Genre-defying, Nashville-based quintet Rainbow Kitten Surprise has unveiled their first official live album, RKS! Live From Athens Georgia, available on all streaming platforms today. The 25-song collection – recorded during a two-night stand at The Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA, on the band’s 2019 sold out North American tour – also arrives as a limited-edition 3-LP vinyl featuring five sides of music and special artist’s etching on the sixth side. To herald today’s release, RKS has shared a live performance video of “It’s Called: Freefall” shot during those shows, streaming now on the band’s official YouTube channel.
Not more than two years ago, Rainbow Kitten Surprise launched the biggest headline tour of their career thus far in support of their Elektra Records debut, How To: Friend, Love, Freefall. The Friend, Love Freefall Tour spanned 50 sold-out shows highlighted by 6 venue upgrades, 3 second nights added, and over 80,000 tickets sold. They even packed the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre to the gills and were scheduled to return for two sold out nights in 2021 that were canceled due to the pandemic. On October 1, 2019, they rolled through Athens and lit up The 40 Watt Club before gracing the stage of The Georgia Theatre two nights in a row October 3 and October 4. The live album harnesses all the magic of a Rainbow Kitten Surprise show as they electrify a sold-out audience with signature anthems and fan favorites. Check out the full tracklisting below.
To date, How To: Friend, Love Freefall has gathered north of 230 million streams, while the lead single “Fever Pitch” eclipsed 40 million streams and vaulted into the Top 10 at Triple A Radio.
Rainbow Kitten Surprise teased the arrival of RKS! Live From Athens Georgia with the release of “Hide (Live from Athens Georgia) on DSPs and as a live performance video (watch HERE) last month. It has already generated half-a-million cumulative streams and counting.
In tandem with the release, the band engaged fans to support the Louisville Pride Foundation, who are raising funds to open an ADA-compliant LGBTQ+ Community Center in Louisville, KY. The Center will be a home for events, programming, and connection to services/resources ranging from substance abuse to intimate partner violence to housing. They will provide backbone support to the city’s LGBTQ+ community and the organizations who support it. The Center is especially close to the bands’ hearts as it will serve as a tangible space for queer individuals living in the South to feel safe.
To help meet the Foundation’s fundraising goal of $20k to open their doors during Louisville Pride this September, RKS has launched exclusive pride merch items including a t-shirt, socks, and a vinyl slipmat [available here]. The band has partnered with PLUS1 so that 100% of the proceeds will go to support the Foundation. An option is also available for fans to donate straight to the organization in addition to or in lieu of any purchases made.
For additional information about the Louisville Pride Foundation, please visit: https://louisvillepride.com/
Stay tuned for more from Rainbow Kitten Surprise soon.
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