Connecting for a Cause - Music through Time: From String Bands to Rock and Roll featuring Leyla McCalla and instructors of Girls Rock Louisville + Louisville Folk School
This live, outdoor event takes you on a musical journey of songs that weave together the story and fabric of traditional American music. Featuring a solo set by New Orleans based multi-instrumentalist and activist Leyla McCalla, along with a performance by a supergroup of professional musicians and instructors from Girls Rock Louisville and the Louisville Folk School.
Kentucky Performing Arts’ Connecting for a Cause series features dynamic events curated in partnership with regional cultural and service organizations that work daily to support the health and harmony of our community.
Schedule of events (Approximately 2 hours):
7:00 PM – Christy's Garden opens
7:30 PM – Girls Rock Louisville and Louisville Folks School Instructor Band
8:00 PM – Intermission
8:30 PM – Leyla McCalla solo set
Girls Rock Louisville + Louisville Folk School Instructor Band
Adama Abramson, bass guitar
Blakeley Burger, fiddle, guitar, vocals
Montana Hobbs, banjo
Fiona Palensky, drums
Jackie Royce, bassoon
About Leyla McCalla
Born in New York, raised in New Jersey, and McCalla is now based in New Orleans, where she raises three kids (she often tours with them in tow). McCalla often honors her Haitian heritage, bringing listeners into a vibrant world of Creole rhythms and forgotten African string-band traditions by introducing them to a new audience with her own powerful creative vision.
You may know McCalla as an integral part of two different roots supergroups: the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Our Native Daughters. But for much of the last decade, she has put out multiple solo projects. The latest, The Capitalist Blues, harnesses the brassy, percussive sounds of New Orleans; her previous record, A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey, was also a standout, putting her gorgeous cello-work center stage while also examining powerful Haitian proverbs and Haiti’s often-overlooked, tragic history.
Connecting for a Cause is made possible by our sponsors, the Owsley Brown the Second Family Foundation and the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, with support from Fund for the Arts. Additional support provided by South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.