It’s been 16 years since the release of “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” and the singer/rapper is back to rewriting the rules.
The former member of The Fugees, who received five Grammys for her only solo studio album, is back on the road, billed as Ms. Lauryn Hill. Her tour brings her to Salt Lake City on Thursday to launch the 2014 Twilight Concert Series at Pioneer Park (at 300 West and 300 South in downtown Salt Lake City).
“The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” was a landmark album, mixing R&B and hip-hop in a way that was fiercely feminist and commercially approachable. It sold an estimated 8 million copies in the United States and spawned the hit singles “Doo Wop (That Thing),” “Ex-Factor” and “Everything Is Everything.”
Hill released a live album of new material in 2002, but it wasn’t as well-received. That was followed by statements expressing disillusionment with the music industry. After that, a long silence, punctuated by a three-month prison sentence in 2013 for avoiding her income taxes.
On her current tour, according to a review of a concert last month by St. Louis Post-Dispatch pop music critic Kevin C. Johnson, Hill is playing her hits — but in dynamic arrangements that often stray from the original recordings. Hill, Johnson said, “was nothing less than a true boss in her grand return.”
Thundercat, aka bassist/songwriter/vocalist Stephen Bruner, opens the show.
Here’s a rundown of the other concerts in this year’s Twilight lineup:
July 17 • TV on the Radio, art-rock band. Opening act: Twin Shadow, synth-pop performer.
July 24 • Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, retro soul/funk band. Opening act: The Budos Band, Afro-soul instrumental band.
July 31 • Wu Tang Clan, hip-hop legends. Opening act: Run the Jewels, hip-hop duo.
Aug. 7 • Local Natives, indie-pop band. Opening act: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, rock band.
Aug. 14 • Beck, multi-instrumental alt-rock icon. Opening act: Future Islands, synth-pop band.
Aug. 21 • De La Soul, pioneering alternative hip-hop trio. Opening act: Rapsody & 9th Wonder, rapper and producer combo.
Aug. 28 • The Head and the Heart, indie folk-rock band. Opening act: San Fermin, baroque pop band.
Also, the Twilight Market will be back in session before and during each show, featuring local arts and crafts and a wide array of food trucks and vendors.
Concerts start at 7 each night, and gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 per show, available at 24Tix.com. A pass for all eight shows is $35.