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When: Tue., Oct. 28, 8 p.m. and Wed., Oct. 29, 8 p.m. 2008
Price: $39.50-$125.50

R&B fans have been all a-tizzy for weeks about Maxwell's upcoming performance at Oakland's Paramount Theatre (2025 Broadway), but the show's real heat is opener Jazmine Sullivan, a 21-year-old Philly-raised vocalist who sings with the same raw vitriol that helped turn Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, and Keisha Cole into hits. Sullivan dropped her first single a couple months ago and her success was precipitous, mostly because she could easily be placed in a lineage of rough-voiced, edgy divas whose pungent lyrics and bold personalities belied their vocal limitations. Sullivan is not a silver-tongued classical singer; rather, she's intentionally gruff and unpolished, with a pixellated rasp that lends violence to her songs. Beneath the growly tone lies a barely concealed inner vulnerability that makes her enticing. Tuesday, Oct. 28. 8 p.m., $39.50-$125.50. ParamountTheatre.com


— Rachel Swan

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