Sufjan Stevens is Coming to Portland!

By Hollister Dixon

One of the most wonderful things about Sufjan Stevens is that you never quite know what to expect from him, both on record and live. He’s someone who has swung wildly from intimate and banjo-intensive, to heavily-orchestrated or even downright epic, all with the same level of passion and dedication. His live shows aren’t any different; I personally have seen him on two occasions: the first of which being a neon-lit blowout at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on the Age of Adz tour, and again at the Aladdin Theater, where he brought the house down with a show almost entirely populated with Christmas songs, with a stage that looked like a thrift store had exploded all over it and the massive Song Wheel he’d brought with him. The latter ended with him climbing a stack of speakers while inflatable unicorns bounced around the crowd.

Stevens’ career has been littered with gigantic gaps in activity, occasionally peppered with odd projects he’s worked on, but the release of an actual, full-on album feels like an event now, considering his forthcoming record, Carrie & Lowell, is only his second studio album in the decade (!) since Illinois came out. And, of course, a new album means that you’ve got a fantastic chance to catch him in a live setting.

This April, Stevens will embark on a lengthy tour of North America in support of Carrie & Lowell, which will include a stop here in Portland, right back at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, on June 8th. Tickets for the show go onsale this Friday, January 30th, and you can read more about the show right over here.

After the jump, you can check out Asthmatic Kitty’s trailer for Carrie & Lowell – which will be out March 31st on Asthmatic Kitty Records, and check out the rest of his tour dates.

Sufjan Stevens:

04-10 Philadelphia, PA – Academy of Music
04-11 New York, NY – Beacon Theater
04-12 Hartford, CT – The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
04-14 Portland, ME – Merrill Auditorium
04-15 Albany, NY – The Palace Theater
04-16 Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Masonic Auditorium
04-17 Columbus, OH – Palace Theater
04-18 Indianapolis, IN – The Murat Theatre
04-20 St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
04-21 Kansas City, MO – Midland Theater
04-22 Minneapolis, MN – Northrop Auditorium
04-23 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
04-24 Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
04-27 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple
04-28 Grand Rapids, MI – Covenant Fine Arts Center
04-29 Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall
04-30 Montreal, Quebec – Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier/Place Des Artes
05-01 Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
05-04 Boston, MA – Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
05-05 Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall
05-06 Richmond, VA – Altria Theater
05-07 Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center
05-09 New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre
05-10 Dallas, TX – Majestic Theatre
05-11 Houston, TX – Jones Hall for the Performing Arts
05-12 Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall
06-02 San Diego, CA – Copley Symphony Hall
06-03 Los Angeles, CA – Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
06-05 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
06-08 Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
06-09 Vancouver, British Columbia – Orpheum Theatre
06-10 Seattle, WA – The Paramount Theatre
09-04-06 North Dorset England – End of the Road Festival

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