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Adam Rippon: Beautiful On The Outside Book Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Oct 18th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$42

Ryan Hamilton

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 19th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$25

Hannah Hart: My Drunk Kitchen Holidays Book Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Mon Oct 21st - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$44

Tower of Power

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Oct 22nd - 8:00PM
Openers: Alisa Amador
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$51 - $170

Nurse Blake: The Call Light Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Oct 23rd - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$25 - $95

Book Tour with Babish

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Oct 24th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$47 - $102

Tegan and Sara

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Oct 25th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$50.50 - $80.50

Kreeps with Kids: Comedy Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 26th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32

Bleak Creek Conversations with Rhett & Link

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Oct 27th - 6:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$42 - $150

Jónsi & Alex Somers – Riceboy Sleeps w/ Wordless Orchestra

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Oct 30th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$71.50 - $111.50

Martinis & Murder

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Oct 31st - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$27 - $62

Jim Jefferies

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Nov 1st - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Nov 1st - 10:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 2nd - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 2nd - 10:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$51.95 - $71.95

SiriusXM Coffeehouse Tour featuring Joshua Radin & The Weepies

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Nov 3rd - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37 - $59

No Such Thing As A Fish

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Mon Nov 4th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$29 - $37

U Up? Live

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Nov 5th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37 - $87

Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin: Together On Stage

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Nov 6th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$60 - $175

Todrick Hall: Haus Party

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Nov 7th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$27 - $136

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Roadshow with Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Nov 8th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Nov 8th - 10:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37 - $737

Nicole Byer

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 9th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 9th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$20 - $50

Why Won’t You Date Me? Live Podcast with Nicole Byer

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 9th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$20 - $50

Postmodern Jukebox: A Very Postmodern Christmas

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Nov 13th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$49 - $199

An Evening with Matty in the Morning

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Nov 14th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$52 - $102

An Evening with Al Franken

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Nov 15th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$58 - $102

Monster Energy Outbreak Presents: Andrew Schulz Matador

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 16th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 16th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30

Lore Podcast Live

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Nov 20th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$40 - $50

Trisha Yearwood

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Nov 22nd - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$49 - $99

Maria Bamford

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 23rd - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$29 - $39

Jenny Slate: Little Weirds Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 30th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$29 - $39

JUDY COLLINS – WINTER STORIES – With Jonas Fjeld and Chatham County Line

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Dec 1st - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $115

Devendra Banhart

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Dec 4th - 8:00PM
Openers: Black Belt Eagle Scout
SEAT TYPE: Partly seated
PRICE:
$38

Stephen Lynch: The My Old Heart Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Dec 5th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30

Chris Botti

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Dec 6th - 8:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Dec 7th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$50 - $79

Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice : 35th Anniversary

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Dec 8th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $75

Charles Laquidara: The First Farewell Tour ~ An intimate evening of mishegas w/special guest Bill “Spaceman” Lee

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Dec 10th - 07:00 PM
Openers: Bill “Spaceman” Lee
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$10.41 - $125

Sal Vulcano

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Dec 12th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Dec 13th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Dec 13th - 09:45 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$45

Lea DeLaria

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Dec 15th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$27 - $47

Jimmy Tingle’s 20/20 Vision

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Dec 28th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37 - $52

Chris Fleming

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jan 4th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$40

Godfrey

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jan 10th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$25

Brendan Schaub

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jan 11th - 7:00PM
PRICE:
$29 - $52

GARY GULMAN: PEACE OF MIND

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jan 18th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jan 18th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35

Jackson Galaxy: Total Cat Mojo Live

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Jan 23rd - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $55

Nikki Glaser: Bang It Out

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jan 24th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jan 24th - 09:45 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $135

Girls Gotta Eat

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jan 25th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Jan 26th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $72

Citizen Cope

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Feb 14th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$28 - $76

Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Feb 23rd - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$38 - $63

Doug Stanhope

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Mar 13th - 7:30PM
PRICE:
$50

My Dad Wrote A Porno World Tour 2020

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Apr 9th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Apr 10th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$47 - $102

Colin Hay

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Apr 11th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$45 - $59

Music of Cream – Disraeli Gears Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Apr 19th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $45

Kathleen Madigan: 8 O’Clock Happy Hour Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Apr 24th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $39

Brad Williams

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jun 13th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$27 - $35

Bio

Can we welcome an unknown that stretches, terrified, into every direction? Is it safe to grab the shrivelled, mysterious hand that reaches out to us from darkness? A trembl

Can we welcome an unknown that stretches, terrified, into every direction? Is it safe to grab the shrivelled, mysterious hand that reaches out to us from darkness? A trembling voice speaks the answer clearly. The Celestial Twin. U.F.O.F.

