Thu 3/16 @ 9PM
Leyla McCalla’s music is a colorful riot of influences.
First, there’s the unlikely combination of instruments she plays: cello, tenor banjo and guitar. Then there’s her background: she’s a Haitian American who was born in New York and now lives in New Orleans, itself a colorful cultural mélange.
So various influences pour out of her — Creole, Cajun, Haitian, American folk and jazz. She released her debut album Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes to much acclaim in 2013 and hasn’t stopped turning heads. She released A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey, featuring guest turns from the likes of Marc Ribot, Rhiannon Giddons (with whose band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops she used to play), and Louis Michot of the Lost Bayou Ramblers, about this time last year. On it she continues to focus on the themes of social justice and pan-African consciousness that have long marked her music.
She’ll perform with the Leyla McCalla Trio at the Grog Shop in a show co-presented with MOCA Cleveland. Tickets are $15.