Date: July 5, 2012
City: San Francisco, CA
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall
Artist: Smokey Robinson with the San Francisco Symphony
Opening Act(s): n/a
ABC sang “When Smokey sings – I hear violins”. Well, I really did hear violins when Smokey sang with the San Francisco Symphony.
Smokey’s voice is very soft and smooth. Perfect for his Motown classics like “Being With You”, “Just to See Her” and “Tears of a Clown” to name just a few. He had a band, backup singers and a couple of dancers in addition to the San Francisco Symphony.
I was disappointed that the symphony didn’t play the entire show with Smokey. Apparently this was due to union guidelines. If they had to end at a specific time, the show should have been arranged so that all songs to be performed with the symphony were done first. Then there could have been a short intermission for Smokey to come out in his purple leather pants to continue the show.
In addition to the songs Smokey sang with The Miracles as well as solo, he performed songs that he wrote in the early days of Motown. He shared a story about the history of each song came about and the artist that recorded it.
The show was closed out with “Cruisin’”. He got everyone to sing the “I love it when we’re cruisin’ together” line. I had the song stuck in my head for a few days.