Alt-country, alt-rock and ‘Temp Tales’

Aug 11, 2014
The Mallett Brothers

Camden — Necessary Music Productions will present award-winning artists The Mallett Brothers Band and Waylon Speed in concert at the Camden Opera House Thursday, Aug. 21, along with the public debut of the next episode in the O'Chang Comics cartoon series “Temp Tales,” “Crittah Gittahz!”

Doors will open 6 p.m. and the show will start shortly after 7 p.m. Tickets are $25, available in advance at the Camden Town Office weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and online at camdenoperahouse.com. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door. Limited food and unlimited beverages will be available in the third floor Temp Tales Lounge, with at least one local Temp Tales celebrity bartender.

The Mallett Brothers Band has been on a constant upswing in popularity since Dave Mallett's sons Luke and Will Mallett put the band together five years ago. As one of Maine's best touring bands, they have worked hard to create the audience buzz and respect they now command; having won New England Music Awards 2014’s Best Band in New England honor over thousands of other bands. Their most recent album, "Land," was also named Album of The Year for 2014 at the same event.

Another New England Music Awards winner, Best Band in Vermont for 2014, is opening act Waylon Speed featuring Waldo County’s own Kelly Ravin on lead vocals and guitar. These country rock road warriors from Burlington cross the sweet and smooth vocal style of country with the urgency of speed metal to create a genre they call Speedwestern. Working almost exclusively with original songs, their shows, which include SXSW 2014, have earned them legitimate comparisons to Hank Williams III. Waylon Speed is celebrating the release of its new critically acclaimed album, "Kin," produced by Mark Spencer of Son Volt.

O'Chang Comics’ Atom and Hanji O'Chang are the brilliant minds behind the “Temp Tales” series, which has taken off on Youtube with each new animated episode hitting 100,000 views within weeks of release. The newest installment is titled “Crittah Gittahz!” and continues the wicked observation of island life as seen through the eyes of a caretaker's helper on “Fantasy Island, Maine.” Lead character "Green" Bud Kelly also is making a spirited run at passing Eliot Cutler as the leading independent running for Governor; his campaign has been covered favorably in the press and inspired dozens of traditional non-voters to register … and do giant tire burnouts in coastal villages as symbols of support. Those unacquainted with the salty language of Midcoast work crews are forewarned.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

 

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