Smokey's Got Soul

Smokey Robinson

You'll have to go to Albertsons to get it, but Smokey Robinson now has his own line of grocery products, aptly titled "Smokey Robinson Foods," featuring select meals he's fallen in love with while touring for the past 50 years. Sure, he's a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, contributor to more than 4,000 songs, and arguably the man behind Motown's success, but these days, Smokey's got a new motto: The Soul is in the Bowl. His product line includes "Down Home Pot Roast," "Seafood Gumbo," and "Red Beans and Rice" to choose from, plus they're microwaveable. He's even using his 1960 smash hit "Shop Around" as a marketing slogan.

As far as his bad-ass, half-a-century-long music career, the legendary crooner has a string of hits so long that it's impossible to fit them into a single concert. The Detroit native is on the oldies-but-goodies casino circuit lately, but he still experiments on stage. He's best-known for his signature "quiet storm" style of R&B, but his most recent LP, last year's Timeless Love, was full of jazz standards goosed with strings, and 2004's Food for the Spirit was all gospel. Robinson may be 67, but his tender tenor has hardly aged, plus he's rocking the baby dreads now, and he's even got an earring.

Smokey Robinson performs on Sunday, April 22, at Seminole Hard Rock, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Tanya Tucker and Michael Israel are also on the bill. Tickets cost $75, $60, and $45. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 954-327-7631, or visit www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com.

 
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