The Sweetback Sisters will kick off the 2012-2013 Evening Concert Series at the Randolph County Community Arts Center this Saturday in Elkins. The show is set for 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m.
This Brooklyn-based band combines classic country, swing, honky tonk, and old-time music for a unique take on American roots music.
Sweetback sisters Emily Miller and Zara Bode may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson, one of the band's role models. Like the artists they admire, members of the Sweetbacks are concerned with the traditional subjects of heartbreak, revenge, remorse and staying strong in the face of relationships gone wrong, albeit with a contemporary sensibility.
The Sweetback Sisters band includes Miller on lead vocals, fiddle and guitar; Bode on lead vocals and guitar; Jesse Milnes on fiddle, finger-picking guitar and harmony vocals; Ross Bellenoit on electric guitar and harmony vocals; Stefan Amidon on drums and bass vocals; and Peter Bitenc on upright bass.
Tickets for The Sweetback Sisters can be purchased by calling the RCCAC office at 304-637-2355, or at the door while they last.
Discounted season ticket are available for the full 2012-13 season.
Sponsors for the Family Concert Series and the Evening Concert Series, as well as the RCCAC Outreach Program, are Allegheny Insurance, Davis Health Systems, Family Dental Practice, FirstEnergy Foundation, Graceland Inn and Conference Center, The Inter-Mountain, WDNE Radio/WV Radio Corp., Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour/PennPAT, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, West Virginia Culture and History/West Virginia Commission on the Arts and several anonymous donors.
Any businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring any events can call the RCCAC office at 304-637-2355 or log onto www.randolpharts.org for more information.