Rialto hosts southern folk duo Rising Appalachia mid-month
On the heels of their recently announced partnership with Montana-based promoter Logjam Presents, Downtown Bozeman’s Rialto is taking a short breather before kicking it into high gear with a number of fantastic summer concerts. Here’s a look at just a few of the upcoming happenings.
Neo-folk duo Rising Appalachia is set for a Rialto show on Wednesday, June 19th. Local act Foxy Blues will get the music started at 8:30pm. Tickets to this 18+ show range $25–$40. Doors at 7:30pm.
As world travelers for nearly two decades, Rising Appalachia founders Leah and Chloe Smith have merged multiple global music influences with their own southern roots to create the inviting new folk album, Leylines.
Although the sisters consider their voices their primary instruments, Leah also plays banjo and bodhran on the album, while Chloe plays guitar, fiddle, and banjo. They’re joined by longtime members David Brown (stand-up bass, baritone guitar) and Biko Casini (world percussion, n’goni), as well as two new members: West African musician Arouna Diarra (n’goni, talking drum) and Irish musician Duncan Wickel (fiddle, cello). The sonic textures of these two cultures are woven into Leylines, enhancing the stunning blend of folk, world, and urban music that has become Rising Appalachia’s calling card. Special album guests include folk hero Ani DiFranco, soulful songwriter Trevor Hall, and jazz trumpeter Maurice Turner. The album title alludes to the concept of invisible lines believed to stretch around the world between sacred spaces, bonded by a spiritual and magnetic presence. That deep sense of connection is key to understanding Rising Appalachia as a whole.
Looking ahead, New York’s Turkuaz are back in Bozeman on Friday, June 28th at 9pm. Tickets to this 18+ show are $28. Doors at 8pm.
Popularized by Jackson Pollock, Janet Sobel, Max Ernst, and other 20th century luminaries, the art form itself relies on action and motion. In similar fashion, energetic splashes of funk, alternative, rock, R&B, and psychedelia color the music of Turkuaz. Balancing male-female harmonies, strutting guitars, wild horn arrangements, and interminable grooves, this spirit takes shape in the color donned by each respective member on stage nightly via larger-than-life performances. The Brooklyn-based nonet ignites an explosion of energy punctuated by neon hues, deft musicality, and show-stopping singalongs on their fifth full-length album, Life in the City.
A peek at future summer shows, get ready for performances by country/rock songstress Nikki Lane, West Coast electronic artist Random Rab, Hawaiian reggae ensemble The Green, veteran singer/songwriter and performer Steve Earle, the Bozeman return of James McMurtry, and so many more. Stay tuned for details!
The Rialto is located at 10 W Main St. in the center of historic Downtown Bozeman. Learn more about the venue at www.rialtobozeman.com, where you can also peruse current happenings and buy advance tickets. Follow the Rialto on Facebook for the most up to date event announcements. •