Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Famed Singer-Songwriter Jackson Browne Announces Philadelphia Stop on 2012 U.S. Acoustic Tour with Special Guest Sara Watkins, July 25

MAY 1, 2012

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Presents in Association with Larry Magid Entertainment Group

 

Tickets on Sale Saturday, May 5

 

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Jackson Browne brings his summer 2012 acoustic tour to the Academy of Music on July 25, 2012 at 8 p.m. Playing guitar and piano, Browne will perform songs from his entire body of work with varying set lists on each stop of the tour, which begins July 14 in Charlotte, N.C. and concludes August 15 in Cleveland Heights, Oh. Tickets for his Philadelphia show go on sale to the public Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m.

 

Singer, songwriter, and fiddle player Sara Watkins will open the Acoustic Tour as a special guest. Her second solo album, Sun Midnight Sun, will be released on May 8 and features guest appearances by Browne, Fiona Apple, Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Benmont Tench, and Sean Watkins.

 

“I’m really excited to have Sara joining me on this tour,” says Jackson. “We’ve played together a number of times in the last few years, sometimes on her show and sometimes mine, and it’s always been a thrill for me. I’m floored by her amazing instrumental virtuosity and by her beautiful voice, and most of all, I love her songs.”

 

Jackson will be donating $1 from each ticket sold on the U.S. Acoustic Tour to charity. In addition, premium benefit seats are available for purchase through The Guacamole Fund: www.guacfund.org.  Pre-sale information and VIP packages are available at www.jacksonbrowne.com.

 

Tickets for Jackson Browne with special guest Sara Watkins are available at $40 to $89, and can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office located on Broad and Spruce streets, Philadelphia, Pa. (open daily from 10am to 6pm, later on performance evenings).

 

Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He was honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2007. Beyond his music, Browne is known for his advocacy efforts on behalf of the environment, human rights, and arts education. He is a co-founder of the groups Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE), Nukefree.org, and the Success Through the Arts Foundation, which provides education opportunities for students in South Los Angeles.

 

Jackson's career began in the mid-60s in Los Angeles and Orange County folk clubs. Except for a brief period in NYC in the late 1960s, he has always lived in Southern California. His debut album came out on David Geffen's Asylum Records in 1972. Since then, he has released thirteen studio albums and three collections of live performances; his most recent, Love Is Strange (2010), features David Lindley.

 

In 2002, he was the fourth recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, given to artists whose works exemplify the environmental and social values that were essential to the great California-born author. He has received Duke University’s LEAF award for Lifetime Environmental Achievement in the Fine Arts, and both the Chapin-World Hunger Year and NARM Harry Chapin Humanitarian Awards. In 2004, Jackson was given an honorary Doctorate of Music by Occidental College in Los Angeles, for "a remarkable musical career that has successfully combined an intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of social justice."

 

Acclaimed singer, songwriter, and fiddle player Sara Watkins first gained recognition as a founding member of the Grammy Award–winning, platinum-selling trio Nickel Creek. When not on the road or in the studio, Watkins has guest-starred as fiddler and/or harmony vocalist on albums by Béla Fleck, the Chieftains, Ray LaMontagne, Ben Lee, Dan Wilson, Richard Thompson, and Alex Woodward, among others. Additionally, Watkins and her brother Sean continue an informal residency called the Watkins Family Hour at the L.A. club Largo, which often includes surprise cameos from friends and colleagues.

 

Sun Midnight Sun follows Watkins’ critically acclaimed 2009 self-titled solo debut produced by John Paul Jones. In the three years since her last release, Watkins has been busy touring the world as guest fiddle player and vocalist with the Decemberists and joining Garrison Keillor on his nationwide Summer Love performance tours, as well as acting as his first and only guest host for A Prairie Home Companion broadcasts.

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Kimmel Center, Inc., a charitable, not-for-profit organization, owns, manages, supports and maintains The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, which includes Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, Innovation Studio and the Merck Arts Education Center. Kimmel Center, Inc. also manages the Academy of Music, owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, and the University of the Arts Merriam Theater. Kimmel Center, Inc.’s mission is to operate a world class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience which includes providing arts in education, community outreach and a rich diversity of programming. The 2011/2012 season is sponsored by Citi. For additional information, visit kimmelcenter.org.

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