Although The Joker, Rockn Me, and Fly Like An Eagle get the most play on classic-rock radio, those are mere gateway songs into the laidback mastery of Steve Miller, whose eponymous band has spanned four decades now. Theres also the eerie precision and extraterrestrial shimmer of Serenade, the unfolding ambience of Wild Mountain Honey, and the country nostalgia of Dance, Dance, Dance. Newcomers should start with Fly Like An Eagle in one handthe album cover says it alland any of the bands greatest-hits compilations in the other. Cheesy? Oh yeah. Millers got a rainbow-winged horse for a logo, after all. But that only heightens his slick, career-long mingling of science-fiction and fantasy, blues and rock, past and future.
Sat., Aug. 1, 7 p.m., 2009