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So, why should you go to this Thursday show?
Because Ed Sheeran is a pop star for the new millenium.
There's a reason this Klipsch show is sold out: This red-haired British moppet is massively, massively popular, across basically every genre you can name. Perhaps best known for accompanying Taylor Swift on her massive world tours a few years ago, Ed Sheeran thoroughly cemented his headlining act with a series of radio-smashing singles off the 2014 release X that experiment with hip-hop, funk, soul and folk and include guest appearances from Pharrell and Smaug. (Okay, just kidding about that Smaug thing, but Sheeran did write the Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug-concluding ballad "I See Fire" by special request of director Peter Jackson.) X was a huge hit — it was streamed 430 million times on Spotify last year, more than any other album — and the resulting world tour looks to be going like gangbusters, too. Added bonus: Local Haley Jonay (who sang a duet with Ed backstage at his last Klipsch concert) will open up the show on one of the side stages.
Ed Sheeran with Rixton and Haley Jonay
Thursday, July 2
Klipsch Music Center, 12880 E. 146th St., 7:30 p.m., sold out, all-ages