For Immediate Release
The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa
Contact: Kevin Ledgewood
HOLIDAY ACOUSTIC NIGHT WILL FEATURE THE MULLIGAN BROTHERS
(Tuscaloosa, Ala.) The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will present The Mulligan Brothers for the annual Holiday Acoustic Night performance on Dec. 15, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Bama Theatre’s Greensboro Room as a benefit for the Druid City Garden Project.
Tickets are $15 and are available at brownpapertickets.com.
The Mulligan Brothers consist of Ross Newell (lead vocals, guitar); Gram Rea (fiddle, mandolin, viola, harmonica and vocals); Ben Leininger (bass and vocals) and Greg DeLuca (drums and vocals). “Via Portland” is the second album for the band from Mobile and Baton Rouge that took a name that means second chances. When their first album, titled “The Mulligan Brothers”, was released, they were unaware that they were creating an album that would create so much passion among fans and pride among the band members.
“Via Portland” has been equally well received, debuting at #18 on I-Tunes singer songwriter chart, reaching #7 on the Relix/Jambands chart, #12 on Roots Music Report Alt. Folk Chart and making the Alternate Roots Top 50 Albums for the first half of 2015.
The band stands dead center at the crossroads generally defined as Americana, described as a blend of Folk Rock and Alternative Country. The easy flow of music uses traditional textures without falling into a fake rootsiness, balanced against lyrics that are often sharply contemporary. The Mulligan Brothers gently weave heartfelt tales of love and loss into a complex yet comforting combination that will leave listeners nostalgic for something or someone that is not easily described. They have performed at festivals across the country including two appearances at New Orleans Jazz Fest and have been invited to perform at the renowned 30A Songwriter Festival in Florida in 2016, followed by a string of dates in Ireland, The Netherlands and Belgium.
The band is releasing a new song on Thanksgiving Day titled “A Christmas Song”. It references the classic movie “A Christmas Story”, with all proceeds benefitting St. Mary’s Children’s Home in Mobile, Ala.
For more information about the band, visit facebook.com/themulliganbrothers and themulliganbrothers.com.
The mission of the Druid City Garden Project is to increase access to fresh, locally-grown produce and empower the community to make healthy and sustainable food choices. The organization uses school gardens, farm stands and educational programs to help diverse communities in Alabama build vibrant food systems. K-5 students experience a hands-on science- and math-based curriculum through participation in an outdoor teaching tool, the garden, every week during the school year. DCGP works with each school for 2-3 years, installing a garden, training educators and running professional development so that, ultimately, the school will take over the program on their own. For more information visit www.druidcitygardenproject.org.
“We are very pleased that Acoustic Night can contribute to the Druid City Garden Project’s worthwhile mission. Their efforts in contributing to the lives of local children through the process of sustainable gardening will impact our community for many years to come,” said David Allgood, Bama Theatre Manager.
The Bama Theatre is located at 600 Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about The Arts Council or Bama Theatre, patrons should LIKE the Facebook page “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” and follow tuscarts on Twitter. Call 205-758-5195 or visit tuscarts.org for further information.