Rising Appalachia Announces 2016 Fall Resiliency Tour & Upcoming Documentary Release
Rising Appalachia has announced their 2016 Fall Resiliency Tour dates which include Denver, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and more Western U.S. cities along with additional plans to release an upcoming documentary about the band. The soulful Folk/World troubadours have had a busy year, touring extensively since March with a number of high-profile performances dates — including the band’s first ever performance at Red Rocks Amphitheater — and a lengthy list of sold out shows.
Over the past decade Rising Appalachia have built a devout fanbase in the folk, roots, world, and jam communities not just with their music, but with their message and involvement in activism and education. 2016 has seen continued growth in Rising Appalachia’s self-coined, “Slow Music Movement”— an effort aimed at promoting sustainable touring practices in what is often a very unsustainable industry. Leah explains:
“It’s our effort to take the glitz and glam out of the music industry and bring performance back to its roots — that of public service. A service where musicians are not just part of fast-paced entertainment world, but instead influence the cultural shift as troubadours, activists, story tellers, and catalysts of justice.”
The Slow Music Movement has led to a multitude of strong partnerships with an array of community leaders and activist organizations. Of these organizations, Rising Appalachia worked extensively in 2016 with the Permaculture Action Network — hosting a series of Permaculture Action Days in association with a number of the band’s performance dates — with the goal of connecting the audiences with ecological education and tangible social action. Together, Rising Appalachia and the Permaculture Action Network raised over $15,000 in donations through crowdfunding initiatives to support the project.
When asked about the meaning behind the name of the upcoming fall tour, Leah elaborated:
“We want our fall Resiliency Tour to provide a soundscape for this exact moment in history… To make space for gathering in community. To encourage speaking up, singing out, and keeping our focus on local solutions. We want to rally around the need right now for our communities to roll up their sleeves and get to work locally, together and on the ground… Because we are a resilient people in challenging times! And now more than ever we need to be making music.”
In conjunction with the 2016 Fall Resiliency Tour, Rising Appalachia will also be releasing a short documentary about the band that was filmed in New Orleans during Jazz Fest — where Rising Appalachia spent the earlier part of their career cutting their teeth whilst busking in the streets of the French Quarter. Sponsored by Guayakí Yerba Mate, the documentary was produced by award-winning filmmaker Cyrus Sutton, founder and creative director of Korduroy.tv — an online media site that explores sustainability and the outdoors. While the exact release date has yet to be announced, both teams are working to ensure it’s release is in support of the upcoming tour.
For a complete listing of tour dates visit Rising Appalachia online at: http://www.risingappalachia.com/
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