LOWELL -- Two of the most respected acts in the music business, one of whom is an up-and-coming rock band while the other an indie-rock/alt-country icon, will take the stage at Boarding House Park this summer as part of the Lowell Summer Music Series.
The six-piece rock band Delta Rae will perform on Friday, June 20, while indie-rock/alt-country superstar Neko Case comes to town on Saturday, June 28. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m., as do all shows in the Lowell Summer Music Series.
Delta Rae is touring behind their debut album, Carry the Fire, which came out last summer. They've been written about endlessly, with profiles on NPR, Time, Forbes and Rolling Stone, the latter proclaiming, "If Fleetwood Mac came up in North Carolina, they might resemble Delta Rae." VH1 picked them for their "You Oughta Know" artist of the month program and they've performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien's late night show.
They've toured with Lyle Lovett and performed with First Lady Michelle Obama at a campaign rally in North Carolina. Oh, and they've played at Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits.
Who is Delta Rae? Well, they were formed by siblings Ian, Eric and Brittany Hollje. While Ian and Eric wrote the songs, Brittany does the singing. Along the way, they fleshed out the band with another singer, Elizabeth Hopkins, drummer Mike McKee and bassist Grant Emerson.
These days their musical stew includes everything from gospel to bluegrass, blues and pop all tinged in rock. And the results have seen them playing to ever-growing crowds. Having them in Lowell as a headliner should allow fans to see just how far they've come in their brief existence.
The 42-year-old Case was born in Virginia, but raised mostly in Tacoma, Wash. She's lived and worked in Seattle, Vancouver, Chicago and Tucson, Ariz., but spends her time these days on a 100-acre farm in rural Vermont.
She's earned Grammy nominations, two of them for her 2009 album Middle Cyclone, but has also earned the respect of her peers as evidenced by the guest list of artists who helped her with last year's The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, including M. Ward and members of My Morning Jacket and Los Lobos. She's one of the hardest-working women in the music business and her appearance in Lowell is highly anticipated.
Tickets are on sale now for Neko Case ($35 in advance, $40 day of show), while tickets go on sale for Delta Rae ($29 in advance, $35 day of show) on Friday, March 7, at 9 a.m., and can be purchased at lowellsummermusic.org.