Iris DeMent coming to Eastern Illinois University's Doudna

Iris DeMent coming to Eastern Illinois University's Doudna

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Singer/songwriter Iris DeMent will perform at EIU.

CHARLESTON -- Acclaimed singer/songwriter Iris DeMent will perform at Eastern Illinois University’s Dvorak Concert Hall on Sunday, Oct. 20. Tickets for the concert are available now and can be purchased online or at the Doudna Box Office.

DeMent’s 1992 debut album Infamous Angel was hailed by Rolling Stone as “an essential album of the 90’s. Combining elements of folk, gospel and country, her rich lyrical landscapes and captivating music have earned two Grammy nominations and the respect of her peers such as John Prince, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell.

Born in Arkansas and raised in Southern California, DeMent spent her childhood immersed in gospel and traditional country music. Through her career, several of DeMent’s songs became cultural touchstones. “Let The Mystery Be” found its way to MTV Unplugged as a duet by David Byrne and Natalie Merchant. “Our Town” was played over the farewell scene in the series finale of Northern Exposure. Merle Haggard, invited her to tour with his legendary band “The Strangers,” sitting in as piano player and later went on to record two of her songs, “No Time To Cry” and the gospel tinged “The Shores of Jordan”. She’s recorded and toured extensively with John Prine, singing four duets with him on the release In Spite of Ourselves.

In 2004 she recorded the gospel album, Lifeline. One of the songs caught on that album, was her rendition of “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” the song the Coen Brothers chose to run over the closing credits of their remake of the classic western “True Grit.”

Twenty three years after her debut album “Infamous Angel”, DeMent released The Trackless Woods, a collection of 18 poems written by the late Russian poet Anna Akhmatova and set to music by DeMent.

Iris DeMent’s performance at the EIU is part of the Doudna Fine Arts Center’s 2019-2020 performance season. You and see a list of the Premier performances on the Doudna’s website at

Tickets for the Iris DeMent concert are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors (62+), and $10 for students, and can be purchased online at or at the Doudna Fine Arts Center Box Office. Once the EIU Fall semester begins on August 19, the Doudna Box Office will resume its schedule and be open Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and one hour prior to each ticketed performance.

The Doudna Fine Arts Center is located at 1860 South 7th Street in Charleston on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Convenient free parking is located near the fine arts center. To arrange accommodations for those needing special assistance, contact Doudna Fine Arts Patron Services at 217-581-3110 or


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