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The Center For The Arts Presents The Mammals with Pine Street Ramblers opening
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 8:00 PM Off Center Stage
“Begin learning about The Mammals and Mike + Ruthy: the present and future of the American folk music tradition is vital and vested in them.” – Unreal Bluegrass
A high-octane Americana quintet from New York’s storied Hudson Valley, The Mammals carry on the work of Pete Seeger & Woody Guthrie with a deep original repertoire and signature “trad is rad” sound.
Founded in 2001 by Seeger’s grandson, Tao, second generation fiddler/singer, Ruth Ungar, and banjo/guitar songsmith, Mike Merenda, The Mammals reemerged in 2017 “stronger than ever” (Folk Alley) fronted by Mike + Ruthy along with drums, bass and pedal steel. Known for their jubilant, high-energy shows, The Mammals deftly move from older-than-dirt banjo duets to sound-the-alarm topical fare that’s right in line with the times, bouncing from roof raising hoe-downs to hear-a-pin-drop a cappella balladry.
“The Mammals don’t suffer from multiple genre syndrome, they celebrate it as if gleefully aware that the sound barriers separating old-timey music, vintage pop and contemporary folk are as permeable as cotton.” – Washington Post
“Their dynamic shows regularly bring a tear to the eye and hope to the hearts of listeners of all generations. In an era of disconnect, The Mammals work to re-connect thru their truth-telling lyrics, off-the-cuff storytelling and euphoric instrumentals.” – No Depression
“Some of the best songwriting of their generation.” – LA Weekly
“A string band at the core, The Mammals augment their sound with drums and electric guitar to create a collectively harmonized howl as thrilling and rocking as any band currently subverting folk traditions.” – No Depression
Pine Street Ramblers are a four piece band from the Sierra Nevada foothills performing original and classic good time roots music. The Ramblers draw inspiration from a variety of musical styles, including folk, bluegrass, country, and good old-fashion roots rock. Their high energy sound is a refreshing take on the typical modern string-band; their live show is a raucous powerhouse that deftly showcases their songwriting prowess in the context of foot stompin’ good times and remarkable collective instrumental chops.
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