This time around, Cale is performing solo. If you've had the chance to listen to his most recent release, last year's J.J. Cale Live -- especially the solo tunes recorded at Carnegie Hall -- you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect from his Pageant gig. His solo take on "After Midnight," made famous by Clapton, creates a slow, spooky vibe, and Cale's solo version of "Magnolia" showcases the distinctive, laid-back guitar style admired so much by his better-known peers.
Given Cale's reclusive personality and the fact he's going to turn 64 in December, there's no predicting when he might tour again. If you've already got plans for Friday night, maybe it's time to come up with some good excuses. Cale's concert at the Pageant promises to be one rare -- and memorable -- musical experience.