At 49 years old, the 25-year career of American rocker Chuck Prophet does not appear to be slowing down.
"Temple Beautiful," Prophet's 12th studio release, pays homage to San Francisco, the city the singer currently calls home. The stripped-down, edgy collection of new songs has been compared to Lou Reed's love affair with New York City.
"Not since Lou Reed paid homage to the city and era that forged him with New York has there been a song cycle dedicated to a place and reality that offers the core immediacy with the thump, churn and ferocity of Chuck Prophet’s 'Temple Beautiful,'" Paste magazine wrote in a recent review.
The live show is just as potent with Prophet on lead guitar and vocals and a full band, including James DePrato and his collection of custom-built guitars.
Prophet came on to the music scene from the West Coast as part of the 1980s American psychedelic rock group Green on Red. He has since recorded with the late Warren Zevon, performed live with Lucinda Williams, and has had his songs covered by Heart and Kim Carnes.
Listen closely and you may recognize some of Prophet's music from several hit television shows like "True Blood," "Californication" and "Sons of Anarchy."
Prophet takes the stage at Miller Plaza tonight at 8 p.m., with local soul/popsters Endelouz opening at 7 p.m.
The free concert is part of the Nightfall concert series.