Sunny singer-songwriter Brett Dennen performs Thursday at the Tower Theatre in Bend.

Brett Dennen’s new album is called “See the World,” and the title track is a typically breezy pop song built from sparkling guitars, singsong melodies and a sturdy rhythm section. It is instantly hummable, which is no surprise — instantly hummable tunes have been the California singer-songwriter’s specialty for more than a decade.

The song’s chorus goes like this: “Days go by. Get out and see the world with your own eyes.” Which is a perfectly lovely sentiment that no doubt sounded quite tempting back in July, when Dennen released his album and COVID cases were low. Now, with the sun setting before 5 p.m., piles of snow narrowing the driveway, the Omicron variant’s rise and travel restrictions expanding by the day, it’s easy to feel a bit trapped.

If you’re feeling trapped, remember that escaping doesn’t have to look like a trip to a tropical island. This week, you can escape for just a couple of hours by heading down to the Tower Theatre Thursday night and watching Dennen play a bunch of his toe-tapping slices of folk-pop sunshine. The guy’s songs are like open portals to places where the vibes are always good, natural beauty stretches to the horizon and reality is a myth, if only for three or four minutes.

Brett Dennen: $38-$139; 8 p.m. Thursday; Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend; or 541-317-0700.

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Ben Salmon is a Bend-based music journalist and host of Left Of The Dial, which airs 8-10 p.m. Thursdays on KPOV, 88.9 FM and streams at You can find him on Bandcamp and Twitter at @bcsalmon.

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