The Bodarks are already geared up for their upcoming show at the Dorothy Fielder (gazebo) Park in downtown Van Alstyne. Actually, The Bodarks are geared up for every day of their lives, and that joy is contagious.
The show will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday night, is free to everyone and lawn chairs and/or quilts are recommended. Ice chests are allowed. There could be a few informational booths set up around the park as well.
The Bodarks string band will feature Shelly New on fiddle and vocals; Jeffrey Brooks on banjo, kick-drum, guitar, and vocals; and Jake Dill on doghouse bass.
The group formed in late 2012 and placed in the Shiner Rising Star band contest in 2013, about nine months after becoming a bona fide band. They released their first CD soon afterwards and are now back in the studio recording their sophomore album. Brooks said they are recording at Funky Frog studio in Athens, and the studio name alone gives a hint of what listeners can expect at a The Bodarks concert.
The Bodarks, Brooks said, have had several guest players through this time until “we’ve become… uh… mercurial?” he said. “Though Shelly and I have remained the core, we have played with other fiddlers, added a drummer, a clarinetist and ‘spoon-clicker,’ and sometimes accordionists.”
They aren’t afraid to cover a guitar solo with a fiddle; or add banjo through the twangy harmonies of “Fat Bottomed Girls.” They have been known to hand a tambourine to someone in the audience and get them up on stage, too.
For this set, they are coming to town as a trio, but bringing all their hootenanny along with them. A genre-creating ensemble, no matter how many members, this string band could be known as “punk-folk” or “indie-grass.” The Bodarks’ original song, “Life Americana,” expresses their appreciation of early American innocence, flavored with folklore allusions. And if there’s a birthday in the crowd, count on The Bodarks sharing in the celebration with another original.
In case of rain, which greeted everyone for the first two concerts in this summer series, the concert will again move inside the Whistlestop Café, just a few doors down from the gazebo-centered park and facing the railroad tracks. In case of it not raining and the concert being actually held at the park, Whistlestop will be offering a sandwich menu, with wait staff on hand at the park to take orders and deliver the meals, to let the concert patrons enjoy every note and every lyric from the gazebo stage.
The Bodarks will have copies of that first CD available Tuesday night.
For more about The Bodarks, go online to TheBodarks.com. Call the Chamber of Commerce at 903-482-6066 or call 903-814-8257.