13 Oct

The Mulligan Brothers, with Buffalo Rose

The Red Barn 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have to cancel this event. We are trying to do this show with a reconfigured lineup and/or a different date. If that happens you will be the first to know.


Music Night On Jupiter and Pittsburgh Winery present The Mulligan Brothers and Buffalo Rose

Seriously, Pittsburgh can’t get enough of The Mulligan Brothers. After three sold out shows at Pittsburgh Winery over the past four years, two headlining appearances at the annual Music For MS Festival, and aprime slot at the Winery’s 2018 Vine Rewind Music Festival on July 29, waiting another two-and-a-half months for an encore seems almost too long. For those among us missing the vibe at the Winery, the Red Barn is a comfortable, intimate space with that familiar red hue – and hopefully a lot of familiar faces. Come join us for this special evening of music and friends. Don’t wait long to register and reserve your slots, this event will fill up quickly.

The Mulligan Brothers have just released their much-anticipated third studio album, Songs for the Living and Otherwise. We love the entire album, but one song in particular epitomizes why we care so much about this band and their music, when they speak up about the South in “Great Granddaddy’s War.”

“We were born here crying with our egos bruised, below the Mason Dixon with the red state blues. We’ve got a lot of heroes here screaming southern pride, but a hero is just a villain to the other side. There’s a hundred years of bitterness in our blood and it flows with the conviction of a forty-day flood. Until we are out of ammunition and the rivers run red over what Jesus meant but what he never said.”

“Some of the beliefs in the South are challenging for me,” according to Newell. “Just because someone in my family believes something doesn’t mean I have to believe it, too. This is a song about what I think is wrong and if you feel that way too, then you aren’t alone.”

Pittsburgh got wise to the Mulligans early on. The band started playing together just five years ago in bars on Dauphin Street in Mobile Alabama and now play around the world. They have played on the Cayamo music cruise, 30A Music Festival, NPR’s Mountain Stage and recently made their fourth appearance at Jazz Fest in New Orleans (which is where Deb and I first “discovered” the band).

Buffalo Rose is the perfect local group to pair with the Mulligans. The band describes themselves as “Folk and Soul-Grass With Soaring Vocal Harmonies.” We agree.

Buffalo Rose is, in the words of its singer/songwriter/guitarist Shane McLaughlin, “not ‘cher Momma’s bluegrass.” Formed in Pittsburgh, PA in 2016, the group blends folk, soul, and bluegrass into something amorphously Americana, but decidedly their own. Three prominent singers (McLaughlin, Lucy Clabby, and Mariko Reid) provide stunning vocal harmonies over dynamic, engrossing layers of stringed instruments. Specifically, acoustic guitar (McLaughlin), upright bass (Jason Rafalak), mandolin (Bryce Rabideau), and dobro (Malcolm Inglis.) Their sharp sense of rhythmic experimentation and evocative, storytelling lyricism come together for a sound with both shimmer and punch; it’s foot-tapping and breathtaking in turn. Buffalo Rose offers a warm, passionate homage to America’s classic musical traditions, with modern twists that keep things interesting—and damn fun.

It all started with a the song “Mama Have Mercy.” The three singers got together with Inglis to record a live take of the song for the FoundSound Songwriter Series. “Before the video was shot,” says McLaughlin, “we knew that this was something we had to keep doing together.”

Buffalo Rose soon grew to include Rabideau and Rafalak, and they released their debut EP, Red Wagon, in November 2016—just six months after their formation. The local response was enthusiastic. Encouraged, they started to work on a longer record. Meanwhile, their captivating stage presence and strong musicianship scored them lineup spots alongside national acts such as The Infamous Stringdusters, The Dustbowl Revival, Yarn, Kuinka, and Dangermuffin. Their first full-length album, The Soil and the Seed, was released on March 30th, 2018. It received glowing attention from Pittsburgh media, including features on local radio station 91.3 WYEP.

Parking at the Red Barn will open at 6 PM. The music will start promptly at 7. This event is for age 21+ adults only, and is BYOB. For those who like to travel lightly and not BYOB, we will have a supply of beer from Straub Brewery (donations to the bands requested), and wine from Pittsburgh Winery (of course). Feel free to bring snacks or a picnic meal. We have seating for 60 inside the Red Barn – but the Barn holds more than 60 – so bring a folding chair if you want to make sure you have a seat.

MNOJ is picking up 100% of the ticket agency fees for this event. Tickets will be $20 at the door, so save yourself a couple of bucks by registering and reserving your space today!

The Red Barn Series is not a commercial venture. The shows are, essentially, backyard house concert parties. 100% of proceeds from registrations will be distributed among the following: Musicians, sound crew, porta-potty rental.

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