American band Della Mae to perform in Ho Chi Minh City, Hue

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American music band Della Mae will take a tour to Vietnam starting April 23. Photo courtesy of the band. American music band Della Mae will take a tour to Vietnam starting April 23. Photo courtesy of the band.

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American bluegrass band Della Mae, a group of five female artists, will perform at three concerts in two Vietnamese city during a nine-day tour starting April 23.
The first is at Lan Anh Club in Ho Chi Minh City next Wednesday (April 27) and the other two in the former feudal capital of  Hue next Saturday (April 30) and Sunday (May 1), when the country celebrates Reunification Day and International Labor day.
All the concerts are free of charge but people have to register in advance here to be randomly selected and invited, organizers said.
Their tour, organized by the US Consulate in HCMC to promote cultural exchanges and mutual understanding between the two countries, will also include several master classes and outreach events in both cities.
Currently based in Nashville, Tennessee, this band took shape in 2009 to address the lack of all-women bands on the national touring scene.
Since then, it has toured over 200 days a year in 24 countries, earned a spot on Rolling Stone magazine's “Top ten artists you need to know” list, and in 2013 received a GRAMMY nomination for “Best bluegrass album of the year” with its debut album This World Oft Can Be.
In May 2015 the band released its sophomore album Della Mae, which was hailed by The Telegraph as one of the “Best Country Albums of 2015” and earned a spot on Americana Music Association's “Top 100 Albums of 2015.”
Della Mae's live performances combine original songwriting with instrumental prowess and emotional delivery. The group’s current members are Celia Woodsmith (vocal), Jenni Lyn Gardner (mandolin), Courtney Hartman (guitar/banjo), Zoe Guigueno (bass), and founder Kimber Ludiker (fiddle).
They also serve as cultural ambassadors for the US Department of State.

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