Who hasn't been to a post-1998 wedding in which the couple danced to Edwin McCain? The saxophone-drenched ballad "I'll Be," in which McCain promises, in essence, never to be a douchebag, granted him the one commercial success he needed to live easy. He's since dropped off the mainstream music radar, but continues to record albums on independent labels and perform in small venues. His fan base is glad of it, as the singer-songwriter's live and often acoustic performances are peppered with personal anecdotes and covers of his favorite songs, all of which work best in an intimate setting. Here's hoping McCain tonight includes his rendition of Dire Straits' "Romeo and Juliet" -- which arguably trumps the original.
Edwin McCain. With Paul Freeman. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 29. Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $14.99; 954-564-1074; cultureroom.net
-- Erika Hobart
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