North Carolina bluegrass outfit returns to Mauch Chunk Opera House

Recently recognized by the acclaimed music magazine “Rolling Stone” as an “artist you need to know,” North Carolina’s indie-bluegrass outfit Mipso is returning to the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on Friday, April 6.

The Americana quartet comes from Chapel Hill and features Jacob Sharp on mandolin and vocals, Wood Robinson on bass and vocals, Joseph Terrell on guitar and vocals and Libby Rodenbough on fiddle and vocals. Coinciding with its Friday night show is the release of its much-anticipated new album, “Edges Run,” the band’s fifth.

As noted on the band’s website, the quartet has been described to bring a distinctive sound full of wistful beauty, hopeful undercurrents and panoramic soundscapes. Venturing ever further from its string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition, Mipso’s music is lush and forward moving, with lyrics that sear and salve in turn.

The band visited the Mauch Chunk Opera House three years ago and recorded a professionally shot video of what might be its biggest hit, “Louise.” You can view/listen here.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day-of-show. Doors open at 7 p.m. with an 8 p.m. show start.

Christopher Holland
Christopher Holland is a researcher for Lehigh Valley Business and blogs on arts and entertainment in the region.

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