Music Around Town

Steve Miller Band

When: Sat., June 23 2012

If you haven't been paying attention, you may have missed Steve Miller's return a couple of years ago. After 1993's Wide River, the '70s hitmaker disappeared for 17 years. In 2010, Miller released Bingo!, a set of blues covers by the guys who influenced him when he first picked up a guitar in the late '50s, like B.B. King and Jimmy Reed. Last year's Let Your Hair Down comes from the same sessions, including tracks written by Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. They're solid nods to Miller's early days as a serious guitar-slinger, before people started calling him the space cowboy, the gangster of love, and, for reasons we're still not entirely clear on, Maurice. Of course, Miller is expected to play most of the songs that made him a star back in the day. So you'll probably hear “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Rock'n Me,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Jet Airliner,” and, yes, “The Joker.” But he'll reserve the real abracadabra for the old blues tunes he cut his teeth on before he even started thinking about the pompatus of love. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 - $100. – Michael Gallucci

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