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Former ‘American Idol’ Taylor Hicks to sing in Nampa on Saturday

Taylor Hicks performs at the “American Idol” farewell season finale at the Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016, in Los Angeles.
Taylor Hicks performs at the “American Idol” farewell season finale at the Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016, in Los Angeles. Invision/AP

Hailing from Alabama, quirky Taylor Hicks seemed like a long shot on the fifth season of “American Idol.” Remember? Simon Cowell was not impressed. But the likable, gray-haired singer won over the nation with his affinity for classic rock and blues. With the ability to play blues harmonica and strum a little guitar, Hicks bring more versatility and musicality to the stage than many “Idol” alums. Hicks fans — who like to call themselves his “soul patrol” — will be ready for a full-blown, interactive concert with sing-along opportunities.

7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, John Brandt Performing Arts Theater, Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S. $40-$48. 468-5500, nampaciviccenter.com.

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