Funk, soul intersect

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Roger Blevins Jr. belts out a tune while Dan Bechdolt plays the tenor saxophone. Mingo Fishtrap, an Austin soul-blues-funk band, was born in Denton. The group plays Rockin’ Rodeo tonight.

Mingo Fishtrap comes back to spawning grounds

Mingo Fishtrap is coming back to its birthplace.

The funk-soul-N’Awlins band lifted its name from an intersection in eastern Denton. The group makes a stop here tonight for a gig at Rockin’ Rodeo.

The band born in Denton — and now based in Austin — has been gigging long enough to have honed a sound that’s just this side of raucous and soulful to the marrow. Mingo Fishtrap has performed with Sting, Blues Traveler, George Clinton (and, yes, Mingo Fishtrap brings the funk) and Jonny Lang.

Trumpet player Steve Butts unloads serious sound with saxophone steward Dan Bechdolt and supporting sax man Greg Wilson. Think the Saturday Night Live house band circa 1990, when G.E. Smith cut the brass section loose in sweet spots that lasted just 10 seconds for the television audience.

Add in Roger Blevins Jr.’s husky vocals and that good old R&B baroque styling and sure-handed drumming and percussion work, and you’ve a house party.

Sounds like: that magical night in the city when you take a shot at a local bar and discover a band so into its live set the musicians leave scorch marks on the floor.

They’re with the band: Roger Blevins Jr., vocals and guitar; Dane Farnsworth, vocals, organ and keyboards; Chip Vayenas, vocals and drums; Mikel Urdy, percussion; Roger Blevins Sr., bass; Steve Butts, trumpet; Dan Bechdolt, alto and tenor saxophone; and Greg Wilson, baritone saxophone.

Details: Mingo Fishtrap shares the stage tonight with Denton’s Chris Watson Band, an emerging blues and blues-rock band. Doors open at 8 p.m. Music starts at 10 p.m. Tickets cost $10. For reservations, visit http://bit.ly/UgOiLS . Rockin’ Rodeo, at 1009 Ave. C, is open to ages 18 and older.

— Lucinda Breeding

 


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