Molly Venter ’02, the ‘Mary J. Blige of Acoustic Folk’ has joined a band: Red Molly, where she replaces Carolann Solebello, a founding member. Intriguingly, Red Molly did not previously have a Molly.

Red Molly self-describes as a “dynamic female trio” with “lush, distinctive three-part harmonies.” I can’t find any reviews of the group as it’s currently composed, but past praise of their “tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals, and caramel harmonies” from the Boston Globe is promising. Moreover, Venter should be fitting right in – during her solo career, she opened for Red Molly on several occasions, including, I believe, the one time I’ve seen either Venter or Red Molly in concert.

Having recently returned from an Alaska tour (complete with moose) Red Molly has several upcoming shows in New England and near their New Jersey home base. They play a sold-out Old Sloop Coffeehouse in Rockport, MA tonight, followed by a benefit show at Pine Hill Waldorf School in New Hampshire tomorrow night. Then, on Wednesday, November 17, they’ll be at City Winery in Soho [www.citywinery.com] [115 Varick at Vandem,  Metro: Spring St. A,C,E] . In addition, they have upcoming tours to the West Coast (including Seattle and the Bay Area), Florida, and the Midwest planned. (DC folks can look forward to a June 4, 2011 appearance at Alexandria’s legendary Birchmere).

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