Chris with guitarist Hershel Yatovitz
It's not summer without Chris Isaak
Chris Isaak concerts are one of my favorite summer rituals. For the past 4 years, I've traveled out of state to see him in concert (why won't you come to Indy, Chris??) and never been disappointed. This year's show was at Meadowbrook Music Festival in Rochester, Michigan. The venue had a nice parklike quality, and we were grateful to have covered seats given the intermittent sprinkles all evening. Their lawn tickets are a bargain at $15, but be warned: you are faaaar away from the stage. Chris played several songs from his new album, Mr. Lucky, plus many of his greatest hits ("Wicked Game", "Blue Hotel", "San Francisco Days"). Highlights were a gospel version of "Don't Make Me Dream About You" and a fab bongo solo by Rafael Padilla. While Chris's trademark humor was present, this year's show seemed to include more music and less banter than normal. His band Silvertone was in top form, so that was fine by me.