One of the best concerts that I attended all year was when I went to see Stephanie Mills this past April. Mind you, I've seen some epics live shows this year from Sade to Jay-Z and Kanye West, but right up there tipping the "Great Shows I've Attended in 2011" scale was Stephanie Mills at the Birchmere. Stephanie may not be in the public eye as much these days as she was in her '80's/'90's heyday, but she sounds as good as she did back in the day and put on quite an impressive show that sold out days before the performance. For anyone living in the DMV who may have missed out on seeing her then, she's coming back for a two-night engagement at the Birchmere on January 16-17, 2012. If you are a Stephanie Mills fan from way back or just now discovering the sheer awesomeness of her catalog, then believe me when I say that this is a concert that you need to attend. Tickets for these shows just went on sale today, so get yours now (for yourself and for Christmas presents) at the Birchmere box office or via Ticketmaster.