Watchhouse (fka Mandolin Orange) Live on the Lawn
Friday, August 20th 2021 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Duck Club Presents Live on the Lawn: An open-air show at Idaho Botanical Garden featuring Watchhouse (fka Mandolin Orange.)
Bring your own blankets and low-back folding chairs. We will have a designated socially distanced section for those who want additional personal space. Please be mindful of other guests.
Gates will open at 5 pm, lawn seating is first come first served.
Show will start at 6 pm.
Picnics are allowed. We will have some awesome bartenders and a stocked bar setup for those of you who are 21+. A Lime & A Coconut and Calle 75 will be on-site for all your growling tummies, but you are welcome to bring in your own food and non-alcoholic beverages. No firearms or knives of any kind may be brought inside. On-site cooking or barbecues are not allowed.
Help the Garden stay green and clean by packing out what you packed in and carpool or ride your bike!
In order to responsibly hold this event, there will be a limited number of tickets available, so we recommend that you buy your tickets early!
$42 in advance
$47 at door the door
Watchhouse (fka Mandolin Orange)
By the time 2019 came to its fitful end, Andrew Marlin knew he was tired of touring. He was grateful, of course, for the ascendancy of Mandolin Orange, the duo he’d cofounded in North Carolina with fiddler Emily Frantz exactly a decade earlier. With time, they had become new flagbearers of the contemporary folk world, sweetly singing soft songs about the hardest parts of our lives, both as people and as a people. Their rise—particularly crowds that grew first to fill small dives, then the Ryman, then amphitheaters the size of Red Rocks—humbled Emily and Andrew, who became parents to Ruby late in 2018. They’d made a life of this.
Still, every night, Andrew especially was paid to relive a lifetime of grievances and griefs onstage. After 2019’s Tides of a Teardrop, a tender accounting of his mother’s early death, the process became evermore arduous, even exhausting. What’s more, those tunes—and the band’s entire catalogue, really—conflicted with the name Mandolin Orange, an early-20s holdover that never quite comported with the music they made. Nightly soundchecks, at least, provided temporary relief, as the band worked through a batch of guarded but hopeful songs written just after Ruby’s birth. They offered a new way to think about an established act.
Those tunes are now Watchhouse, which would have been Mandolin Orange’s sixth album but is instead their first also under the name Watchhouse, a moniker inspired by Marlin’s place of childhood solace. The name, like the new record itself, represents their reinvention as a band at the regenerative edges of subtly experimental folk-rock. Challenging as they are charming, and an inspired search for personal and political goodness, these nine songs offer welcome lessons about what any of us might become when the night begins to break.
“We’re different people than when we started this band,” Marlin says, reflecting on all these shifts. “We’re setting new intentions, taking control of this thing again.”
Presented by Duckclub