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The Curtis Mayfield Superfly Tribute Show 

When: Fri., May 30, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $15, $20
After writing some of the most popular songs of the 1960s and 1970s, Curtis Mayfield continues to influence musicians. Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley are among those who have imitated the legendary soul, funk, and R&B artist’s breezy guitar style and distinctive tenor voice; in 2012, members of TV on the Radio and Sinead O’Conner performed at a concert celebrating what would have been his 70th birthday. Mayfield was a master at melding socially conscious lyrics and messages of love with catchy songwriting. On Friday at The New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland), local musicians who have been profoundly influenced by his work — including percussionist René Escovedo, vocalist Codany Holiday, and producer James Earley’s Superfly Band — will perform songs from the hit soundtrack Mayfield created for the 1972 film Superfly, as well as other classics.
— Madeleine Key

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