Peter Wolf and the Midnight Travelers

Nov. 17
7 p.m.
Classic Rock, Rock, Singer-Songwriter

Peter Wolf is the longtime frontman for the J. Geils Band, the rock/R&B outfit out of Boston that racked up hit singles (“Looking for a Love,” “Give It to Me,” “Centerfold”) through the ’70s and early ’80s. Even as that band and its fortunes have fluctuated, Wolf has maintained a 30-year solo career that’s dug deeper into his roots obsessions and produced stellar collaborations with the likes of Aretha Franklin and Mick Jagger. His latest, April’s A Cure for Loneliness, kicks off with the tough, soulful rock ballad “Rolling On,” in which the 70-year-old Wolf declares he’s “goin’ strong … straight from here to eternity.” And he musters plenty of spit and fire, revisiting 20-year-old “Wastin’ Time” with an organ-drenched live version, and rocking out on the boogying “How Do You Know” and the jivey “Mr. Mistake.” Wolf sidles through “Tragedy,” an old doo-wop hit for the Fleetwoods, and then indulges his country leanings with a cover of Moe Bandy’s “It Was Always So Easy (To Find an Unhappy Woman),” and most surprisingly, a bluegrass version of the old J. Geils hit “Love Stinks.”