When: Thu., Dec. 31, 7 p.m. 2015
In an era when retro soul has become vogue, it’s tempting to call Lee Fields a throwback. He’s anything but. Fields has been crooning and howling since the late 1960s — long before the likes of Mayer Hawthorne, Ryan Shaw and other modern soul revivalists were even born. Fields is the genuine article, a vibrant vestige of the heyday of vintage soul and R&B. His 2014 album, Emma Jean, recorded with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, captures that timeless sound and infuses classic bottom-heavy grooves with a hint of country swagger and rock grit. Lee Fields & the Expressions play a New Year’s Eve Bash at ArtsRiot on Thursday, December 31. Local DJ Luis Calderin opens.