If you’ve already RSVPd, please ignore, but if not…we’ve just got two days to go until the Cicada Rhythm house show. We’re really excited about it! Space remains! Friday, October 7th.
Send an email to CommonChordConcerts@gmail.com with the number of people who will be coming.
You will receive a reply telling you the address and that you’re confirmed, or that you’re on the waiting list. If you’re confirmed it means we’re saving a spot for you. There is limited space, so please let us know right away if you find out you can’t go. You must email in order to have your reservation confirmed. Joining the Facebook event does not confirm your reservation.
Important: Common Chord Concerts strives to present a listening room environment. Please think of this as a house concert, not a house party, and contribute to the creation of this respectful listening space.
We’ll be gathering at 7:30 p.m. Please bring your own beverage, and, if you’d like, a snack to share. Cicada Rhythm performs at 8 p.m.
Minimum suggested donation: $12
You should consider joining the Common Chord Concerts Facebook group Facebook (and invite your friends to join).
Andrea DeMarcus had just graduated from Juilliard, and she didn’t know what to do. “Juilliard wanted you to have a certain kind of sound… I wasn’t interested in playing just for the money or because it would look good on my resume.” She returned from New York to Georgia, and started writing songs on guitar. But the classically trained bassist was critical of her early writing and make-do guitar playing. That’s when a disheveled vagabond of a guitar player hopped off a freight train and into her life.
Dave Kirslis had been at a crossroads of his own; the musical projects he was involved in weren’t giving him a “big enough palate” for the way that his songwriting was evolving. Feeling directionless, he’d taken to riding freight trains in search of the quintessential American adventure. One day, rumpled and covered in soot, he jumped off a train near the house of a friend, where he met a wide-eyed and skeptical DeMarcus. “I could tell by her eyebrows that… well I wouldn’t say it was love at first sight.”
Despite the shaky first impression, the two soon found themselves spending a lot of time together. Kirslis had found someone who could understand and respond to his new song writing, and DeMarcus had found someone who could encourage hers and take the role of guitar player, allowing her to return to her preferred instrument. And secretly, in the back of both of their minds, they thought that maybe they’d found something more. Though their musical backgrounds couldn’t be more different – Kirslis taught himself roots music, while DeMarcus had mastered music theory and the nuances of counterpoint at Julliard – they shared a sense of what music should be about.
Four years later, Cicada Rhythm’s self-titled album meanders through folk, rock, Americana, and further afield, but this shared sense of what makes music powerful binds all of the songs together. At the center of their appeal is the mystery of how the interplay between two different sounds – whether it be the spirited finger-picking of guitar dancing over the rising swell of the bass, or their voices layering into sweet harmony – fills the space in between with meaning. In Cicada Rhythm, this space is explored with a fervent intensity that is belied by the effortless elegance of the arrangements.
“What Cicada Rhythm offers is roots music that’s unassuming, expertly played and sung by two clear as glass voices.” – NPR
“Best Local Folk Act of Atlanta for 2013” – Creative Loafing Atlanta
“Hypnotic” – American Songwriter
“Regardless of how the influences of folk, jazz and blues intermingled, Cicada Rhythm craft an open-hearted, inventive blend of American musics in deceptively simple songs that are both haunting and playfully jaunty [….] Rarely has a band’s name fit their music so well. Cicada Rhythm conjure up the Southern twilight when the buzz of insects washes in waves through the trees, and that eerie but comforting moment of stasis before the world transforms.” – Creative Loafing Charlotte
“The thing that most impresses about Cicada Rhythm’s sound is how big it is, even though it’s not. Cloaked in sleepy sweetness—all ringing acoustic guitar and sliding upright bass, cooed vocals with snug, Welch/Rawlings-style harmonies—the Atlanta-based duo’s music lands with an impact you didn’t quite see coming.” – Flagpole Athens