- Jim Brickman -- "On A Winter's Night"
- 8 p.m. Saturday (12/22)
- Paramount Theatre
- Tickets: $30 to $68 at (319) 366-8203 or Paramounttheatrecr.com
- Artist's website: Jimbrickman.com
Christmas will be in the air when Jim Brickman brings his show to the Paramount Theatre on Saturday night (12/22/12). But so will a nod to Valentine's Day, nestled among the romantic piano man's multi-platinum hits for all seasons, embellishing his "On A Winter's Night" tour. "My Christmas shows have never been all-Christmas," he says by phone from New York City, where he was taping his weekly radio show. "I feel like at a certain time of year, where you're seeing so much of the same things over and over, it's important to bring a fresh approach to what we do, so it's a really nice combination of a lot of the hits. "I still play all of the hit songs, like 'Valentine' and 'The Gift' and 'Love of My Life' and 'Never Alone,' and of course I now have Christmas songs of my own that have become popular, so we do those. But it is not 'Deck the Halls' from front to back," Brickman says. He's bringing along his longtime friend and vocal collaborator Anne Cochran; Luke McMaster, who sings the bouncy "Good Morning Beautiful" off Brickman's new "Believe" album, released in November; and electric violinist Tracy Silverman. "Because there’s no band, the concert lends itself to being more about the personalities and the talent and less about the lights or the gimmicks. It's not meant to be a spectacular," he says. "It's more of an escape and an emotional kind of experience." He's expecting an especially emotional experience when he returns to the renovated Paramount in downtown Cedar Rapids, where he last played in February 2004. He's well aware of the Floods of 2008 that devastated the building. "We've been wanting to come back for so long, so I really have been waiting patiently for this to happen," he says. "I'm just excited to come back there, because it's been so long. I feel like this is the best date on the tour, because it's a Saturday night and it's the Saturday night right before Christmas. When I saw this and the reopening, I felt like there was a really great celebration tone to the whole thing. It's a special date to me, and I just really want everybody to come." He hopes to communicate the always-positive message of his music to his audiences. "With all the chaos in the world, and especially at the holiday time, I hope that it's an escape, a time to reflect, a chance to relax and take a breath. That's what my music has always provided," he says. "It's hopeful, it's positive, it's romantic and a lot of things that are missing in the world of music today." The details