The Soul and Blues Festival features Betty Wright, Bobby Blue Bland and Willie Clayton need we say more? Well, were going to anyway. Wright released her first album when she was only 15 years old, but it was a few years before she scored a hit with Clean Up Woman, a song about a woman who neglects her man. The song continues to influence women soul singers it was recently sampled on a remix of Mary J. Bliges Real Love.
A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the winner of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Bobby Blue Bland has strong Houston ties; he recorded on the Duke label here in the 1950s and 60s. Like Betty Wrights, his music continues to be influential; his song Aint No Love in the Heart of the City was covered by the Whitesnake and was later sampled by Jay-Z in 2001.
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Along with Willie Clayton, Wright and Bland shaped soul music in its early years. Todays concert should feature dozens of well-done golden oldies. 7:30 p.m. Arena Theatre, 7326 Southwest Freeway. For information, call 713-772-5900 or visit www.arenahouston.com. $39 to $55.
Sat., Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m., 2008