Plain White T’s kick off national tour at Beaver Creek’s Vilar Performing Arts Center
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What: Plain White T’s perform after three-year hiatus.
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek.
When: Friday, Aug. 10, 8 p.m.
More information: Visit www.vilarpac.org or call 970-845-8497.
BEAVER CREEK — For those growing up in the early 2000s, those famous opening lines from “Hey There Delilah” will likely spark the inexplicable urge to belt out the entirety of the song. The somber-sweet tune topped the Billboard Hot 100, earned two Grammy nominations and put Plain White T’s on the map.
Now that map includes Beaver Creek, as the band returns from a three-year hiatus with a reinvigorated sound, a new album and a tour that kicks off at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Friday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m.
Soft, smooth vocals
The Plain White T’s are known for soft, smooth vocals, easy guitar and heartwarming love lyrics from songs such as “Rhythm of Love” and “1, 2, 3, 4.” But the T’s started in the group’s hometown Chicago underground punk scene, and much of its discography reflects the members’ rock roots. The Plan White T’s hit song ”Our Time Now” is a high-energy rock single reminiscent of early pop punk favorites such as blink-182 and Panic! At the Disco.
With such hits in the acoustic-alternative genre feeling contradictory to the band’s punk beginnings, it’s really a testament to the band’s willingness to try new styles and to its musical ability for being able to pull it off. The cross-section of these two seemingly unalike genres is where Plain White T’s has thrived.
The band released two new singles from its upcoming album, “Parallel Universes” (available Aug. 24), and from these songs it’s clear that the next genre Plain White T’s will tackle is pure pop. “Light Up The Room” is a dance anthem, and both new songs feature more symphonic sounds then are typically heard in Plain White T’s tracks.