Mercury Salad Sandwich – Playing Riverside Arts Center This Friday

. February 26, 2018.
25660343_646165472173759_5728405740535167706_n

Mercury Salad Sandwich are an Ypsi-based quartet that charmingly refresh expectations of acoustic folk music, adding a bit of jangle and soul to their resplendently melodic arrangements.

They released their debut album, Volume 1, last October, a collection of cool tunes that demonstrates a sharp sensibility for fusing dynamic riffs of rock and funk, spooling and twangy solos Americana and country, and vocals that bridge reedy bluegrass warbles to poignant soulful balladry.

Take a listen

Mercury Salad Sandwich perform this Friday night at Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti. (7pm-9pm)
76 N Huron St
More info

Brooke Ratliff (lead vocals/guitar) and Kurt Bonnell (guitar) wrote the songs for Mercury Salad Sandwich. Billy LaLonde provides percussion and Ozzie Andrews plays the acoustic stand-up bass.

Each composition gives enough space for each instrumental element to blossom, be it a guitar or vocal. It recalls, for this listener, the kind of cool and copacetic jams you’d want soundtracking an easy Sunday morning sunrise or a wanderlust-wrapped road-trip.

When you hear “Cowboy Boots” or “Forlorn For Long,” you can hear the care that went into the craft, because they feel instantly nostalgic and yet contemporary at the same time – as though they were made to already be modern day classics. But that’s intrinsic to Mercury Salad Sandwich’s spirit–create a music that an audience can connect to…

People might think of “folk” or predominantly-acoustic music and imagine it in coffeehouses; a quiet or melancholic kind of downbeat and delicate thing… No. Not with Mercury Salad Sandwich. This album, and their live performances, ignites the genre with so much energy, a swagger, a boot-stomp, a sly wink, an exuberant embrace. There’s no better genre categorization I could come up with than the one they’ve already provided: “acoustafunk!” ….with a bit of bluegrass thrown in…

Mercury Salad Sandwich are at the Riverside Arts Center this Friday.

Trending

PowerArt! Three favorites From Ann Arbor’s Open-Air Museum

By K.A. Letts We expect public art— all those fountains, sculptures and murals— to express our civic soul, our collective values and our aspirations, providing visual relief from right angles and concrete. Ann Arbor’s PowerArt!, an ongoing project sponsored by the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, The Arts Alliance

Tyler Duncan On Versatility & Community

by Jeff Milo Music forges connections. And with an artist like Tyler Duncan spending the last 15 years in the producer’s chair for albums by Michigan-based artists, music cultivates versatility. Ann Arbor-based Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist composer/producer, Tyler Duncan’s fall/winter slate of production/writing-contribution credits include the forthcoming debut album by singer/songwriter Madeline Grant, followed by new releases

Norma Jeane Baker of Troy

Identity in Distress

Ticket to Ride: Swizzille Trip’s ‘Psychedelic Friday’ Aug. 30 at The Blind Pig

Swizzille Trip will take Ann Arbor on a dreamy, unhinged sonic ride Friday night. The Detroit psych-rock trio will host “Psychedelic Friday” with Detroit Trouble, The Kenny Hill Group, Frame 42 and XLR8 at The Blind Pig. It will be a far-out musical journey filled with trippy, poppy and down-home blues-rock fitting for a Labor