James Taylor

You’ve got a friend at the ‘Peake.

Photo by James O’Mara.

Photo by James O’Mara.

Saturday, Aug. 9, 8 p.m.

Whether he’s fronting a band, playing a duet with an equally iconic presence or alone and strumming his guitar, James Taylor and his music continue to mesmerize audiences. Respected for his simple, honest approach to songwriting, the singer behind classic songs such as “Fire and Rain,” “Carolina on My Mind” and “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight” is also regarded for his interpretation of music by contemporaries like Carole King and George Harrison. “You’ve Got a Friend” and “Something in the Way She Moves” became two of Taylor’s most loved hits despite that he didn’t pen them. Taylor continues to gain an audience for his early work along with his latest, and he’s certain to bring a mix with him and his band to the Chesapeake Energy Arena, 501 W. Reno Ave., in Oklahoma City for his Saturday, Aug. 9, show. Show time is at 8 p.m., and tickets ($62.50-$82.50) are available online at www.chesapeakearena.com.