HomeStage Series: LEYLA MCCALLA Live from New Orleans (Online)
Venue: Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Organizations: Leyla McCalla
Date: Friday, September 25, 2020
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Event Types: Music, Arts & Theatre
General Admission: $10.00
Virginia Tech Students with ID: Free

The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech continues their online HomeStage Series featuring Leyla McCalla, live from New Orleans on Friday, September 25, 2020.

Join cellist, banjoist, singer, and guitarist Leyla McCalla at home for music from her new Jazz Village/PAS album, The Capitalist Blues, followed by a moderated conversation with Christiansburg's Shawanda Marie, a proud New Orleans-born Creole culture-bearer.

A former member of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Leyla McCalla embraces American roots music at its most fundamental, with a deep personal connection to the cultural legacy built by the immigrants who settled here over the generations. Influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun, and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, her music is earthy, elegant, soulful, and witty.

McCalla rose to fame during her two years as cellist for Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Grammy award-winning African-American string band, before leaving the group in 2013 to pursue her solo career. McCalla's debut album, Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes, was named 2013's Album of the Year by the London Sunday Times and Songlines for its haunting mixture of music and message.

McCalla was born in New York to Haitian parents and spent several formative teenage years in Africa, before returning to the states and eventually settling in New Orleans, where she found a renewed connection to her Haitian heritage.


The cost is $10.00 for general admission and free for Virginia Tech students.

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Students can sign-up for their free tickets at:

A recording will remain available to ticket holders for seven days following the live event.

Fall Access Passes are also available for the complete HomeStage Series starting at $60.00.

The HomeStage Series is a special series of events featuring notable artists live from their homes and studios. Not another livestream or pre-recorded performance that’s widely available to everyone, this series is exclusive to the Moss Arts Center and designed specifically to be presented online. Get up close and personal with the artists during performances and conversations and learn more about them and their work through moderated discussions and questions and answers from the audience—all from the comfort of your own home. Grab your favorite snack, kick back, and settle in. You’re guaranteed to have a front row seat.

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