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A sparkly band of religious outlaws is rounding up fellow west coast heathens for an earnest, emotional, enlightened afternoon of foot-stomping folk songs, bedazzled boots, and unyielding insistence that you belong, baby. TikTok sensation and singing/songwriting drag queen Flamy Grant joins swoony indie folk duo Story & Tune for some harmony-driven healing, with added ache from local Portland folk legends Hannah Glavor and Annie Bethancourt. Unlike any show you’ve ever seen, it’s drag meets The Civil Wars meets inner child work. Join us to get therapized, revitalized, and deputized at A Million Ways to Cry in the West.
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Flamy Grant is a shame-slaying, hip-swaying, singing-songwriting drag queen with Appalachian roots who now calls San Diego home. She time traveled from a 90s Lilith Fair tour, bringing with her a roots-rock sound influenced by gospel and Americana. Her music shines a spotlight on the queer spiritual journey, telling stories of resilience and recovery from religious trauma. With a bold lip, a big lash, and a blistering voice, Flamy is here to rewrite the rules when it comes to religious music, demanding a reckoning for an industry that has for too long silenced and shut out its LGBTQ+ artists and fans.
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Aussie singer-songwriter Ben Grace and Californian poet Karyn Thurston met for the first time weeks after they first said I love you, a blush-worthy whirlwind love story that landed them in a creative partnership writing a torrent of original songs. Story & Tune is the marriage of her words and his melodies (though they’ve been known to switch roles from time to time.) Driven by folk-americana’s long history of lyrical storytelling, the harmony-driven duo’s songs are a unique blend of heart, ache, and laughter, all grounded in the unwavering belief that belonging is an essential human right.
Story & Tune are a blend of Woody Guthrie’s commitment to a better world with the rise and fall drama of a ballad by The Civil Wars. They’re the story you tell about an evening in Over the Rhine’s barn where too much whiskey leads to a flirty, irreverent guest appearance by Johnny & June. Whether they are sharing unforgettable modern folk originals about ghosts, good boundaries, and hard goodbyes, or leading a bar sing-along of your favorite cover tunes, you won’t leave a Story & Tune show without feeling a little seen, a little celebrated, and a little more hopeful than you did before you came.