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PONTIAC, Mich. (October 19, 2017) – Pontiac’s Flagstar Strand Theater was rocking tonight all thanks to the supremely talented Chris Isaak. He had the formula just right to get the audience rocking and rolling. Through his soulful voice, he took us back to the smooth sounds of rocks youth. The beautiful backdrop of the Flagstar Strand Theater was a truly ideal setting for the show. The lovely refurbished interior of the old theater matched Chris in both elegance and soul. The warm hues on the walls were the perfect visual representation of the pleasantly inviting voice of this talented man.

Chris Isaak from the beginning has been a showman and go-getter. He graduated from high school valedictorian of his class and head of an all-male cheer squad in 1974. He would go on to form his first band, Silvertone, immediately after finishing college.  In 1985 he would sign his first contract with Warner Bros. Records and release his first album to critical acclaim. Though the critics loved him, sadly, the record failed to take off. In spite of early issues, Mr. Isaak has gone on to have a long and varied career. He has released a staggering total of 12 albums in his 33 years performing. His most recent album, of course, being First Comes the Night which dropped in 2015. You may find his face just as familiar as his music, as he has been seen in a total of nine films and countless television shows. Mr. Isaak is probably best known for his song ” Wicked Game” which debuted in his 1989 album Heart Shaped World.

His crowd favorite was a part of the fabulous 23-song set tonight. He enchanted us playing “Beautiful Homes“, “I Believe“, “Two Hearts“, “Live It Up“, “Ring of Fire” (Johnny Cash Cover), “One Day“, “Somebody’s Crying“, “Blue Hotel“, “San Francisco Days“, “Wicked Game“, “Go Walking Down There“, “Oh, Pretty Woman” (Roy Orbison cover), “Western Stars“, “Only the Lonely” (Roy Orbison cover), “Worked It Out Wrong“, “It’s Now or Never” (Elvis Presley cover), “You Owe Me Some Kind of Love“, “I’ll Go Crazy” (James Brown cover), “Down in Flames“, “Speak of the Devil“, “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing“, “Big Wide Wonderful World“, and “The Way Things Really Are“. He had our hips swaying and feet tapping as we immersed ourselves in the rich soulfulness of his music.

From the moment Mr. Isaak stepped on stage you knew it was going to be a night to remember. He was beautifully decked out in a black embellished suit, fit for a Rock King. As he began, the crowd was dazzled by more than his suit; his voice was soft but strong and rang through the venue hitting a chord with each of us. It drew you in from the sweet evocative sounds of “Wicked Game” to his astounding cover of “Ring of Fire“. He was able to take us back to when rock felt new; a time when it was a rough diamond just discovered; beautiful both in its rawness and in its potential to become something new and more refined. It left one reminded that we wake each day as that rough diamond and it is we who refine ourselves each day.

If you are on the fence about seeing this man in person, let me help you decided – do it; no matter how you come you will leave a little lighter. As of now no tour dates are listed but be sure to check here regularly to find out when you too, can see this fantastically talented man perform in a city near you.

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