The final lineup of music for the BDN Garden Show & Spring Fling has been booked and we are glad to report that this year’s show will be unlike any you have ever experienced.
The music kicks off Friday night, April 5 at 5:30 with The Tricky Britches. Rooted in old-time country, with a bluegrass kick and the bounce of a street-corner jugband, Tricky Britches puts some swing in your step from the moment you hear them. Songwriting chock full of down-home harmonies and dirty licks, their original material harkens back to humble beginnings: sawing out mountain tunes on Maine’s city sidewalks.
The musical lineup continues on Saturday morning, April 6 at 11:30 with Travis Cyr, an acoustic musician and songwriting professional. Quiet, gentle, and peaceful, yet vast, dark and strong, Cyr’s music combines vividly honest and poetic lyrics with fast-paced acoustic guitar, mandolin, and harmonica.
Next up on Saturday at 2:30 will be the Coloradas, whose debut album is a collection of songs that combine traditional bluegrass and blues with modern-day stories of life’s many concerns. It was quickly praised by roots-music authority No Depression, nominated as a Portland Phoenix Best Music Poll’s ‘Best Album and Best Song, and released by German label Hometown Caravan. Soon after, the Coloradas were sent on tour in Europe and they haven’t stopped performing since.
The day culminates at 5:30 with a 2-hour set from The Mallett Brothers Band, the renowned alt-country/rock band from Portland.
No Depression says the band “makes you want to scream at people to make them aware of the awesomeness that they are more than likely missing.” And Dispatch magazine calls the Mallett Brothers a “six-piece living inferno.”
They were voted Best Local Act, Best Live Act, Best Roots Act, and won additional awards for Best Local Album and Best Song in the 2012 Portland Phoenix Best Music Poll.
They won the 2011 Oxford Rockin’ Country Showdown Competition, garnering them a $25K grand prize (which went almost entirely to gas and van repairs to support their busy tour schedule); their debut record was the top-selling local CD at Bull Moose Music in 2010; and their sophomore release, Low Down, was featured on several year-end best-of lists, nationally as well as locally.
Drawing from an array of influences including rock-and-roll, folk, blues, bluegrass, neo-traditional and classic country and even punk, MBB are known for high-intensity live performances. They’ve played national festivals as well as sold-out venues ranging from grange halls to rock clubs throughout the Northeast.