Lauryn Hill

Following the commercial and critical success of her debut album, 1998’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, the singer dropped out of the public eye, shunning fame and the music industry to focus on motherhood. What’s impressive is that despite this going down more than a decade ago, Hill still has a diehard cult following that includes First Lady Michelle Obama, Denzel Washington, and even-–wait for it-–John McCain. But her widespread appeal makes sense. Hill’s music is deeply personal and grapples with issues of universal importance: love, heartbreak, pregnancy, religion. Lucky for her fans, the singer is due for a return to the limelight she has so long steered clear of. Last year, a song called “Repercussions” leaked from her highly anticipated sophomore album and this spring, she earned rave reviews for her electrifying performance at Coachella. The audience at tonight’s concert won’t be as star-studded as the festival’s, but really, when you’ve got Lauryn, who the hell else do you really need? ERIKA HOBART

Sun., May 22, 7 p.m., 2011