Live at the Lyric: The Milk Carton Kids with Opening Guest Anthony da Costa
Venue: Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg
Organizations: Anthony da Costa, The Milk Carton Kids
Date: Friday, October 12, 2018
Time: 8:00 - 10:30 PM
Event Types: Music, Arts & Theatre
Tickets range from $30.00-$45.00 depending on your seat placement.

The Lyric Theatre continues their Live at the Lyric series featuring The Milk Carton Kids with opening guest Anthony da Costa in concert on Friday, October 12, 2018.

Many be familiar with the Americana Indie Folk duo The Milk Carton Kids comprised of Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, but have you ever seen them with a full band?

This Fall will mark the first time this duo will tour with a full 5-piece band backing them. If you thought they were great as a duo, prepare to be blown away come October!

The Milk Carton Kids are an American indie folk duo from Eagle Rock, California, consisting of singers and guitarists Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan. The group begin making music together in early 2011. Known on the road for their adversarial, Smothers Brothers-evoking comedic banter as well as their virtuosic guitar skills.

The band has recorded and released five albums and been nominated for two Grammys. The duo also won Best Duo/Group of the Year from the American Music Association in 2014.


Anthony da Costa’s songs don’t extend metaphors or spin yarns. They shoot straight. The singer-songwriter and guitarist speaks plainly, from the heart and the gut.

With his latest work, including his recent solo album "DA Costa", he adds the musical force of some of American folk and roots’ seminal cities to his forthright style.

A seasoned sideperson, he’s toured extensively with Grammy-winning performers (Sarah Jarosz) and Americana darlings (Aoife O’Donovan). He’s shared the stage with everyone from Judy Collins to Kenny Loggins, played major festivals and late-night shows (CONAN), and written songs with hitmakers (Steve Poltz).

He started writing in his early teens, a precocious performer unafraid to stand up at open mic with a guitar and rack harmonica, no matter who teased him. He listened in awe to seasoned folk singer-songwriters like Dan Bern, who could mesmerize an audience for hours with his originals. “Dan inspired me, the way he could move from heartbreak to humor. I wanted to have the material to play long gigs like that. I wanted to build community from those experiences,” reflects da Costa. “Throughout high school and college, I lived a double life. Any spare moment I had I spent writing, recording, touring, performing, doing everything I could to get better.”

He succeeded, becoming the youngest winner of the songwriting contests at Falcon Ridge and Kerrville Folk Festivals in his mid-teens, competing against performers several times his age. He played gigs at any coffeeshop he could near his hometown of Pleasantville, NY, carrying a thick binder of favorite covers with him. Over time, he replaced more and more of the classic songs with his own work.


Tickets range from $30.00-$45.00 depending on your seat placement.

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