Mingo Fishtrap, an eight member band out of Austin Texas with a unique sound dancing between gutbucket soul, N'awlins grit-down funk and horn fueled Motown pop, will take the Summer Breeze stage at Andrews Park Amphitheater on Sunday, June 15. Music begins at 7:30. Pack up your picnic basket with refreshments, and enjoy an evening of great music, absolutely free.
Mingo Fishtrap traces its beginnings to the mid 90s when leader, Roger Blevins, Jr. and another five of the group's eight members were attending the University of North Texas' Jazz Studies program. Originally derived as a loose, after-class jam, Mingo covered songs from Otis Redding, Tower of Power, the Neville Brothers and other soul and funk masters with no particular professional ambition.
"Obviously, there wasn't a lot of classic soul being played around campus," says Blevins. "People around the dorms just took to it and the ball started rolling. We were good friends playing music we loved; that's a good recipe."
And it's still delicious soul food that Mingo cooks up today, with the recipe all their own. With an inspired, high-energy live show, featuring tight horn arrangements and a distinctive vocal sound, they pull the audience in. “This is the kind of band that will swallow you with their talent. The music turns and twists, it curls up inside of you, this is a band you cannot ignore.” Kristina Loye, MTV Online.
Through their time together on the road, touring coast to coast, Mingo Fishtrap has performed on bills with a wide range of artists: Sting, Blues Traveler, Ozomatli, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Little Feat and Jonny Lang among others.
Five time South by Southwest/Austin Music Award winners, Mingo has released four albums and one concert video: Succotash, 1997; From The Private Bag, 2000; EP2, 2004; Yesterday, 2005; and a concert DVD; Live at the Granada, 2007.
"We're delighted to see Mingo Fishtrap back in the Summer Breeze line-up! We enjoyed them so much their first gig here a few years ago, we even 'road-tripped' to a show they had out of state.” say sponsors Jamie Belknap and Skye Diers. ”What's not to love about their high-energy funky show which makes audience members of all ages smile?"
For additional information on Mingo Fishtrap visit www.mingofishtrap.com.
Summer Breeze Concerts are produced by The Performing Arts Studio, a nonprofit organization located in the Norman Depot, and are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Sponsors include Michael Miller, Caring Pediatrics, Gingerbread Nursery School, and the Norman Smile Center. Contributors include Avanti Skin Care, Fowler Mitsubishi and Republic Bank and Trust. Friends are Ed & Sumya Adwon, American First Abstract, T. J. Campbell Construction Co., Cardinal Engineering, The Earth Natural Foods, David Fries Roofing, MDS Plumbing, Modern Wealth Management, Hal Smith Restaurant Group, The Crucible Foundry, and the Zoo Amphitheater. Neighbors include The Montford Inn, Residence Inn of Norman, Norman Parks and Recreation, Gilliam Music, The University of Oklahoma and Norman Copy & Printing.