All visitors to Portland, ME are encouraged to eat seafood, tour the historic buildings, and visit a whole slew of "must see" attractions while in town. There could easily be an argument that seeing a Covered In Bees show should most certainly be on that list. Since their inception over a decade ago, the Bees have given testament to the fact that they might simply be Portland's best band. Winner of 5 Portland Phoenix Music Awards (Best Punk Act, Best Live Act categories) the band has built a local army of a fanbase who are addicted to the band's tongue in cheek "death punk" sound and their twisted dark humor. As a live act, their show is second to none. Recently the band released their most recent album "Corpse in The Mattress Motor Lodge," which has been received with wide critical acclaim. The band has shared the stage with such acts as the Misfits and their music is featured on WCYY regularly, as well as on a soundtrack for Troma Entertainment (Toxic Avenger Series). Don't miss this one of a kind concert experience. On this night the band presents a special Black Friday Concert. Joining them on the bill is Portland's favorite salsa/mamba rock band El Malo. Show is FREE and ALL AGES!
Vic Thrill is the pseudonym for recording and performing artist Billy Campion. Campion, an NYC native, is best known as the lead singer and chief songwriter for the Bogmen, who were signed to Arista Records and were one of the most beloved bands on the underground scene in the mid to late nineties. In 2002 Campion released his first album under the Vic Thrill moniker to wide critical acclaim. His music is both strange and eclectic, mixing elements of just about every known genre in the musical universe. Joining him on the evening is Will Bradford (solo), lead singer of the anti-genre indie pranksters SeepeopleS.
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Andrew Bailie is an American songwriter singer and guitarist interweaving intricate songs with raw emotion, powerful guitar work and an unmistakable soaring voice. Drawing from elements of funk soul rock and electronic traditions, Bailie speckles his songwriting with his own experiences hopes fears and trepidations, touching on familiar human themes that can sometimes give us pause and fill us with longing and other times set us ablaze. After extensive touring across much of the US and Europe with legendary gospel and funk organist Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy/Funk Apostles), Andrew relocated from Brooklyn NY to the deep woods of northwestern Maine where he is now based. He also has roots in Ohio and Nebraska where he made a name for himself in his early career. Andrew has also worked with platinum recording artist Aloe Blacc, members of Snarky Puppy, Ms. Lauryn Hill, and has shared the stage with Res, Talib Kweli and Lalah Hathaway. Look for the debut full length release “Wasteland” available everywhere soon. For more info go to: https://www.facebook.com/andrewbailiemusic/
Phantom Vanity hails from New York City. The band is led by soul diva E$ (aka Erin Boyd). Their music is rife with souring vocals and spot on harmonies a la Erykah Badu, and held down by a hip-hop funk and jazz rhythm section, whose members have toured and recorded with such acts as the Nth Power, Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick. The band's first show at the bayside bowl was nothing short of jaw dropping. This is showmanship and musicianship of the highest order! Phantom Vanity's music has been featured on XM/Sirius Radio, Live For Live Music, and Soul Tracks. Check out the video for the new single "Perish" off their most recent release, Vintage Slacker, on youtube. This is modern R & B and pure dance floor bliss! For more info go to: https://www.facebook.com/pvthanksyou/
Maine Academy Of Modern Music is proud to have birthed many great bands over the years. For this show, the MAMM formed band Rest Assured takes over Bayside Bowl for the night! This band of high schoolers plays music that is wise beyond their years, effortlessly mixing hip-hop with rock. The band recently played the massive LiveNation stage at Aura. The bill will be rounded out by two yet to be announced bands of MAMM graduates. See the next big thing before it happens, especially when its happening right here in Portland, ME. Joining them on the night are the popular electro-pop duo, Forget,Forget. Keyboardist/Vocalist Patia Maule is a professor at MAMM. Forget,Forget has also just been nominated for "Best Pop Act" by the Portland Phoenix (2017). For more info on Rest Assured and Forget,Forget, please visit:
LEGEND recording artists Beggars play post apocalyptic pop music. Led by the charismatic songwriter Christopher Moulton, the band's sound is driven by soaring and emotive vocals and the raw and honest lyricism of its band leader. The band has recently been signed by Columbia Records and are playing their first headlining show in the area in quite some time. Joining them on the bill are the indie-prog post-rock band Mannequin Republic and TBA.
