The concert is one of three concerts in the Black Box Concert Series that AACA uses as a vehicle to bring nationally touring acts to Athens for intimate, inexpensive concerts in The Arts Center’s world-class Sue E. Trotter Black Box Theater. The Black Box Concert Series is sponsored by Tennessee Wesleyan College.
The jazz and classically trained musicians who comprise Joy Kills Sorrow’s blend folk, pop, and jazz to create a distinct sound. The group has always been interested in playing nontraditional music in a traditional string-band setting. When they did just that with their cover of The Postal Service’s 2003 electro-pop hit “Such Great Heights,” they garnered the attention of American Songwriter, which dubbed them the most impressive band at the 2012 Savannah Music Festival.
In June band members released their third album, a seven-song EP in which they concentrated on developing a fuller, bigger sound.
Joy Kills Sorrow’s rootsy variation on Americana is just as apt to appeal to fans of Mumford and Sons and Fleet Foxes as committed Stanley Brothers enthusiasts.
On Jan. 17, 2014, the Black Box Concert Series continues when Mac Arnold — one of the last surviving members of the Muddy Waters era and whose resume reads like a “Who’s Who” of Blues/R&B legends — takes the stage with his band Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues.
All Black Box Concert tickets, which are sold individually, are $15 for adults, $8 for students. When bought with an AACA season ticket, Black Box Series adult tickets are 20 percent off.
Individual tickets to Joy Kills Sorrow, and season or individual tickets for the Big Time/Small Town Performance Season are available online atwww.athensartscouncil.org, by phone at 423-745-8781, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by mail at P.O. Box 95, and in person at The Arts Center, 320 North White St., Athens.