The St. George Theater on Staten Island is a classic movie palace built in the 1920s. Walking distance from the ferry, it's classy yet warm, elegant yet inviting.
So who better than my favorite living singer, Chaka Khan, to perform there?
Chaka, looking lean and sexy, let her super tight band open the festivities. There was no opening act, and nobody in the nearly full theater seemed to care. Greeted with sheer love, reverence and even a massive bouquet of flowers, her epic voice was at first unfortunately lost in a poor sound mix, her band drowning her out. About three or four songs into it, though, we finally properly heard HER, and few, if any, are better.
Singing one classic after another, you immediately realized that even after 40 plus years of performing, she's "still got it." And although she paced herself, at one point walking off the stage for a good 10 plus minutes while the band jammed, she delivered and more. Sweet Thing and I'm Every Woman became epic singalongs, and a set where she did Night in Tunesia showcased the wonderful jazzy side of Ms. Chaka.
Clocking in at just under 90 minutes, I don't think there was a single fan who walked out dissatisfied, and although I've probably seen her live a dozen or so times including an epic Madison Square Garden jam where she shared the stage with Prince and Larry Graham, I look forward to seeing her many more.
Evan Ginzburg is the Associate Producer of The Wrestler with Mickey Rourke, a 25 plus year radio, film and TV veteran and the host of The Evan Ginzburg Show on www.villageconnectionradio.com heard Sundays 11AM-1PM. The program is an eclectic mix of the Arts showcasing live in studio performers, legendary stars, independent talent and Artists of all genres as well as professional wrestlers.