The timing couldn’t be better for the Carolina Theatre on South Greene Street in downtown Greensboro.

On Monday, May 8, it was announced that Rhiannon Giddens had won a Pulitzer Prize and on Tuesday, May 9 the Carolina Theatre announced that Giddens would be performing at the Carolina Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 28.

Tickets for that performance go on sale Friday, May 19.

The Pulitzer is just the latest in a long list of awards and honors won by Giddens, who is a native of Greensboro and studied at UNCG.

Before becoming a solo artist, Giddens co-founded the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. Giddens has been nominated for six additional Grammys for her work as a soloist and collaborator. Giddens is also the recipient of a MacAuthur Genius grant.

Giddens won the Pulitzer along with Michael Abels for “Omar,” an opera about a Muslim scholar captured in Africa in the early 1800s and sold into slavery in Charleston, SC.

Although Giddens currently lives in Ireland, she hasn’t forgotten her hometown and her performances in Greensboro include the 2015 National Folk Festival, the Carolina Theatre in 2016 and 2017, the 2018 N.C. Folk Festival and the Tanger Center in 2021 and 2022.

Giddens third solo album, You’re the One, is scheduled to be released on Aug. 18 on Nonesuch Records.  While this is her third solo studio album, it is her first with all original songs.

About the album Giddens said, “I hope that people just hear American music. Blues, jazz, Cajun, country, gospel and rock – it’s all there. I like to be where it meets organically. They’re fun songs, and I wanted them to have as much ofa chance as they could to reach people who might dig them but don’t anything about what I do. If they’re introduced to me through this record, they might go listen to other music I’ve made and makes some new discoveries.”