In 1996, influential American singer-songwriter Dar Williams released her record, Mortal City, full of folk rhythms and honest storytelling. Now, two decades later, Williams is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the record with a North American tour where she’ll perform the album in its entirety for the first time ever. Accompanying her on the tour will be several notable authors handpicked by Williams herself to do readings before her performances, noting that “These are people who have connected the mortal city through words and poetry and the sharing of beautifully expressed ideas.” Sharing beautiful ideas is what Dar Williams is good at, so it’s no wonder she’s gathered a team of word wizards akin to herself, like David Levithan and Jennifer Wiener.
Next month, on September 22nd through the 24th, she will be performing at NYC’s City Winery with readings by Levithan and Hendrink Hertzberg. Celebrating Mortal City takes Dar Williams, and her first loyal fans, back to her breakthrough years as a young singer-songwriter exploring politics, society, and freedom. Now, twenty years later, she is investigating how it has all changed.
For tickets to her City Winery shows and to see where else the tour takes her, visit Dar Williams’ website.