Natasha Bedingfield w/Kate Voegele & Andy Grammer
Sun., July 10, 7 p.m. 2011
$20 in advance; $25 day of show
Calling an artist synthetic is only a dis if you're obsessed with authenticity — whatever that is. Consider the instructive career of English pop-dance phenomenon Natasha Bedingfield: Raised in a family of evangelical Christians, she and her two teenage siblings became successful as the Christian R&B-pop band The DNA Algorithm. After the band broke up, her brother Daniel made the charts with such singles as "Gotta Get Thru This," while Natasha went on to release the immensely successful full-length Unwritten. The title track of that collection became the theme for the reality series The Hills, while Bedingfield continued to score hits in Britain. More recently, she's collaborated with fellow advocates-of-the-synthetic Rascal Flatts, appearing on the group's forthcoming single, "Easy." Bedingfield makes catchy, interesting music that draws from dance, electronica, pop and rap — crossover at its most compelling.