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Rhiannon Giddens Concert
May 20, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Memorial Hall$40 – $55
Bluegrass Superstar Rhiannon Giddens headlines the Longworth Anderson Series Cincinnati this Spring!
Freedom Highway, the most recent release by Grammy award winning singer and instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens, is an eclectic blend of influences and stylistic approaches. On May 20, she will bring her unique style and sound to headline the Longworth Anderson Series Cincinnati at Memorial Hall. She will be performing this breakout album, composed of 9 original songs and two covers, which wonderfully highlights the sheer power of Giddens’ versatile voice.
Tickets go on sale Friday, February 2nd at 12:00 PM and can be purchased for $40-$55 online, at the Memorial Hall box office, or by calling 513-977-8838.
About Rhiannon Giddens & Freedom Highway
Freedom Highway personifies struggle. Giddens uses her voice to interpret and comment on history and hardship. Freedom Highway is a story, connecting listeners to a timeline that traces back far beyond Giddens’ years. Sonically, the work utilizes a broad, yet simple palette of musical tonalities and textures. The direct makeup of the album’s composition adds extra emphasis to what the work fundamentally is — a continuation of the age-old tradition of storytelling through song.
Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder of the GRAMMY award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she also plays banjo and fiddle. She began gaining recognition as a solo artist when she stole the show at the T Bone Burnett– produced Another Day, Another Time concert at New York City’s Town Hall in 2013. The elegant bearing, prodigious voice, and fierce spirit that brought the audience to its feet that night is also abundantly evident on Giddens’ critically acclaimed solo debut, the Grammy nominated album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, which masterfully blends American musical genres like gospel, jazz, blues, and country, showcasing her extraordinary emotional range and dazzling vocal prowess.
Giddens’ follow-up album Freedom Highway was released in February 2017. It includes 9 original songs Giddens wrote or co-wrote along with a traditional song and two civil rights-era songs, Birmingham Sunday and Staple Singers’ well-known “Freedom Highway,” from which the album takes its name.
About the Longworth Anderson Series Cincinnati
The Longworth Anderson Series Cincinnati features nationally recognized performers in the intimacy of the freshly-renovated Memorial Hall. This exciting, annual series features contemporary artists from a variety of musical genres including Americana, bluegrass, blues, country, folk, indie rock, jazz, pop and world music. Events that are part of the series provide an entire evening of entertainment including pre- and post-show concert receptions that feature light bites, dessert and beer & wine tastings from popular Cincinnati restaurants, craft beer brewers and wine distributors.