Like a fine wine, Jim Brickman gets mellow with age. And he was mighty mellow to begin with. Now 53, the dapper piano man has most recently enthralled his adult contemporary audience with a disc released this year, “Pure Romance.” Last year he turned out three CDs, culminating in “On a Winter’s Night: The Songs and Spirit of Christmas.” His inspiration never runs dry.
Brickman’s playing is transparent and simple. Hits like “The Gift,” “Valentine” and “Simple Things” can be a balm for the bedeviled, a soothing cure for the stressed. If you are in either of those categories, don’t be ashamed: Brickman himself, in an interview several years ago with The News, admitted to getting kind of keyed-up himself. “I am one of those people,” he said. “I have trouble saying no, chilling out.”
Chill with Jim Brickman when “Jim Brickman: The Platinum Tour” eases into the Riviera Theatre and Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets to the show are $38. Or you can join in a fundraiser for the Riviera, and for $129 you will get prime seating and a preshow dinner at the Buffalo Suzuki Strings next door. Brickman is attending the dinner.
The Riviera Theatre is at 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. For info, call 692-2413.
– Mary Kunz Goldman