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Father John Misty to make his Wilmington debut this spring

Father John Misty will play Wilmington on Sunday, April 16; tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, Jan. 13 (Courtesy photo)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — A new concert has been announced for Greenfield Lake Amphitheater’s lineup this April, one that will have indie rock audiences happily flocking to see Josh Tillman, better known as Father John Misty, in the flesh.

The musician unveiled 20 tour dates for spring 2023, in support of 2022’s “Chloë and the Next 20th Century” released on SubPop. It’s FJM’s fifth album since Tilman took on the solo performance moniker a decade ago, after exiting as the drummer of Fleet Foxes.

The album is a departure from fuzzed-out rock guitars backed by squalling horns and charged tempo changes.

“Chloe”‘s 11 tracks embrace smoky jazz and orchestral soundscapes (“Buddy’s Rendezvous”) and theatrical scores easily suited for silent films (“Chloe”).

Yet, FJM’s stark songwriting and storytelling impress as deeply and emotionally as ever on “Goodbye, Mr. Blue,” very much conjuring the folk-rock of Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot.

While his collaboration with L.A. Phil Harmonic on “Kiss Me (I Loved You)” showcases pristine vocal prowess and highlights an effortless delivery that still manages to pull the heartstrings in a modern-day love song.

Father John Misty has collaborated with Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Kid Cudi, and Post Malone. He won a Grammy in 2017 for his album “Pure Comedy,” as well as the Best Rock/Indie Video – International for its track “Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution.”

The tour kicks off in Charlotte on April 14, before traveling to Charleston for the High Water Festival on April 15. Father John Misty will play Wilmington on Sunday, April 16. The tour wraps May 7 in Atlanta at the Shaky Knees Festival.

Pre-sale tickets for the U.S. dates go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m. (code BUDDY), with sales open to the general public this Friday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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