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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Rotary Downs in Mississippi September 15/16

New Orleans indie-psych-rock band
comes to Mississippi for two nights: September 15/16

Thursday Sept. 15 @ Martin's (Jackson, MS)
Friday Sept. 16 @ Proud Larry's (Oxford, MS)

Rotary Downs creates an unlikely sound of noisy, fuzzy, psychedelic pop. Their 2006 release, Chained to the Chariot, was described by NPR as "a stunning collection of psychedelic art pop songs that plays like a brilliant mash up of Neutral Milk Hotel and Odelay-era Beck." When one imagines music from the Crescent City, brass bands, R&B, and jazz pianists may come to mind. The same year they were awarded #2 Best Unheard of Band in America by NPR.

Rotary Downs is challenging the comfortable construct of New Orleans music by making music that is simultaneously original and classically New Orleans. Chariot is a masterpiece with commentary on many different elements of life in South Louisiana and has quickly become a favorite among fans and critics.

In 2007, Rotary Downs had their television debut, featured in a Current TV episode about the band’s music and history. In 2008, Rotary Downs appeared on the Sundance Channel with a performance of “Sing Like the Sun” filmed live for an episode of “Architecture School” – a series about students building houses in New Orleans.

Rotary Downs had continued to build momentum in 2009, showcasing at the MIDEM World Music Conference in Cannes, France. Rotary Downs was named “Best Rock Band” for the 2nd year in a row at the Gambit Weekly’s Big Easy Awards. 2010 saw the release of their 4th full length album since 1999, “Cracked Maps and Blue Reports” put out on their own Rookery Records. The album has garnered “Best Rock Album” at the 2011 Offbeat Awards and the band has been touting the record on all coasts, just finishing up a West Coast tour and a recent December 2010 East Coast run that ended at Brooklyn Bowl in New York.

Promised Land from Rotary Downs on Vimeo.


Rotary Downs will be accompanied September 15th in Jackson by Anna Kline! Anna Kline brings her Mississippi grits soul band to the mix! Look below for more information about Anna Kline!


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