UVA brings Iron & Wine to town

ironwineFolk singer-songwriter Sam Beam is the beard behind Iron & Wine.

Iron & Wine, the performing name of Folk rock singer-songwriter Sam Beam, has a show scheduled at the Paramount in February thanks to UVA's PKG concert committee, a subcommittee of the University Programs Council.

Beam, who attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond as an undergraduate, originally utilized film as a creative outlet before friends convinced him to record the songs he was writing on the side. After signing to Sub Pop Records in 2002, he released four full-length albums to overwhelming critical acclaim – Paste Magazine named The Shepherd's Dog one of the top ten albums of 2007, and many of his singles have been featured in places like The O.C., House, Grey's Anatomy, Garden State, and Twilight, among others.

Other recent PKG shows have included slide guitarist Derek Trucks at Old Cabell Hall, mash-up artist Girl Talk at John Paul Jones Arena, and annual Springfest headliners like OK Go and Ben Folds. This one starts at 8pm on Friday, February 5, and tickets go on sale Wednesday, December 2 at 10am; they cost $30, but UVA students can get in for $22.