U.F.O.F., F standing for ‘Friend’, is the name of the highly anticipated third record by Big Thief, set to be released by 4AD later this year. The New York-based band, featuring Adrianne Lenker (guitar, vocals), Buck Meek (guitar), Max Oleartchik (bass), and James Krivchenia (drums), has spent the last 4 years on an incessant world tour, winning the devotion of an enthusiastic and rapidly expanding audience.  Their songs represent an emotional bravery and realness that weaves intimate relationships with the listener, a phenomenon that has made them one of the most widely-respected bands of the current era. Their first two back-to-back releases, Masterpiece (2016) and Capacity (2017), have been analysed, wept to, danced to, critically applauded, imitated, hummed idly, and shouted out loud. They have soundtracked crowded restaurants, difficult conversations, cowboy bars, yoga classes, night drives, and lonely bedrooms.

In 2019, the members of Big Thief are more deeply bonded than ever before. Their lives have become completely intertwined. Perpetual motion, nightly performance and struggles of the road have led them to develop their own connective language. They wake up and run together each morning; they intuit songs only sung for each other. Perhaps the best Big Thief tune you will never hear is the backstage classic, “I know what you mean. It’s a beautiful thing.” The spirit has never been stronger and U.F.O.F. feels, to Big Thief, like their first record as a fully realized band.

U.F.O.F. was recorded in rural western Washington at Bear Creek Studios. In a large cabin-like room, the band set up their gear to track live with engineer Dom Monks and producer Andrew Sarlo, who was also behind their previous albums.  Having already lived these songs on tour, they were relaxed and ready to experiment. The raw material came quickly. Some songs, like ‘Cattails’—written only hours before recording—stretched out instantly, first take, vocals and all. Others were explored in search of perfected moments of dynamic feedback and spiritual, rhythmic togetherness. A careful New Age sprinkle of mystical textures and stabs was added and kept in the mix only when all agreed that each element had become absolutely crucial to the tune. The completed palette feels classic, upfront and honest, with an occasional, welcome glimpse into the magic box.

U.F.O.F. lifts the listener, slowly, into a delicate, celestial mystery, each member of the band adding their own visceral mastery to its skyscape. Adrianne Lenker’s voice finds new resting places, layered like a cloud above itself on album opener ‘Contact’ or crooning low through thick grass on ‘Betsy’. Her finger-picked guitar chords evolve and extend into warming harmony. Her leads beam passion and pain. Buck Meek’s exploratory notes and avant-garde textures slither to the song’s subconscious narrative, while James Krivchenia’s relaxed tempo and snare drum ghost notes possess your head into a steady bob. Max Oleartchik’s bass guitar playing is elusive and rhythmic, either crouching undetected or ripping a quick one for the people.  When his bass goes missing from the song ‘Cattails,’ imagine him levitating above the tune in quiet meditation, waiting for that perfect moment to slide back into the mix. The moment doesn’t come till halfway through the next song.

Lyrically, U.F.O.F. is a dream in the dark. Characters and scenery interact outside of time. Names of mystery women appear, then disappear. Cruelties flash. Pronouns meld. There is a darkness here, but it’s not one to be feared. “Making friends with the unknown… All my songs are about this,” says Lenker; “If the nature of life is change and impermanence, I’d rather be uncomfortably awake in that truth than lost in denial.” Every song here casts a shadow, and the direction of this shadow reflects its light source. On ‘Orange,’ we see a woman lost in despair, but it is in recognition of this despair that she is truly loved. In ‘Terminal Paradise,’ death is imminent. Death is a flower; death is beautiful. On ‘Century,’ all of the confusion of a moment leads to a simple truth that “We have the same power”. If song writers are spelunkers of the unrevealed, then Lenker is one of the bravest working today. This is courageous music.

When the album’s final number drifts away into droning, alien invitations, the power to look within our own selves has been fully transmuted. The dreamer awakes and sees for a moment a vibrating figure disappear from the corner of the bedroom. The door is open and future music awaits. It’s morning. Goodbye alien.

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