At first, you think it can’t be real, the novelty of a Dust Bowl-era, banjo-led gypsy-folk outfit from Orlando is so overwhelming. “Sure,” you think, “the guys on the mandolin, upright bass and – what is that, a jaw harp? – could get work at Frontierland, but what’s the musical value?” (At least, if you think like us.) Then female vocalists and instrumentalists Lauren Carder and Sarah Elizabeth Patrick come front and center for songs like the foreboding tango “Lady Lovely,” and suddenly the Mud Flappers sound like a genuine local phenomenon. Now, appropriately, they’re nabbing headlining gigs at respectable venues around town and, lo and behold, won Best Folk Act in this year’s Best of Orlando reader’s poll. Who needs Frontierland? – Justin Strout (with the Blue Party; 10 p.m. at Taste, 717 W. Smith St.; $5; 407-835-0646; tastecp.com)
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.