Dates & Price
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Open Air Theatre
Reserved Seating: $31–$51
Gardens Preferred, Gardens Premium: $26–$46*
Ticket price includes all-day Gardens Admission
Tickets limited. Sell out likely.
Opener, Amythyst Kiah
Recipient of a 2017 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant, singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens makes her Longwood debut in a concert that masterfully blends gospel, jazz, blues, and country music genres. Her elegant bearing, prodigious voice, and fierce spirit make for a performance not to be missed.
Listen to Rhiannon Giddens
More about Rhiannon Giddens
Recipient of a 2017 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant, singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she also plays banjo and fiddle. She began gaining recognition as a solo artist when she stole the show at the T Bone Burnett-produced Another Day, Another Time concert at New York City’s Town Hall in 2013. The elegant bearing, prodigious voice, and fierce spirit that brought the audience to its feet that night is also abundantly evident on Giddens’ critically acclaimed solo debut, the Grammy nominated album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, which masterfully blends American musical genres like gospel, jazz, blues, and country, showcasing her extraordinary emotional range and dazzling vocal prowess.
Giddens’ follow-up album Freedom Highway was released in February 2017. Showcasing nine original songs Giddens wrote or co-wrote, Freedom Highway also features a traditional song and two civil rights-era songs: Birmingham Sunday and the Staple Singers’ well-known Freedom Highway, from which the album takes its name.
Giddens’ recently televised performances include The Late Show, Austin City Limits, Later…with Jools Holland, and both CBS This Morning and CBS Sunday Morning, among numerous other notable media appearances. She performed for President Obama in The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House, along with Aretha Franklin and Emmylou Harris, televised by PBS. Giddens received the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Singer of the Year and won the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo in 2016.
Giddens, who studied opera at Oberlin, made her acting debut with a recurring role on the recently revived television drama Nashville.
More about Amythyst Kiah
A professed Southern Gothic, Amythyst Kiah is an alt-country blues singer songwriter based in Johnson City, Tennessee , whose commanding stage presence is only matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past.
Accoutered interchangeably with banjo, acoustic guitar, or a full band (Her Chest of Glass), Kiah’s toolbox is augmented by her scholarship of African American roots music. Her eclectic influences span decades, drawing heavily on old time music, inspired by strong R&B and country music vocalists from the '50s–'70s, and influenced by contemporary artists with powerful vocal integrity. Provocative and coolly fierce, Kiah’s ability to cross the boundaries of blues and old-time through reinterpretation is groundbreaking and simply unforgettable.
*Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members receive access to the Pre-sale and $5 off regular Summer Performance Series ticket prices. If you are eligible, you have received a discount code and pre-sale access code via direct mail or email from Longwood Gardens.