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A sparkly band of religious outlaws is rounding up fellow west coast heathens for an earnest, emotional, enlightened evening of foot-stompin!


TikTok sensation and singing/songwriting drag queen Flamy Grant joins swoony indie folk duo Story & Tune for a night of harmony-driven healing. Unlike any show you’ve ever seen, it’s drag meets The Civil Wars meets inner child work. Join us to get therapized, revitalized, and deputized at A Million Ways to Cry in the West.

“Flamy is wicked talented… and is bringing a reckoning to the [Christian music] industry that has been shutting out its LGBTQ+ artists and fans for too long.” —Mat Hayes, Fagnostic Podcast

Story and Tune: At the heart of Story & Tune is the real-life love story of two artists from different corners of the world, who found their way to each other via Instagram and in spite of considerable odds.

The result was a whole lot of joy.

And a whole lot of songs. Aussie singer-songwriter Ben Grace and Californian poet Karyn Thurston met for the first time weeks after they first said I love you, a blush-worthy whirlwind love story that landed them in a creative partnership writing a torrent of original songs. Story & Tune is the marriage of her words and his melodies (though they’ve been known to switch roles from time to time.) Driven by folk-americana’s long history of lyrical storytelling, the harmony-driven duo’s songs are a unique blend of heart, ache, and laughter, all grounded in the unwavering belief that belonging is an essential human right.

Story & Tune are a blend of Woody Guthrie’s commitment to a better world with the rise and fall drama of a ballad by The Civil Wars. They’re the story you tell about an evening in Over the Rhine’s barn where too much whiskey leads to a flirty, irreverent guest appearance by Johnny & June. Whether they are sharing unforgettable modern folk originals about ghosts, good boundaries, and hard goodbyes, or leading a bar sing-along of your favorite cover tunes, you won’t leave a Story & Tune show without feeling a little seen, a little celebrated, and a little more hopeful than you did before you came.

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