Greensboro natives and local jam heroes The Mantras visited their old stomping grounds to play at The Blind Tiger on Saturday. Rocking the new five-man ensemble, The Mantras gracefully shredded another articulate, passionate performance, which was nothing new but always a delight to the dozens of smiling faces and dancing bodies that packed the venue.
Kicking off the night with their classic upbeat anthem “Miguel’s Travels”, the band got the mood settled in, and the party started off right. During the first set, the band pulled out “Born Cross Eyed And Painless”, a Mantras original Grateful Dead/Talking Heads mashup. This funky mix got everyone’s booty shakin’, creating a perfect lead into their next grind, a fan-favored, bass heavy jam titled “Magillacuddy” set the crowds’ rawk phasers to high voltage – and it only got better from there.
Then came a very memorable second set. “Heart Song” > “Fat Man in the Bathtub” > “Slow Down” > “Heart Song” – whoa! The band killed the debut Little Feat cover, surprising the entire venue with a well-timed easter egg, while blending back into the melodies of original songs, and ending their second set with crowd pleaser, “Jabberwocky.”
As the music ends and the lights come on, one thing is always guaranteed after a Mantras show – everyone leaves high on life, love, and happiness. That was no exception on Saturday evening.
The Mantras are also gearing up for the full release of their new album Knot Suite. Check out their first single available off the record, “Here We Go”, as well as recordings of all live shows at their bandcamp.com homepage.