She was with a group of people, all with drinks in their hands, obviously waiting to decide whether to use her comp tickets to the concert or continue playing on the casino floor.
The man behind the ticket booth answered before I did.
“He’s a crooner,” he said.
That’s one way to describe Isaak, who’s latest retro-infused release “Beyond the Sun” contains cover hits from some of the most popular crooners of the 1950s, such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash. But that only tells half of his story.
Isaak made a career recording and performing covers of his favorite artists, but he’s has a varied collection of pop/rock hits of his own, such as “Wicked Game” and “Somebody’s Crying”. In his 27-year career – all with the same band he still tours with – he’s recorded 11 studio albums and 2 live albums, and he’s released 3 compilation/greatest-hit albums.
Isaak told the lively crowd that this particular album is special to him because it contains the music he listened to while growing up in the San Francisco area. He recorded “Beyond the Sun” at Sun Studios, the very same studio where tracks for the original recordings were laid down.
While his studio music is always good listening, it is on live on stage with his band where he shines. For nearly two hours he sang, shared jokes and stories, and performed dance numbers with his band, putting on a thoroughly entertaining show for those who did take time from gambling to visit the theater. During the first half of the show he performed his hits, while the second half was devoted to his new release, both of which had the audience on their feet.
Isaak, who has enjoyed another career in the movies and television, says he has another TV show in the works. He explained that it does take a backseat to music, however, because it doesn’t compare to performing live on stage every night.
Visit Isaak’s site to view his tour schedule. You’re guaranteed a good time if you go.