Where would we be without Smokey Robinson
? Can any one of us imagine life without “Tracks of My Tears,” “I Second That Emotion” or “You Really Got a Hold on Me?” Just how much more lousy would music be without “Since I Lost My Baby” or “Shop Around”? Or even “Cruisin’” and “Being with You”? I could fill this entire page with Robinson’s contributions to American music. The fantastic thing is that unlike so many other living legends, he’s still in possession of a great voice. A consummate performer who tours with a full orchestra and conductor, Robinson deserves every accolade placed at his feet. If you can only afford to attend one concert this summer, make it Smokey Robinson on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Robert Mondavi Winery. 7801 St. Helena Hwy., Oakville. 7pm. $95–$125. 707.226.7372.