Chastity Brown will make a return appearance in Rochester on March 16, when she performs at Rochester Civic Theatre’s Americana Showcase concert series.
But this show has one big difference: She will be bringing her band with her this time.
Brown and her band will headline a musical event that could be called, “Women Who Rock.”
Brown’s strong soulful voice will not only fill the RCT hall, but her performance, along with that of Molly Maher and the Disbelievers, will harmonize perfectly with the theme of March, which is Women’s History Month.
“It will be women rocking it,” said Brandon Sampson, the principal organizer of the concert series. “It will be good.”
The Tennessee-born and Minneapolis-based Brown recently completed a a successful European tour and has been hailed by critics as a songwriter to watch.
Brown is a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, piano, banjo and saxophone. Her music, steeped in gospel and soul, banjo and saxophone, springs from deep in the American psyche — songs about the hunger, desperation and confidence of our times.
“Her past, her struggles and her wisdom are scattered throughout her storyteller’s songs,” a critic for City Pages wrote. “Chastity Brown is far from easy listening. Hers is not the record you put on in the background; it is the record you hear once and never forget.”
Brown was raised in Union City, Tenn., and grew up playing saxophone and drums in church before she started to write and sing her own songs. She performed her first show in Knoxville before moving to Minneapolis in 2006. She was chosen Minneapolis’Best Folk Artist in 2012. Her hit single, “After You,” was named among 89.3 The Current’s top 89 songs of 2012.
When her 2013 album “Back-Road Highways” was released, the Sunday Times of London opined: “I would have called ‘Back-Road Highways’ the finest debut album of recent times, but, speaking to Brown, she admits it’s album number four … Her songs are populated with people struggling, trying to move on, hoping for better luck.”
Maher, who will open the show, will also be bringing her band to Rochester. A gifted guitarist with a sultry timbre, Maher once performed at an open mic playing slide guitar using an empty salt shaker as the slide. The St. Paul-based singer-songwriter has been entertaining audiences for more than a decade with her soulful countrified folk music.
What: American Showcase concert series featuring Chastity Brown and Molly Maher and the Disbelievers.
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16
Where: Rochester Civic Theatre
Individual tickets cost $19 in advance, $24 at the door.
For more information, call 507-282-8481 or visit events.rochestermn.com.