Though the city's name is also the title one of his signature hits, Glen Campbell hasn't played Galveston since he was a budding 16-year-old musician. Back then, he was run out of town by the law for being underage in a bar. This visit should offer him a much warmer welcome, and that's as it should be. After all, Campbell all but pioneered country-pop crossover in the 1960s, and he did it by raising the bar instead of pandering, thanks to material with literate lyrics and sophisticated melodies written by the likes of Jimmy Webb. Today, his seductive tenor voice remains as warm as the summer sun, and his stature as a guitarist marks him as the heir apparent to six-string icon Chet Atkins. Sure, there was the tempestuous affair with the very young Tanya Tucker during his wild-hair years and his recent incident under the influence. But Campbell and his music remain as likable as any top pop quantity over the last four decades, ascending above the musical and celebrity fray by the sheer quality of his many hits like "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Gentle on My Mind," "Rhinestone Cowboy" and of course "Galveston." And just hearing the cheer of local pride when he launches into that song might be worth the price of admission.
Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and May 2; fFor information, call 1-800-421-1894
Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice Street, Galveston