August 23, 2012
At the height of Anita Baker's musical success in the '80s and '90s, fans could often be heard saying that the award-winning singer could sing anything and play anywhere, and they would be there. She's made here-and-there appearances in the last couple of years after a long musical break to focus on her family, and fans held true, packing the big venues and small houses. And the "anything" she is singing these days is from "Only Forever," her album to be released in October.
Why go: The first single, "Lately" (a cover of Tyrese's 1998 song of the same title) was the highest debut single on Billboard's Urban Adult Contemporary chart in 15 years.
Reconsider: You love Anita, but her version of "Lately" does not compare with Tyrese's soulful original.
7:30 p.m. Saturday at Ravinia, Green Bay and Lake-Cook roads, Highland Park; $60, $27-$32 for lawn; 847-266-5100, ravinia.org