World, Folk and Soul Musicians Rising Appalachia Live at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Rising Appalachia
October 1, 2015

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (October 1, 2015) — The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, in partnership with Bridge of Lions Entertainment, welcomes modern-day world, folk and soul troubadours Rising Appalachia to the stage on Sunday, December 13, 2015. Tickets for Rising Appalachia will go on sale to the public this Friday, October 2 at 10 a.m.

The soulful sisters of Rising Appalachia and their band have announced their Winter Solstice Tour which includes a stop at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on December 13. Sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith tear into sound with sensual prowess as stages ignite revolutions and words light up soul fires. Listen to their beautiful sound for banjo and fiddle duets and poetic harmonies like only sisters can create. Joined full-time by their beloved band, Biko Casini on percussion and David Brown on standup bass and baritone guitar, expect everything from folk standards to jazz, to New Orleans soul, to old mountain traditionals, to activist anthems, as their style redefines folk music as a truly living art.

Rising Appalachia’s prolific self-sculpted career has included six independently released full-length albums, including their brand new album Wider Circles, and has sculpted a path for a new generation of music aficionados. Having been raised in the American South with Appalachian lullabies at night and soul music for breakfast, sisters Leah and Chloe have drawn great inspiration from their global community. Their mother and father claimed art and music as a full part of their lives and the girls have been shaped by the sounds of the South. They have continued to use those powerful roots to find musical connections and community around the world. Having toured over 25,000 miles across the US, and graced many stages around the world, Rising Appalachia’s vision and sound is quickly proving to be contagious to everyone it touches. Their shows have included and array of community-run venues and collective events, as well as the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, NPR’s All Songs Considered, E-town, The School of America Vigil, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Emory University Shwartz Center, The Beacon Theater NYC, The Lake Eden Arts Festival, Radio Popular Verona, Italy, Guerilla Radio Amsterdam, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Highlander Center 75th Reunion, Burning Man, Urkult (Sweden), and Festa Del Fuoco (Stromboli Italy) and many more.

For their latest album, Wider Circles, Rising Appalachia drew from a melting pot of genres. With influences of folk, soul, roots, world music, and poetry, the album showcases the alchemy of sibling harmonies paired with banjo and fiddle duets. Joined by full-time band members Biko Casini and David Brown, Wider Circles was inspired by folk standards and traditional hymns, old mountain odes, and activist anthems that pull equally from the swampy sounds of the bayou, the contemporary twang of the Appalachian Mountains, and the beat of a global rhythm. “The album is a deep reflection of the many influences and experiences we have intimately lived and have built our songs on,” explains Leah. “Wider Circles is a subtle and powerful folk anthem.”

The album’s release also signifies a new chapter in Rising Appalachia’s “Slow Music Movement” approach to touring – an effort to promote sustainable touring practices and to be immersed in local communities. “It’s an effort to take the glitz and glam out of the music industry and bring performance back to its roots. A place where musicians are not just part of fast-paced entertainment, but instead influence the cultural shift as troubadours, activists, and catalysts of justice,” explains Leah. The “Slow Music Movement” encourages musicians to try out ‘non-industry standard’ ways of bringing music into the world by “linking to local communities and staying with local friends; pursuing alternative venues for performances and supporting local businesses with farm-to-table hospitality; providing local non-profits at each show a platform to display information; exploring alternative methods of travel including train, bike, low impact vehicles, boat, horse, or simply focusing on regional touring; and encouraging concert goers to take in more than just the catharsis of the music.”

Tickets for Rising Appalachia go on sale this Friday, October 2 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Offices, ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at (800) 745-3000.
SHOW: Rising Appalachia
DATE: Sunday, December 13, 2015
TIME: Doors 7:00p.m. / Show 8:00p.m. TICKET PRICE: $20.00 – Advance Purchase General Admission Standing Room
$22.00 – Day of Show General Admission Standing Room