Grammy-Nominated The Milk Carton Kids Make UGA Presents Debut

April 1, 2022

“A standard bearer for a new generation of folk artists and harmony duos.”—NPR

Evocative lyrics, ethereal harmonies, and intricate musicianship have launched the guitar-playing California duo The Milk Carton Kids into the upper echelon of influencers in modern American folk music. The band’s 2013 debut album, The Ash & Clay, pushed Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale into the national spotlight and earned them the first of three Grammy Award nominations.


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The Only Ones, the group’s most recent record, finds Ryan and Pattengale performing a stripped-down acoustic set without a backing band. On The Only Ones, the pair returns to the core of what they are about musically: the duo. Thursday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m., they make their UGA Presents debut at Hodgson Concert Hall.

In 2019, Ryan and Pattengale hosted the 18th annual Americana Honors & Awards for the second year in a row, and the group’s Grammy nominations are Best Folk Album in 2013 (The Ash & Clay), Best American Roots Performance in 2015 (“The City of Our Lady”), and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, in 2018 (All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do).

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Michaela Anne opens this concert with material from her most recent album, Desert Dove. The album has received national praise from a multitude of outlets that include Billboard, Rolling Stone Country, NPR, Paste Magazine, Wide Open Country, Brooklyn Vegan, Albumism, Associated Press, No Depression, The Bluegrass Situation and The Boot. Regionally, Michaela has appeared in print in Nashville Scene and Nashville Lifestyles, which said, “The classic country-style songs sound as if they’re being sung from an expansive cave or a massive honky tonk … the effect is a group of acoustic songs with the brevity of country songwriting and the capricious intensity of indie rock.”

The 25th anniversary season at Hodgson Concert Hall includes two more Americana events: mandolinist Sierra Hull with multi-instrumentalist Justin Moses (Fri., May 6) and banjo virtuosos Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn (Thurs., May 19).

For each of these UGA Presents performances, 25 tickets are available for just $25, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Performing Arts Center. Tickets for UGA students are always $10.

For a complete list of UGA Presents performances, click here.

Three Ways to Order Tickets

  1. Purchase tickets online 24/7 online here.
  2. Call the Performing Arts Center Box Office at (706) 542-4400, Mon.-Fri., 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  3. Visit the UGA Performing Arts Center Box Office, Mon.-Fri., 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (5 minute parking is available in the drop off circle at the Performing Arts Center for purchasing or picking up tickets.)

COVID protocols

For information about the Performing Arts Center’s current COVID-19 protocols, click hereFlexible ticketing will be in place for all performances occurring through May 2022. Patrons may exchange tickets for another performance or receive a full refund until 12:00 p.m. on the day of the performance, if occurring on a weekday, or by Friday at 5:00 p.m. if occurring on a weekend.