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Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Grant-Lee Phillips

Millennium Stage

A seasoned songwriter and performer with more than two decades of experience—first as frontman of the acclaimed Grant Lee Buffalo then as an accomplished solo artist—Phillips awakens comfort and hope by shining light into darker corners.

Online advance reservations for a given performance date will open on a rolling basis, opening every Wednesday two weeks out from the date.

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Artist, Grant Lee Philips is wearing a cream colored button up with a blue blazer. He is standing in front of a brink wall and looking at the camera.

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“One of the most gifted songwriters of his generation...”
ABC News

“Criminally underappreciated, Grant-Lee Phillips is one of the more versatile singers around.”
Mother Jones

“I’m drawing on the urgency of the moment,” reflects Grant-Lee Phillips. “The things that eat away in the late hours…”

That urgency inspired the headlong rush of Widdershins—released in 2018 via Yep Roc—in which Grant-Lee Phillips invests the insight, nuance, and wit that has distinguished his songcraft over the past three decades in a riveting dissection of today’s fraught social landscape. Beneath the moment’s tumultuous veneer, Phillips uncovers resonances spanning centuries—patterns echoing from the present day to the distant past. Its 12 tracks were cut largely live in the studio with the sharp trio of Phillips (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Jerry Roe (drums), and Lex Price (bass) serving as messengers. Says Phillips, “This moment is explosive, volatile, and heightened. It’s important to me that the music reflect that…”

By turns sardonic, provocative, and illuminating, Widdershins (produced by Phillips and mixed by Tucker Martine) delivers its poetic truths through Phillips’ peerless melodic sensibilities, carefully balancing intensity and vulnerability. A now seasoned songwriter and performer with more than two decades of experience—first as frontman of the acclaimed Grant Lee Buffalo then as an accomplished solo artist—Phillips awakens comfort and hope by shining light into darker corners. “I hope to express my faith in people, my faith in the good ideas we’re capable of, and that regardless of what opposition we face, the fact that we can surmount these things,” he concludes. “We can stare them down, laugh at them, belittle them, and drive the darkness back into a hole.”

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For all Millennium Stage performances, a limited number of advance reservations are available on a first come, first served basis. Advance reservations do not guarantee a seat, and patrons are encouraged to arrive early.

Online advance reservations for a given performance date will open on a rolling basis, opening every Wednesday two weeks out from the date.

For live Millennium Stage performances free tickets will also be available at the Hall of States Box Office on the day of the performance, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Seating is first come, first served. Standing room is available behind the seated area as space allows.

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