Van Wezel

Michael Bolton perfoms in Sarasota

He may be the ultimate love-him-or-hate-him kind of artist.

Michael Bolton has had a long career as a songwriter and a singer, and he's among the best-selling solo recording artists of all time. He co-wrote "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?" for Laura Branigan before he became a star, and he has scored huge hits on adult contemporary and easy listening charts with his covers of "(Sittin' on the) Dock of the Bay," "When a Man Loves a Woman" and "Georgia on My Mind."

Non-fans, though, love to make fun of him. Probably the most famous case of Michael-mocking came in the 1999 cult comedy "Office Space," which had a main character named Michael Bolton who suffered through the constant fascination of the singer's fans.

Bolton probably brought on a lot of the ribbing himself with the extreme mullet haircut he wore in his early years, a haircut that years ago gave way to something normal.

Bolton probably doesn't care much about the teasing, and neither do his fans. They'll no doubt pack the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Wednesday when Bolton performs a concert full of his decades of soulful, romantic hits performed with his trademark smoky vocal style.

Fans can expect to hear a healthy dose of Motown favorites sprinkled in with songs from the familiar Bolton catalog. In 2013, Bolton released "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," an album of Motown covers.

Details: 8 p.m. Jan. 21, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: Information: 941-953-3368,

-- Marty Clear