If you've seen pompadoured R&B star Janelle Monae perform live, you know she has a way of being bigger than life, even when her chosen stage is an unexpectedly small one. After her first D.C. shows in 2010, when she performed at the Black Cat and opened for Of Montreal at the 9:30 Club, it hasn't always been easy to spy her in the flesh (unless, of course, you were lucky enough to get into a private "listening session" this month for her new album). So you'd be wise to try to score tickets for the funky, fabulous and tastefully dressed singer's Oct. 14 stop at the historic Lincoln Theatre. Tickets, priced at $40, go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
The Lincoln, which seats 1,200 concertgoers under chandeliers and moody lighting, seems well suited for whatever Monae has up her bespoke sleeve. After years of disuse, the theater will begin hosting concerts under the helm of I.M.P (which operates the 9:30 Club and Merriweather Post Pavilion) early next month. Along with Monae, shows by Chris Cornell (Nov. 23), Neko Case (Oct. 30-31) and Fiona Apple (Oct. 25) are already filling the calendar.