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Rufus Wainwright coming to Kent Stage

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 3, 2014

I should make that "the superb Rufus Wainwright." But you know that. The official word:

Rufus Wainwright will appear at The Kent Stage in Kent, Ohio on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 at 8:00 pm.

Affectionately referred to by Elton John as "the greatest songwriter on the planet" and praised by the New York Times for his "genuine originality," Grammy nominee Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. He is the son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle and the brother of Martha Wainwright, but Rufus has achieved his success by carving out his own singular sound in the worlds of rock, opera, theater, dance and film.

Rufus has released seven studio albums and two live albums to date, including his acclaimed GRAMMY® nominated Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall! which captured his celebrated Judy Garland tribute performance at the London Palladium in 2007. Rufus has received Juno Awards for Best Alternative Album in 1999 and 2002 for Rufus Wainwright and Poses, respectively, and nominations for his albums Want Two (2005) and Release the Stars (2008). He was nominated for Songwriter of the Year in 2008 for his Release the Stars album.

In May 2012, Rufus released Out Of The Game, his most commercial work to date, a collaboration with mega-producer Mark Ronson. A labor of love for both Wainwright and Ronson, Rufus calls Out of the Game, "the most pop album I've ever made," with Ronson stating: "it's the best work of my career." The album debuted Top 25 in retail and has received widespread critical acclaim. Randall Roberts from the Los Angeles Times called Rufus' "ability to maneuver through complex emotions one of Wainwright's strengths" and calls Out Of The Game "an essential recording." Mikael Wood from the Entertainment Weekly calls the album "a lush, soul-infused disc..." with People Magazine's Chuck Arnold proclaiming "the theatrical Wainwright scores an outright winner with more accessible fare."

Musically Rufus has collaborated with many artists including, most recently, Robbie Williams, co-writing and dueting on the title track of Robbie's Swing Both Ways album. Rufus has also worked with Elton John, Paul Simon, Antony, David Byrne, Joni Mitchell, Robert Wilson, Lou Reed, the Pet Shop Boys, Guy Chambers and Boy George among others.

Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright will be released on March 3rd, 2014 on Universal records. The new collection's single-disc and digital edition features 18 standout songs that define one of modern music's most innovative talents, as well as a brand new recording, "Me and Liza." 'Wainwright will make his eagerly anticipated live return to tour Europe in March, and he has confirmed U.S. dates in Spring 2014 to support the release of Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright.


Showtime is 8:00 pm and doors open at 7:00 pm.
Reserved seats are $50 (Gold Circle) and $45 for Reserved.
Tickets on sale Friday 3/7 at 10am or 877-987-6487

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