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M. Ward will celebrate the release of his forthcoming album Think Of Spring with a release show streamed live on December 11 via Seated. Proceeds will benefit independent venues that have been impacted by COVID-19, including Philly’s own World Cafe Live.

Think of Spring is a tribute to Billie Holiday and reimagines her Lady In Satin album with minimalist acoustic guitar arrangements.

“I first heard Lady In Satin in a mega-shopping mall somewhere in San Francisco,” says Ward. “I was about 20 years old and didn’t know much about Billie’s records or her life or how her voice changed over the years. Anyway, the sound was coming from the other side of the mall and I remember mistaking her voice for a beautiful perfectly distorted electric guitar – some other-world thing floating there on this strange mournful ocean of strings and I was hooked for life.”

An additional dollar from every ticket will benefit Inner-City Arts and DonorsChoose via the PLUS1 for Black Lives Fund. Find tickets to the show via World Cafe Live’s promotion link.

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