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Weekend Picks: Lee Fields, Cassandra Wilson, globalFEST 2011…

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Weekend Picks: Lee Fields, Cassandra Wilson, globalFEST 2011…

Truth & Soul Records

Lee Fields & the Expressions.

Retro-soul mainstay Lee Fields (with backers the Expressions) turns any venue into a sweaty club in, say, Memphis circa 1964. He’s been around since then, too. And dude knows how to rock a turtleneck. Friday, 8PM, Bowery Ballroom.

Cassandra Wilson—fresh off opening for Prince on his Welcome 2 America tour—is at the Blue Note launching her first disc of standards in more than two decades, the spare, aptly-named Loverly. Saturday and Sunday, 8PM, 10:30PM, The Blue Note.

Few genres have grown a rap quite as pejorative as “world music”—forget everything you think you know about it (pan flutes!) and prepare to be rocked at the always fresh globalFEST. All three floors of Webster Hall will groove to new sounds from the world over, from the Bollywood-conjuring Red Baraat to the Creole Choir of Cuba and much more. Sunday, 6PM, Webster Hall.

The newly prolific Suzanne Vega and Marc “Walking in Memphis” Cohn fuse their combined decades of singer-songwriter mojo for what promises to be a warm, largely acoustic night of music. Saturday, 7:30PM, Town Hall.

--EB

What I'm listening to: Not of This Earth – Robbie Williams

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