Armed with a new bluesy, politically charged CD on Righteous Babe Records, soul and R&B singer Nona Hendryx is touring again and will play a show at the in Mattituck Saturday night — her only Long Island stop.
Hendryx, 67, is probably best known as one-third of LaBelle, a vocal trio made up of Patti LaBelle, Sarah Dash and Hendryx. The group, which started as a Supremes-style outfit singing emotional ballads and interpretations of classics in the early 1960s, shifted into a more provocative wave by the time the ‘70s hit — and they hit big with “Lady Marmalade” in 1975 and again in 2001.
You might not know any French, but bets are on that you do know the meaning of "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?” because of LaBelle.
Hendryx is touring for the first time since the LaBelle reunion tour of 2008, according to Righteous Babe’s website. She’s calling the tour “A Woman’s Bill of Rights Tour” — and Hendryx has been no stranger is activism during her years with LaBelle through many incarnations of solo careers. He was one of the first musicians to agree to perform for the first New York City Dance-a-thon founded to raise funds to support people living with AIDS and has been a vocal gay rights advocate over the years.
Check out this recent clip of Hendryx performing the classic, “Lady Marmalade,” and call the Old Mill Inn at 631-298-8080 for more information.