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Josh Ritter to play acoustic Chandelier Lobby show at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on May 28

Josh Ritter to play acoustic Chandelier Lobby show at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on May 28
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From a press release:

The F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre has just announced a very special acoustic evening with singer/songwriter Josh Ritter on Thursday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m., joining five other newly announced shows last week that are part of the venue’s intimate “Live from the Chandelier Lobby” series. Ritter will be joined by special guests Barnstar.

Tickets, which are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show, plus fees, go on sale this Friday, March 6 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the Kirby Center Box Office, by phone at 570-826-1100, and online at A special Kirby Members pre-sale will begin this Wednesday, March 4 at 10 a.m. Join today by calling 570-823-4599, ext. 225.

Hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “one of the 10 most exciting artists” on the touring circuit right now, Ritter continues to hit the road in support of his break-through 2013 release, “The Beast in Its Tracks.”

Cleary his most personal record to date, Ritter admits the many emotions that came with putting the album together.

“In the year after my marriage ended, I realized that I had more new songs than I’d ever had at one time,” Ritter said. “Far from the grand, sweeping feel of the songs on [2010’s] ‘So Runs the World Away,’ these new songs felt like rocks in the shoe, hard little nuggets of whatever they were, be it spite, remorse, or happiness.”

“So Runs The World Away” also received critical acclaim, with Bob Boilen from NPR Music saying, “I’ve come to expect good records from him… but this one took my breath away.”

In 2011, Ritter made his debut as a published author with his New York Times best-selling novel “Bright’s Passage” (Dial Press/Random House). Of the work, Stephen King wrote in The New York Times Book Review: “Shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime… This is the work of a gifted novelist.”