In April, Mike Mangione & the Union brought a New York rock club to the Deep South with foot-stomping rhythms, soaring strings and ethereal vocals. Whether it was with a whisper or a growl, they grabbed every ear. Averaging 100 dates a year, including house concerts, the band formed when the Mangione brothers -- frontman Mike and guitarist Tom -- began playing around Chicago and Wisconsin. While touring, a friendly soundman and upright bass player joined before the band added a percussionist, cellist and violinist.

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