Jeff Bridges to play Boston in September

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Jeff Bridges has announced plans to return to the road year for a series of live performances. Backed by his band The Abiders, the acclaimed actor and musician will embark on his first East Coast outing with a stop in Massachusetts scheduled for Wednesday, September 3 at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston. Tickets for the concert, which range in price from $40 to $75, are now on sale through Ticketmaster.

An Oscar-winner for his portrayal of a grizzled former country music legend in the 2009 film “Crazy Heart”, Bridges released his debut album Be Here Soon in 2000 and his self-titled major-label follow up on Blue Note Records in 2011. Produced by Bridges’ “Crazy Heart” collaborator, legendary producer T Bone Burnett, the album was a culmination of their more than three decades of personal, professional, and musical friendship. It debuted at #25 on the Billboard 200 and featured lead single “What A Little Bit of Love Can Do” (streaming below).

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Bridges indicated that he hopes to soon release a live album, which would be comprised of tracks culled from Abiders performances in California, Texas and Nevada. As for new material, despite having new material ready, he has no plans to record a new album in the immediate future.

“I’ve been playing music since I was a kid, so there’s a good back catalogue,” explained Bridges. “Also, one of my main sources of music is my oldest friend, a guy named John Goodwin, who wrote a song for ‘Crazy Heart’, and he’s written several songs on both of my albums I’ve got out. So we’ll probably doing more of his songs on the studio album, too.”

Along with the show in Boston, Bridges will deliver a free performance at Mohegan Sun Casino’s Wold Den in Uncasville, Connecticut on Friday, September 5.

Alongside Sheryl Crow, Bridges will co-host and perform during the Austin City Limits upcoming all-star benefit concert. In honor of the PBS music series’ 40th anniversary, the sold-out concert will take place at The Moody Theater and feature performances from Bonnie Raitt, Gary Clark Jr., Alabama Shakes, Kris Kristofferson, T Bone Burnett, Robert Earl Keen, Doyle Bramhall II, Jimmie Vaughan, and more. The concert be will be taped as part of a two-hour primetime special called “Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years”, which is scheduled to air on October 3.

Meanwhile, Bridges is still active on the big screen. He’ll be seen in the upcoming sci-fi drama “The Giver”. Based on the novel by Lois Lowry, the film will open on August 15.

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