We're giving away tickets to see the art-folk band at the Civic Theatre Saturday night.
Rising Appalachia's set included many covers, yet those trad chestnuts were as fresh as the sisters' original compositions, including the life-and-activism affirming "Scale Down." Leah and Chloe were trained in classical and jazz piano, and they brought a musicologist's ear to their arrangements which seamlessly traced a rhythmic thorough-line from West African harmonies and beats to America's mountain music.
Yet there was no air of the dusty archivist in the band's onstage celebration. Traditionals by long forgotten authors, like the mournful mountain hymn "Oh Death,” turned cutting edge and contemporary with bracing hip-hop infusions and syncopated instrumental firepower.
The folk/art group honed their craft in the French Quarter and the last time I heard, sisters Leah and Chloe Smith live in New Orleans. Their version of roots music can come accompanied by dance, visual art, and spoken word, and when Rising Appalachia plays The Civic Theatre on Saturday night, they’ll be joined by opening band Pirates Choice featuring members of Toubab Krewe, Benyoro, and Raja Kasiss' humanBEING & The Resonant Rouges. We have a pair of tickets to give away to the show; register here for a chance to win.
The contest closes Friday night at 5 p.m.