Artist of the day: The Mud Flappers
Orlando Weekly readers voted the Mud Flappers the best local folk act in 2011 and 2012, so you’d better run catch them during a doozy of a folk concert on Sunday at Skipper’s Smokehouse.
The group describes their sound as “Floridiana” — a mix of Earl Scruggs’ bluegrass, Django Reinhardt’s gypsy jazz and other eclectic folk elements. Lauren Carder (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Sarah Elizabeth Patrick (vocals, fiddle), George Moore Jr. (vocals, mandolin, trumpet, ukulele), Will Clark (banjo), Jake Williams (upright bass) and Mikey Bulko (drums) form a virtual old-time symphony onstage, earning them invites to festivals like Tropical Heatwave and Orlando Calling.
The band will perform with one of Tampa Bay’s top folkgrass acts, The Applebutter Express, in opening for gypsy folk troupe Caravan of Thieves at 8 p.m. Saturday at Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa. Tickets are $10-$15. Click here.