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Jeff Goldblum & the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Jun 27th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$65 - $115

Crime Junkie Podcast Live

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jun 29th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37 - $102

Frank Santos Jr.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jul 5th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$25

An Evening with Matty in the Morning

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Jun 13th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Jul 11th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$52 - $102

Rob Schneider

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jul 13th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32

Katya: Help Me I’m Dying Comedy Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Jul 18th - 8:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jul 19th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$25 - $150

Masters of Scale Live!

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Jul 23rd - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $252

CANCELLED: Making Masterpiece: Behind the Scenes with Rebecca Eaton

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Jul 24th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $60

Randy Rainbow

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Jul 25th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Jul 28th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$49 - $101

Bill Burr: Laughing With Your Buddies for the Travis Roy Foundation

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Aug 1st - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$79 - $250

Scott Stapp of Creed

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Aug 2nd - 8:00PM
Openers: Messer, Alien Atmosphere
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $45

Chris Isaak

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Aug 3rd - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$55 - $277

Hannah Shaw: Tiny but Mighty Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Aug 7th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$42 - $55

Rob Delaney

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Aug 8th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Aug 8th - 10:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$27 - $37

UB40

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Aug 9th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Partly seated
PRICE:
$35 - $127

85 South Show feat. DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller & Chico Bean

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Aug 10th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $102

Scary Mommy Live – The Mother of All Comedy Shows

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Aug 16th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $77

Janis Ian & Livingston Taylor

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Aug 17th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$40 - $69

Hot Tuna Electric plus special guest Dave Mason

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Aug 21st - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$45 - $75

An Evening of Stand Up Comedy with Jeremy Piven

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Aug 24th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $67

Matt Bellassai

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Aug 24th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $72

Reggie Watts

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Aug 25th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37

Stuff You Should Know

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Aug 29th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $37

Leslie Jones

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Aug 31st - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Aug 31st - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$41 - $61

Lil Duval: Living My Best Life Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 6th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $69

Doughboys Podcast Live

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 7th - 9:45PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Sep 8th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$26 - $60

Christina P: Ride or Die Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 7th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$20 - $60

Anjelah Johnson: Technically Not Stalking

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Sep 12th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37.75 - $137.75

Jen Kirkman

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 13th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$26 - $33

Pablo Francisco

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 14th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$26.00

The Second City Greatest Hits (Vol. 59)

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Sep 15th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$25

Criminal Podcast – LIVE SHOW

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Sep 17th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32

The Waterboys

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Sep 18th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Partly seated
PRICE:
$40 - $50

Kevin James

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 20th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 20th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$45 - $75

Dave Attell

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 21st - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 21st - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37

Demetri Martin

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Sep 22nd - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39.50 - $139.50

Rick Wakeman: Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Mon Sep 23rd - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$40 - $225

STEVE HACKETT: GENESIS REVISITED ‘SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND’ (in its entirety) PLUS SPECTRAL MORNINGS Anniversary Celebration

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Sep 24th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$50 - $75

Jim Gaffigan: Secrets and Pies Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Sep 25th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Sep 26th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 27th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 27th - 10:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 28th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 28th - 9:45PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Sep 29th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$59 - $79

Jim Gaffigan + Pears Book

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Sep 29th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$52 - $79

Bob Marley Comedian

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Oct 4th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$36.50

Michael Blackson

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 5th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $77

Maz Jobrani

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 12th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $102

Big Thief

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Oct 13th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Partly seated
PRICE:
$28 - $38

Jesse Cook

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Oct 16th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $47

The Moth

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Oct 17th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$57

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

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

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

Jim Jefferies

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

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

Nicole Byer

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 9th - 7:00PM
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

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
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 - 7:30PM
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

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

Chris Botti

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

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
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

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
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$47 - $102

Bio

There’s a great scene in The Last Waltz – the documentary about The Band’s final concert – where director Martin Scorsese is discussing music with drummer/singer/ma

There’s a great scene in The Last Waltz – the documentary about The Band’s final concert – where director Martin Scorsese is discussing music with drummer/singer/mandolin player Levon Helm. Helm says, “If it mixes with rhythm, and if it dances, then you’ve got a great combination of all those different kinds of music: country, bluegrass, blues music, show music…”

To which Scorsese, the inquisitive interviewer, asks, “What’s it called, then?”

“Rock & roll!”

Clearly looking for a more specific answer, but realizing that he isn’t going to get one, Marty laughs. “Rock & roll…”

Well, that’s the way it is sometimes: musicians play music, and don’t necessarily worry about where it gets filed. It’s the writers, record labels, managers, etc., who tend to fret about what “kind” of music it is.

And like The Band, the members of Railroad Earth aren’t losing sleep about what “kind” of music they play – they just play it. When they started out in 2001, they were a bunch of guys interested in playing acoustic instruments together. As Railroad Earth violin/vocalist Tim Carbone recalls, “All of us had been playing in various projects for years, and many of us had played together in different projects. But this time, we found ourselves all available at the same time.”

Songwriter/lead vocalist Todd Sheaffer continues, “When we started, we only loosely had the idea of getting together and playing some music. It started that informally; just getting together and doing some picking and playing. Over a couple of month period, we started working on some original songs, as well as playing some covers that we thought would be fun to play.”

Shortly thereafter, they took five songs from their budding repertoire into a studio and knocked out a demo in just two days. Their soon-to-be manager sent that demo to a few festivals, and – to the band’s surprise – they were booked at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival before they’d even played their first gig. This prompted them to quickly go in and record five more songs; the ten combined tracks of which made up their debut album, “The Black Bear Sessions.”

That was the beginning of Railroad Earth’s journey: since those early days, they’ve gone on to release five more critically acclaimed studio albums and one hugely popular live one called, “Elko.” They’ve also amassed a huge and loyal fanbase who turn up to support them in every corner of the country, and often take advantage of the band’s liberal taping and photo policy. But Railroad Earth bristle at the notion of being lumped into any one “scene.” Not out of animosity for any other artists: it’s just that they don’t find the labels very useful. As Carbone points out, “We use unique acoustic instrumentation, but we’re definitely not a bluegrass or country band, which sometimes leaves music writers confused as to how to categorize us. We’re essentially playing rock on acoustic instruments.”

Ultimately, Railroad Earth’s music is driven by the remarkable songs of front-man, Todd Sheaffer, and is delivered with seamless arrangements and superb musicianship courtesy of all six band members. As mandolin/bouzouki player John Skehan points out, “Our M.O. has always been that we can improvise all day long, but we only do it in service to the song. There are a lot of songs that, when we play them live, we adhere to the arrangement from the record. And other songs, in the nature and the spirit of the song, everyone knows we can kind of take flight on them.” Sheaffer continues: “The songs are our focus, our focal point; it all starts right there. Anything else just comments on the songs and gives them color. Some songs are more open than others. They ‘want’ to be approached that way – where we can explore and trade musical ideas and open them up to different territories. But sometimes it is what the song is about.”

So: they can jam with the best of them and they have some bluegrass influences, but they use drums and amplifiers (somewhat taboo in the bluegrass world). What kind of music is it then? Mandolin/vocalist John Skehan offers this semi-descriptive term: “I always describe it as a string band, but an amplified string band with drums.” Tim Carbone takes a swing: “We’re a Country & Eastern band! ” Todd Sheaffer offers “A souped-up string band? I don’t know. I’m not good at this.” Or, as a great drummer/singer/mandolin player with an appreciation for Americana once said: “Rock & roll!”

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