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Drew Lynch: Concussed

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Fri Jan 21st - 7:30PM
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$30

The Second City Remix

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246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
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Sun Jan 23rd - 7:00PM
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Nick Colletti

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Jan 27th - 7:30PM
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Citizen Cope

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jan 29th - 8:00PM
Openers: Alice Smith
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Watch What Crappens 10th Anniversary Hunky Dory Tour

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
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Sun Jan 30th - 7:00PM
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$32 - $77

Brad Williams

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Feb 4th - 07:00 PM
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$27 - $35

Doughboys

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Feb 5th - 7:00PM
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246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Feb 5th - 9:45PM
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PRICE:
$35 - $75

The You & Me Tour: An Evening With Drew And Ellie Holcomb

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Feb 9th - 8:00PM
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$30 - $110

CLAUDIA OSHRY: NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS PRESENTED BY SPRITZ SOCIETY

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Feb 12th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Feb 13th - 7:00 PM
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PRICE:
$39 - $152

Bitch Sesh: The Not Too Old for This Shit Tour

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Feb 17th - 7:30PM
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$44.50 - $88

Jim Norton

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Feb 18th - 07:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Feb 18th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $104

Rob Schneider

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Feb 20th - 7:00PM
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PRICE:
$32 - $77

POSTPONED – JONATHAN RICHMAN featuring TOMMY LARKINS on the drums!

This show is postponed. New date TBA. Ticket purchasers will be notified.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Feb 22nd - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32- $40

Charlie Berens

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Feb 23rd - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$25 - $35

Richard Marx

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Feb 24th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$40 - $65

Jimmy O. Yang

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Feb 25th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30 - $90

POSTPONED – Nick Swardson

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Feb 25th - 07:30 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Feb 25th - 10:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$49

Vic DiBitetto

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Feb 26th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39.50

Bruce Cockburn

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Feb 27th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $65

Steve Vai: Inviolate Tour

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Mar 2nd - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$47 - $1565

Beth Hart – The Thankful Tour

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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

Deon Cole: Coleology Tour

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Mar 13th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30 - $40

Irish Comedy Tour

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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

Gus Johnson

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Mar 17th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$41.50 - $62

KFC Radio

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Mar 18th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Mar 18th - 10:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$38 - $48

And That’s Why We Drink: Here for the Boos Tour!

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Mar 19th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
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Sat Mar 19th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30 - $65

Henry Rollins: Good To See You 2022

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Mar 20th - 7:00PM
PRICE:
$40 - $165

Trevor Wallace: Are You That Guy? Tour

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Mar 25th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Mar 25th - 10:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$27 - $77

Trey Kennedy: The Are You For Real? Tour

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Mar 27th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$41 - $152

The English Beat

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Mar 30th - 8:00PM
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PRICE:
$35 - $45

Kanan Gill

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Apr 1st - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$38 - $58

An Evening With Steve Hackett: Genesis Revisited, Seconds Out, Plus More

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Apr 2nd - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$50 - $75

One Night of Queen

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

Colin Hay

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Apr 9th - 8:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Apr 10th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$45 - $59

Marc Maron: This May Be The Last Time

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Apr 16th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$47 - $61.50

Doctor Mike: A-Live Tour

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Mon Apr 18th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$29 - $130

Melvin Seals & JGB

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Apr 19th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Partly seated
PRICE:
$35 - $45

Saints, Sinners & Serial Killers starring Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Apr 20th - 7:30PM
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PRICE:
$30 - $52

Undertale Live

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Apr 21st - 7:30PM
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PRICE:
$37

Jim Gaffigan: The Fun Tour

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Apr 22nd - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Apr 22nd - 10:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Apr 23rd - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
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Sat Apr 23rd - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$59 - $75

Brian Posehn

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

Tracy Morgan

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Apr 30th - 07:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Apr 30th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$65

Todrick Hall: The Femuline Tour

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun May 1st - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Partly seated
PRICE:
$30 - $138

Eric Johnson’s Treasure Tour

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu May 5th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$40 - $65

Rest in Peace, Bob Saget

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat May 7th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$29 - $43

The Gilmour Project

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun May 8th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $50

Criminal

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Mon May 9th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30 - $40

The Dollop Live

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu May 12th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37 - $77

Al Franken: The Only Former U.S. Senator Currently on Tour Tour

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat May 14th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$47 - $89

The Majority Report with Sam Seder LIVE

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun May 15th - 2:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37

Nikki Glaser: One Night with Nikki Glaser

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri May 20th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$44 - $100

Ms. Pat

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat May 21st - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$25 - $35

Anthony Rodia: The Road Rage Tour

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat May 28th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$40 - $50

Christina P.