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Rigor Samsa have built a reputation as one of the most dynamic and entertainment rock bands in the Portland area. Their sound is huge for a three piece band and features the well crafted guitar sound and soaring vocals of its leader, Jonathon Nels Blanchette.
Featuring members of the wildly popular but now disbanded Portland indie-rock act Leverett, FonFon Ru are one of the brightest up and coming additions to the local rock scene. In their short time the band has built an intense regional following and are fast becoming a legitimate "buzz" band in the area. Check out their new video at:
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COMPUTER AT SEA
Computer at Sea is a one man electro-glitch-ambient pop band. Also known as Galen Richmond, the lead producer for the popular act, The Valuables, Galen's music can be found at:
COMPUTER AT SEA
Bottom of the East Booking presents a fantastic night of Garage Rock, featuring the Massachusetts based Dust Clouds of Mars. Joining them on the night are legendary Portland rock stalwarts, Tiger Bomb, and local kings of ska, El Grande. DJ Matt Little of WMPG will be hosting this very special event which is both FREE and ALL AGES.
FREEVOLT is a roots rock americana jam reggae funk trop pop band that was grown in Massachusetts and has a broad fanbase throughout the US. They won a New England Music Award in 2013 and were recently nominated for "Best Live Act" in Limelight Magazine.
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Bayside Bowl will be celebrating Halloween Weekend with a monster hip-hop Halloween Bash, featuring the legendary REKS. REKS emerged from the Lawrence, Massachusetts' underground rap scene at the turn of the millennium. His debut album Along Came The Chosen was released in 2001 released under Brick Records and he has released eight additional albums and has appeared on various albums and mixtapes as well as collaborating with such artists as DJ Premier, Styles P, The Alchemist and Hi-Tek to name a short few. Joining him on the night is Portland rapper Ben Shorr. Shorr regularly performs throughout New England and is a fixture in the regional hip-hop scene. He has recorded with the likes of Mr. Lif (Mello Music Group, formerly of Def Jux), Akrobatik (Mello Music Group, formerly of Rawkus Records), Cesar Comanche (DOTFW, JustUs League), Eyenine (Real Hood Music/Wu-Tang Management) and the quick-tongued YouTube sensation, Jarv, who are all featured on Pyrokinesis, his newest album, which was released in August of 2017 and is already garnering some serious critical acclaim. The bill is rounded out by a stellar line up of local hip-hop artists, including Graphic Melee, Zaya and Jacobsen. This show is ALL AGES and tickets are $12 in advance (All Ages), and $15 ($20 for under 21) at the door.
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Dub Apocalypse is an instrumental dub reggae band from Boston,MA.The lineup includes Tommy Benedetti(drums),Timo Shanko(Sax/Bass),Johnny Trama(gtr),Van Martin(gtr) and Aaron Bellamy(bass).They have created their own unique sound that fuses the militant toughness of Sly and Robbie, and Scientist productions,with a balanced twin guitar attack,explosive Coltrane inspired sax,and a healthy dose of improvisation.The band plays a mix of classic Jamaican tunes and dub plates from the 70s and early 80s,mixed with their own compostitions.Featuring current and former members of John Brown's Body,Ghosts of Jupiter,Morphine and G Love and Special Sauce,DA brings decades of combined experience from clubs,theaters and festivals around the globe to the stage every night.Drummer Tommy Benedetti(JBB) formed the band in 2007 and was quickly joined by longtime musical brothers,Johnny Trama on guitar,and Timo Shanko,a duel threat,who is an equal force on bass and tenor sax.The band started out featuring a rotating cast of Boston heavyweights,including Jim Hobbs(Fully Celebrated),Dana Colley(Morphine) and Jeffrey Lockhart(Wally's Funk Band) to name a few.This approach created a buzz in the Boston music scene and made each show a fresh experience.In the past couple of years,DA has solidified into a more consistent lineup with the addition of Van Martin and Aaron Bellamy.This has inspired the band to concentrate more on writing and recording original material,while still maintaining a busy performance schedule,further crafting their deadly,unique sound.DA maintains a busy schedule in New England with appearances at many festivals,clubs and pubs.They have 2 successful long running residencies,won a Boston Music Award in 2011 for Best International Act,and were recently named "One of the 10 Local Acts You Have to Hear Now" by the Improper Bostonian..The Dub Apocalypse live show is a soul shakin' throwdown..and they invite you along for the journey.
