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Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s will play Kirby Center’s Chandelier Lobby in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 20

Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s will play Kirby Center’s Chandelier Lobby in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 20
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From a press release:

Announced today, Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s will bring his solo act to Wilkes-Barre for the F.M. Kirby Center’s “Live from the Chandelier Lobby” concert series on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, which are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show, plus fees, go on sale this Friday, Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. and are available at the Kirby Center box office (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at, and by phone at 570-826-1100. There will be a special Kirby Member pre-sale starting Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m.

Miller is the frontman and main songwriter of the hard-charging rock ‘n’ roll quartet the Old 97’s, as well as an accomplished solo artist. In addition to his nine studio albums with the 97’s (most recently “The Grand Theatre, Volume One” and “The Grand Theatre, Volume Two” in 2011), he has released seven solo albums – 1989’s “Mythologies,” 2002’s “The Instigator,” 2006’s “The Believer,” 2009’s “Rhett Miller,” 2011’s “The Interpreter: Live at Largo,” 2012’s “The Dreamer,” and 2015’s “The Traveler.”

Miller has been playing in touring bands for the better part of 20 years. This fact alone certainly qualifies him as someone allowed to title his latest solo album “The Traveler.”

Although the album was written and performed by Miller, he also had some help by members of Black Prairie, a band based in Portland that plays everything from bluegrass to klezmer to country and shares members with The Decemberists. Black Prairie entered the studio with Miller and briskly recorded the songs that make up “The Traveler.” Additional guitar work was also added by Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of R.E.M.

In addition to his music being featured in countless films and television shows, Miller has appeared in an episode of the NBC hit series “30 Rock,” and the Old 97’s were prominently featured in the Vince Vaughn/Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy “The Break-Up.” Primarily known for his songwriting and awe-inspiring live performances, Miller is also a critically-acclaimed author whose work has appeared in several books and such well-known periodicals as Rolling Stone, McSweeney’s, and The Atlantic.

Miller is an accomplished guitarist and lyricist and continues to produce moving and pointed songs about the human condition. Shifting seamlessly from love-worn odes to solemn recounts of loss, the songwriter is able to craft compelling storylines that reward and enrich the audience.

The “Live from the Chandelier Lobby” series is presented by Grotto Pizza.