His boxy glasses and lean suits make singer Raphael Saadiq look like he just stepped off one of the Temptations’ early record covers–and his smooth, doo-wopy sounds do everything to reinforce this Hollywood singer’s Motown roots.

But listen to the lyrics when Saadiq and his band take over the Bluebird tonight, and you’ll realize that this soulful musician is all about today. Perhaps that’s why Jay-Z contributed to Saadiq’s latest critically acclaimed album, The Way I See It.

8 p.m. The Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave.

303-377-1666, $30