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Sufjan Stevens

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Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Stevens has always done exactly what he wants, no matter how eccentric and potentially career-ending. So far his talent has let him do it with aplomb. Early in his career, the Detroit-born, Brooklyn-dwelling indie darling recorded a song cycle of electronic compositions based on the Chinese zodiac. His breakout record, Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lake State, was to be the first in a presumably 50-part series of concept albums about each state, but after one follow-up, Stevens unapologetically dropped the idea. And a few years back, he composed a 40-minute orchestral work (and shot an accompanying film) inspired by, of all things, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

Even by his artistically uncompromising standards, though, Stevens’s newest tour sounds bonkers. Promoting the musician’s new Christmas CD box set, Silver & Gold, the show is titled The Sirfjam Stephanapolous Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Spectacular Music Pageant Variety Show Disaster and promises everything from sing-along hymns to blow-up unicorns. Yet, Stevens’s work has often dealt gracefully with spirituality, so don’t doubt that, along with inflatable mythical creatures and makeshift costumes, the evening will offer beauty and wisdom for the season.
Event Categories: Concerts
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December 6, 2012 at 8pm
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3017 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR
Phone: 503-233-1994
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