Holiday Cheer for FUV 2022 Lineup
Holiday Cheer for FUV 2022 (image by Molly Styslinger, PR)
Beloved, Austin-bred rockers Spoon, adventurous pop provocateurs Lucius, and Grammy-winning blues prodigy Christone "Kingfish" Ingram will join WFUV at New York's Beacon Theatre on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 for the 16th annual Holiday Cheer for FUV concert. It is WFUV's return to Holiday Cheer after a two-year hiatus.
Tickets for the show, a benefit for the radio station, are on sale to the general public now through Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster Charge By Phone (1-866-858-0008), all Ticketmaster outlets, and via the Beacon Theatre at beacontheatre.com. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $500 each which include the concert and a VIP party.
"The power of live music will be on full display at Holiday Cheer for the first time since 2019," says Rich McLaughlin, WFUV's program director. "After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the WFUV team was determined to make a bold musical statement for Holiday Cheer in 2022. We'll let the lineup speak for itself. We're grateful for the opportunity to gather with WFUV's listening community once again." Holiday Cheer for FUV is produced in conjunction with MSG Entertainment.
The last four concerts — 2019's powerhouse lineup of Mavis Staples, Mumford & Sons, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Yola, 2018's moving performance with John Prine, The Lone Bellow, Shannon Shaw, and special guest Nathaniel Rateliff, and 2017's quartet of sets by Aimee Mann, Randy Newman, Jeff Tweedy and Lo Moon — were triumphs, both in ticket sales and overall excellence, for FUV and the Beacon Theatre. For updates, stay tuned to 90.7 FM and WFUV.org and follow #FUVCheer on Twitter and Instagram.
About the Artists:
Releasing their tenth album, Lucifer on the Sofa, earlier this year, Spoon's brawny, minimalist, and canny rock has made this band a magical and much-loved force for over a quarter of a century. Lucifer on the Sofa, Spoon's first album recorded in Austin in over a decade, was a two-year journey for the quintet, as they segued in and out of lockdown. The result is some of singer and guitarist Britt Daniel's most piercing, poignant songs, from the brute muscle of "The Hardest Cut" to the romantic reverie "My Babe." Spoon has always been a staple of WFUV's sound; the band's fearless, fun tunes resonate with irresistible hooks and honest insight. We're grateful to have this legendary band join the 2022 edition of Holiday Cheer for FUV.
Anyone who has seen Lucius live has experienced that goosebumps moment when lead singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe unite their soaring sopranos in harmony. Aside from the uncanny beauty of their vocal brilliance, Lucius's versatility as shapeshifters, slipping between synth-pop, country, alt-folk and disco, has never been more evident than on their fourth album, 2022's Second Nature, produced by pals Brandi Carlile and Dave Cobb. This is an album made for joyful dancing through life's unpredictable tangents — which has always been Lucius's sunny mission since FUV first met Jess and Holly back in 2013. This is their first return to Cheer since 2015, and we couldn't be more pleased.
At just 23, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram has set the blues world on fire, winning a 2022 Grammy for his searing second album, 662. (He was nominated for his debut, Kingfish, too.) Earlier this spring, Ingram won Contemporary Blues Artist of the Year for the third consecutive time at the 43rd Annual Blues Music Awards, and also took home Contemporary Blues Album honors for 662, his second such triumph since a 2020 win for Kingfish. With his trusty companion, a 2018 Fender Player Stratocaster, Ingram's mastery of the instrument is not only a reminder of kingly forebears like B.B. King and Albert King, but a testament to his unique Gen Z genius, reinterpreting American blues for a younger audience. Via fiery songs such as "She Calls Me Kingfish" and "Long Distance Woman," he artfully explores the personal and universal language of the blues with unbridled passion. We were knocked out by the Clarksdale, Mississippi musician at an "FUV Live" concert back in March, and we're privileged to welcome Christone "Kingfish" Ingram to 2022's Holiday Cheer for FUV.