Bettye LaVette Sings the Blues in Cabaret Show at Theater Square (CP’s Tues. 4/23/13)

1) Bettye LaVette, talented blues and soul singer whose early success was followed by somewhat of a drought and has returned to success. She plays the Cabaret at Theater Square tonight. The Muskegon, Michigan, native, had successful forays with the 2005 album I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise and the 2010 release of  Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook. The latter album included a fantastic cover of Ringo Starr’s song “It Don’t Come Easy.” 8 p.m. 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

2) Preceding the Bettye LaVette show at Cabaret Theater Square is a jazz performance by drummer James Johnson III in the Backstage Bar lounge area. Johnson appears as part of the Cultural Trusts’s JazzLive series sponsored by BNY Mellon. 5 p.m. No cover. 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

3) At Stage AE  Ivan & Alyosha bring their indie folk/pop sound to fans. The band is from Seattle, Washington, and will perform songs like “Running for Cover” and “Easy to Love.” Special guests include The Lone Bellow and Twin Forks. Doors open at 7 p.m.  400 North Shore Dr., North Shore.

4) Thunderbird Cafe’s Space Exchange series continues tonight with Colter Harper, a guitarist, percussionist, and vocalist for Pittsburgh’s best-selling band, Rusted Root. Harper is also a photographer and has a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology.  9 p.m. No cover. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville.

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