When: Sun., Oct. 13, 6 p.m. 2019
Now with Bob Seger retiring from the road, it’s up to some other Motor City artists to keep the soulful multi-faceted rock flame a-burnin’. Leave it to longtime performer Pat Smillie, who will return with his first record in a decade, Lonesome for a Long Time to do some heavy local-lifting. The six-song record has hints of Motown with Joe Cocker-inspired vocal moments, and a pinch of Chuck Berry-style guitar. While Smillie can be seen regularly playing with Jim McCarty and local legend Dennis Coffey, his latest step into the solo spotlight proves he can hang with the big dogs. For proof, his single “Boulder City Breakdown” finds the Detroit native digging his heels into some Rolling Stones’ “It’s Only Rock ’N’ Roll (But I Like It)” energy.