Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present Americana/folk quartet Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem at Next Stage on Friday, October 7 at 7:30 pm. Blurring the boundaries of American roots music, the New England based band covers everything from bluegrass barnstormers to sultry swing, from old-time gospel to bluesy folk-rock – all infused with their signature lush vocals, supple grooves, and most of all, joyous and generous spirit.
Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem bring fiddle, guitar, bass and junk percussion to bear on 100 years of American music, from Appalachian ballads to Brue Springsteen covers, songs by contemporary writers, and their own incisive originals. Their sound is “tight, with stylish, unexpected choices” (Acoustic Guitar), a mix of New Orleans grooves, old-time gospel harmonies, bluesy swing fiddle, and fiery electric and acoustic guitars. Rani Arbo, Andrew Kinsey, Scott Kessel and Anand Nayak take turns singing lead, with Arbo’s incandescent alto at the helm. Together, they plumb the human condition with an infectious joie de vivre. “Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem dig deep into their collective souls, finding joy in the moment, peace in the harmonies, and rapture in the rhythmic drive.” (The Hartford Courant).
Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem have five albums on Signature Sounds; their latest, Violets Are Blue (2015), is an eclectic bouquet of love songs infused with poetry and groove. Some Bright Morning (2012) and Big Old Life (2007) are the foundation for the band’s “American Spiritual” program, full of songs that uplift, connect, and carry the human spirit. Ranky Tanky (2010), won a Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Award, and is at the core of the band’s school and family performances.
“One of America’s most inventive string bands” (The Boston Herald)
…some of the most soul-lifting songs you’ll hear in your life… pure magic happens when these four musicians play together” (No Depression)
Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT. Tickets are $20 Advance / $24 At the Door. For information, call 802-387-0102. Advance tickets are available at www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro and Putney Food Co-op in Putney. For more information, visit www.raniarbo.com, www.twilightmusic.org and www.nextstagearts.org.