Neal Morse, with Eric Gillette, Saturday, March 17, 8 p.m., Denver, tavernhg.com/soiled-dove.
rogressive-rock musicians can drift away from their chosen genre for any number of reasons: herniated discs from executing too many time changes, the cost of dry-cleaning capes on the road, and so on and so forth. But Neal Morse did it all for Jesus. The LA native, whose father was a choir leader, led the neo-prog act Spock’s Beard throughout the ‘90s, before venturing into supergroup terrain with members of Dream Theater, The Flower Kings and Marillion in the band Transatlantic. And while Morse has continued to work the occasional prog side-project, his primary focus has been as a Christian rock artist, releasing some two dozen albums of his own since being born-again in 2002. On his high-energy band tours, Morse calls upon fans to raise their hands up to heaven, but this solo acoustic date will take a more personal, less grandiose approach, as befits the low-key nature of his newly released Life and Times
CD. Even so, longtime fans can expect to hear favorite material from his progressive-rock past alongside the solo efforts that have seen him through subsequent decades.