has including acting in numerous films and television shows, including her own sitcom Out All Night.   She authored several cooking books and markets her own line of signature sauces and bedding collections. Labelle is known for her humanitarian work and she has advocated for many causes including adoption, foster care, Big Sisters, the United Negro College fund, and the American Diabetes Association.

Bev Wolfe

Bev Wolfe is a Staff Reviewer at the Twin Cities Arts Reader. She is an attorney and avid theatre fan who has written theatre reviews for local publications since 2008. She is also an Ivey Awards evaluator.

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