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Patty Griffin concludes UGA Presents season

Patty Griffin will take the stage on May 17 for the final UGA Presents performance of the season. (Photo by Michael Wilson)

Throughout the academic year and beyond, the UGA Performing Arts Center hosts some of the leading figures in classical music, jazz, world music and more. The wide-ranging UGA Presents season concludes May 17 with a performance by singer-songwriter Patty Griffin at 7:30 p.m. at Hodgson Concert Hall.

Over the course of two decades, the two-time Grammy Award winner has crafted a rich body of work from multiple genres, including Americana, folk and gospel. She chronicles the deeply personal emotional experiences of her life: love and death, heartache and joy, connection and detachment. PopMatters sums her up: “Griffin is an artist of the heart and mind. Her songs inspire deep feelings and deep thoughts.”

Born in Maine but long based in Austin, Texas, Griffin made an immediate impact with her 1996 debut, “Living with Ghosts,” and its 1998 follow-up, “Flaming Red.” Since then, her diverse body of work spans such classic LPs as 2002’s Grammy Award-nominated “1000 Kisses,” which was later ranked No. 15 on Paste’s The 50 Best Albums of the Decade (2000-2009), to 2007’s “Children Running Through,” honored by the Americana Music Association with two Americana Honors and Awards including artist of the year and album of the year.

“Downtown Church” (2011), which blends traditional gospel favorites with Griffin’s own spiritually questioning material, debuted at No. 1 on both Billboard’s Folk Albums and Christian Albums charts before winning 2011’s Best Traditional Gospel Album Grammy Award.

Widely regarded among the best pure songwriters of this or any other era, Griffin has had her work performed by many of her fellow artists, among them Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Solomon Burke, Kelly Clarkson and Jeff Beck, Martina McBride, and Miranda Lambert, to name but a few.

This performance is supported by Janet Rodekohr.

Three ways to get tickets

  1. Purchase tickets online at
  2. Call the Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  3. Visit the UGA Performing Arts Center box office, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (five-minute parking is available in the drop off circle at the Performing Arts Center for purchasing or picking up tickets.)

Single tickets begin at $25, and UGA student tickets are just $10. Parking is free.

To learn more about all UGA Performing Arts Center events, visit