Rising Appalachia headlines third annual
CONCRETE PANDEMONIUM III
with Guest Artists and Non-Profits
UPDATE: pictures of this event have been posted to Creative Loafing's blog: click here
Continuing their musical and social evolution, sisters Leah and Chloe Smith of the group Rising Appalachia have just announced they will host and headline their THIRD ANNUAL CONCRETE PANDEMONIUM.
The group describes the event as “ ..an evening of genre bending art and activism from the south with a focus on spoken word, roots and rhythm music, community non-profits, healing arts, and other eclectic forms of performance and artistry..”
nvited guest artists and non profit that are scheduled to appear include spoken word masters Theresa Davis and Stefen Miko of Art Amuk, Rising Appalachia ( R.I.S.E.), members of the Atlanta Circus Art Community, Earthshaking Samba, members of Asheville based Unifire Theater, The Feminist Outlawz, Alternate Roots, the Good n' Plenty Burlesque, inspirational fashion by Kaile Inc., contemporary hip hop choreography by Brookes Emanuel, the new media non-profit WonderRoot, Saddi Khali, and a warehouse full of other amazing artists.
Performer Chloe Smith further informs that “ at the height of the evening, there will be dancing, spoken word, painting, and fire spinning happening all at once, filling the scene as some sort of underground gala of creative chaos (which is how we like it!) Costumes are also always encouraged. “
Rising Appalachia’s other sister, Leah Smith also comments “ Really, its all about the mission of bringing southern art and activism together under one roof in Atlanta. We are open to new suggestions in order to keep Concrete Pandemonium collaboratively produced by local artists and community organizers...and as a righteous project for art to remain the powerful tool for social awareness, change, and unity that is can be... We hope to bring in -short films, poets, hip hop (live, djs, dance), massage, a photo booth, local tabling from community organizations, circus performance, live painting, speakers, workshops, and anything else people are feelin’ drawn to.”
CONCRETE PANDEMONIUM is a highly unusual urban throw down - complete with spoken word artists, fire spinning, visual art installations, roving fiddle players, a recycled fabric fashion show, burlesque dancers, live music and other surprises..
Headliner RISING APPALACHIA, which received the Creative Loafing 2007 Reader’s Choice Award as BEST Local FOLK ACT will return to the city for this event to perform some of their new material created during their recent travels across Europe and America as well as performing tracks from their first two CDs.
With the added talent of acoustic stand-up bass player John Branigan and percussionist /m’ bala Imhotep, the RA sound now also adds a global beat and fuses into a mix of world music, poetry, and soul sounds as well. According to Leah Smith, “ Rising Appalachia is part of a community with percussive rhythms, bass undertones and powerful harmonics steeped in the human journey. “
In closing, Leah Smith reminds potential members of the Concrete Pandemonium III crowd, that music will be the bonus because both community and connecting will be key on this night...even offering an open door to final further input..”If you have any projects you feel might cater to this evening send me your thoughts... Lets get this thang rolling.... !