Like most overnight sensations, Ed Sheeran spent years working on his craft. In 2009, after reading that his fellow British songwriter James (not Jim) Morrison once played 200 gigs in a year, the 18-year-old played 312. By the time he met One Direction’s Harry Styles three years later, Sheeran was able to give him 40 tunes for possible inclusion on the group’s debut album. After the chart-topping success of his debut +, he’ll spend the rest of the year opening for Taylor Swift, cutting down the number of gigs but increasing the number of spectators. Catch him tonight all by his lonesome.
Wed., Jan. 30, 7 p.m., 2013