4 things to know about Plain White T’s, performing at Beaver Creek’s Vilar Performing Arts Center
If you go …
What: Plain White T’s perform.
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek.
When: Friday, Aug. 10, 8 p.m.
Cost: Tickets start at $45.
More information: Visit http://www.vilarpac.org.
BEAVER CREEK — The Grammy-nominated pop sensation Plain White T’s are well known for the chart topping singles including “Hey There Delilah,” “Rhythm of Love” and “1, 2, 3, 4,” but there’s a lot more to this band than meets the eye.
Here’s four things to know about the band, performing at the Vilar Performing Arts Center at Beaver Creek on Friday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $45.
1. Tony Award nominees
A pop punk band may seem like an odd candidate for a Tony Award, but in 2018 Broadway prides itself on its edgy and diverse lineup. Plain White T’s is one of several bands and artists featured on the original score for “Spongebob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical,” along with Panic! At the Disco, John Legend and the late David Bowie. Plain White T’s wrote the song “BFF” and band lead singer-guitarist Tom Higginson performed the song with the original Broadway cast.
2. TV stars
Plain White T’s was already well known in the mid- to late-2000s pop culture sphere thanks to its knockout hit “Hey There Delilah,” and after that many more opportunities opened up to the band — such as the chance to be featured on several TV shows. Notably, the song “Our Time Now” was used as the theme song and promotional tune attached to the ABC Family teen drama “Greek.” The band then made several appearances in the show over its run from 2007 to 2011. Members also appeared on the Nickelodeon hit show “iCarly” and band member Tim Lopez was a bachelor contestant on the NBC reality show “Ready for Love.”
3. New album
Though the band has been continually writing music under the radar and working on several side projects, it has not released a new full-length studio album since “American Nights” in 2015. Earlier this summer, the band announced that its new album “Parallel Universes” would be released Aug. 24, and in July, Plain White T’s released the first two singles from the album — “Low” and “Light Up The Room,” which are available on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon Music.
In a recent interview with Columbus Underground.com, Higginson said the album was going to be an “evolution” for the band, and something wildly different than anything they’ve ever done.
“Whatever we are, it doesn’t matter. Whatever people think we are, it doesn’t matter,” Higginson told Columbus Underground, “(We’re going to) make this album as cool and as artistic as we can.”
Along with the album, the Plain White T’s are embarking on a new tour, which includes the Beaver Creek show. The band says the tour will reflect the vibrant change in the sound and feel of the band that comes with the new album.
4. Only Colorado tour stop
After opening at the Ventura State Fair in California, Beaver Creek is up next and is the only stop in Colorado for the Plain White T’s. After departing the Vilar Center, it’s off to Kansas, Michigan and other stops before wrapping up at Rock the Boat in Tampa, Florida.