January 17, 2013
Femi Kuti, heir to the Afrobeat kingdom created by his father, the late Fela, returns to Metro with the Positive Force band. Kuti's 2012 performance, as described in the Tribune's review, "propelled itself along on a bedrock of skittering, shuffling grooves, the frenetic pace broken up by stop-on-a-dime shifts and unified blasts of brass from the five-piece horn section that recalled James Brown by way of West Africa."
Why go: Not only does Femi carry his father's talent, but he also carries on the elder's humanitarian efforts in their homeland of Lagos, Nigeria, hoping to build a studio and offer free music lessons to children and young people.
Reconsider: You'd rather catch the touring production of the Broadway musical "Fela!" (playing Feb. 19-23 at the Arie Crown Theater).
9:30 p.m. Monday at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.; $24 (18+); etix.com