Sat., Jan. 5, Ifamodupe
Naked Lounge Downtown, 8 p.m., $5
Local singer Ifamodupe doesn't just channel that classic slow-jam soul sound, she also tunes into the spirituality from that era. Masters of '70s soul music such as James Brown and Curtis Mayfield brought a Zen spirituality to popular music. It was never about where the song was going, but how they were feeling in each and every moment. This is Ifamodupe's music, in essence. She grooves and sings hard with a sultry voice, but never drifts away from that core spirituality. Her lyrics can be personal, introspective or just plain sexual. She also does spoken word and has written several books of poetry. 1111 H Street, www.twitter.com/ifamodupe.