Meah Pace and her band The Map Legends gave the audience at Brooklyn’s Southpaw a special treat during their January 28th opening set, with a killer performance of “I Would Rather Go Blind” paying tribute to the recently deceased Ms. Etta James. Meah delivered the classic blues/soul tune, which has been covered by everyone from Christine McVie (nee Perfect) to Beyonce, in spectacular torchy style. She and the band also backed headliner Eula Cooper, who returned to New York for the first time since 2008 to sing her collector’s soul sides, including the funky shuffle “Mr. Henry”.
Unfortunately the Southpaw venue will be closing up shop by springtime, with the owners focusing on their newer projects in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg and Greenpoint areas. The full story is here. If you’re looking to get a dose of soul before Southpaw shutters, The Impressions – backed by members of the Dap-Kings – will be there on Thursday Feb 2, 2012.