For those indie folk fans who weren’t waiting to purchase tickets at the Paramount Theatre on Monday, there is still time to secure a seat for the Jan. 23 Iron and Wine concert.
Nationally renowned singer and songwriter Samuel Beam, better known as Iron and Wine, will perform as part of the Live at the Paramount series, to the delight of many young adults who appreciate his predominantly acoustic and vocal-rich sound.
Iron and Wine – a name inspired by a vitamin bottle Beam found, labeled Beef Iron & Wine – entered the industry with a few self – recorded tracks and has since become a beloved artist with a musical quality comparable to alternative artist, Sufjan Stevens, or an old favorite, Simon and Garfunkel.
Beam’s music has been featured on numerous television shows and movies, including Garden State, Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, House M.D., The OC and Twilight. He has released five albums since his first self-promoted music endeavors and composed many recognizable songs, such as Boy With a Coin and Naked as We Came.
Betty Hukill, executive director at the Paramount, said Iron and Wine was invited in an effort to appeal to younger listeners and the student population in Abilene.
“We haven’t had anyone recently with the national notoriety that he has,” Hukill said. “He’s kind of moving us up into a bigger league of artists.”
Tickets, which range from $17 to $35, have been available at the theatre since Monday, and Hukill said many people have called, purchased tickets and expressed interest in the concert.
“For the money, this is going to be the best amount of entertainment you can get,” Hukill said. “The Paramount is perfectly suited for an intimate concert, and even if you’re on the back row, you feel like you’re very close to the artists.”
Season passes for the Live at the Paramount music series, which Hukill said will display a variety of musical interests for all age groups, may also be purchased at the theatre.
Johnny Dee & the Rocket 88, a rock and roll nostalgia band, will perform Dec. 19 at the theatre, and western swing band Hot Club of Cowtown will take the stage Feb. 27.