Preview: Ani DiFranco at Aladdin Theater in Portland on Feb19

If it almost seemed like Ani DiFranco - the stalwart singer/songwriter/movement - decided to sit out the 21st century, the recent debacle surrounding her now-canceled "Righteous Retreat" at a former slave plantation has surely put her on the front page and back into people’s minds. Her 17th studio album, 2012's ¿Which Side Are You On?, showcased the influence that her new home base of New Orleans has had on her sound. It's been two years since Ani played Portland, so expect her to bring not only her tight brand of folk funk, but also a renewed sense of purpose that sometimes comes with controversy.