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Brian Beattie Brings ‘Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase’ Tour to Phoenix


“It’s a book! It’s a record! It’s a movie for your ears!”

Brian Beattie will bring his Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase tour to Phoenix on March 14 at Hardes Theatre, part of Phoenix Theatre Space. Beattie, an Austin-based musician and producer (Glass Eye, Patty Griffin, Dead Milkmen), worked with a long list of artists, including musicians Bill Callahan, Daniel Johnston and Will Sheff of Okkervil River, to create this project that mixes song, sound effects and narration.

Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase is a “tin pan-alley esque” pop album, book and live show. The story is set in Texas in 1983. Ivy, the main character, is a 10-year-old gal in search of a wicker basket full of money, which she needs to save the family farm.

During the live production, Beattie reads from the story and performs music from the album, including productions originally sung by Sheff, Callahan and Johnston. Beattie is joined by his wife, the artist Valerie Fowler. She operates a scroll of illustrations from the book, all of which she designed herself. The result is a not-so-ordinary live show that will entertain people of all ages. Don’t miss the Arizona performance on Saturday, March 14 at Hardes Theatre from 8 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. (doors open at 7 P.M.). Tickets are $5.

Watch a couple videos of the production below and for more information about the project, visit the website here

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