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Smokey Robinson is warm but shallow at the Hollywood Bowl

Smokey Robinson is warm but shallow at the Hollywood Bowl

Smokey Robinson played a remarkable concert this week in Los Angeles, one that clearly demonstrated that the 75-year-old singer still has a voice — and still has things to say with it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the performance I caught Thursday night at the Hollywood Bowl. That show, the first of three in the venue’s annual July 4 Fireworks Spectacular series, merely reiterated the established knowledge about Robinson, who from the early 1960s to the late ’80s did as much as anyone to devise the sound (and set the ambitions) of modern soul music. The exceptional gig happened Sunday at the BET Awards, broadcast from the Microsoft Theater downtown, where Robinson...

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