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MK Ultra-Double the Beard, Double the Weird
May 7 @ 9:00 pm - 1:00 am$10
MK Ultra at The Westport Saloon
Friday, May 7
MK Ultra at 10/AJ Gaither at 9
// double the beard //\\ double the weird \\
Don’t miss this unique collaboration of Ben Miller (Ben Miller Band) and Pat Kay (The Kay Brothers), two of the region’s finest one-man-bands.
Both renowned purveyors of Ozark musical tradition from long ago, Miller & Kay have embarked on a journey exploring Ozark music from the distant future… Banjos meet Synth… Dulcimers meet Wobble… these industrious builders of cobbled homemade instruments showcase some of their very most bizarre implements & soundscapes. The Future of the Past.
Ben Miller Band: https://www.facebook.com/benmillerband
The Kay Brothers: https://www.facebook.com/TheKayBrothers
SINCE ITS FORMATION IN 2004, THE BEN MILLER BAND HAS STAKED OUT AN ICONOCLASTIC NICHE THAT’S ESTABLISHED THEM AS BOTH A ONE-OF-A-KIND CREATIVE UNIT AND A GRASS-ROOTS FAN FAVORITE. CHANNELING A CENTURY’S WORTH OF FAR-FLUNG AMERICAN MUSICAL INFLUENCES INTO ROUSING SONGCRAFT THAT RADIATES WITH SMARTS AND SOUL, MILLER’S TUNES ACHIEVE A MUSICAL AND EMOTIONAL DEPTH THAT BELIES THE MATERIAL’S (AND THE MUSICIANS’) ROUGH EXTERIOR.
THE HARD-WORKING UNIT FIRST WON A REGIONAL FAN BASE THROUGH OLD-FASHIONED INGENUITY AND AN UNSTINTING WORK ETHIC, GENERATING A NATIONAL BUZZ AND A HIGH-PROFILE 2013 TOUR OF EUROPE WITH ZZ TOP, THANKS TO THE PATRONAGE OF AVOWED BMB FAN BILLY GIBBONS.
BEN MILLER’S EARLY D.I.Y. APPROACH EXTENDED TO THE LO-TECH, LARGELY SELF-BUILT, INSTRUMENTS THAT THE MEMBERS STILL PLAY ON STAGE, INCLUDING MILLER’S THRIFT-SHOP GUITARS AND BANJOS. HIS USE OF OFFBEAT INSTRUMENTATION, HOWEVER, SHOULDN’T BE MISUNDERSTOOD AS A GIMMICK.
“WHAT I REALLY CARE ABOUT IS SONGS, AND THE REST OF IT IS JUST A VEHICLE TO GET YOU TO THAT DESTINATION,” MILLER ASSERTS, ADDING, “WE HAVE NO INTEREST IN BEING SOME KIND OF WACKY NOVELTY ACT, AND JUST BECAUSE WE USE JUNK TO MAKE MUSIC DOESN’T MEAN WE AREN’T SERIOUS ABOUT IT.”
MILLER IS CAREFUL NOT TO ALLOW THE NOVELTY OF THE HOMEMADE INSTRUMENTS TO OVERSHADOW THE MORE SUBSTANTIAL ASPECTS OF THE OUTPUT.
“IF OUR ONLY SELLING POINT WAS ‘COME AND CHECK OUT THE WEIRD INSTRUMENTS,’ IT WOULD GET OLD REAL FAST,” MILLER STATES. “IT GOT US IN THE DOOR, BUT ONCE WE GOT IN THE DOOR, THE SONGS BECAME OUR FOCUS. WHERE I PUT MOST OF MY ENERGY IS TRYING TO SERVE THE SONGS, AND TRYING TO MAKE THEM AS GOOD AS THEY CAN BE.”
Missouri native salutes the music traditional to the Ozarks; where Old-Time Fiddle music received a quick flash fry of foot stompin’ Country Blues as it made its way across the Mississippi River. The songs are a collection of stories, often ancient in verse but timeless in meaning, and carried with reverence for this forgotten music bred to uplift from the tangle of struggles in a bygone era. The arrangements and delivery, however, represent a convergence of music roots separated at birth in Western Africa where the banjo was conceived. It’s widely known that traditional bluegrass music doesn’t allow drums. In this, aptly coined “Stompgrass” music, percussion is not only encouraged, but required… and the ease with which a banjo and a hypnotic tribal rhythm reunite waves a fist in the face of convention. So, too, does the execution; with vocals, a kick drum, foot tambourine, guitar, banjo, harmonica, and more all incredibly being performed at the same time by one person.
Pat’s full band, The Kay Brothers, released their Self-Titled Debut Album in 2018 and followed by companion videos for their songs, “Find Your Love” and “Cumberland Gap.” Joined by brothers Bryan & Jake as well as sisters Emma & Olivia Burney, the band boasts sibling harmonies, upright bass, guitar, tenor banjo, fiddle, cello, ukulele, harmonica, washboard, congas, shakers, and an array of foot percussion. Their mission: to preserve the rural music of our forefathers and mothers that once filled the wooden barns dotting the countryside on Saturday night and the small family churches on Sunday morning. The party is still going on…. it’s in your blood.
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👕 Shirts, Hats, CD’s, Stickers & more shipped from our Online Merch Store
📲 Digital Downloads on BANDCAMP
MK Ultra-Double the Beard, Double the Weird