Tonight’s Concert Pick: Wanda Jackson at World Cafe Live

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"Who is that d-bag in the tight pants, and why is he allowed to sit next to Wanda Jackson?"

More than half a century after she released her Top 40 single “Let’s Have A Party” in the late ’50s, Wanda Jackson is apparently still partying. Last month, the 73-year-old “Queen Of Rockabilly”—who was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2009—released The Party Ain’t Over, a covers collection produced by The White Stripes’ Jack White. It’s an interesting pairing, to be sure—and one that has some people hootin’ and hollerin’ for Jack White’s head. For a good laugh, make sure to check out a couple of the indignant online reviews from longtime superfans who simply can’t believe that a hipster hotshot like White was even allowed in the same studio as Wanda Jackson. Who cares if it was actually White’s own studio in Nashville (or if it was his initiative that led to Jackson recording her first album in five years—and only her third album in the last 20 years)? How dare White add a raucous horn section to Wanda’s music? HOW DARE HE? Her vocals are, like, totally buried in the mix! It’s an outrage, I tell you! Wanda Jackson performs with The Lustre Kings and Delco Nightingale at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets to the show are $30–$55.

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