It gets said a lot, that old sweeping endorsement: "The greatest band you've never heard."
And it's unfortunate, because when it's true, such as in Mingo Fishtrap's case, it's rarely ever believed.
There are caveats with such a strong statement, of course. For instance, you actually have to like the style of music the band in question practices, and you have to be willing to experience the music for what it is, in the format it most embodies.
For Mingo Fishtrap, the style is a history tour from Motown to Muscle Shoals to New Orleans, collecting rasping mementos of blues, funk, gospel and jazz along its way, and the format thrives in the live setting.
None of that is all that unheard of in the Southeast, but what sets the Texas-born octet apart isn't just its unparalleled musicianship, ear-raising vocals and harmonies; it's that the band also writes songs capable of hooking an audience instantly and have them singing the chorus by the second go-around and on into the rest of the week.
The band released its fifth studio album, "On Time," in June.
Mingo Fishtrap will perform two sets Sunday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at CharlestonPourHouse.StrangerTickets.com. Doors open at 9 p.m. with the show starting at 9:45 p.m.
Go to CharlestonPourHouse.com or call 571-4343 for more information.
Like most cities, there's a duality at play in New York; a transformative outgrowth that seems to reverse entropy in some areas while progressing it in others.
In Brooklyn, there's the hard, culturally diverse side, the original Brooklyn and what's built on top out of necessity and native instinct, and then there's the trendy hipster and artist mecca side.
Either way, an Americana band from Brooklyn seems questionable and even ill-fitting, like a gimmick among gimmicks, but for Brooklyn-based Yarn, it makes perfect sense.
Almost anywhere else and Yarn might be pigeonholed as just another country band or lost in the masses of regional Americana bands that also feel bequeathed with musical rights. In Brooklyn, however, Yarn's roots-rock and country style is more progressive and imaginative than it is familiar or God-given.
But it's not just Yarn's location that sets the band apart. The music nestles itself into significance through sing-a-long choruses and superior musicianship that meanders from Appalachia-style and toe-tapping bluegrass to backwoods blues and soft rock.
Yarn will perform Saturday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, in support of last year's release, "Shine the Light On." Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at CharlestonPourHouse.StrangerTickets.com. Doors open at 9 p.m. with the show set to start at 10 p.m.
Go to CharlestonPourHouse.com or call 571-4343 for more information on the show.
Palmetto Brewery and Awendaw Green will continue their successful set of concerts on the brewery's Loading Dock Stage at 289 Huger St. on Friday.
The musical guests slated for 5-9 p.m. Friday are the local jazz-funk and rock trio Big John Belly and the Virginia-based country quintet Andy Vaughan and The Driveline, a bolo tie- and Western blazer-wearing throwback with heavy influences from the Bakersfield sound (Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Gram Parsons, etc.).
The all-ages show is free, with $5 pints of Palmetto beer available as well as offerings from a small stable of food trucks. Leashed dogs are welcome.