Saturday: Live from Lovers Rock: A Tribute to Sade Adu

Feb. 13

In some ways, a whole bunch of music out right now is paying tribute to the smoothed-out, jazzy, sophisto-soul of Sade. There's so much floaty, ambitious R&B bouncing around the underground and the mainstream. Rihanna's recently released "ANTI," for example, with its lonely, sometimes sultry songs is kind of like a Sade record turned melancholy and a little bit evil (there is also, among others, rapper Droop-E's Sade samples album "BLVCK Diamond Life" from 2010 and a 2012 release by North Carolina's the Rosebuds in which the duo cover the entirety of "Love Deluxe"). At E.M.P., watch a five-piece band (including free jazzer Jamal Moore on woodwinds and percussion) back a number of performers including Amorous Ebony (pictured), Bolt 3000, and Joi Den'e as they do their best to do justice to Sade's classics such as 'No Ordinary Love' and 'Smooth Operator' (our deep-cut request: 'War Of The Hearts' off "Promise"). 8 p.m., E.M.P. Collective, 307 W Baltimore St., (410) 244-0785,,  $10. (Brandon Soderberg)

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