Many of us have lain awake at night, unable to sleep, our imaginations running wild with grandiose ideas. Far fewer of us have brought those midnight plans to fruition. However, that’s what Esperanza Spalding will do when she presents Emily’s D+Evolution, the live realization of an idea the Grammy-winning singer/bassist/composer conceived one sleepless night. Incorporating theater, poetry, dance and, of course, music, the multimedia project takes its title from Spalding’s middle name and channels an alter ego of sorts as the Berklee alum adds a funk-rock edge to her signature jazz. Hear the evolution of her sound at the Shubert Theatre, where the show takes the stage on April 12.
Emily’s D+Evolution plays at 7:30 pm on April 12 at the Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. $52-$82. citicenter.org