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Folk music legend Greg Brown playing at Sondheim

Nov 06, 2017

Iowa’s folk legend, singer-songwriter Greg Brown returns home to play at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Brown has performed at previous year’s outdoor FAIRfest musical festivals, so it’s fitting he is on the bill as FAIRfest moves to the Sondheim theater with “An Evening with Greg Brown.”

One of American folk music’s most prolific and profound singer/songwriters of the past three decades, Brown has earned respect from his peers and a far-flung, passionately-devoted fan-base via a burnished, intimate baritone, a seemingly effortless gift for swinging, organic melody and — perhaps most of all — a humble, unvarnished poetic grace that can imbue even the most mundane, everyday human endeavors and emotions with quiet dignity, startling insight and gently twisted humor.

With roots that began in rural Jefferson County, Brown’s rich folk style is heavily influenced by his origins growing up in the Hacklebarney section of Iowa, where the gospel and music were a way of life. His mother played electric guitar, his grandfather was a banjo player and his father was a preacher.

Brown’s songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been covered by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and more. At the personal request of Jeff Bridges, Brown also contributed songs for Bridges’ Oscar-winning role in the film “Crazy Heart.” Ultimately, Brown is a storyteller who moves his audiences with his warmth, humor and deeply human musical vision.

Tickets for “An Evening with Greg Brown” are $30 for Zone 1, $25 for Zone 2, and $18 for Zone 3 and $15 for Zone 4 and $10 for youth and students. For more information, contact the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center ticket office at 472-2787 or visit www.FairfieldACC.com.

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