The Sweetback Sisters at Boothbay Harbor Opera House:

Concert is Saturday, Oct. 7
Posted:  Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 11:00am
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Technically speaking, The Sweetback Sisters come from Brooklyn, but philosophically, they hail from a parallel universe, one where country music history zigged instead of zagged.

"I wouldn’t call us a throwback band," says band leader Emily Miller. "What we do is look back to the golden era of country music and imagine that the genre took a different evolutionary fork, that the honky-tonk element took over rather than the pop-rock sound you hear everywhere today. I feel like we're actually a very modern band, just on an alternate timeline."

On Saturday, Oct. 7, the Sweetback Sisters come to Boothbay Harbor to perform at the Opera House.

It's been 10 years since the Sweetback Sisters first began forging their own sonic universe under the leadership of Miller and Zara Bode. In combination with their airtight harmonies, concert goers can expect to hear  infectious originals and unexpected interpretations of everything from George Jones to Gram Parsons. Hints of jazz and ragtime flesh out the Sisters' unique brand of classic country, as Miller, Bode, and their remarkably versatile band conjure up a singular blend of heart, humor, and musicianship.

The group has been hailed as "brilliant" by NBC New York, beginning in 2007 when they first emerged with their debut album Bang! The collection earned them a record deal with stalwart indie label Signature Sounds, and over the course of 3 ensuing albums, the band built a dedicated following in the U.S. and Europe and racked up critical acclaim. The New Yorker has raved that the women are "strong singers who revel in close harmonies," while Sing Out! said that their music "bristles with the energy of the very best young American performers.”

NPR has praised them as "Americana darlings with a roadhouse edge." The Sisters have performed everywhere from A Prairie Home Companion to Mountain Stage, and festivals from coast to coast.

The Sweetback Sisters' blend of magical harmonies, blazing leads, and charging rhythms doesn't just look back on honky-tonk with fond nostalgia, but rather moves it forward into the 21st century, presenting a vital take on an All-American genre. 

Tickets for the concert - $20/advance and $25/day of show, are on sale through the Opera House box office at 86 Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor,  by calling 633-5159 and at www.boothbayoperahouse.com. Doors for seating open at 7 p.m. for the  7:30 show.

Event Date: 
Sat, 10/07/2017 - 7:30pm
Address: 
86 Townsend Avenue
Boothbay Harbor  Maine  04538