Words and Music title, Stephen Kellogg in concert

Stephen Kellogg ’98

The celebrated and beloved alumnus comes back to campus for the opening night of his nationwide “Sit Down & Stand Up” Tour

Words and Music title, Stephen Kellogg in concert

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Stephen Kellogg ’98 has been wowing audiences on campus and across western Massachusetts since his days as a UMass student in the late 1990s. Kellogg stayed connected to the university and the region during the ensuing decades while building a national following with his roots-rock songwriting, engaging stage presence, and extensive touring. Kellogg and his band the Sixers—which includes fellow alums Boots Factor and Kit Karlson—notably returned to campus in 2010 to make a video featuring the UMass Minuteman Marching Band for the song “Shady Esperanto and the Young Hearts.” (The marching band, by the way, still uses the dance moves created for that video.)

book cover for Stephen Kellogg book

For this event, Kellogg will take the stage with his guitar in one hand and a copy of his book in the other. Objects in the Mirror: Thoughts on a Perfect Life from an Imperfect Person is a collection of essays that explores what it means to be alive. Kellogg will discuss themes from the book, play some favorite songs, and connect with friends old and new. Call it a kind of homecoming. We can’t wait to celebrate with you.

Rolling Stone said Stephen Kellogg’s sound was “…like John Prine fronting The Heartbreakers.”

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