Port Ludlow Arts Council's 2013 Sounds of Summer celebration will be a lively dinner concert featuring one of America's most inventive string bands. Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem mix traditional, original, and contemporary sounds on fiddle, guitar, bass and recycled percussion and top that with joyous harmonies from four skilled lead singers.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. to enjoy no-host draft beer from Port Townsend Brewery, wine and soft drinks and a barbecue dinner of beef brisket, pulled pork and traditional sides served by Zoog's Caveman Cookin' of Port Hadlock, Washington. Beginning at 6:00 p.m. Arbo and daisy mayhem take the stage for two full-hour sets with a 30-minute intermission.
Drawing from the deep well of American roots music, Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem have an adventurous way of mixing things up. They'll hang a 200-year-old Georgia Sea Islands song over a New Orleans groove. They'll set original lyrics to an Irish fiddle tune and then layer it with a groove on a South American box drum. A Leonard Cohen cover gets a clawhammer banjo; Springsteen gets high-octane, bluegrass-style harmonies and the band's originals range from Unitarian funk gospel tune to 1950s swing. With influences from Doc Watson to Django Reinhardt, from Ghanaian drumming to the funky Meters, and from Fiddlin' John Carson to Bob Dylan, daisy mayhem celebrates America's rich musical past and brings it into the present. These are four musicians who pick up what's lying aroundfrom tin cans, to old songs, to human stories and create something new.
Port Ludlow Bay Club (View)
120 Spinnaker Place
Port Ludlow, WA 98365