July 15 sees The Mulligan Brothers, including their “sister,” taking the stage at Summer Breeze. The free concert begins at 7:30 pm. Bring blankets or lawn chairs, your favorite refreshments, and enjoy a family friendly evening of music in Lions Park, Flood & Symmes.
The Mulligan Brothers are releasing their third studio album this summer. Songs for the Living and Otherwise brings joy and pleasure from dark songs about life, loneliness, death and spirituality. Lead singer/songwriter Ross Newell's warm, sincere voice brings out every emotion between pleasure and pain and makes you want to feel them over and over again.
The broader arrangements are driven by the band’s signature harmonies and dramatic transitions from drummer Greg DeLuca with Ben Leininger adding electric and upright bass and Melody Duncan on fiddle and piano.
The Mulligan Brothers started playing together five years ago in bars on Dauphin Street in Mobile and now play around the world. They have played on the Cayamo music cruise and 30A Music Festival and will soon play on NPR's Mountain Stage and make their fourth appearance at Jazz Fest in New Orleans.
The band is evolving but the songs are still built around Newell's tight lyrics that stab you in the heart or define life in new ways. "There is a new confidence in this album and we are thankful for the great people who support us and gave us the courage to try something new. It is freeing to let go and create an album that we will enjoy playing on the road every night."
Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council. New portable stages this year were funded by a grant from The Kirkpatrick Foundation. Major in-kind program support comes from Norman Parks and Recreation Department. Corporate and individual funding comes from Sponsor: Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School & Kindergarten, from Contributors: Cindy Merrick, Therapy in Motion; Republic Bank of Norman; Tom McAuliffe at Don Cies Real Estate; Kristen Campbell, DDS, & Donna Sparks, DDS of Norman Smile Center; Hugh and Keri Young; InterBank; 2 Green Chicks; The Mont; D.M. Wealth Management, Inc.; Hitachi Computer Products; and The Montford Inn. Friends include: Edward Jones Investments; Laurel Group, LLC; Bob Schlegel; and The Baked Bear. Neighbors are: Becca Hewes, YogaLife; Nancy McClellan; and Bruce & Trisha Bunce.