The Mammals Feat. Mike + Ruthy

COLONY PRESENTS:

The Mammals Feat. Mike + Ruthy

Sat · November 4, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20.00 - $25.00

This event is 18 and over

The Mammals Feat. Mike + Ruthy
The Mammals Feat. Mike + Ruthy
"[With] a sense of intimacy borne out of years and years
of making music together, The Mammals are back
and stronger than ever… The vivid imagery in 'Lilac Breeze’
definitely touches your soul." - Folk Alley

"The Mammals' newest tune, 'Culture War,' gets
right to the heart of the fight for the American soul." - No Depression

THE MAMMALS ARE BACK

Mike + Ruthy, touring American folk act and founders of The Mammals are bringing back the band name that energized crowds in the 00's and gave them their start. "We've always been Mammals at heart," laughs Ruth Ungar, the band's soulful singer and fiddler. "The music we're making has the same old-time and Americana roots, and our lyrics have gotten more political again." It's true, The Mammals were known for their rabble-rousing musical statements which sometimes caused a stir with politically divided audiences from Louisiana to Michigan. "If you tell the whole truth you won't please everyone," smiles Mike Merenda. He's the songwriter and guitar/banjo player who's 2004 Mammals anthem "The Bush Boys" made the Dixie Chicks seem downright polite.

This time around their goals remain two-fold: raise positive social awareness & have a good party! In their recent tenure as "Mike + Ruthy" they began a home-town festival near Woodstock, NY called The Hoot which exemplifies these ideals. Pete Seeger, who performed at the inaugural Summer Hoot wrote "Dear Mike + Ruthy, your Hoot was one of the best song gatherings I've seen in all my 94 years." Perhaps it was the multi-generational celebration, the hand-built wooden stage, or the re-usable pint cups - either way, these musicians take pride in the small details that make a big difference.

"Our lives are about building community and growing together everywhere we go," says Ungar. In addition to organizing festivals, Mike + Ruthy have spent the past 9 years raising their two young children and recording and touring behind 5 albums that say "Wherever the good energy is, that's where I wanna raise my kids," "Some people wanna tell you that you shouldn't even try / but I wanna tell you that's a lie," and "You've got to be as bright as you can."

Back in 2001, The Mammals originated as a partnership between Ungar, Merenda and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger (Pete's grandson) and later grew to include other players. The 2017 lineup includes some former Mammal members including Jacob Silver and Ken Maiuri when they are not touring with Lee Fields and the B-52's respectively. "It's a blessing to have a connection to the past and such great new players too," says Mike. "The alchemy of fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass and drums is magic… and when keys, pedal steel, and horns are in the mix we leap to the next level."

The Mammals has released a rowdy live-in-the-living-room video of the song "On My Way Home" and are digitally sharing a pair of topical tunes, "Culture War" and "Beautiful One" from their website themammals.love this Spring.

Stay tuned for more news on the next full record, slated for release in early 2018. They're in the studio capturing road-tested songs that like "Maple Leaf" and "When My Story Ends," experimental journeys like "I Dreamed" and "Open the Door" and some brand new beauties and foot-stompers to boot.

"The Mammals are the finest young bluegrass/old-timey band in the country, the country-branch house band for the new weird America." - LA Weekly
Venue Information:
Colony
22 Rock City Road
Woodstock, NY, 12498
http://www.colonywoodstock.com/