At 73 and killing it as ever before, Bettye LaVette began what she herself refers to her as her “fifth career” in the year 2000, a renaissance of new recordings and recognitions that has not abated two decades into the millennium. In 2018 she released Things Have Changed, an album of all-Bob Dylan songs, for Verve Records. It received two Grammy nominations: one for Best Americana Album and one for the song “Don’t Fall apart on Me Tonight” for Best Traditional R & B Performance. Her “first career” began with her signing to Atlantic Records as a 16-year-old in Detroit. She recorded for numerous major labels, including Atco, Epic and Motown, over the course of the 1960s through the 1980s.
Known as an adventurous interpreter with no regard for genre boundaries, Bettye Lavette performs at Club Helsinki in Hudson on Friday, July 19. In these intimate shows, Bettye is accompanied by her keyboard player, Evan Mercer. She will be performing songs from throughout her 57-year career, including tunes that she used to perform in small Detroit clubs. Ticket prices range from $35 to $45. Milton opens the show.
Bettye LaVette in concert
Friday, July 19, 9 p.m.
$35-$45, Club Helsinki
405 Columbia St., Hudson