RAGING BRASS REGGAE BAND
Raging Brass Reggae was formed in 2014 by trumpeter Marc Chillemi. This 7-piece brass band pays tribute to 1960s Jamaican Ska, Rocksteady and Roots Reggae instrumentals. Created in South Portland, Maine, RBR includes trumpet, trombone, alto & tenor saxophones, guitar, tuba and drums. Featuring an all-star collection of musicians from Portland based bands Primo Cubano, Rustic Overtones, The Fogcutters Big Band, Sly Chi, and the Portland Rumba Project. Raging Brass Reggae has been a long time vision of Marc's that has finally come to fruition. After hearing the music of the legendary Skatelites for the first time, Marc knew he wanted to learn and play this music. Marc assembled a hand-pick horn section from Portland's most inventive and soulful players. Using tuba instead of electric bass, which is common in New Orleans music and brass bands from around the world, the beginning of the RBR sound was in place. Marc calls this rhythmic foundation "T&D". In addition to the performance side of RBR, there is an educational element. In 2014, Marc was awarded a project grant by the Maine Arts Commission to start a pilot program to teach young music students about jazz improvisation and how to groove as a group through this Jamaican music and it's history that lead to its invention. The program serves as an expansion to the existing methods used in public schools throughout the United States. Our goal is to inspire groups of horn players to explore and discover their own sound and style. Out of many one sound.
Noonday Crawlers is an amalgamation of rock! Their new album 'The Desert of When' has been gaining the band a strong local following. Their sound is spooky, funky and bluesy, and the band effortlessly weaves between many musical genres. They are joined by the 5 piece jam rock band Stupid Robots on the night. The whole evening is brought to you by Truth Virus Records. For more info go to:
Portland's #1 Hip-Hop DJ holds in the main room at Bayside Bowl for one night only. El Shupacabra is best known for his beat making work with Eyenine, a New England rapper signed to Wu Tang Clan's label. He has toured the country with the Wu Tang Clan as well as sharing the stage with such acts as Gift of Gab, Mr Lif, Akrobatik, and Black Sheep to name a short few. In brief, don't miss a legend as he puts on a masterclass on the Art of DJ. He will be spinning all sorts of genres, from hip-hop to pop to even some classics and Motown. Bring your dancing shows, not your bowling shoes...we have those already.
Hard to Kill Records' recording artist Hayley Thompson-King is seen by many as the current queen of alt-oultlaw country and psychedelic Americana rock. As a singer, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, she has garnered an international fanbase that can't get enough of her complexly charismatic voice and distinct brew of Psychedelic-Country songs. Her songs defiantly incorporate her operatic training (she is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music) with western, psychedelia and blues. Recently, she released her second album, and debut solo album (previous album was with the Banditas, her former band), Psychotic Melancholia, to wide critical acclaim. On October 14 she graces the Bayside Bowl stage with her legendary presence. This is a "Do Not Miss This Show!" situation! Joining her on the evening is Portland's very own king of Alt-Country / Americana, Joel Thetford, whose second album, The Outer Bank, is considered to be one of the best albums released in Maine this year. Recently Thetford has shared the bill with Alternate Roots, Barns Courtney and Dwight Yoakam, to name a short few.
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Crunk Witch, comprised of Brandon Miles and Hannah Collen, is a bass heavy bit-pop duo from Presque Isle, ME. This husband and wife team has been delivering their fantasy fueled blend of pop/rock, 8 bit synths, and drum & bass production since late 2009. Their latest album entitled "Heartbeats in Hyperspace" was released on August 13th 2014, and sold over 2500 copies in it's first week. Soon after, Paste Magazine named Crunk Witch: "one of the best bands from Maine" in their 50 States Project. Back in 2011 the band generated a heavy youtube buzz when their song "Battle Beyond" was featured in a youtube video that was seen over 30 million times. Now a full time touring act, the duo plays over 100 live shows a year nationwide.