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Jun 5th - 7:00PM
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PRICE:
$25 - $39

Welcome to Night Vale

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Fri Jun 10th - 8:00PM
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PRICE:
$32

It’s Happening With Snooki & Joey

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Sat Jun 11th - 7:00PM
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PRICE:
$35 - $152

Gordon Lightfoot: The Legend in Concert

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Wed Jun 22nd - 7:00PM
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$50 - $75

The Kirk Minihane Show presented by Barstool Sports

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jul 16th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jul 16th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$40 - $100

Christopher Titus

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

Preacher Lawson

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

Sinbad

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jan 13th - 07:30 PM
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Due to the current state of COVID-19, this act has opted to implement a COVID-19 Vaccination/Negative Test Policy to ensure the safety of all patrons and staff. Proof of

Due to the current state of COVID-19, this act has opted to implement a COVID-19 Vaccination/Negative Test Policy to ensure the safety of all patrons and staff.

Proof of vaccination or a negative test result of a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the performance will need to be presented during the security screening process to enter the venue. PCR and Rapid tests will be accepted. Proof of negative result needs to include patron’s name that matches a form of government ID, also to be show to security, and a visible timestamp to ensure it was taken during the 72 hour timeframe prior to the show. Due to this change in policy, if you are unwilling or unable to present proof of vaccination or a negative result of a COVID-19 test, taken within the appropriate timeframe, please contact us directly at [email protected]

Thank you for your patronage, support and compliancy during these unprecedented times.  We are all in this together!

The latest full-length from Valerie June, The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers emerged from a long-awaited revelation on the part of the Tennessee-bred singer/songwriter. “With this record, it finally became clear why I have this dream of making music,” June says of her third album for Fantasy Records. “It’s not for earthly reasons of wanting to be awarded or to win anybody’s love—it’s because dreaming keeps me inquisitive and keeps me on that path of learning what I have to share with the world. I think when we allow ourselves to dream like we did when we were kids, it ignites the light that we all have within us, and helps us to have a sort of magic about the way we live.”

The follow-up to her widely adored The Order of Time—a 2017 effort that earned the admiration of Bob Dylan and landed on best-of-the-year lists from the likes of Rolling Stone and the New York Times— The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers is a potent catalyst for that kind of magic. With her spellbinding vocals and infectious sense of wonder, June gently eases the listener into a far more charmed state of mind, one that quickly restores a powerful feeling of joyful possibility. Produced by June and Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, John Legend), The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers achieves that transcendent effect thanks in no small part to the splendor of its sound, an exquisitely composed tapestry of folk, soul, gospel, country, blues, psychedelia, and time-bending symphonic pop. In bringing the album to life, June and Splash stayed true to the spirit of wide-eyed exploration by working with an eclectic lineup of esteemed musicians, absorbing themselves in a prolonged period of free-flowing experimentation and playing with a magnificently vast palette of instruments (flute and banjo, mbira and Mellotron, saxophone and synth, to name just a few). The result is a selection of songs both ornate and elegant, each moment crafted with a profound awareness of what’s most essential in creating enduring beauty.

Though the shapeshifting textures of The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers prove infinitely mesmerizing, the album’s most enchanting element is June’s vocal presence, the extraordinary and often breathtaking sound of someone pouring her whole heart into every note. At turns ethereal and gritty, ferocious and fragile, June’s vocals possess a certain transformative quality, instantly melting away the chaos of the everyday and leaving only the immutable glow of absolute truth.

