Australian singer-songwriter Nikka Costa appears at Humphrey’s Backstage Live on June 1 for two shows. Though still relatively unknown in the U.S., Costa has been recording since 1981, achieving platinum sales elsewhere around the world. Touring in support of her latest album, “Nikka & Strings, Underneath and in Between” Costa is a solid singles’ artist, with excellent hook-filled songs, such as “So Have I For You,” “Like A Feather,” and “Ching, Ching, Ching” all unified by incorporating different elements of funk. Longtime fans won’t want to miss this show, but anyone who enjoys modern R&B will find much to appreciate in Costa’s music.
Nikka Costa: Saturday, June 1, at Humphrey’s Backstage Live, 2241 Shelter Island Drive. 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. humphreysbackstagelive.com.