FRANKLIN — The Franklin Opera House will be filled with the unique sounds of Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem on Friday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. Franklin Opera House prides itself on bringing a special blend of quality programs to this intimate and acoustically pleasing venue and is pleased to present Rani Arbo and her band.
Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem are a steadily deepening, 12-year brew of band chemistry, life experience and musical evolution. In 2007, the San Francisco Guardian called them "one of the most song- and arrangement-oriented bands in a field overgrown with pyrotechnic, jam- and solo-conscious virtuosos."
On stage, they are Rani Arbo (fiddle, guitar), Andrew Kinsey (bass, banjo, uke), Anand Nayak (electric and acoustic guitars) and Scott Kessel (percussion). Kessel's percussion rig is 95% recycled, featuring a cardboard box, tin cans, caulk tubes, and a vinyl suitcase in lieu of a bass drum.
Musically, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem reuse and recycle (but try hard not to reduce) 150 years of American music. They hang a Georgia Sea Islands song on a New Orleans groove. They write lyrics for an Irish fiddle tune and underpin it with an Afro-Cuban cajon. Leonard Cohen gets clawhammer banjo; Springsteen gets bluegrass harmonies. Their originals range from blues, to bluegrass, to Unitarian funk gospel, to crooner swing, to spooky folk-pop. With influences from Doc Watson to Django Reinhardt, from Fiddlin' John Carson to the funky Meters, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem celebrates America's past and takes it into the present.
Contact the Franklin Opera House for tickets and information at (603) 934-1901 or visit the website at www.franklinoperahouse.org. Tickets can be purchased on line with no extra fees.
Plenty of other events are planned at Franklin Opera House, including country music's Jandee Lee Porter Band on November 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Franklin Footlight Theatre's presentation of Crazy for You, the broadway musical featuring the music of George Gershwin on November 14-17.