"Crunk Witch are dramatic in all the right ways. Silly and sincere and wholly invested."
- Portland Phoenix
"A big sound showcasing a mastery of production and vocal fireworks."
- The Big Takeover
"The most energetic live show I've seen in years"
- DC Underground
CRUSHED OUT -
Crushed Out is husband-and-wife team Frankie Sunswept on guitar and Moselle Spiller on drums. Yet when they take the stage, they’re so much more than that -- they’re the sun and the moon, the push and pull of tides, the rumble of kinetic momentum balanced on the tip of a surfboard.
It was 2009 in Bushwick when design grad Moselle accepted a party invite from her neighbor, a sunswept skater kid from suburban Los Angeles whose dad had been in Motown band The Messengers. Moselle, a visual designer in both the physical and digital realms, comes from a long line of artists and a family of hi-fi experts.The pair fell for one another and for rock n’ roll, and this surge of love culminated in their fast, bluesy and fuzzed-out 2010 debut EP, Show Pony.
Flush with enthusiasm, innocence, and the passion of live wires, the couple dove right into a few years of self-booked, “gnarly and jubilant” national tours, to warm press and a budding fan base. This set the stage for their debut full-length Want to Give (2012), fueled by Frankie’s wild vocals and driven by Moselle’s ferocious feminist drums. Popmatters called the record “a definite step up” and “[proof] that this band is making the right decisions.”
By the time they released their follow-up, TEETH (2014) the band had honed their production skills for their most diverse studio album yet. Dreamy surf, psych and spaghetti western vibes had begun to infuse Crushed Out’s sound, with layered instrumentation from Frankie on bass and keys, with Moselle singing harmonies -- and designing album covers, and costumes, as well as creating and printing her own t-shirt designs. Her design work has long provided a key artistic touchstone for the band.
Alien Ocean (2016) is Crushed Out’s most definitive, cohesive, fleshed out album to date. Frankie dubs drunken lap steel, bassy analog synths, electric piano and Hammond organ, while Moselle’s passion and invention gives each track its own heartbeat. Frankie’s signature guitar tone, sometimes mystically fuzzing, at other times shimmering clean, recalls 60s surf culture and roaring cave creatures alike. The album tackles sophisticated themes, from love and communication to alienation and personal freedom, all while keeping it fun, heavy and wet.
Alien Ocean releases September 30 2016 via the band’s own imprint Cool Clear Water Records, available on limited 12” vinyl LP (pre-order here), CD, as well as all digital formats. Crushed Out hit the hot tar this Fall for a full North American tour. Look out for their live show featuring an immersive David Lynch-ian Tiki bar stage world complete with electric palm trees, black flamingos and much that you’d expect to find at the shores of an Alien Ocean. Over 5 years touring through 45 US states, Crushed Out has clocked 600+ shows, connecting with friends and fans in all corners of the country.
Daniel James and Cam Jones are Worried Well. They are an indie rock duo from Portland Maine. Cam Jones is also a member of the Weakened Friends. Worried Well has played shows with The Hold Steady, Gin Blossoms, Murder By Death, and MewithoutYou.
"...a handbook on the intricacies of Millennial anxiety"
"...Solid ... ubiquitous"
-The Portland Phoenix
"This is an album about what it means to truly hurt, and to be forced to live with that. It makes you feel absolutely terrible, and that’s what makes “Luck” so addicting to listen to over and over again."
- The Defender
OLD WISE MOON
Wise Old Moon has been showcasing their distinct brand of twang-infused indie roots/rock since early 2013 when frontman Connor Zane Millican returned from traveling the open roads of the American West after leaving his hometown of Hartford, CT at a young age. Upon his arrival to New England, Millican set out to form a band that would pay homage to the long-standing tradition of folk and Americana music while breathing new life into the genre with a high-octane live energy and a unique brand of songwriting inspired by the desert planes and mountain ranges of the Midwest.