Infusing each line of The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers with her warmly delivered insight, June narrates the long and precarious journey toward realizing a dream. “Any dream is going to be work, and you have to be willing to put in that time and effort to go the long path,” she says. “There’s a lot of failing and rising and twists and turns, but dreaming itself can also be a strengthening force that we can all tap into.” One of many songs graced with a lavish string arrangement from Lester Snell (Isaac Hayes, Al Green, Solomon Burke), “Stay” opens the album with a piano-laced rhapsody urging listeners to carve out “their own personal space to dream freely,” as June puts it. Next, on “You and I,” June speaks to the ineffable joy of letting others into your inner world, the track’s effervescence intensified by the hypnotic rhythms of percussionist Humberto Ibarra.

After the luminous clarity of “Colors” and softly soaring urgency of “Stardust Scattering” (a song partly inspired by the surrealist poetry of Sun Ra), The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers presents an African proverb read by legendary Stax singer Carla Thomas (aka “The Queen of Memphis Soul”). From there, Thomas lends her backing vocals to the album’s showstopping centerpiece “Call Me a Fool,” a gorgeous piece of throwback R&B fueled by smoldering horns and a particularly soul-stirring performance from June. “It’s very scary to have a dream,” says June in revealing the song’s message. “Everybody in your life will tell you that you’re crazy and it’s never going to work out, but you’ve got to let the world call you a fool and just go for it anyway.”

Although The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers slips into a heavy-hearted mood on the stark and sorrowful “Fallin,” June’s irrepressible intensity returns on the radiant “Smile.” “As a Black woman, a song like ‘Smile’ makes me think about everything my race has gone through, and how positivity can be its own form of protest,” June points out. “It’s saying, ‘We are oppressed, we have so much against us—but the one thing you’re not gonna take from me is my smile.’” One of the album’s most beautifully untethered moments, the trance-like “Within You” shares what June calls a “mantra for rejuvenation,” while “Two Roads” channels a dreamy determination in its lilting pedal-steel tones. A song of sweetly articulated triumph, “Why the Bright Stars Glow” then leads into the album’s glorious finale: the slow-burning “Home Inside,” a prayerful invocation whose lyrics are threaded with June’s tenderhearted wisdom (e.g., “Earth is a school/To shine is why you came”).

At several points throughout The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers, June offers up what she refers to as “reflective meditation moments”: atmospheric interludes meant to lull the listener into a state of lucid serenity (the album’s final track, for instance, features recordings of mockingbirds singing outside June’s window during her time spent quarantining in Tennessee). “I know that when I’m ready to give up on something on the dreamer’s path, taking even 30 seconds to just focus on my breath can completely shift my energy and help me to keep going,” she notes. To that end, the subtitle to The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers alludes to the socalled prescriptions June created to accompany each song on the album, a carefully curated collection of elixirs, contemplation questions, and daily practices assembled to help the listener along on their own dreamer’s journey.

In the making of The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers, June added an element of ritual to every recording session, including adorning the studio floor with mandalas made from fresh-picked flowers (a rite inspired by 19th-century author Clara Lucas Balfour’s assertion that flowers are undoubtedly “the stars of the earth”). Working at Fresh Young Minds in Los Angeles and Hit Factory Criteria in Miami—with each session serendipitously transpiring under a full moon—June found an ideal collaborator in Splash, who shares her tendency toward childlike adventuring in the artistic process. “For this album I wanted to see how we could bring some modern elements into that band-in-the-room approach I’ve taken with my records in the past,” says June, who first broke through with 2013’s critically acclaimed Pushin’ Against A Stone. “Anytime you create, you should always be exploring and changing and trying things you’ve never done before.” With their reference points ranging from the freewheeling Afrobeat of Fela Kuti to the grandiose string arrangements of longtime David Bowie producer Tony Visconti, June and Splash introduced otherworldly effects and beats into the album’s elaborate orchestration, soon arriving at a sound that’s entirely singular and endlessly surprising.

In creating such a transportive body of work, June ultimately provides an utterly immersive listening experience with The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers, one that serves as a much-needed respite from the outside world. “I see these songs almost like matches for people to strike when they need to reignite that inner light and keep going when things feel dark,” says June. “I hope it helps them to feel empowered, to realize their strength and their beauty and all the gifts they have to give. And I hope it also helps people to recognize the light in everyone around them, so that we can all connect with each other in a kinder and gentler and more loving way.”

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