Chris Isaak

Chris Isaak

Chris Isaak hasn't really thrilled anybody since his 1989 smash, "Wicked Game" (or perhaps since the Herb Ritts–directed video for his 1989 smash, "Wicked Game"), but neither has he disappointed: This Northern California native claims one of the sturdiest songbooks in adult-oriented rock, a deeply crafty catalog of Presley/Orbison/Everly echoes that never sacrifices sexiness at the altar of authenticity. This year Isaak's been busy; in February he launched The Chris Isaak Hour — a Bio Channel chat show — and released Mr. Lucky, his first new studio disc since 2002, with highlights including "We've Got Tomorrow," a kicky rockabilly jam, and "Breaking Apart," a tender Trisha Yearwood duet. Still, don't expect him to sound anything other than perfectly relaxed tonight. Opener Susan Tedeschi sings and plays a mean blues-soul guitar; she and her hubby, Derek Trucks, run what must be the jam-friendliest household in America.
Wed., Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m., 2009