During these times filled with frozen-shut windows and runny noses, it’s more important than ever to find some soulful tuneage to warm up your soul. Thankfully, Mitchel Evan & The Mangrove are just the band to do just this. Hailing from Virginia, but currently residing in Boulder, the four-piece Americana group is churning out the kind of music that reminds you of those breezy, sun-soaked hammock days.
Throughout the last two and a half years, band members Mitchel Evan (guitar, vocals, songwriter), Dave Janssen (bass, vocals, arrangements), Connor Craven (guitar/vocals), and Phil Crump (drums/percussion) have taken to stages throughout Colorado, and have impressed many with their 4-song releases, A Place of Love (2015) and Higher Ground (2016). Both EPs remain consistent in their soulful, funky, and sincere nature, yet no two songs sound the same. Of all the stellar tracks, personal favorites of mine include, “A Place of Love,” “Up In Smoke,” and “Higher Ground.”
Their most recent release, Songs from The Archives (2016), takes on a much different tone from the previous two releases, as it’s a collection of Mitchel’s solo recordings and unreleased concepts that have finally found their home.
Listen to Songs from The Archives:
In November, the band announced that they would be taking their music in a different direction, playing their final shows as a full piece band over the New Year. Frontman Mitchel Bamberger will focus his efforts on future solo releases and performances throughout the country and beyond. While it may have come as disappointing news to Mangrove fans, it’s well known that the music will never die, it will just take a new form.
So in the name of love, life, and the constant cultivation of one’s craft, give Mitchel Evan & The Mangrove a listen, and stay tuned for Mitchel Bamberger’s upcoming announcements as he takes his tunes to a new level! Word on the street is that there will be some exciting announcements come the New Year, and many performances you’ll not want to miss.
Keep in touch with Mitchel Evan & The Mangrove on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And for a little taste of what these guys are all about, check out this live performance of “When the Music Pays the Bills,” courtesy of Image of Colorado and I Love Colfax Productions.
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