Get down with The Mammals in Carbondale
CARBONDALE – Carbondale’s free Summer of Music series continues this weekend with a band straight out of Woodstock, N.Y. The Mammals – an indie rock, folk and bluegrass fusion band formed in 2001 – play after opening act Coyote Gospel, a folk, rock and bluegrass jam band. The music plays from 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Sopris Park.Renowned for high-energy music festival sets, The Mammals folk roots run deep. Tao Rodriguez-Seeger is Pete Seeger’s grandson. Ruth Ungar, who sings and plays assorted instruments, is the daughter of Jay Ungar, who wrote “Ashokan Farewell.”
It’s no surprise, then, that the Mammals are fond of old-time music, especially folk ballads and Appalachian stomps. Yet, Rodriguez-Seeger loves AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and the Clash and he’s been turned on to indie rock by The Mammals chief songwriter, Michael Merenda.The Mammals live shows have been described as unpredictable, ranging from “whisper quiet to ear-shattering.” And sometimes their politics attract publicity that isn’t usual for a folk band in today’s age. But their music speaks, and they’ve built a reputation for being master interpreters of great songwriting. The Mammals aren’t the first band to mix an indie-rock sensibility with bluegrass sounds, but they’re gradually becoming one of the best.Listen to a sample of The Mammals music and learn more about the band at http://www.themammals.net.