I once drove to Anderson, S.C., to see rockabilly singer-songwriter Chris Isaak.
I realized when we arrived that the venue was basically the equivalent of a high school gym. Still, Isaak and his veteran band, Silvertone, tackled those cement blocks and rubbery tiles like it was a pristine theater.
That's why I have no problem driving two hours again to see him at one of the nicest venues I've been to – The Peace Center in Greenville, S.C.
My friends and I got a private box in the opera house-style theater to see Morrissey last year on my birthday. This time I have fourth-row seats. I'm looking forward to finally seeing Isaak in a proper venue – it's got plush interior, ornate décor, high ceilings, a walkable downtown location, oh yeah … and it sounds good.
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But more so than the venue is Isaak, who at 52 (and possibly in possession of a map to the Fountain of Youth) remains an unmatched showman with an incredible backing band. Clad in bedazzled rhinestone suits, his croon is swoon-inducing even though he's old enough to be my dad!
Recent reviews indicate fans should be treated Thursday to “Somebody's Crying,” “Forever Blue,” “San Francisco Days,” “American Boy,” “Wicked Game,” and choice covers, among other cuts.
But even if Isaak's not your thing, you should find another excuse to check out the Peace Center when you're in Greenville.