Rising Appalachia: A Summer Solstice  Soiree
Sat Jun 08

Rising Appalachia: A Summer Solstice Soiree

with Meschiya Lake

DATE: Saturday, June 8, 2024
DOORS: 6:00 PM
Live on the Outdoor Stage
Genre: Folk / Appalachian
Age Limit: All-ages are Welcome
Rain or Shine; Large Event Parking; No Refunds; Kids under 7 FREE; NO CAMPING CHAIRS or BLANKETS
Price: $40 ADV / $45 DOS
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Rising Appalachia is coming back to the Outdoor Stage at Salvage Station on Saturday, June 8th, 2024, with Meschiya Lake for their Summer Solstice Soiree! Doors open at 6:00PM and the music starts at 7:00PM. This is a General Admission, all-ages show with kids under the age of 7 FREE! Please note that camping chairs and blankets are NOT allowed into the venue for this show due to space constraints.

This is a LARGE EVENT, so please read our FAQs to learn more about our on and off-site parking options and our FREE shuttle service.

Root Down will be serving their delicious twist on Southern Soul Food and we’ll have our full bar open for you to enjoy! 

About Rising Appalachia:

Rising Appalachia is an internationally touring Americana and world folk ensemble steeped in the soul of the South. It is the brainchild of Atlanta-raised sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith, rooted in the traditional folk music of their family, storytelling, songcatching, grassroots activism, lyrical prowess, and a multi-instrumental tapestry of their melodic ensemble. 

Rising Appalachia’s music is a reflection of their times, blending folk traditions with contemporary themes, lyrics, and poetry. The band’s unique sound is shaped by Leah and Chloe’s soulful vocals, simple instrumentation, and seamless harmonies, unique to siblings raised in folk traditions. They are joined by a host of talented musicians who bring their own cultural influences, enriching the blend of folk, world, and urban music that defines the smooth sound of Rising Appalachia. Featuring full-time members David Brown (upright bass, baritone guitar), Duncan Wickle (fiddle, cello), and Biko Casini (drums and world percussion), plus a host of special guests, expect to be swooned into a tapestry of silky sounds. 
Their journey has taken them around the world, from sailboat tours across British Columbia to street theater festivals in Southern Italy, a busking career in New Orleans, and traditional song studies in Ireland, Bulgaria, Latin America, and beyond. They have also engaged in immersive cultural exchange programs and music gatherings everywhere that they go. Their dedication for nearly two decades to their craft has led them to acclaimed appearances (Telluride and Bluegrass Festival, Preservation Jazz Hall, Bob Bilen’s Tiny Desk, Red Rocks, and more) and sold-out concerts at venues across the country. 

Through their music, Rising Appalachia bridges cultures and stories, creating connections that resonate deeply with their audiences of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Expect a boot-stomping banjo tune alongside an eerie ballad of beats and blues all mashed up with a piece of breathtaking cello, fiddle, and bowed bass. 

Eschewing established industry norms, Leah, Chloe, and their team have followed the invitation to intuitively and independently forge their own path. Fifteen years and seven studio albums into an ambitious adventure that has already taken these medicine women around the world, Rising Appalachia continues spreading musical catharsis with an iridescent elixir of global soul. Come join the songs and make them your own.

About Meschiya Lake:

Looking back, it’s no surprise that when a precocious nine year-old Meschiya Lake hit the stage for a singing contest at a Rapid City, South Dakota steakhouse, she already believed that she could hold her own with the best of them. She had been singing around the house, and competing against adults who thought she was “cute” didn’t intimidate her. When she won the contest – which came with $500 prize and a weekly in-house singing gig – it made sense that – in some form or another – the groundwork for a career had been laid, even if she didn’t realise it at the time. For several more years singing for fun and joy continued to trump music as vocation for Lake, but it was only in her early twenties during her stint as a member of the Know Nothing Family Zirkus Zideshow and End of the World Circus – a ragtag traveling troupe that blended traditional circus arts with modern sideshow entertainment – that she ultimately realised exactly what she wanted to do as an adult.

Nights were spent wearing ridiculous costumes, eating bugs, munching glass, and dancing around the stage while twirling flaming nunchucks, Strange, ridiculous, beautiful and life-changing, it was the best job she had ever had. Lake was fascinated by the nomadic lifestyle and loved the camaraderie amongst the players and the connection they’d make to the audiences in small towns that didn’t know these sorts of things were possible.

The circus schedule of six months on, six months off ultimately brought Lake to New Orleans for a prolonged stretch of downtime. After driving alone for an entire day to make it to the city and meet up with her cohorts, Lake stopped in the French Quarter to locate her friends and was struck immediately by an overpowering sense of timelessness. It was her first visit, and just like picking up a microphone for the first time decades earlier, she instantly felt the city’s call to things that are different, slightly odd. Without meaning to, she had found her lifelong home base. After “running away” from the circus, and employing a myriad of jobs, from building the  Burning Man festival to forklift driving at cranberry harvest, Lake was searching to, once again, make music her bread and butter.  In 2007, this life change found her by way of traditional jazz outfit, complete with dancers, The Loose Marbles.  This ragtag group of busking street performers originally set up camp on Royal Street in New Orleans.  From there they created a residency in New York City’s Washington Square Park, the gateway to what would become Ms. Lake’s next stomping ground, Europe.  Affectionately referring to this time in her life as “jazz boot camp”,  she began to build her now extensive repertoire, and learned several life lessons, including, but not limited to, don’t date the band leader, Be the bandleader. A year later, she did just that, creating the Little Big Horns Jazz Band

Now steadfastly at the helm of her own musical battleship, things moved fast and far for Ms. Lake.  The year 2010 saw their debut album, Lucky Devil, and the beginning of a decade’s worth of accolades, tours, and awards.  From the stages of Lincoln Center in NYC, to Brazil, Canada, Denmark, The Netherlands, Italy, Russia, the U.K., and Ireland, she’s shown people to express love of life through music and dance.  This passion, seemingly tireless energy, and expert skill has garnered much praise, from NPR’s top ten albums of 2010, to First Lady of Jazz 2013, at the Sun Valley Jazz Festival. But most importantly, back at home in New Orleans, Lake was recognised as Female Performer of the Year, three years running, at the Big Easy Awards, was named Best Female Singer in Offbeat Magazine’s Best of the Beat poll in 2013 and 2014, and in 2013 the Little Big Horns were honored with the Best of The Beat’s coveted Best Trad Band award.  Along the way, Meschiya’s found the time to record, write, and produce another two albums with the Big Horns, Foolers’ Gold, and Bad Kid’s Club, as well as work in the studio as a vocalist with musicians like Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, as well as singing for a gentleman by the name of Tom Waits. Her 2019 collaboration with Soren Siegumfeldt, This is Meschiya Lake, won the Danish Music Awards category of Best Vocal Jazz, otherwise known as the “Danish Grammy.”

Meschiya Lake has come a long way since her South Dakota Opry and traveling circus days, and she’s not done yet.  In fact, far from it.  With upcoming plans for an all original solo album, and more great music from the Little Big Horns, as well as other projects, far and wide, friends and fans are sure to be continually inspired and delighted.

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