Blu hits Anchorage up style with soulful blues

If you haven't bought Blu Cantrell's “So Blu” you've almost missed the boat. The 25-year-old Providence, R.I. native is coming to the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 8.

Cantrell's 13-track compilation blends blues and Blu's own souful, emotional flair, and it hits you where it hurts. If your heart has been broken, Blu can make it all better.

Cantrell understands heartache and most of her songs talk about surviving breakups.

“I think you can feel the pain I have experienced in my music,” Cantrell says. “You can hear the hurt in my voice and I think a lot of people have gone through that kind of pain.”

Her title track “Hit `Em Up Style (Oops!)” exploded on the scene much like Alanis Morrisette's “You Oughta Know,” and burned up the charts early this summer. “Oops!” is an anthem for any woman who's caught her man cheating, and she's all about taking `em to the bank.

Cantrell doesn't ask for sympathy. Instead she's letting her listeners know she's been there and she's stronger for it.

So for everyone who loved her “So Blu” now's your chance to get some quality Cantrell experience live. And if you haven't heard “So Blu,” what better way to be introduced than up close and personal.

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Tickets cost $35 for the general public and can be purchased through and the PAC Box Office. UAA students with valid ID can get tickets for $17.50 at the UAA Campus Center. The UAA Concert Board sponsors the event.