The Hope College Concert Series will feature Hiss Golden Messenger with special guest Phil Cook on Friday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

Originating from Durham, North Carolina, Hiss Golden Messenger is an American folk music band led by M.C. Taylor. After releasing material on his own label, Taylor signed with Merge Records in 2014. He released his newest album, “Heart Like a Levee,” and began his Heart Like a Levee World Tour in 2016.

Taylor says of his music, “I have dedicated every day to song. I have been traveling all my life. And I understand that I am so lucky, and I am thankful. Money is easy enough to find if you want it bad enough; but art, true deep art full of grace that shakes and terrifies the soul, is an elusive spirit.”

Hope College Concert Series (HCCS) hosts concerts that aim to inspire the West Michigan and Hope College communities in areas of diversity, originality and openness. By bringing successful musical talents to campus and promoting discussion about their artistic process and the issues addressed by their music, HCCS works to strengthen the community’s artistic voice and creative fellowship.

Tickets for the concert are $15 for the general public, $10 for members of the college’s faculty and staff, $5 for Hope students, and are available at the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). The office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890. Tickets are also available online at

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St. between College and Columbia avenues.