Over the last couple years, I’ve written about a number of musical acts who have performed here in Fort Wayne, acts I was really excited to see. Most recently, I’ve covered Journey, Matchbox Twenty, the Avett Brothers,  Kid Rock, and Carrie Underwood. But I have to tell you, the show I am – out of all the shows I’ve written about – the most excited to see is Barry Manilow. He’ll be performing live at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Awesome. Whenever I write event posts, I like to include enough information for the reader to make an informed decision about whether to attend, like a personal experience or some historical context. I try to make a case for why someone should go to this concert or that festival. I don’t have a particular logic for this one, though. I just think Barry Manilow is awesome. Genuinely, unironically awesome. Always have. Seriously, show me someone who’s written a better song about a crazy drunken former showgirl whose boyfriend was murdered. You can’t, can you? I didn’t think so. It’s funny. In my Kid Rock post, I noted that I’m at the tail end of the “TRL generation” (read: old). For this show, I’m at the other end – I’d guess I’ll be one of the younger fans in attendance. And I think that movement along the musical spectrum really speaks to the beautiful agelessness of music. I’ve never let my age steer me toward or away from a particular kind of music. Because of that, some of the music I listen to makes me feel old. Some of it makes me feel young. But it always makes me feel alive. Barry Manilow is truly one of the greatest living performers. Don’t miss your chance to see him. Tickets are still available and range in price from $7.99 (that’s not a typo) to $127.99 (additional fees may apply). Check out www.barrymanilow.com or www.ticketmaster.com for more information. AND - YOU CAN WIN TICKETS! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO WIN!