Funk and Soul Holiday Party 

It seems even soulful jazz singers can't escape the pull of the City of Trees. Artist Emily Braden will return to Boise from Canada on Wednesday, Dec. 23, to headline Reef's Funk and Soul Christmas Party. Braden recently released her first solo album, Soul Walk, in June, which showcases Braden's unique range: one moment she's unleashing an otherworldly gospel wail and the next she's crooning a low-key ballad. A Boise native, Braden set out for our northern neighbor in 2002, spending her time honing her craft in Victoria, B.C. Braden has toured all across Canada, lending her high-powered vocals to three albums with Canadian Juno Award nominee Harry Manx.

Soul Walk came together last fall when Braden recorded in New York City with noted pianist, composer and producer Misha Piatigorsky. While Reef's tiki-themed digs might seem like an odd place to house this type of show, the downtown spot has become one of the leading venues for funk, soul and reggae in Boise. We hope Reef has plenty of jeweled capes on hand because the Funk and Soul Christmas Party is gonna get down like James Brown.

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 8 p.m., $5, The Reef, 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9200,

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