Celebrating the recent release of their fantastic, highly-anticipated sophomore LP What Now, North Carolina indie pop duo Sylvan Esso, one of our favorite new artists to emerge in recent years, and an endlessly fun live act, are set to return to Nashville Sept. 22 for a performance at The Ryman Auditorium with Helado Negro, their largest Music City outing to date, and the most fitting space they’ve played yet. With their hype far from fading, it’s no surprise that tickets are nearly all gone, and if you want to ensure you spot, we encourage you to snag yours here while they last. If you’d rather roll the dice, or can’t manage to snag a spot fast enough, we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan! Find out more about Sylvan Esso and enter below!
The swift success of North Carolina indie pop duo Sylvan Esso might be one of the most pleasant musical surprises of the past couple years. Vocalist Amelia Meath originally wrote the hit song “Play It Right” for her previous band, Mountain Man. However, on a fortuitously booked bill at a small club where Mountain Man was playing, she shared the song with electronic producer Nick Sanborn, then playing solo as Made of Oak, and the genesis of duo Sylvan Esso sprung to life. After slowly and organically coming together as a formal project, they worked out the rest of their eponymous debut in Durham, North Carolina, before its near-overnight buzz helped make them the darlings of taste-making festivals like SXSW, Bonnaroo, and Coachella. By the time their debut album arrived in 2014 on Partisan Records, Sylvan Esso were already a rapidly rising force in the blogosphere, and even made their national television debut soon after. Catchy, electro-infused indie pop tracks like “Coffee,” “Play It Right,” and “Hey Mami,” helped the group quickly become staples of the indie world, and on the strength of their fantastic live show, they’ve become a beloved, extensive touring act.
While the duo’s highly-anticipated and critically-acclaimed sophomore effort, What Now, arrived just this spring, the lead up the release began last summer, when triumphant lead single “Radio” reignited Sylvan Esso buzz all over again. Additional standout tracks “Kick Jump Twist” and “Die Young” helped further cement the group’s well-deserved attention, and, as a whole, their sophomore LP proves that Sylvan Esso have some serious staying power, managing to improve upon their debut with an even more urgent, personal, polished, and cohesive effort. Though it’s only been a year since their last Nashville outing, this marks the band’s first since What Now‘s release, and, after selling out bigger and bigger rooms with each appearance, their graduation to the Mother Church is going to be their most exciting Music City appearance yet. Don’t miss it!
Brooklyn based Heldo Negro is the brainchild of Roberto Carlos Lange, born in South Florida to Ecuadorean immigrants. With his multicultural, bi-lingual artistic identity, which extends beyond music to visual and performance art, Lange has spent nearly a decade crafting a genre-bending, engaging, and personal indie sound, organically amassing a loyal following and critical praise for a string of buzzy releases, most recently last year’s Private Energy. Complimentary to but distinctly different from Sylvan Esso, this eclectic group will prove an excellent supporting act, so show up early!
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
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Winner will be announced Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 12 p.m. CDT, and will receive one pair of tickets. Good luck!
Sylvan Esso and Helado Negro will perform Sept. 22 at The Ryman Auditorium. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $30.