Birds of Chicago set to open for Rhiannon Giddens at Four Winds

Published 12:18 pm Friday, November 6, 2015

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NEW BUFFALO, Mich. — Rhiannon Giddens will take the stage Friday to perform pieces of her album she describes as a “tribute to American music,” but not before another music group performs at the Four Winds Casino.

Roots band Birds of Chicago is scheduled as the opening act for the upcoming concert by Rhiannon Giddens at Four Winds New Buffalo’s Silver Creek Event Center at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.

Rhiannon Giddens is best known as the powerhouse lead singer of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and is quickly staking out her territory as a solo artist. In February 2015, she released her solo debut album “Tomorrow Is My Turn,” from Nonesuch Records. The album was produced by T Bone Burnett and features songs such as “Waterboy,” “Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind,” and “She’s Got You.” The album incorporates gospel, jazz, blues, and country, plus a hint of proto-rock and roll.

On the album, Giddens displays an emotional range to match her dazzling vocal prowess throughout. More information about Rhiannon Giddens is available at

A complement to Rhiannon’s soulful and unique tunes, Birds of Chicago offers a plethora of music types and its own unique sound.

Birds of Chicago has been called “This year’s biggest roots surprise” by the Los Angeles Times. The band is a collective built around husband and wife duo JT Nero (Chicago, Illinois) and Allison Russell (Montreal, Quebec). Since forming in 2012, they’ve toured internationally 10+ months of the year.

The duo describes its music as “rock and roll poetry,” and critics say it is difficult to categorize. The band’s self-titled album released in early 2013, and traveled for a year before deciding to record a live album, “Live from Space,” which released in January 2015.

Americana UK said the album “leaves no genre unaccounted for,” with tracks that could fit a long list of genres including A Capella spiritual, driving country ruck, acoustic balladry and soul.

Tickets for the concert can be purchased through Ticketmaster and start at $20 plus applicable fees.