Eclectic musical groups bring unique sounds to Cumming Playhouse

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CUMMING, Ga. — A barrage of musical styling, ranging from Bluegrass and Folk to Rock and Classical, will come together in eclectic fusions during performances by two rising musical groups at the Cumming Playhouse in January.

On January 13 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Buffalo Stack, founded by guitarist and vocalist Andy Stack of New York, takes the local stage, followed by Nashville-based Harpeth Rising, comprised of classically trained musicians from Nashville, on January 20 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

After a thriving career as a sideman in the New York City music scene, Andy Stack founded the group Buffalo Stack after relocating to the Hudson Valley of New York State. It was in this mountainous region of the state where Stack’s own voice began to blossom. Within six months, he had written a full album’s worth of original Roots/Rock/Americana music, bringing together some of the finest musicians and singers, and performing at some of the most popular music venues in the Hudson Valley region.

Buffalo Stack blends a command of American Roots music, strong Folk traditions from Andy Stack’s ancestral homeland of Ireland, and modern music sensibilities. Influences from Chicago to the Delta, from New Orleans to New York, all find their way into the musical cocktail. To date, Buffalo Stack has released a self-titled album in 2014, as well as a five-song EP titled “Hammer and Nails” in 2016. To learn more about Buffalo Stack, go to buffalostack.com.

Harpeth Rising, performing at the Playhouse on Jan. 20, was recently voted “Best Local Band in

Nashville” by the Tennessean newspaper and has been described as bringing an “exciting and distinctively new sound to the Folk genre.”

With its banjo and fiddle, patrons might think the group is all about traditional Bluegrass but they need to think again. Cello and hand drums round out the ensemble, creating a truly unique sound, and their virtuosic instrumentals are coupled with intimate vocals and sincere lyrics. Unapologetic genre-benders,

Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, New-grass, Rock and Classical sounds into something organically unique.

The all-female trio met at Indiana University School of Music and were united, and continue to be driven by, their eclectic musical interests. A little bit Bluegrass, a little bit Classical, a little bit Folk, and a whole lot original, Harpeth Rising is a band to watch.

Harpeth Rising has released several albums, which can be found along with more information about the group, at harpethrising.com.

Tickets to both Buffalo Stack and Harpeth Rising at the Cumming Playhouse are $20 (or $15 for veterans, groups of 25 or more, students 18 and under, and seniors 60 and over) and can be purchased online at playhousecumming.com or by calling 770-781-9178.


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