Red Molly to perform at Festival Theatre April 5

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From left, Laurie MacAllister, Molly Venter and Abbie Gardner are Red Molly, comint to Festival Theatre April 5. (submitted photo)

Festival Theatre welcomes Americana trio Red Molly to the stage on Saturday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. Red Molly offers a cappella ballads, bluegrass-tinged folk and a touch of jazzy western swing, all done up in their trademark three-part harmonies, signature dobro licks and inventive arrangements. The band consists of Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo), Abbie Gardner (dobro, banjo) and Molly Venter (guitar).
The Americana trio has been performing since 2004. In recent years the ladies were invited to open multiple shows for Willie Nelson, and they performed at the RockyGrass festival in Colorado. Their CD “Light in the Sky” spent 20 weeks on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 radio chart and was named as Folk DJ’s No. 3 Top Album of 2012.
In 2013 the band spent the month of March touring Australia, and in August it headed to Europe for the first time, for Denmark’s Tonder Festival. The ladies were also invited to appear for the third time at North Carolina’s MerleFest, plus a fourth appearance at the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, where in September 2012 the Bristol Herald Courier dubbed Red Molly “The Twin City’s sweethearts,” saying the band “lit up the stage, as a massive crowd of adoring fans sat mesmerized by their silky smooth harmonies and superb musicianship.”
Opening for Red Molly will be composer and musician Jake Armerding, who will also join the group during its sets with his original style on acoustic violin, mandolin and guitar.
Tickets for this concert are $26 in advance and $31 at the door, and can be reserved by phone at 715-483-3387, email [email protected], or online at
This concert is part of Festival Theatre’s exciting 2014 music series. Upcoming concerts include Once Upon a River with Dan Chouinard and Larry Long on April 26, Colleen Raye and the Girl Singers’ new show Broadway’s Best on April 25 and May 11, and The Fiddle Masters on June 20. Festival Theatre is located in downtown St. Croix Falls, Wis., at 210 N. Washington St.