(KINGSTON, N.Y.) – Chaka Khan brings her classic, funky R&B sounds to the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) on Sunday, November 8, 2015, at 7pm. With 10 Grammy Awards (22 nominations!), ten #1 Billboard hits, and a career spanning 40 years and influencing countless other singers, Khan truly is the “Queen of Funk.” From her Stevie Wonder-penned breakout tune, “Tell Me Something Good” (with her group, Rufus) through hits including “I Feel for You,” Khan has been a global icon and an unstoppable musical force whose influence can be heard in everyone from Prince to The Weeknd.
From the moment she burst onto the music scene in the 1970s as the 18-year-old lead singer of the multiracial band Rufus, her powerful voice and show-stopping stage presence set her apart from any other singer, and during her 40-year career, she has developed a vast international fan base and performed on six continents.
Chaka Khan was born Yvette Stevens in 1953. She grew up in Chicago, Illinois, the eldest of five siblings. As teenagers, she and her sister Bonnie formed a singing group, The Crystalettes, with two friends from school, and Chaka later sang with several local groups before she became the lead singer for the band Ask Rufus, which would become Rufus.
Chaka Khan Tickets are $60-$110 (based on location) and may be purchased at: at the UPAC Box Office, 601 Broadway Kingston, 845.339.6088 or Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072 or online at Ticketmaster: 800.745.3000.