When the Mavericks came on the scene in south Florida in the late 1980s, they were unlike any country band that had come before them—and maybe country music wasn't quite ready for a band with a tall Cuban lead singer. They had some top 40 hits, even a few top 10s, but they never quite had the success that their monster talent and their sheer originality deserved. This was a band that put together the most disparate musical sounds—hard Buck Owens-style dance honky-tonk, Roy Orbison's romantic pop, and rockabilly—and made it all into a seamless and really sharp whole. The Mavericks' lead singer, Raul Malo, went on to a successful solo career after the band went on hiatus in 2003, and he's become a southeast Michigan favorite. But the group has never quite called it quits, and they are a band with tremendous energy in live concert. Even if you've seen one or more of The Ark's Raul Malo shows, you've never seen him quite this way before!
Austin-based songwriter Seth Walker, whose music is deeply rooted in blues, R&B, and jazz, opens the show. With a bluesman’s respect for roots and tradition, coupled with an appreciation for—and successful melding of—contemporary songwriting, Seth Walker is an engaging performer whose tasteful guitar- playing and soulful croon have captured fans of great music, blues and otherwise.
This show is presented by The Ark and AEG Live. It takes place at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak, MI. Tickets are available at http://www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.