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.