Aretha Franklin cancels Power & Light concert

Aretha Franklin has canceled her headline appearance Sunday night at the Power & Light District, part of the “1Year2Go Countdown Celebration” for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Chaka Khan, best known for her hit “I Feel for You” and “Ain’t Nobody,” will take Franklin’s place. Franklin’s son, 52-year-old Eddie Franklin, was attacked and beaten Monday night at a Detroit gas station.

Franklin is devoting herself to the care of her son, Kauffman Center officials said Thursday.

“We extend our sympathies to Ms. Franklin and her family,” the center’s CEO, Jane Chu, said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming Aretha Franklin back to Kansas City to grace one of the stages in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts during our inaugural season.”

In addition to Chaka Khan, the event Sunday also includes other live entertainment and a multi-venue dining experience. The party is the official launch for the 12-month countdown for the completion of the performing arts center.

Because of the cancellation, the center will accommodate requests for refunds before the event. For more information, call 816-994-7200, send an e-mail to between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, or go to the box office from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the corner of 14th and Walnut streets in the Power & Light District.

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