LaBelle is something of a merchandising wiz: She has her own line of jewelry, perfume, clothing and wigs (no, not big-ass crazy wigs, just regular diva wigs). And then there are her best-selling books (including her autobiography, inspirational titles and cookbooks) and television show.
But no matter how loudly the shopping channels call to her, LaBelle is first and foremost a singer. Taking nothing away from Aretha (or Tina or Gladys), LaBelle has a once-in-a-generation voice. Hearing her sing her signature Somewhere Over the Rainbow in the intimate Arena Theater is going to be a treat. 8 p.m. 7326 Southwest Fwy. For information, call 7137725900 or visit www.arenahouston.com. $75 to $100.
Sat., March 15, 8 p.m., 2008