It was early August 2013 when Jarrod Couch and Thomas Allison decided they were ready to move up from playing on the streets of Asheville, NC. Having written some songs, gained some experience, and thickened their hides to the public, Allison and Couch took their operation to their long-time friend and musical wizard Colby Deitz (who was currently playing in the band Perfect Third). Through an odd chemistry that only comes from growing up together, the trio developed a likeminded sense of direction, fusing different influences, styles, and talents, to begin creating a sound that was entirely their own. However, it wasn’t until the boys first practiced with Seamus Moose — after a chance encounter at a local bar — that the band became Mangas Colorado. The Led-Zeppelin enthusiast with mounds of knowledge and a background in guitar would soon become the band’s bassist.
Adding its fourth and final member, Mangas Colorado quickly became established as one of the most intriguing acts in the local music scene. With Deitz on guitar (and occasionally mandolin), Couch on banjo, Moose on bass, and Allison on everything from high-hat to piano, Mangas Colorado developed a dynamic, attention-grabbing show. Perhaps one of their most impressive talents is their vocal harmony, in four parts, which captures the audience time and time again.
This young, energetic group from Cullowhee, NC cites a broad range of influences, from The Eagles to the Avett Brothers. They draw from a unique blend of sounds rooted in southern rock, classic country, and folk and singer-songwriter music. Their unrelenting stage presence, often exhibited by Deitz’s kick drum and the various auxiliary percussion instruments that drive their emotive, high-energy sound, result in one unforgettable performance. Mangas Colorado released their EP, “Call You Home,” in October 2013 and their debut album “Dawn” in January 2014.
Saturday, September 27th 6:00 – 8:30
$5 cover charge