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Ever pray with all your heart and soul to watch Chris Isaak play? Well, never fear -- life will go on, because the guitarist will be making his return to Humphreys Concerts by the Bay on July 18th. This will mark the singer and guitarist's 22nd appearanceat the bayside venue since 1994.
Isaak could easily be the reincarnation of Roy Orbison. His twangy guitar and great vocal range make him a dead ringer for one of the greatest artists of all time. Isaak puts a different spin on his interpretations even when he performs such Orbison songs as “Only the Lonely.” Instead of the grandness of strings and orchestral sounds, Isaak strips everything down, more like a Texan south of the border playing in a little Mexican cantina. But this is more than just a guy playing the blues in the only bar in town. He incorporates the right amount of melancholy, longing and hope to capture just the perfect emotions of the love-torn man. Isaak is responsible for coming up with “Wicked Games,” “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing” and “Life Will Go On," all of which have become commercial successes. These songs have been on the soundtracks of multiple movies and advertising campaigns over the years.
Not content to rest on his laurels, Isaak continues to generate new material. In 2009 he released Mr. Lucky, which takes the listener on a journey through the dark and the beautiful, showing the pains of heartbreak and the joys of the perfect romance. This latest record explores his life as it is today, both the good and bad.
Isaak brings his classic songs of love and heartache to the bay on Monday. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., with openers the Riders. Tickets are still available for the crooner’s performance, so be sure to check out the show.