Three years and over 200 performances later, Wise Old Moon is currently comprised of a cast of talented players from around the Northeast including Ian Meadows (The Meadows Brothers) on electric guitar who offers up a gritty twang that has become a staple of the Wise Old Moon sound. Drummer and percussionist Stephen Cusano (Broca’s Area) brings with him his own influ-ences, including modern hip-hop, conveying colorful rhythms and offering a huge sound and energy for their live performances.
Typically Wise Old Moon will tap into the local talent in their hometown of Hartford, CT for bass players, horn players, vocalists and piano players. “I hope to continue creating original music and keeping things fresh by introducing new collaborators into the project as we evolve. We’re fortunate enough to be based out of a city that has a great music school; Hart School of Music at the University of Hartford, and we have worked with so many talented musicians on stage and in the studio to realize our sound over the years. We are constantly re-working our own material and challenging ourselves to create a memorable live experience, so you never know what we might do next at a show”, Millican says.
Wise Old Moon has been featured on WPNR’s Where We Live with John Dankosky and has been nominated for numerous CT Music Awards as well as a New England Music Award for Roots Act of the Year in 2016. The band has self-released two full length studio albums and has performed at some of the most well-known venues in and clubs in the Northeast.
Wise Old Moon is currently writing and recording their third full-length record aside from touring.
Geets Romo is proud to present a monster bill of regional indie-rock acts, featuring Tiger Bomb, Watts, and The Connection. Tiger Bomb is an all female garage rock outfit from Portland ME. Watts, who are based in Boston, MA, play old school rock n'roll in the vein of the Rolling Stones and even modern day acts like the Brian Jonestown Massacre. The Connection are a New Hampshire based rock act who have a guitar driven sound in the vein of the Ramones, Kurt Baker, and the New York Dolls. If you like your rock doused with some attitude then this show is for you!
Waking Windows takes over Bayside Bowl on Friday September 30 at 6pm.
The Festival has become known as one the best ways to discover new talent. It takes place every year in both Portland, ME and Burlington, VT. There are over 100 bands and artists at 16 venues throughout the city. The lineup for the night at Bayside Bowl features an array of great bands, including the Burlington psychedelic indie-punk-rock act Rough Francis and local indie favorites,' The Sunset Hearts and Mouth Washington. This show is $10 at the door for all those without a Waking Windows weekend pass and is all ages and open to the public. There is also a special multi-media Waking Windows event happening on the Rooftop Bar from 7pm to 10pm. For more information on this very special event or to purchase tickets now, go to wakingwindows.com
Sea Level is the alter ego of Dan Capaldi. He creates Loops and performs a not so traditional live PA set (live instrumentation plus loops plus vocals). Equal parts trip hop, electro, shoe gaze, and indie rock, his diverse music is tied together with a classic pop sensibility. There is really nothing like a Sea Level show, a show that will provoke thought and dance floor antics, often at the same time! Join us on the roof for the last rooftop show of the summer!
Portland's #1 Hip-Hop DJ holds court on the roof for one night only. El Shupacabra is best known for his beat making work with Eyenine, a New England rapper signed to Wu Tang Clan's label. He has toured the country with the Wu Tang Clan as well as sharing the stage with such acts as Gift of Gab, Mr Lif, Akrobatik, and Black Sheep to name a short few. In brief, don't miss a legend as he puts on a rooftop masterclass on the Art of DJ.
Pete Witham has been a staple on the Portland scene for years now. As the bandleader and songwriter for Pete Witham & The Cosmik Zombies, Pete is one of the most acclaimed guitar players in town, and his brand of rockabilly and indie surf rock have made him one of the most popular as well. They create a sound reminiscent of such acts as Reverend Horton Heat, Wayne Hancock, and perhaps Hank Williams one, two, and three. Fans can expect some priceless covers stretching across decades of music and great roots rock originals.
Hambone is a new England based soul-jam band with roots in funk, blues, jazz, reggae and of course rock, which this band most certainly does. They have been building an army of regional fans entirely through word of mouth and the buzz on their live shows. The band is led by guitar slinger and songwriter Whit Samuel, whose gritty vocals and masterful playing are helping Hambone become a staple in the New England Jam and Festival scene. Joining them on the night are regional jam favs, Bandwich.
