Win Tickets ($64): Rising Appalachia @ Crystal Ballroom | w/ Jeffrey Martin, Folk, Roots Music

We are giving you another chance to WIN a pair of tickets to Rising Appalachia @ Crystal Ballroom on August 2. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed July 25.


From our sponsors:
Rising Appalachia
August 2, 2022
7PM Doors, 8PM Show | All Ages
GA $28 ADV, $32 Doors
Balcony $35 ADV, $40 Doors
More info:

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

As world travelers for nearly two decades, Rising Appalachia have merged multiple global music influences with their own southern roots to create the inviting new folk album, Leylines. Remarkably the band has built its legion of listeners independently — a self-made success story that has led to major festival appearances and sold-out shows at venues across the country.

Founded by sisters Leah and Chloe Smith, the band established an international fan base due to relentless touring, tireless activism, and no small degree of stubborn independence. However, for the first time, they opted to bring in a producer for the new album, teaming up with the legendary Joe Henry on the sessions. These were also their first recording sessions outside of the South. For 10 days, all six band members lived and recorded in a castle-like studio in Marin County, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. As a result, a sense of unity and immediacy can be heard throughout their seventh album, Leylines.

“As far as recording goes, we’re open creatively, but we’ve often preferred elements of live recording. I mean, we’re folk musicians at our core,” Leah explains. “The experience of playing music together in one room, looking at each other, is the bedrock of what we do and how we’ve grown up with music. I think Joe very much felt that way as well. He was very clear at the beginning that he was going to encourage us to have as many elements of a live recording as possible.”

Although Leah and Chloe Smith consider their voices as their primary instrument, Leah also plays banjo and bodhran on the album, while Chloe plays guitar, fiddle, and banjo. They are joined on Leylines by longtime members David Brown (stand-up bass, baritone guitar) and Biko Casini (world percussion, n’goni), as well as two new members: West African musician Arouna Diarra (n’goni, talking drum) and Irish musician Duncan Wickel (fiddle, cello). The sonic textures of these two cultures are woven into Leylines, enhancing the stunning blend of folk, world, and urban music that has become Rising Appalachia’s calling card.




  1. Saskia on July 11, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    This band is my most played on Spotify and my current most favorite! I would so so much love to win tickets to this, I have not been to a concert since the pandemic and am needing to see some live music!

  2. Leslie Van on July 13, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    The Crystal is one of my all time favorite venues. I’d love to experience this amazing music there.

  3. Chelsea Dunk on July 14, 2022 at 6:34 am

    I love Rising Appalachia, I moved to Portland last year and have never been to the Crystal Ballroom for a show. Their music soothes my soul and I am a long time fan. Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. Jesse Linderman on July 14, 2022 at 7:35 am

    I love these cats but they don’t make it out this way very often. I would love to see them in the Chrystal Ballroom and the awesome atmosphere there. It’s going to be a sweet show for sure.

  5. Jean on July 14, 2022 at 7:50 am

    Magic pure magic. They open hearts and minds to be filled with hope.

  6. Holly on July 14, 2022 at 8:50 am

    It’s my wedding anniversary, and celebrating this day with Rising Appalachia would be incredible!

  7. Meesh on July 14, 2022 at 10:04 am

    They are incredible! Would be amazing to celebrate my birthday (a few days after the show) by going to see them!(:

  8. Chloe on July 14, 2022 at 10:43 am

    Rising Appalachia has played a huge part in my healing journey over the last few years. I would feel so blessed to get to finally see them in person.

  9. Josh Chambers on July 14, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    For my mom mostly who loves this group and needs a break from nursing for both her dad and husband. I like them too

  10. N G on July 15, 2022 at 10:28 am

    Leah, Chloe & band mates have been musical muses that serenade my senses forward, tickling my earbuds free, dance my Spirit wild, & calls to the beautiful juxtaposition of rembering our ancestral Roots & illuminating truths, all while singing my Soul open with their harmonies, lyrics, and having overall musical medicine homeostasis. The Crystal Ballroom is one of my most beloved places to witness Rising Appalachia in concert and in community. I would be honored and thrilled to be a part of this magic in Portland. Thank you very much! I say Thank you very much!!!!! ✨️💖✨️

  11. Caymond Hodge on July 20, 2022 at 10:16 am

    I would absolutely love tickets to see one of your shows!! Your music always gets me moving. I share it with someone that needs an extra smile n a good time!

  12. natasha on July 21, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    this could be interesting

  13. Kristie S on July 22, 2022 at 9:36 am

    Great band, beautiful music and fun venue!

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