It's been a busy year for The Mulligan Brothers, an Americana folk-rock band from Mobile, Ala.
They kicked off 2017 playing the prestigious 30A Songwriter Festival in Florida, made an appearance on "Music City Roots" in Nashville and a third appearance at New Orleans Jazz Fest. They toured Ireland in January and February followed by a week-long gig on a Roots Music Cruise with artists Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and Steve Earle.
They roll into Chattanooga on Friday, Aug. 18, to headline Nightfall, the free summer concert in Miller Plaza, 850 Market St., at 8 p.m.
Concertgoers should be sure to check out the band's suitcase bass made from recycled parts by singer Ross Newell. The body of the homemade stand-up bass is two suitcases (one blue, one black) with his late grandmother's cane as the endpin (the support rod on the bottom).
Bass player Ben Leininger describes its sound as "a happy medium between the sounds of a traditional upright and an electric bass."