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Seth Meyers

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True Crime Obsessed

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The Be A Man Experience

with John Fiore, Will Noonan, Don Zollo, and Dan Smith

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Thu Aug 5th - 7:30PM
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Majah Hype

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One Funny Lisa Marie

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Sun Aug 8th - 6:00PM
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John Mulaney: From Scratch

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Sat Aug 14th - 7:00PM
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Sat Aug 28th - 7:00PM
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Sun Aug 29th - 7:00PM
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POSTPONED TBD – Tanya Tucker w/ Special Guest Walker Country

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Aug 17th - 7:30PM
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Gabriel Iglesias: Beyond The Fluffy World Tour – Go Big or Go Home

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Aug 22nd - 5:00 PM
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Sun Aug 22nd - 8:00 PM
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Moved to Chevalier – Steve Hofstetter

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246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Aug 28th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Doug Stanhope

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Sep 2nd - 7:30PM
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 3rd - 7:30PM
PRICE:
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A Tribute To The Beatles’ White Album (feat. Christopher Cross, Jason Scheff, Jay Demarcus, Deen Castronovo and Joey Molland)

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Sep 9th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Valerie June

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246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 10th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
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Kathleen Madigan: Do You Have Any Ranch?

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 11th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 11th - 9:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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An Evening with Antoni

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Mon Sep 13th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Jay Pharoah

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 17th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Indigo Girls

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Sep 19th - 8:00PM
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PRICE:
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Toad the Wet Sprocket

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Sep 23rd - 8:00PM
Openers: Stephen Kellogg
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PRICE:
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Fortune Feimster

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 24th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Fri Sep 24th - 10:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Sat Sep 25th - 7:00PM
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Robin Trower

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Sun Sep 26th - 08:00 PM
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PRICE:
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Maz Jobrani: Things Are Looking Bright Tour

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Oct 1st - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Melvin Seals and JGB

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Oct 3rd - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Partly seated
PRICE:
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Whose Live Anyway?

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Oct 6th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Jess Hilarious

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Oct 8th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Norm Macdonald

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 9th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Sat Oct 9th - 9:45PM
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PRICE:
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Andrew Santino

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Oct 15th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Fri Oct 15th - 10:00 PM
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PRICE:
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Amanda Seales Presents: Smart, Funny & Black

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Sat Oct 16th - 7:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Mike Birbiglia Live!

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Sun Oct 17th - 07:00 PM
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Mon Oct 18th - 07:00 PM
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Tue Oct 19th - 7:00PM
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Wed Oct 20th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Whitney Cummings: Touch Me Tour

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Sat Oct 2nd - 07:00 PM
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Sat Oct 2nd - 9:45PM
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Paul Virzi

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Fri Oct 22nd - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Kyle Kinane: The “So…Where Were We” Tour

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Sat Oct 23rd - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Gordon Lightfoot: The Legend in Concert

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Oct 24th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Tracy Morgan

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 6th - 07:00 PM
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PRICE:
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Pat Metheny Side-Eye With James Francies And Joe Dyson

**PLEASE NOTE** This show is in 2021.

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Sun Nov 7th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
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Chris Fleming: Tricky Tricky

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Fri Nov 12th - 7:30PM
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Fri Nov 12th - 10:00 PM
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Ronny Chieng: The Hope You Get Rich Tour

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 13th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 13th - 9:45PM
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PRICE:
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That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody

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Sun Nov 14th - 07:30 PM
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PRICE:
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Jacksfilms presents YIAY Live Live!

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Nov 16th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Gary Gulman Live

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Fri Nov 19th - 7:30PM
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PRICE:
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Sinbad

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Sat Nov 20th - 07:30 PM
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Chris Botti

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Nov 26th - 8:00PM
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Sat Nov 27th - 8:00PM
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PRICE:
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Hot Tuna: Acoustic & Electric

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Nov 28th - 8:00PM
Openers: w/ Special Guest David Grisman Trio
PRICE:
$50 - $75

The Musical Box : A Genesis Extravaganza Vol. II

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Nov 30th - 08:00 PM
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PRICE:
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Small Town Murder

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Dec 3rd - 08:00 PM
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Kurtis Conner

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Mon Dec 6th - 7:30PM
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PRICE:
$25 - $30

Steve-O’s Bucket List Tour

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Dec 11th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
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Puddles Pity Party: Unsequestered Tour

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Dec 15th - 8:00PM
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PRICE:
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Taylor Tomlinson: Deal With It Tour

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Fri Dec 17th - 7:30PM
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Fri Dec 17th - 10:00 PM
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Countess and Friends Christmas Show

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Sat Dec 18th - 7:00PM
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Paula Poundstone

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Sun Dec 19th - 07:30 PM
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PRICE:
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Andrew Schulz: The INFAMOUS Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Fri Dec 31st - 7:00PM
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Fri Dec 31st - 9:45PM
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PRICE:
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Eddie Griffin

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Fri Jan 7th - 7:30PM
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PRICE:
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Dave Attell

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Fri Jan 14th - 07:00 PM
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Demetri Martin: Wandering Mind Tour

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Sat Jan 15th - 7:00PM
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The Gilmour Project

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Thu Jan 20th - 8:00PM
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Drew Lynch

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Fri Jan 21st - 7:30PM
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The Kirk Minihane Show presented by Barstool Sports

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jan 22nd - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Sat Jan 22nd - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Brad Williams

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Fri Feb 4th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$27 - $35

Jim Norton

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Feb 18th - 07:00 PM
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Feb 18th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Preacher Lawson

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Feb 19th - 7:00PM
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PRICE:
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Nick Swardson

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Feb 25th - 07:30 PM
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Feb 25th - 10:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Vic DiBitetto

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Feb 26th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39.50

Beth Hart – The Thankful Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Mar 9th - 08:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Mar 10th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $55

Irish Comedy Tour

Rescheduled from Chevalier Theatre

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Mar 16th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37 - $47

One Night of Queen

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Apr 5th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $45

Colin Hay

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246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Apr 9th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$45 - $59

Todrick Hall: The Femuline Tour

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun May 1st - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Partly seated
PRICE:
$30 - $138

Welcome to Night Vale

Please Note: This show is in 2022

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jun 10th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32

Bio

For Chris Isaak, first comes the song. And for First Comes The Night-- Isaak’s stunning first album of new material in six years -- this gifted singer-songwriter and b

For Chris Isaak, first comes the song.

