Gordon Lightfoot

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego | get directions

Cost: Not available

Age limit: Not available

80 year-old Gordon Lightfoot is already booking dates well into next year, including a short spring tour that brings him to the Balboa Theatre on March 13. It’s his first time playing the restored downtown hall, after spending the last decade favoring Humphreys and occasionally the Belly Up, but the storied stage would seem best equipped for his whispery brand of storytelling folk, especially with its acoustically superb sound. It’s also one of the few venues downtown (other than Spreckels and Symphony Hall) even older than Lightfoot. “We love to work while the sun shines,” says Lightfoot in the tour announcement, “because the night will come when you may no longer work. That was from Dylan. I love doing the shows. The ship of state is still afloat, and I’ve still got the vocal, and the desire.” Hopefully, that means he hasn’t tired of doing the requisite biggies from 1970 to 1976 that everyone will expect and demand, such as “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” and his own masterwork of morbidity, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

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