It's not that Milligan doesn't acknowledge and perform songs by blues greats. On any given night, you'll hear Howlin' Wolf and John Lee Hooker covers at his shows. But Milligan prefers to write his own songs, even if they do sound a little familiar. "I don't intentionally copy others," he says. "My music is based on how I feel, and my influences are bound to creep in there." On his latest album, Live! , Milligan's Stevie Ray Vaughan-inspired fretwork burns through a hometown concert. "I realize that not everybody can do what I'm doing," says Milligan. "But I'm not doing anything that special. It's just a good time."
Fri., June 30, 9 p.m.