Roberta Flack

When: Wed., Feb. 11 2015

From a commercial perspective, Roberta Flack reached her peak popularity in the '70s with a string of No. 1 hits, including "Killing Me Softly With His Song" and "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," that set a new standard for soulful pop sophistication. But in terms of influence and hipster cachet, the North Carolina-born songstress has stayed as strong as ever. Flying Lotus named a track after her, for Christ's sake, while The Fugees career-making remake of "Killing Me Softly" revived her signature song for a new generation. A classically trained singer and pianist, Flack has won four Grammys, lived across the hall from John and Yoko in the Dakota Building, and recently released an album of Beatles covers. Hear her up close and in person tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., Tickets start at $53, and showtime is 7 p.m. — Bill Forman

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