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Toots Lorraine swings into the Arts Garage

Toots Lorraine and the Traffic, formerly of Jacksonville and lately of San Francisco, are led by a lithe and animated singer whose torchy, theatrical stage presence is a perfect complement to the swinging blues guitar of her husband, who goes by Chad Mo.

The band’s most-recent album, “Wrapped in Blues,” is filled with allusions to singers Lorraine puts down as influences, including the merry modulations of the great Ella Fitzgerald. The smart money says their set Saturday night at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach will include a jaunty rendition of “Route 66.”

But Toots and the Traffic can slow it down, too, and if you were to poke around the band’s bio a bit, you’d also find Lorraine’s affection for Eva Cassidy, the singer whose distinctive voice and graceful, mournful phrasing found a cult following only years after her death from cancer at age 33.

The prospect of Lorraine channeling Cassidy with, say, a version of “Stormy Monday” by T-Bone Walker (also a Chad Mo hero), adds sweet intrigue to the Arts Garage performance.

Toots Lorraine and the Traffic will perform 8 p.m. Saturday at the Arts Garage (180 NE First St., Delray Beach). Tickets cost $25-$35 ($5 more at door). Call 561-450-6357 or go to

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