String band Mipso opens UTC Per­form­ing Arts Se­ries

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If you’re a new act strug­gling to be rec­og­nized, you know you’ve made it when you get in­vited to ride a float in the Macy’s Thanks­giv­ing Day Pa­rade.

Mipso got that call in 2015.

Since then the in­die Amer­i­cana quar­tet was named by Rolling Stone as a fa­vorite 2016 fes­ti­val act, and they’ve put out two al­bums, “Old Time Reverie” and “Com­ing Down the Moun­tain.”

The string band will bring its tra­di­tional and pro­gres­sive blue­grass to town Fri­day, Sept. 8, when Mipso opens the Per­form­ing Arts Se­ries at the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee at Chat­tanooga Fine Arts Cen­ter, 754 Vine St., at 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets are $15.

While stu­dents at the Univer­sity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, gui­tarist Joseph Ter­rell and man­dolin player Ja­cob Sharp be­gan per­form­ing at Chapel Hill open-mic nights as an acous­tic duo. Mo­ti­vated to form a band to play folk and blue­grass, they ap­proached bass player Wood Robin­son, with whom Ter­rell had per­formed in a cam­pus party band, Funkosaurus Rex.

Billed as Mipso Trio, the guys be­gan per­formi ng at cam­pus events and oc­ca­sion­ally around North Carolina.

Af­ter the 2012 re­lease of “Long, Long Gone” and the ad­di­tion of friend and fid­dle player, Libby Ro­den­bough, Mipso Trio quickly be­came a cam­pus sta­ple.

Upon grad­u­a­tion from UNC in 2013, Ter­rell, Sharp, and Robin­son took a two-week tour of Ja­pan, play­ing at the Takarazuka Blue­grass Fes­ti­val and a con­cert in Tokyo’s his­toric coun­try mu­sic venue, Rocky Top. A doc­u­men­tary of that trip, “Mipso In Ja­pan,” pre­miered at film fes­ti­vals across the coun- try in 2014, in­clud­ing the NYC Pic­ture Start Film Fes­ti­val.

The band re­leased “Dark Holler Pop” in 2013, which ap­peared on Bill­board’s Blue­grass chart and raised the band’s pro­file lead­ing to a U. S. tour in 2014. In April 2014, Ter­rell won the Gen­eral cat­e­gory of Mer­lefest’s Chris Austin Song­writ­ing Con­test.

With 2015’s “Old Time Reverie,” Mipso ex­panded into richer tex­tures, a dding c l awham­mer banjo and elec­tric or­gan. The al­bum de­buted at No. 1 on Bill­board’s Blue­grass chart.

On “Com­ing Down the Moun­tain,” Mipso con­tin­ues to push the bound­aries of Amer­i­cana mu­sic, where classic folk- rock and mod­ern alt- coun­try sounds min­gle with Ap­palachian tra­di­tion.

For tick­ets: 423- 4254269.

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String band Mipso plays at UTC Fri­day night.

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