Giddens tours again
Monday, January 29, 2018
– Rhiannon Giddens said she would return to the road in support of her well-received disc, "Freedom Highway."
The touring starts in Brooklyn on Feb. 7 and winds up Aug. 15 in Chautauqua, N.Y.
Giddens also recently received the prestigious "MacArthur Fellowship." The MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the "MacArthur Genius Grant," is a five-year grant "to individuals who show exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future" and includes a no-strings-attached $625,000 grant distributed over five years.
"I am just thrilled to announce that I have been named a MacArthur Foundation fellow. So many things I want to do - but the first thing is to thank whoever nominated and supported me for this grant - it means the world to me, and to the projects I have been longing to do."
Giddens co-produced "Freedom Highway" with multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell in his Breaux Bridge, La. studio. The disc focuses on racial and political issues.
Tour dates are:
Feb. 7 - Brooklyn, NY - National Sawdust [with Lara Downes]
Feb. 9 - New York, NY - Irish Arts Center [Duo with Dirk Powell]
Feb. 10-11 New York, NY - Irish Arts Center [Duo with Dirk Powell]
Feb. 11 - New York, NY - Irish Arts Center [Duo with Dirk Powell]
Feb. 17 - Jackson, MS - Mississippi Museum of Art
Feb. 24 - New York, NY - Soundtrack '63 at The Apollo Theater
March 3 - New York, NY - Tibet House US Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall
March 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Women In Music Festival [with Lara Downes]
April 13 - Savannah, GA - Savannah Music Festival
April 14 - Raleigh, NC - PineCone Down Home Concert Series
April 15 - Greer, SC - The Spinning Jenny
April 17 - Rocky Mount, VA - Harvester Performance Center
April 18 - Norfolk, VA - Virginia Arts Festival
April 19 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Sound Stage
April 23 - Tampa, FL - Ferguson Hall at The Straz Center
April 24 - Madison, GA - Madison-Morgan Cultural Center
April 25 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Music Hall
April 27 - York, SC - McCelvey Center
April 28 - Wilkesboro, NC - MerleFest
May 14 - Ithaca, NY - Hangar Theatre
May 15 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
May 17 - Grand Rapids, MI - St. Cecelia Music Center
May 18 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater
May 20 - Cincinnati, OH - Memorial Hall OTR
May 22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Byham Theater
June 13 - Kennett Square, PA - Longwood Gardens
June 15 - Lowell, MA - Lowell Summers Music Series
June 20 - Ridgefield, CT - The Ridgefield Playhouse
June 21 -Boothbay Harbor, ME - The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor
June 22 - St. Johnsbury, VT - St. Johnsbury Academy
June 28 - Frankfort, KY - The Grand Theatre
June 29 - Owensboro, KY - ROMP Festival
Aug. 4 - Cambridge, United Kingdom - Cambridge Folk Festival 2018
Aug. 5 - Cambridge, United Kingdom - Cherry Hinton Hill
Aug. 15 - Chautauqua, NY - Chautauqua Amphitheater [Duo with Francesco Turrisi)
Tickets for these new dates will go on sale on Friday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. local time.
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