Clara Junken has built a reputation as one of the most talented guitarists and vocalists in the Portland Area. Her sound is reminiscent of such artists as Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi, but with a little more grit and a little more attitude. Her shows combine soaring vocals with blues and roots infringed rock and the occasional slide guitar tune. Junken has long been one of Portland's best kept musical secrets, but all that is changing with recent shows at some of Portland's biggest venues. Don't sleep on this very special solo performance!
DJ Boondocks has been a regular fixture in the Portland hip-hop scene for years. He regularly spins at the rap night residencies and has worked with many artists over the years.On this night he gives a master class in the art of turntablism, spinning hip-hop classics and more from the past few decades.
BRZOWSKI has been a staple of the New England hip-hop scene for 16 years. He has toured internationally and has released 3 full length albums, a slew of EPs and singles and has played over 1000 shows in his critically acclaimed career. He is also the banner artist for the indie hip-hop record label Milled Pavement Records. Recently he collaborated with the French artist D-FAZ and just returned from a European tour. What makes BRZOWSKI truly a gem in the rough is his originality. He has been stepping over the borderlines of genres for years, defying many of the rules of hip-hop production, and has created a sound that is entirely his own.
OC & The Offbeats are Portland's purveyors of "feel good" music. Their sound is funky and melodic and reminiscent of bands such as Fitz & The Tantrums, Jack White and Allen Stone. Mixing Motown vibes with a a sprinkle of pop and soul, they can be best be described as the perfect blend of old and new. The Portland Phoenix describes them in a recent review as playing a "pleasing array of classic jazz and Motown with a sprinkle of indie rock. Joining them on the bill is the new project from songwriter Calen Perkins called Luniere. Luniere play acoustic rock and Americana with hauntingly beautiful harmonies and mature and thought provoking lyrics. The band is collection of songwriters, and it shows in their original material.
September 9 is no where near St. Paddy's day, but on this night it might feel like it is! The Pubcrawlers bring an intense Irish based rock sound, complete with bagpipes, to the Bayside Bowl Stage. Easily one of Portland's most beloved bands, the Pubcrawlers are practically a musical institution at this point, and hold the crown as Portland's best drinking band. If you are a fan of the Dropkick Murphys and the Pogues, and enjoy drinking with a first in the air, this show is for you! Joining them on the night are the Celtic acoustic punk band The Pourmen from Massachusetts.
Rigor Samsa has gained a reputation as one of the best bands in Portland ME. Their self described "shoe blaze" style of rock n'roll is equal parts prog and rock. Their sound is reminiscent of such bands as Fugazi, Smashing Pumpkins, and Conifer. Joining them on the bill for the night is another Portland rock heavy hitter, Battery Steele, whose thunderous wall of sound means bliss for lovers of riff driven hard rock. Don't miss this great bill of some of Portland's best guitar bands!
Will Bradford is the bandleader and songwriter for the anti-genre touring band SeepeopleS, based in Portland ME. SeepeopleS has released 5 full length albums and 2 EPs, many of which feature members of Morphine, Spearhead and the Dave Matthews Band. As a solo artist he has toured with Tim Reynolds and is a regular fixture on the local scene when not out on the road. Brooke Binion is the bandleader of the indie rock punk band theWorst, who are releasing their debut album this fall. theWorst have shared the stage with such acts as the Queers and the Svetlanas. The two will be playing songs from both the SeepeopleS and theWorst catalogs.
A special Labor Day-Weekend indie rock extravaganza with a monster line up of four of the hottest up and coming bands in the area. This is the Portland Area show for the Acadia & Dreamer & Son Tour, and they've added two of Maine's best bands to the bill, Mirth & Hours North. This show is FREE and ALL AGES.
Joel Thetford is a few steps away from being crowned Portland's most beloved songwriter and Americana performer. His newest release The Outer Bank, which was produced by New England Music Award Producer of the year Jonathan Wyman, has been received with glowing reviews and some serious accolades. Joel usually frequents the bigger rooms in Portland such as Port City and Empire, but on this night he entertains us on the roof! His music is reminiscent of Ryan Adams and Neil Young and even Merle Haggard on occasion. Find his newest release on Spotify and get to know the songs before you come roof side! Also, on this evening, Joel is joined by fiddle player Andrew Martelle of the Mallet Brothers Band.