Martina Topley Bird
The Gorge Amphitheatre (754 Silica Road N.W.)
About: Martina Topley Bird is one of British pop's great mavericks. When she first cast strange and exhilarating shadows over contemporary music on Tricky's "Maxinquaye" in 1995 no one was expecting the arrival of such a precocious young talent. The times were demanding conservative, retro-minded Britpop. Instead, the pair conjured up an intimate yet other-worldly form of down tempo, with Martina's vocals acting as celestial foil to the blunted genius of the music, causing critics to fall over themselves and cash-till's to work overtime.