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It might surprise theater fans that Tony-nominated Ramin Karimloo's playlist includes an eclectic mix of Colm Wilkinson, the alt-rock band The Tragically Hip, and North Carolina's own, The Avett Brothers. But Karimloo says for him there is a common thread that ties his favorite genres of music altogether. "I just love to tell stories where words are not enough to just say, where the emotion is too strong, and you have to sing," he says. "I think with songs from theatre, bluegrass, etcetera, there's a lot of emotion in the story. That's why in my shows the gap between these genres are not as far apart as it seems on paper," he adds. "I'm grateful that I get a chance to crossover and sing such an eclectic mix."

And it's that eclectic mix that audiences can expect to hear when Karimloo joins The Avett Brothers' cellist Joe Kwon for a concert benefitting The Frankie Lemmon School and Development Center next month.