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CANCELLED – Dark Star Orchestra

This show is cancelled. All tickets will be refunded automatically at a later date.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jul 18th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $42.50

CANCELLED – The Hollies: The Road Is Long Tour

This show is cancelled. Ticket purchasers will be refunded automatically at a later date.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Jul 26th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$45 - $277

RESCHEDULED – Paula Poundstone

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Jul 30th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37

RESCHEDULED – Colin Jost

Rescheduled to 8/1. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Aug 1st - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Aug 1st - 09:45 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$42

POSTPONED – Tanya Tucker w/ Special Guest Walker Country

This show is postponed. New date TBA.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Aug 7th - 7:30Pm
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $75

RESCHEDULED – Small Town Murder

Rescheduled to February 26th, 2021. All tickets honored for the new show.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Feb 26th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37 - $77

CANCELLED – Daughtry

This show is cancelled. All tickets will be refunded automatically at a later date.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Aug 25th - 8:00PM
PRICE:
$65 - $359

POSTPONED – Sibling Rivalry The Tour : Starring Bob & Monét

This show is postponed. New date TBA.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Aug 28th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$33 - $153

The Second City’s Imperfect Union

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

RESCHEDULED – An Evening with Matty in the Morning

4/30 rescheduled to 9/3. 5/14 rescheduled to 10/29. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Sep 3rd - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Oct 29th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$52 - $102

RESCHEDULED – Nick Swardson

Rescheduled to September 4th. 5/23 tickets are valid to 7:30PM show. 5/24 tickets are valid to 10PM show.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 4th - 07:30 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 4th - 10:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$49

Dave Attell

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 5th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37

RESCHEDULED: My Dad Wrote A Porno World Tour 2020

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Sep 16th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Sep 17th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$47 - $102

RESCHEDULED – Jim Norton

Rescheduled to September 26th. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 26th - 07:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 26th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $104

CANCELLED – Rick Riordan & Carlos Hernandez: THE TOWER OF NERO

This show is cancelled. All tickets will be refunded automatically at a later date.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Mon Sep 28th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35

RESCHEDULED – Countess & Friends: Marry, F**K, Kill

Rescheduled to October 3rd. All tickets are honored for the new date.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 3rd - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $135

RESCHEDULED – Gabriel Iglesias: Beyond The Fluffy World Tour – Go Big or Go Home

Rescheduled to October 4th. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Oct 4th - 5:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Oct 4th - 8:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$55 - $75

Robin Trower

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Oct 14th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$45 - $69

Jess Hilarious

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Oct 16th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35

Andrew Santino

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 17th - 7:00PM
PRICE:
$26.50

RESCHEDULED – Doug Stanhope

Rescheduled from 7/10 to 10/18. All tickets honored for the new show.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Oct 18th - 7:30PM
PRICE:
$50

RESCHEDULED – Whitney Cummings: How Dare You

Rescheduled to October 22nd. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Oct 22nd - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$46 - $169

Drew Lynch

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

Taylor Tomlinson

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 24th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$20

RESCHEDULED – Melvin Seals and JGB

Rescheduled from October 28th. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Oct 28th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Partly seated
PRICE:
$30 - $45

CANCELLED – Einstürzende Neubauten -The Year Of The Rat Tour

This show is cancelled. Patrons who purchased tickets will be refunded automatically.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Oct 28th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Partly seated
PRICE:
$30 - $40

RESCHEDULED – Bruce Cockburn

Rescheduled to October 30th. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Oct 30th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $65

RESCHEDULED – Amanda Seales Presents: Smart, Funny & Black

Rescheduled to October 31st. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 31st - 7:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$36 - $76

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

Rescheduled from 3/28 to 11/3. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Nov 3rd - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30 - $65

RESCHEDULED – Welcome To Night Vale

Rescheduled to November 5th. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Nov 5th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32

RESCHEDULED: Fortune Feimster

Both shows rescheduled to November 6th. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Nov 6th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Nov 6th - 10:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $37

Steve-O’s Bucket List Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 7th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30 - $57

Jay Pharoah

LIMITED TIME ONLY - $20 TICKETS!

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 14th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35

RESCHEDULED – The Musical Box : A Genesis Extravaganza Vol. II

Rescheduled from 8/15 to 11/17. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Nov 17th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $50

RESCHEDULED – Zero

Rescheduled to November 18th. All tickets will be honored for the new show date.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Nov 18th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $39

RESCHEDULED – Sam and Colby: All In One Tour

Rescheduled to November 22nd. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Nov 22nd - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$27 - $252

Chris Botti

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Nov 27th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$59 - $89

RESCHEDULED – Brad Williams

Rescheduled to January 2nd, 2021. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jan 2nd - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$27 - $35

DC Young Fly

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jan 15th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $57

RESCHEDULED – Sinbad

Rescheduled to January 16th, 2021. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jan 16th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39

RESCHEDULED – The Kirk Minihane Show presented by Barstool Sports

Rescheduled to January 23rd. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jan 23rd - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jan 23rd - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$40 - $100

RESCHEDULED – DEON COLE: COLEOLOGY TOUR

Rescheduled to January 28th, 2021. All tickets honored for the new show.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Jan 28th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30 - $40

RESCHEDULED -Jacksfilms presents YIAY Live Live!

