Mingo's fourth full-length record, the aptly-named On Time (due June 3 on Blue Corn Music) blends punchy horns and gritty Memphis grooves with N'awlins funk to create sounds steeped in both modern pop and sixties soul sensibilities, that transcend both era and genre. "My first love is classic sixties soul, funk, and Motown," says Roger. As the band has grown, this early love affair has become a bigger part of Mingo's musical landscape. "There was a time early on when we were really into these crazy, bombastic arrangements," he explains. "Now it's more the song, the groove and the overall feel."
Audiences can always expect spontaneity and heart from a Mingo set, where the band intermingles fresh takes on songs from their extensive catalog with their twist on a few select soul standards. "When something feels a little a stale, we'll change up the arrangement to keep it feeling new," says Roger. "You don't want to change so much about a tune that it becomes completely unfamiliar, but folks who are a part of our musical world also expect some experimentation. We don't want a solid wall of sound; we want to create a whole night of music, with a natural ebb and flow."
What started as a casual jam session with friends blossomed over time into an impressive eight-piece ensemble that evoked fond memories of listening to soul music as a kid. "Pops [Mingo's bassist, Roger Sr.] always had soul and R&B on the stereo, and then he was playing those tunes every night. So that was what I grew up with. Then, when I was maybe eight or nine and living on an Air Force base, all my little friends used to go to Catholic Sunday School on Sunday mornings, so I'd tag along. After that let out, we heard this gospel music wafting from the chapel," explains Roger. "The deacon saw our raggedy jeans and cut-off shorts and said we weren't really dressed for an audience with the Lord, but he let us watch from the balcony. That became our regular stop. It was really moving, even though I didn't fully understand it at the time."
While the band's name comes from a crossroads just outside of Denton, TX, Mingo has long since extended its reach onto the national music scene, sharing stages with the likes of Trombone Shorty, Parliament, Sting, Little Feat, Earth Wind & Fire, Robert Randolph, Galactic, and MOFRO but they still experience their fair share of humbling moments.
After playing a show at MusikFest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, they noticed an oddly familiar-looking gentleman dancing in the crowd. "We got offstage, and when he walked up, he handed me his business card," recalls Roger. "It was Bernard Purdie, one of the session drummers with James Brown. He'd recorded some of the very songs we'd just played. And he was dancing Those kinds of moments are hard to beat."
Come to the show. Bring a friend. Bring your spouse. Bring your favorite beverage. But most of all bring a warm smile and a great Eden welcome to the artists coming to our home. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show. But hurry, this show is expected to sell out, and there will be no standing room tickets sold. For tickets and info, call the Eden City Office at 869-2211 or visit www.edentexas.com. Please note this is an outdoor venue so please dress accoringly & unfortunately there will be no rain checks.
Green Apple Art Center (View)
301 S. Main Street
Eden, TX 76837
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|