Bruce Hornsby lit up the cash registers of the ’80s with a series of agreeable singer/songwriter hits that hid a little bit of challenge under their graceful surface. The triple-threat pianist, songwriter and vocalist later went on to replace the late Brent Mydland in the Grateful Dead, demonstrating a willingness to get down with the Dead’s free-running electric counterpoint that might have surprised a lot of his FM fans. As with so many in this business, Hornsby has gone on to make some of his best records and write many of his best songs long after pop fashion turned the other way. His true fans know this well.
The Bardavon presents Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers at UPAC in Kingston on Saturday, April 27. Ticket prices start at $47.
Saturday, Apr. 27, 8 p.m.
601 Broadway, Kingston