August 21 brings the Mobile, Alabama based band, The Mulligan Brothers, to Lions Park for the final concert of the 2016 Summer Breeze series. Bring seating and refreshments to the park at Flood and Symmes and enjoy this free end of summer concert which begins at 7:30 pm.
The Mulligan Brothers, all of whom have been in other groups, met playing in bars in Mobile. When they put together their band in 2011, it was with the mutual understanding that the music came first. Their name means “second chance.” All four agreed that “we wanted to play our original music and make a career out of it without selling (our) souls.” Their popular debut album, released in June 2013, created passionate fans across the country and was in the Top Ten of CD Sales at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest.
The lyrics in their second album, Via Portland, are built on lead singer Ross Newell’s poetic imagery and storytelling delivered in a warm, sincere voice that is full of feeling. Touring the country and playing together most nights of the week sharpened harmony, background vocals, and dynamics in the instrumentation. New songs evolved in front of audiences, giving each musician time to develop his parts and how they fit together. "This album is honest and sincere from the ground up," Newell says. "We stayed true to ourselves.”
The Mulligan Brothers were listed in the Alternate Root Magazine's Top 50 of the first half of 2015 and Via Portland is being played on radio stations across the country.
Songwriter Ross Newell on lead vocals and guitar, Ben Leininger on bass and vocals, and Greg DeLuca on drums and vocals, together with recently added “sister” Melody Duncan on fiddle, continue to gently weave heartfelt tales of loss and love, blending imagery in their stories as the band easily offers fluid sound. Fans at Summer Breeze can hear what made The Mulligan Brothers so appealing in the first place -- the easy flow of music that uses traditional textures, balanced against lyrics that are often sharply contemporary.
For additional information about this and other programs at The Depot, phone 307-9320.
Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council, from Sponsors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Republic Bank and Trust; from Contributors Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Dentists Jamie Belknap, Donna Sparks and Kristen Campbell at Norman Smile Center; Andi Berry, Wyoming Art Therapy; Interbank; Backwoods; Edward Jones; 2 Green Chicks; The Mont; and Montford Inn; and from Friends: Nancy McClellan; Sooner Carpet, Air Duct and Restoration; Bruce & Trisha Bunce; Brad & Lisa Raley; and Neighbor Bob Schlegel. Major in-kind support comes from Norman Parks and Recreation Department.
The Depot is proud to announce the musical lineup for the 2016 Summer Breeze Concert Series. The eight free family-friendly Sunday evening concerts, taking place in Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes in Norman, are all scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm. Bring seating, your favorite refreshments (no vendors are allowed) and enjoy these relaxed “easy-breezy” musical evenings in the park.
May 22, The Dusty 45s
The Dusty 45s deliver their rockin', high energy music at full throttle, keeping fans on their feet and begging for more. The group melds styles ranging from country twang to jump blues and surf to R & B, even adding Dixieland and jazz elements. Infused by a passion for American roots music in all its varied forms, The Dusty 45s blur the line between genres to create a sizzling sound that is entirely fresh and uniquely their own.
June 5, Orquesta D'Calle
Orquesta D'Calle will have you on your feet dancing to their high energy Latin music.
June 19, WE DREAM DAWN
WE DREAM DAWN began as an Elephant Revival side project and quickly grew from its small-town Midwestern/Rocky Mountain roots and blossomed into a unique, earthy blend of dreamy electric folk music. Hailing from rural Oklahoma and Kansas the band — Sage Cook (guitar and vocals), Aera Fox (bass) and Weston Hill (drums) — is busy representing rural America in a whole new light. After leaving Elephant Revival, Sage has taken to not just growing his own food but his own new sound, one definitely worth checking out.
June 26, Brandy Zdan
Although Brandy Zdan calls her new, self-titled album her full-length “debut,” there’s no mistaking this seasoned singer-songwriter for any kind of rookie. For the better part of the last decade, the native Canadian — now living in Nashville, TN— has garnered acclaim as half of the gothic folk/roots duo Twilight Hotel, with two albums, 2008’s Highway Prayer and 2011’s When the Wolves Go Blind, nominated for prestigious Juno Awards (Canada’s Grammy), as a formidable multi-instrumentalist (touring and recording with the Americana all-girl band the Trishas), and even as a solo artist (with LoneStarMusic hailing her 2013 Lone Hunter EP as “a one-woman tour de force.”) But according to the artist herself, all of that was merely a prelude to the aptly-titled Brandy Zdan, the most focused expression of her musical identity to date.
July 10, Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin' Chariots
Kyle Reid leads the Low Swinging Chariots, in a joyful revelry of original swing tunes that draw from New Orleans, Gypsy Jazz, and Western Swing traditions. Reid’s original tunes sound at once familiar yet new and exciting, blending elements of these classic American forms with contemporary attitude. The low sonorous quality of Reid’s voice is well balanced by the hot accents of the rhythm section and the sweet melodies of the brass section.
July 24, Brave Combo
Trying to describe Brave Combo’s music requires a pretty extensive vocabulary – at least when it comes to musical styles. For the past three decades the Denton, Texas based quintet has perfected a world music mix that includes salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha cha, the blues and more. They are America’s Premier Dance band and a rollicking, rocking, rhythmic global journey — offering what one critic recently wrote, “Even if you come for the party, you’ll leave with something of a musical education.”
Aug. 7, Hosty Duo
The Hosty Duo are Mike Hosty, an outstanding guitarist and songwriter, and Michael Byars, a world-class drummer. Their setup is simple, but their individual talents make this two-piece band sound twice its size. Hosty simultaneously tears through gritty slide leads, blows harmonica and or Kazoo and uses foot pedals to stomp bass lines. And “Tic Tac” Byars puts it all in a rock-solid groove. Their superb style of bluesy roots rock combines with imaginative songs about nights spent in jail or dinosaurs or affairs of the heart to make one of the most entertaining shows anyone could hope to see.
Aug. 21, The Mulligan Brothers
The Mulligan Brothers met playing in bars in Mobile, Alabama and their name means second chances. Their second album, Via Portland, is being played on radio stations across the country and The Mulligan Brothers are listed in the Alternate Root Magazine's Top 50 of 2015--So Far. The music is still a blend of alt-country, blues, and folk that sounds like the Lumineers with a hot fiddle and the song writing of Townes Van Zandt, but Via Portland is a smoother album with more harmony and background vocals and dynamics in the instrumentation.
Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council, from Sponsors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Republic Bank and Trust; from Contributors Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Dentists Jamie Belknap, Donna Sparks and Kristen Campbell at Norman Smile Center; Andi Berry, Wyoming Art Therapy; Backwoods; Edward Jones; 2 Green Chicks; The Mont; Montford Inn; and from Friends Nancy McClellan, Sooner Carpet Cleaning & Restoration, and Neighbors Bob Schlegel and Becca Hewes of Yogalife. Major in-kind support comes from Norman Parks and Recreation Department.