And for First Comes The Night– Isaak’s stunning first album of new material in six years — this gifted singer-songwriter and bandleader is bringing us a bumper crop of strong and intriguing songs from which to choose. “There was no mission for this album other than to follow the songs,” Chris Isaak explains, and in terms of songwriting, the floodgates really opened this time. “My last release was Beyond The Sun– my tribute to Sun Records with a lot of covers — so this time around I had a lot of new material that I was thrilled to record. My manager always tells me, `We need more songs.’ This time, even she realized she’s creating a songwriting monster, and had to beg me to stop.”

First Comes The Night fittingly represents a number of firsts for Chris Isaak, who recently signed on to become a judge for the first time on The X Factor Australia. Of his new television gig Down Under, Isaak explains, “I love Australia, and if you’re going to look for stars, I can’t think of a more beautiful place on Earth to start looking.” As for First Comes The Night, this is the first time that Isaak has written and recorded so much in Nashville, Tennessee, a change in location he explored partly upon the suggestion of his friend Stevie Nicks. “Somehow even I had some misconceptions about Nashville,” confesses Isaak. “You’d think a music guy who’s been in the business as long as I have would know better. I’m a huge fan of country music since I grew up listening to Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb and Buck Owens, and I know my country history well, but even I somehow forgot Nashville is — and always been — about more than just country.”

Indeed, in Nashville, Isaak found himself working with a number of new producers who helped show him how exciting a place to make music Nashville could be. “I worked on the album in Los Angeles along with Mark Needham who’s done great work with me over the years. Then I took some time to write and record in Nashville. I had the misconception that a producer in Nashville would be bringing in banjos and asking me what songs I had that were pure country. The truth is that great producers are great producers, and Nashville is so full of brilliantly talented people. I worked with Paul Worley who is a great producer, period, and he can go anywhere in the world and make great records like he’s done with the Dixie Chicks or Lady Antebellum. The same was true when I worked with Dave Cobb who’s been doing amazing work lately with Jason Isbell and many others. Their backgrounds are so deep and they’re into so much music, there was no reference I could make they would not know and respond to in a heartbeat.”

Similarly, in the Nashville tradition, Isaak also did more co-writing than usual, including working with some of the town’s talented songwriters. Before long, Isaak fell in love with the tremendous musical energy of Nashville. “It’s Music City – not just country city,” Isaak says. “At first you think of all the classic country artists, at least I do, but then you realize how many great records Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers made there too. Great Rock & Roll came out of Nashville and great Soul music too. I think I bumped into more musicians in Nashville of every kind than anyplace else ever, and that gives you the feeling that music is alive and well. In Nashville, people are still excited to be playing and making records, as they should be. Literally, my cab driver was a drummer. The guy who sold me a shirt at Macy’s was a singer-songwriter. The guy at the health food store was a bass player. And I went to breakfast one morning, and saw Robert Plant. Everywhere you look is another potential bandmate.”

Yet for all this exciting collaboration, First Comes The Night is very much a great Chris Isaak album that features him at his best. For all the firsts, there’s a strong through-line that continues from Isaak’s earlier triumphs like Silvertone (1985), Chris Isaak (1986), Heart Shaped World (1989), San Francisco Days (1993), Forever Blue (1995) and Always Got Tonight (2002). “I guess you can make a drink with many ingredients, but if one is very strong, that’s what you taste,” says Isaak with a laugh. “For better or worse, I have a tendency to dominate because I have a big voice and some twisted ideas.”

For Isaak continuing to write and record is one of his best and least twisted ideas. “People who love music still get excited for a great new song or a performance that connects,” he explains. “Making this album wasn’t a contractual obligation – it was a thrill and a privilege to be making music with so many great people. I know the business is tough and some people say it’s not a time to make records now, but I’m hooked. I love music so much. I don’t think, ‘I’m going to sell 40 million records.’ I think, ‘How I’m going to make a hell of a record even if it’s for 40 people who just listen to it a million times.’ I think about it this way — I’ve worked my whole life and never missed a gig in 30 something years. I want to do this, and for me, the thrill is not gone.”

In part because of his new position on The X Factor Australia, Isaak finds himself thinking back to his own path to stardom and the musicians who made that journey more meaningful. “When you’re 20, you just want to be in a band to make it,” says Isaak. “All these years later, I’ve never missed a tour or a date. And only now in the past ten years, I’ve realized the real prize isn’t how much money you make or the gold records. The real prize is the people you work with. That sounds like a Hallmark Card, and that might sound crazy to a 20 year old who just wants to get famous, but it ends up being true. I’ve seen tons of bands I know who make tons of money and they’re very unhappy people who don’t have a friend in the world when they’re on the road. I’ve always gone out on the road with people who I love and respect as musicians and as people. I don’t want to be onstage with anyone who I don’t like. I’m not that good an actor, and I have the movies to prove it. I feel lucky to play with my band. You’d think we’d be blasé by now, but the guys are excited to have a new record. We love playing together and we’re still trying to get it right.”

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