Tickets are $15 in advance $20 at the door. Doors @ 8:00 p.m. Over 21.
Every year we find a new band we fall in love with in New Orleans…this year it was The Mulligan Brothers at Jazzfest!
The Mulligan Brothers self-titled debut album begins with a mournful fiddle supported by the steady undercurrent of bass and drums. As Ross Newell begins his haunting tale of forbidden plantation love, it is clear that the song will end in death and heartbreak, but well-written songs don’t need a catchy chorus or a happy ending to win over an audience or to be played over and over.
She was born into subjection. She was born without a say.
He was her first and only revelation that she might not die that way.
I will love you all the seasons. What you want is what I’ll be.
I’ll be your rock, I’ll be your reason.
Just set me free. Oh, just set me free.
The Mulligan Brothers, from Mobile and Baton Rouge, is Newell on lead vocals and guitar, Gram Rea on vocals, fiddle, mandolin and harmonica, Greg DeLuca on drums and Ben Leininger on upright suitcase bass (all can sing lead or harmony). Their name represents a second chance for the four musicians who finally found the combination that is right for them. “A Mulligan in golf is a ‘do over’ and that is what this band is for us,” says Rea. “We wanted a chance to figure this out the right way.”
Their music crosses borders between folk rock, Americana and alternate country, giving Newell the unhurried space to sing about escaping the miseries of life with a soul that isn’t worth much these days, a woman he loves who calls him by another man’s name, and pleading with God to bring tomorrow to wash away today.