Rescheduled to February 1st, 2021. All tickets are honored to the new show.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Mon Feb 1st - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $97

RESCHEDULED – MeatEater: Off the Air

Rescheduled to February 10th, 2021. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Feb 10th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $187

RESCHEDULED – One Night of Queen

Rescheduled to February 19th. All tickets are honored to the new show.

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

RESCHEDULED – Kathleen Madigan: 8 O’Clock Happy Hour Tour

Rescheduled from July 25th to March 6th, 2021. All tickets honored to the new shows.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Mar 6th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Mar 6th - 9:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $39

RESCHEDULED – BETH HART: War In My Mind

Rescheduled to March 10th, 2021. All tickets are honored.

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

RESCHEDULED – Paul Virzi

Rescheduled to March 13th, 2021

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Mar 13th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$24

RESCHEDULED – MORBID: A TRUE CRIME PODCAST LIVE

Rescheduled to March 26th, 2021. All ticket honored to the new show.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Mar 26th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$25 - $60

RESCHEDULED – Ronny Chieng: The Hope You Get Rich Tour

Rescheduled to March 27th, 2021. All tickets honored to the new shows.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Mar 27th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Mar 27th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30

RESCHEDULED – Colin Hay

Rescheduled to April 10th, 2021. All tickets honored for the new date.

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

RESCHEDULED – Tracy Morgan

Rescheduled to 4/16/21. All tickets honored to the new show.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Apr 16th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$65

RESCHEDULED – Chris Hardwick

Rescheduled from June 25th to April 17th, 2021. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Apr 17th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35

RESCHEDULED – Music of Cream: Disraeli Gears and Clapton Classics Tour

Rescheduled to from August 14th to April 18th. All tickets honored for the rescheduled date.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Apr 18th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $45

RESCHEDULED – That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody

Rescheduled to April 25th, 2021. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Apr 25th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37 - $50

RESCHEDULED – Whose Live Anyway?

Rescheduled from 8/23 to 4/28. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Apr 28th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$50

RESCHEDULED – Mike Birbiglia Live!

These shows have been rescheduled to May 26-29, 2021. All tickets honored to the rescheduled dates.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed May 26th - 07:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu May 27th - 07:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri May 28th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat May 29th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$34 - $61

RESCHEDULED – The Fab Faux performs Revolver and Abbey Road Selections

Rescheduled to June 5th, 2021. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jun 5th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $95

RESCHEDULED – Hot Tuna: Acoustic & Electric

Rescheduled to July 13th, 2021. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Jul 13th - 8:00PM
Openers: w/ Special Guest David Grisman Trio
PRICE:
$50 - $75

Pat Metheny Side-Eye With James Francies And Joe Dyson

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

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Nov 7th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$59.50 - $99.50

Bio

"Understanding the order of time is important to anyone hoping to manifest a dream," says Valerie June. "There is a time to push, and a time to gently tend the garden."

“Understanding the order of time is important to anyone hoping to manifest a dream,” says Valerie June. “There is a time to push, and a time to gently tend the garden.”

Since the release of her 2013 breakout Pushin’ Against A Stone, June has been patiently at work in the garden of song, nurturing seedlings with love and care into the lush bloom that is her stunning new album, The Order Of Time. Some songs grew from seeds planted more than a decade ago, others blossomed overnight when she least expected them to, but every track bears the influence of time. See, time has been on June’s mind a lot lately. It’s the only constant in life, even though it’s constantly changing. It’s the healer of all wounds, the killer of all men. It’s at once infinite and finite, ever flowing with twists and turns and brutal, churning rapids that give way to serene stretches of placid tranquility. Fight against the current and it will knock you flat on your ass. Learn to read it, to speak its language, and it will carry you exactly where you’re meant to be.

“Time is the ruler of Earth’s rhythm,” June explains. “Our daily lives revolve around it. Our hearts beat along to its song. If we let it, it can be a powerful guide to turning our greatest hopes and dreams into realities.”

