Thursday, February, 22 2018

Rival Entertainment Presents:

with Wilder Adkins

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JOSH GARRELS

Doors 7pm / Show 8pm / All Ages / $22 General Admission / $35 VIP

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ABOUT

• All Ages Welcome
• General Admission (first come, first served) - no assigned seats!
• Tickets available online via Ticketmaster.com or without ticket fees in person at the Center Stage Box Office, M-F, 11-6. Online sales end at 5pm on day of show
• VIP Ticket includes early entry, a group Q&A with Josh Garrels & band, and a signed tour poster



Portland, Oregon-based folk artist Josh Garrels crafts songs exploring themes of compassion, hope, longing, and liberation. The founder of independent label Small Voice Records, Garrels has released seven albums, including his 2015 release Home and the critically acclaimed, fan-financed 2011 release Love & War & the Sea In Between. Garrels has independently sold over 275,000 albums.



- Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition
- Featured Performer in the ASCAP Foundation's "Songwriters: The Next Generation" 2017 showcase at The Kennedy Center
- Winner of the inaugural "ASC Commissions Birmingham" song contest, 2014, with "Side By Side"

Wilder Adkins’ songwriting gleans as much from the earthy poetry of Wendell Berry and Mary Oliver as it does from the works of folk luminaries Richard Thompson and Bruce Cockburn. He’s a true theosophical spirit, arrestingly taciturn, but possessed of startling guitar skills, a wit as dry as October leaves, and a tremulous, dented voice that’s frankly mesmerizing. His courtly-but-witty lyrics evoke a Deep South Shelley or Yeats, riding a joyful guitar dexterity. Adkins hails from Marietta, GA, but now lives and writes in Birmingham, AL. He grew up listening to his dad play renditions of Neil Young and Van Morrison songs on an old Guild Jumbo Acoustic. Some time spent in India helped to expand his melodic sense and also provided a chance to learn Hindi. Adkins’ songs, steeped in natural imagery, frequently touch upon the subjects of faith, doubt, and as the title of his new album would indicate, hope and sorrow.