Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson Photo: Ratko Radojcic


6/1 at 7:30 Save for a Christmas LP, it had been five years since this R&B crooner’s last album, the critically beloved Back to Love, when he dropped What I’m Feelin’ in March. Still, the über-soulful fifth record is as drenched with vulnerability and earnest devotions of love as any of his early cuts. $35–$249. Arie Crown Theater, 2301 Lake Shore.


6/26 at 9 With regularly half a decade between releases, Hathaway’s album cycle personifies the slow burn that courses through her soulful melodies. Catch her here behind 2015’s Lalah Hathaway Live, if only for fear she may not be back until 2020. $45–$75. City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph.


6/4 at 8:30 Hudson is a rare treat, equal parts Hollywood actress (see her Oscar-nominated role in Dreamgirls) and R&B powerhouse. At this show, benefiting the Ingalls Development Foundation, expect a mix of tunes from her three-album canon, including 2014’s underrated JHUD. $125. Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville, Ind.