Woodstock, NY-based Ruth Ungar and Mike Merenda founded The Mammals with Tao Rodriguez-Seeger (grandson of the legendary folk singer Pete Seeger) in 2000, and after touring the world for the next seven years with the likes of Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger, emerged as one of acoustic America’s most revered musical duos: Mike + Ruthy. The daughter of fiddle legend Jay Ungar and country singer Lyn Hardy, Ungar is an earthy country-blues singer with the unmistakable stage presence of a natural-born performer. Merenda is an artfully prolific songwriter with an indie rock soul and feather-touch vocals.
Merenda and Ungar have brought back the original band name that energized crowd in the 2000s and gave them their start. This time around, The Mammals’ goals remain two-fold: raise positive social awareness and have a good party. This stringband of subversive acoustic traditionalists was always known for its rabble-rousing musical statements, which sometimes caused a stir with politically divided audiences. With former Mammal members, including Jacob Silver and Ken Maiuri, the 2017 lineup features the signature mix of Americana hoedowns, sassy blues, Motown soul, old-timey harmonies, rock ‘n’ roll energy and inspired, political songwriting.
New York City-based, folk rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Dunne is quickly gaining attention and praise across the United States for his sharp lyrical prowess and country-influenced vocals.
Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill. Tickets are $18 in advance or $22 at the door. To purchase advance tickets visit www.nextstagearts.org, For more information call (802) 387-0102.