Grammy-award winner and acclaimed singer-songwriter return to Iowa City


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Some kids hate their parents’ taste in music. Not many musicians are able to play music people of numerous generations will enjoy.

But 2009 Grammy award winner Loudon Wainwright III seems to have mastered the art. The folk musician wrote music for such performers as Bonnie Raitt and Johnny Cash many years ago, and he now manages to stay current in pop culture by working on such movies as Knocked Up and television shows such as “Parks and Recreation.”

Wainwright will bring his various talents at 8 p.m. Friday to the Englert Theater, 221 E. Washington St. Famed singer/songwriter Dar Williams will also perform. Tickets are $35.

Wainwright said it’s not difficult to find inspiration in his work, even after such long career.

“There's still plenty of song fodder out there,” he said. “As for continuing, what else would I do in this economy at my age?”

This is not the first time Wainwright has performed at the Englert, and he said he looks forward to returning.

“I have a fond memory of the theater,” he said. “As far as what will be different — new songs and a different outfit.”

Williams has also performed at the Englert.

“Inviting artists back to the Englert is an important part of developing a relationship between an artist and the Iowa City community,” said Andre Perry, the Englert executive director.

“Both Loudon and Dar have headlined their own shows in town before, but we were particularly intrigued with the prospect of them co-headlining a show,” he said. “It provides the opportunity for the audience to see how two very accomplished songwriters can complement each other over the course of an evening of music.”

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