Saturday, August 18, 2018, 6:30 to 10:00 PM
In partnership with the Contemporary Art Museum and our naming rights sponsor, SunTrust, the Holt Brothers Foundation is hosting a great evening of music featuring Gangstagrass — a dynamic bluegrass / hip hop band that has gained an international following.
“Banjos and rappers shouldn’t sound this good together. But they do,” says the band’s Facebook page. In fact, the Boston Globe calls their single Two Yards, “Essential.” Critics praise the genre Gangstagrass has created — fast-paced rhymes, the twang of the instruments, the soulfulness of the stories told. You’ll be on your feet, jamming and clapping and rapping along.
You won’t want to miss this special performance! This exclusive event benefits the Holt Brothers Foundation, which supports children who have a parent with cancer.
The Event Itself
You’ll enjoy cocktails and snacks starting at 6:30 pm in the beautifully staged CAM Raleigh venue. After a welcome announcement from brothers Torry and Terrence Holt, Gangstagrass will take the stage. A reception follows.
So what do you wear to a bluegrass / hiphop concert? That’s easy. For bluegrass, you can go retro, modern or throwback depending on your mood OR you can wear your favorite rapper outfit. Or you can mix it up. It’s up to you.
About the Band
Gangstagrass was the brainchild of Producer Rench, who says, ‘There are a lot more people out there with Jay-Z and Johnny Cash on their iPod playlists than you think.”
In 2007, Rench “couldn’t help imagining what classic bluegrass would sound like with rap vocals and beats.” The result? Rench Presents: Gangstagrass, which he made available for free downloading. The music industry took notice — as did the fans.
The band’s big break came when they produced Long Hard Times to Come, the theme song for the FX Network’s Justified series that ran for six seasons. The song was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2010 following critical acclaim.
Next came Lightening on the Strings, Thunder on the Mic, followed two years later by their album Rappalachia.
Gangstagrass has toured internationally, appearing at such venues as SXSW and at the Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh. (We saw them in Raleigh and we encourage you to check out some of their music videos.)
In the Pittsburgh City Paper, Rench says, “My goal for Gangstagrass is to make good music and have fun, but if we can bring people together, that’s all the better.” At the Holt Brothers Foundation, we’re out to do the same. Join us!
Tickets are limited; $125 per person.