(this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)
Soft rock singer-songwriter Chris Isaak got his big break with “Wicked Game,” a song from his third album, Heart Shaped World, which was placed in the film “Wild at Heart.” Around the same time, one of the two-time Grammy nominee’s greatest influences, Roy Orbison, invited him on tour as his opening act. Around 1988, the famously witty performer began branching out into acting, getting a small part in “Married to the Mob” followed by “Silence of the Lambs” (1991), among others. Isaak has released a total of thirteen albums with twelve charting singles, and has appeared in ten movies and dozens of TV shows. Chris Isaak, 8 p.m. Monday at the Center Theater. $95-$120. JHCenterForTheArts.org, 733-4900.