Popular NC Group Mipso to Perform at High Point Theatre
In 2010, four Chapel Hill, NC, songwriters successfully took traditional four-part harmony and Appalachian influenced American music into completely new territory. Wandering off the path blazed by bluegrass icons Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson, Mipso found a highly successful outlet for their southern stringband sound, veering from up-tempo original melodies to madcap acoustic covers of Michael Jackson, all performed with the energy of a college club show. Following a well-received first appearance at MerleFest in April, the band is set to make a special appearance at the High Point Theatre on Friday evening, November 20, at 8:00 pm, as part of the venue’s year-long 40th anniversary celebration.
Rooted in the music of North Carolina’s mountains and Piedmont, renegade traditionalists of Mipso–Jacob Sharp on Mandolin, Joseph Terrell on guitar, Libby Rodenbough on fiddle, and Wood Robinson on double bass– firmly plants scenes of the Appalachian Mountains and the Old North State in the minds of its listeners. By combining simple string arrangements with complex vocal harmonies, Mipso’s debut album, Dark Holler Pop, displays a youthful, more upbeat take on the folk rock and bluegrass proffered by the likes of James Taylor. North Carolina luminaries joined Mipso on stage to support the album’s release, such as four-time Grammy winner David Holt, as well as the Grammy-honored Steep Canyon Rangers.
Mipso was able to strike a receptive chord with the finicky 2015 MerleFest audience in April, appearing at the event for the first time. Left with the unenviable task of following the Del McCoury Band and playing just ahead of The Marshall Tucker Band, they took full advantage of their time in the spotlight, as a number of fans stood and cheered the young band on. “For four kids from North Carolina, it’s a dream to play MerleFest,” said Joseph Terrell, during the quartet’s 25-minute set on Friday night. Add a whirlwind tour through Japan’s bustling bluegrass scene and a host of sold-out shows across North Carolina to their credit, and the band is easily making the transition from local favorites to global emissaries for their decidedly new string band sound.
“Mipso is an exciting up-and-coming young band with incredible talent for taking traditional music, adding a new spin to those bluegrass and folk classics, and creating music that resonates with a whole new audience,” says High Point Theatre Director David Briggs. “With great songwriting, sensational harmonies and youthful enthusiasm, you do not want to miss this opportunity to experience their performance, up close and personal.” Tickets
are $15-$20, available at the box office by calling (336) 887-3001 and online at www.highpointtheatre.com. !