4 p.m. Sunday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $35; 520-7469, ticketswest.com.
Jim Brickman not-so-secretly believes he was born in the wrong era.
The adult contemporary songwriter and pianist loves nostalgia and simpler times, when music didn't need all the bells and whistles it can have today.
"I was just driving and heard The Carpenters' version of the Perry Como 'There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays,'" Brickman says. "I love group vocals. They're happy, they have great lead vocals. They sound like how I feel like songs should sound like. I'm really good at writing those songs. Sometimes I feel like I was born too late."
Brickman and three other musicians, including singer-songwriters Luke McMaster and Anne Cochran and electric violinist Tracy Silverman, will perform a mix of holiday music from his new album, "The Magic of Christmas," and original nonholiday music Sunday. There will be group and solo performances, he says.
"All the guests come and go," he says, "and it's like you're having an open house holiday party, and you're just playing music. It's very lighthearted. I'm not joke telling, but storytelling. It's very intimate and appropriate for the whole family."
There's another reason people come to the show, he says, and that's to hear the songs that might have been their wedding song or the background music to the birth of a child. His music has become the background to people's lives, and in some other ways, too.
"The funniest one happened to me," he says. "When I called my credit card company, it was my music playing while I waited."
But it's exactly what he wants.
"My first reaction is I'm glad other people get what I'm doing," he says. "That's exactly what it should be used for. As an artist, you want the music to be received the way you intended it to be."
Jennifer Mulson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 636-0270
Elephant Revival - 8 p.m. Saturday, Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, $25-$30; 476-2200, stargazerstheatre.com.
"WYNOT Radio Theatre Holiday Show" - 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., $20, $12 students; 465-6321, themat.org.