The Parkington Sisters at Rock-n-Romp, the Levitt Shell 

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I saw lots of great music at this year's annual Folk Alliance conference, but one discovery in particular stood out: the Parkington Sisters, a Cape Cod-based quintet of siblings, ages ranging from 18 to late 20s, whose acoustic music was rooted in violin and guitar but also included, at times, bits of cello, banjo, accordion, and piano. All five sisters sing, with baby sis Lydia a vocal revelation boasting an older-than-her-years voice that carries traces of confessional folk, blues, and jazz. The band's folky but not stuffy sound and tone of sisterly enthusiasm reminded me a little bit of '70s touchstones Kate & Anna McGarrigle. And the band's promising songwriting is showcased on an excellent recent debut EP (see parkingtonsisters.com to sample). The group returns to Memphis this week to play at the latest installment of the kid-friendly concert series Memphis Rock-n-Romp, along with teen band the Doorknobs and local rap-rockers Speakerboxx. Rock-n-Romp runs from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, August 21st, at the Levitt Shell. Kids get in free and adults (who must be accompanied by kids) are asked to give a $5 donation. See memphisrocknromp.blogspot.com for more details. (The Parkingtons are also scheduled to play the Sunday brunch at the Inn at Hunt Phelan the next day.)

— Chris Herrington

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