Rhiannon Giddens - CT Presents September 28, 8:00 pm

A Carolina Theatre Presents event

Tickets are $125, $75, $60, $50 or $35, depending on location.
Ticket Commission: A $5 processing fee, a $1 environmental impact fee* and NC Sales Tax per ticket

Rhiannon Giddens' Pre-Show Experience
This VIP package includes:
  • Premium reserve ticket in the first 7 rows
  • Invitation to a private pre-show Q&A, soundcheck access and performance with Rhiannon Giddens
  • Exclusive signed poster
  • "You're The One" tote bag
  • Merchandise shopping opportunity before doors open to the public
  • Early entry to the venue

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The acclaimed musician Rhiannon Giddens uses her art to excavate the past and reveal bold truths about our present. A MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, Giddens co-founded the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, and she has been nominated for six additional Grammys for her work as a soloist and collaborator. She was most recently nominated for her collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, There is no Other (2019). Giddens’s latest album, They’re Calling Me Home, is a twelve-track album, recorded with Turrisi in Ireland during the recent lockdown; it speaks of the longing for the comfort of home as well as the metaphorical “call home” of death, which has been a tragic reality for so many during the COVID-19 crisis.

Giddens’s lifelong mission is to lift up people whose contributions to American musical history have previously been erased, and to work toward a more accurate understanding of the country’s musical origins. Pitchfork has said of her work, “few artists are so fearless and so ravenous in their exploration,” and Smithsonian Magazine calls her “an electrifying artist who brings alive the memories of forgotten predecessors, white and black.”

Among her many diverse career highlights, Giddens has performed for the Obamas at the White House, served as a Carnegie Hall Perspectives curator, and received an inaugural Legacy of Americana Award from Nashville’s National Museum of African American History in partnership with the Americana Music Association. Her critical acclaim includes in-depth profiles by CBS Sunday Morning, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and NPR’s Fresh Air, among many others.

Giddens is featured in Ken Burns’s Country Music series, which aired on PBS in 2019, where she speaks about the African American origins of country music. She is also a member of the band Our Native Daughters with three other black female banjo players, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell, and Amythyst Kiah, and co-produced their debut album Songs of Our Native Daughters (2019), which tells stories of historic black womanhood and survival.

Named Artistic Director of Silkroad in 2020, Giddens is developing a number of new programs for the organization, including one inspired by the history of the American transcontinental railroad and the cultures and music of its builders. She recently wrote the music for an original ballet, Lucy Negro Redux, for Nashville Ballet (premiered in 2019), and the libretto and music for an original opera, Omar, based on the autobiography of the enslaved man Omar Ibn Said for the Spoleto USA Festival (premieres in 2022).

As an actor, Giddens had a featured role on the television series Nashville.

With support by Adia Victoria.

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Our CT Presents '23-'24 season is sponsored in part by Piedmont Natural Gas.

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*As a touring artist, one of the biggest philosophical struggles I continue to face is the toll my work takes on our environment. We fly, ride on buses, in vans, and in cars, and you have to do the same to see us. Venues must provide food and other resources for us and our fans, and staff must get to the venues to make it all run – all of which take an environmental toll.

On this tour, we will do our best to minimize the footprint we leave behind and pay our carbon offsets, and we're asking fans and venues to join us in making a positive impact.

Each ticket to every show on this tour will have $1 added to its price to be donated to effective sustainability programs supporting our environment and in turn, our local communities. In addition, we're implementing the following efforts:
  • Any tips you leave at the merch table will be added to our donation.
  • We've asked venues to forgo single-use plastic at our show, and do the same on our tour bus and in venues, as much as possible.
  • We encourage you to rideshare and take available public transportation to our shows.

At the end of the tour, we will share how much has been contributed and exactly the environmental projects they went toward. We know that, globally, a lot of work has to be done on the industrial scale, and in political realms, and that this may seem like a drop in the bucket. But enough drops, and the bucket overflows...