EOH Opens 50th Season With Special Performance By Amythyst Kiah
Published: February 14th, 2022

EOH opens 50th season with special performance by Amythyst Kiah Grammy and Americana Award nominee Amythyst Kiah will bring her genre-blending musical style to the Earlville Opera House stage at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23. Tickets are available at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. (Submitted photo)

EARLVILLE — Nominated for Emerging Act of the Year and Song of the Year - Americana Awards 2021; Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Song 2020; "A masterful blend of lonesome folk and neo-blues"- Rolling Stone Magazine; and the accolades go on!

Genre-bending singer and songwriter Amythyst Kiah once again defies expectations with her poignant rendering of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” one of the most enduring and beloved songs of the post-punk era. Kiah reimagines the song as an elegiac ballad, with a single acoustic guitar providing spare accompaniment to her plaintive vocals.

Kiah will bring her musical stylings to the EOH stage at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23. Join us for this special performance and experience amazing, sizzling talent right here in Earlville, NY. Tickets are only $20, $18 for members (become a member!), $10 youth 17 and below, and can be purchased at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.

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2021 was a breakout year for Kiah during which she collaborated with Moby and Gregory Porter, made her Grand Ole Opry debut, performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and CBS This Morning Saturday Sessions, and earned three Americana Music Award nominations and two more from its British counterpart, Americana UK. Her Rounder debut, "Wary + Strange," received tremendous critical praise upon its release and landed on critics’ year-end lists in outlets including NPR, American Songwriter, Billboard, Consequence, Folk Alley, Holler, No Depression, Philadelphia Inquirer, PopMatters, Rolling Stone, Sound Opinions, The Bitter Southerner, The Boot, and Variety.

Kiah has announced her tour dates for the new year, and in early February before arriving in Earlville, will perform alongside Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker, Indigo Girls, Allison Russell, Yola, and others at Carlile’s third annual Girls Just Wanna Weekend festival on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

We can’t wait to witness two vastly different worlds: the iconoclastic alt-rock that first sparked Kiah’s musical passion, and the roots/old-time-music scene where she’s found breakout success in recent years, including recognition from Rolling Stone as “one of Americana’s great up-and-coming secrets.”

The Chattanooga-bred singer/songwriter expands on the uncompromising artistry she’s displayed as a member of Our Native Daughters—an all women of color supergroup whose Kiah-penned standout “Black Myself” earned a Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Song and won Song of the Year at the Folk Alliance International Awards.

Amythyst Kiah redefines the limits of roots music in its inventive rhythms and textures. With an unforgettable voice that’s both unfettered and exquisitely controlled, Kiah gracefully interlaces political commentary and personal revelation, ultimately offering a raw yet nuanced examination of grief, alienation, and the hard-won triumph of total self-acceptance.

This event is made possible through a collaboration between EOH and Colgate University's Live Music Collective and Brown Commons. A limited number of free tickets are available to Colgate students, staff, and faculty by calling the EOH office at 315-691-3550.

The Earlville Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street in the charming Village of Earlville, NY and is handicap accessible. Vaccine proof required at door, masks worn inside. Please check our website for the latest updates and for further information on our programs and services, and like us on Facebook!

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Events are made possible, in part, with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor of New York and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

-from the Earlville Opera House