June knows a thing or two about turning hopes and dreams into realities. With Pushin’ Against A Stone, she went from self-releasing her music as Tennessee’s best kept secret to being hailed by the New York Times as one of America’s “most intriguing, fully formed new talents.” The New Yorker was captivated by her “unique, stunning voice,” while Rolling Stone dubbed her “unstoppable,” and NPR called her “an elemental talent born with the ability to rearrange the clouds themselves.” She astonished TV audiences from coast-to-coast with spellbinding performances on The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Austin City Limits, Rachael Ray, and CBS Saturday Morning, and graced some of the world’s most prestigious stages, from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center. First Lady Michelle Obama invited June to The White House, and she toured with artists like Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Sturgill Simpson, Norah Jones, and Jake Bugg in addition to flooring festival crowds at Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Newport Folk, Hangout, ACL, Pickathon, Mountain Jam and more. In the UK, the reaction was similarly ecstatic. June performed on Later…with Jools Holland, joined a bill with the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park, and took the press by storm. Uncut praised her “remarkably careworn vocals,” MOJO swooned for her “glorious sound,” and The Independent’s Andy Gill wrote, “June has the most strikingly individual delivery I’ve heard in ages.”

When it came time to record the follow-up, June felt liberated by the success, fearless and more confident than ever in trusting her instincts and following her muse. There was to be no rushing the music, no harvesting a song before it was ripe on the vine and ready to be plucked. When she sensed the time was right, she headed to rural Guilford, Vermont, with producer Matt Marinelli, spending long stretches through the fall and winter living and recording away from the hustle and bustle of her adopted home of Brooklyn.

“They made us feel so welcome in Vermont,” remembers June. “I was cooking amazing food and hanging out with the band all the time. There were long talks and long walks in the snow, and friends would come up for holidays. I felt like I put myself in a place where I could really soar. With the last album, I was absorbing and learning and developing so much in the studio, but this is me taking the things I learned and the things I felt in my heart and fighting for them.”

In her heart, June is a songwriter first and foremost, willing and able to blur the lines between genres and eras of sounds. The result is an eclectic blend of folk and soul and country and R&B and blues that is undoubtedly the finest work of her career. Opener “Long Lonely Road” settles in like languid southern heat, as June looks back to the sacrifices of her parents and grandparents, singing in a gentle near-whisper of the sometimes difficult, sometimes beautiful journey we all must undertake in search of brighter days. On the soulful “Love You Once Made,” her voice is backed by rich horns and vintage organ as she makes peace with the specter of loss and the ephemeral nature of our relationships, while the bluesy juke joint rocker “Shake Down” features backup vocals from her brothers, Jason and Patrick Hockett and father, Emerson Hockett recorded at home in Tennessee, and “Man Done Wrong” centers on a hypnotic banjo riff that’s more African than Appalachian.

“People shouldn’t necessarily think of bluegrass when they see the banjo,” explains June. “It was originally an African instrument, and people in America used to play all kinds of banjo: mandolin banjo, ukulele banjo, bass banjo, classical banjo, jazz banjo, there were even banjo orchestras. For some reason people like to limit it and say it just has to be in folk and bluegrass, but to me it can be in anything, and I really wanted to set the banjo free on this record.”

The banjo turns up again later as the underpinning of the R&B rave-up “Got Soul,” which plays out like a mission statement for the entire album, as June offers to “sing a country tune” or “play the blues” but reveals that underneath it all is her sweet soul. Those genre terms might be simplistic ways to attempt to define her, empty signifiers creating distinctions between sounds where June sees none. “With You” channels the sprightly, ethereal beauty of Nico with fingerpicked electric guitar and cinematic strings, “Slip Slide On By” grooves with shades of Van Morrison, and “If And” slowly builds over meditative hum that hints at John Cale.

Despite the music’s varied nature, the songs all belong to a cohesive family, in part because they’re tied together by June’s one-of-a-kind voice, and because they’re all pieces of a larger rumination on the passage of time and how it affects us. The ultimate takeaway from tracks like “The Front Door” and “Just In Time” is that the present is all we have. Everything around us (our loved ones, our youth, our beauty) will someday fade and disappear, but that transience is what makes those things all the more magical. We’re given this brief moment to share our love and light with the world, and when, as June sings on the album, “Time’s hands turn and point straight towards you,” you’d better be ready.

Thankfully for us, June was ready when time told her to harvest these songs. In the garden, as in life, there is a time for everything and the moment has finally arrived to enjoy the fruits of all her labor. With ‘The Order Of Time,’ Valerie June has prepared a bountiful feast, and there’s a seat at the table for everyone.

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  • TheValerieJune

    RT @SmithsonianChan: With his 12-string guitar and moving lyrics, Huddie Ledbetter became one of the most influential musicians of the 20th…

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    Also thanks for listening to my Young, Gifted, and Black @Spotify playlist. I look forward to sharing more playlist… https://t.co/8dcHEASlsE

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  • TheValerieJune

    Here's a short and sweet song from the queen: @blkfootwhtfoot! This song feels timeless and serene which is somethi… https://t.co/5hduChjNxh

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    @queengeeny1 Paint Glads!!!

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  • TheValerieJune

    The wind blew over this fire red glad, so I had to bring it in instead of letting it wilt away outside. Waking up… https://t.co/VVAqb7uUgz

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