EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH - DONE!!
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the Executive Director position has been filled. We are grateful for all of those who showed an interest and interviewed for the position.
Theresa Smith, of Minocqua, has graciously accepted the task. We are glad to have a person of her abilities and exhuberant personality to take over this very important job.
Congratulate her if you see her on the street, or better yet, when you are here! Thanks, Theresa!
TUESDAY, JUNE 9 - 7 PM
The renegade traditionalists of MIPSO - Jacob Sharp on Mandolin, Joseph Terrell on guitar, Libby Rodenbough on fiddle, and Wood Robinson on double-bass -- are doing their part to take four-part harmony and Appalachian influences into new territory. Formed in Chapel Hill in 2010, thr four North Carolina songwriters of Mipso have wandered off the path blazed by Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson to find a new clearing for their southern string band sound.
In the process, they’ve kicked up a fuss. IndyWeek heralded the band’s role in the reemergence of southern roots music in North Carolina, crediting Mipso with “expanding the vocabulary of common touchstones” for bluegrass. WUNC hosted live previews of the band’s second album, Long, Long Gone. And all over the southeast, Mipso has been busy playing raucously fun live shows that veer from up-tempo original melodies to madcap acoustic covers of Michael Jackson. The group puts all the energy of a college club show into a form of music that predates clubs. And most colleges.
Mipso has become known for sly original lyrics as much as a distinctive sound. The group’s writing brings fresh wit to old themes. Red Eye To Raleigh, for example, presents a classic tale of heartbreak -- with a twist. “My broken heart, every injured ventricle, every aching atrium,” Joseph grins. It’s a songwriting style that is both earnest and knowing, dispensing wisdom with an undercutting wink.
For their October 2013 release, Dark Holler Pop, the group enlisted local hero Andrew Marlin of Mandolin Orange as producer and proceeded to assemble a team of other North Carolina mainstays in the studio: members of Chatham County Line, Town Mountain, and Megafaun add a dash of virtuosity to a rich and well-crafted release. Mipso will join other North Carolina luminaries on stage to support the album, such as four-time Grammy winner David Holt, as well as the recently Grammy-honored Steep Canyon Rangers. While making waves across their home state, it’s clear Mipso will be keeping good company.
The idea for Mipso arose out of freshman year daydreaming at UNC Chapel Hill. After the usual band-making delays — Jacob took a year off to study winemaking in New Zealand, Joseph detoured to Argentina for Tango guitar lessons, Libby took a year to study folk music in Chicago and fiddle in Ireland, Wood earned his chops in the Carolina jazz department — Mipso quickly went from idle picking to a campus staple. By junior year, UNC’s Chancellor was a regular guest on keyboard. By graduation, Mipso sold out Carrboro’s legendary Cat’s Cradle — four times.
Now, after a whirlwind tour through Japan’s bustling bluegrass scene and a host of sold-out shows across North Carolina, Jacob, Joseph and Wood are making the happy adjustment from local favorites to global emissaries for their decidedly new string band sound. As for the name of their particular sound, well, they call it Dark Holler Pop--with a wink and a grin, of course.
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A Simple Way to Help
As many of you have noticed, we have a lot going on here at Campanile. If you haven't made one of our performances featuring the world class entertainment that has graced our stage, you just don't know what you're missing! However, we need a little assistance in getting the word out to the rest of the folks. We have posters made to help publicize and inform the public about our upcoming events and we have a couple of outstanding and dedicated volunteers who distribute the posters in the immediate area. The problem we are having is getting the information to Manitowish Waters, Lac du Flambeau, Winchester, Presque Isle, Boulder Junction, Rhinelander and Eagle River. If you happen to work in one of these places and live here, or vice versa, or if you get there on a regular basis and would like to help to drop off the posters in appropriate locations in these towns, we would be most grateful. If you are able to lend a hand, please contact the office at 356-9700 and thank you in advance.
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