Spanish vocalist Concha Buika, better known as Buika, has been compared to some of the most powerful vocalists of all time: Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Cesaria Evora. But Buika is an immense talent in her own right. Pairing Spanish coplas and American torch songs with pulsing Latin rhythms, she has established herself as a player on the international music stage. Buika has worked with an all-star roster of artists from different genres, including Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Chucho Valdés, and Anoushka Shankar, and she took home a Latin Grammy for El Último Trago, her 2010 collaboration with Valdés. Her latest album, Vivir Sin Miedo, is her first with English lyrics.

INFO: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $35/gen, $50/gold. 423-8209. WANT TO GO? Go to before 11 a.m. on Friday, March 11 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the show.

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