Music fans know Brittany Howard as the powerhouse vocalist behind roots-rock-blues band Alabama Shakes, which captivated audiences with tunes like "Hold On" and "Don't Wanna Fight." Though the Shakes haven't released new music since 2015, Howard has been busy indulging her creativity with a couple of side projects, one of which makes its Dallas debut in April.
Bermuda Triangle is a three-piece folk outfit from Nashville formed by musicians Howard, Jesse Lafser and Becca Mancari, otherwise known as three friends who simply enjoyed jamming together. In summer 2017, the trio performed at what was supposed to be a one-off concert in their hometown, but the show gave way to a single ("Rosey"), and a second ("Suzanne"), and then to a modest tour hitting nine cities across the U.S.
Bermuda Triangle concludes its inaugural voyage with a concert at the Kessler Theater in Dallas on Friday, April 6. Here's why you don't want to miss it.
Who are they?
You likely know Howard as the leading lady of Alabama Shakes, in which she sings and plays guitar, but the 29-year-old is more than just a Southern rock music maven. In another side project called Thunderbitch, Howard opts for a punk-leaning vibe with hints of 1960s pop swagger. Just don't ask her to admit it: For the group's rare performances, Howard paints her face and goes by an alter-ego who she reportedly only refers to in third person.
Bermuda Triangle's debut performance was also the first time Howard played stand-up bass in public, according Rolling Stone. Is there anything she can't do?
Lafser and Mancari may be lesser known, but they're no less talented.
The former is a native Midwesterner with honky-tonk music in her veins. On her sophomore album, Raised on the Plains, Lafser showcases her songwriting prowess with acoustic tunes about loving and leaving and the gray area in between. In fact, Bermuda Triangle recorded her song "Rosey" as the band's first single, adding a lush harmonies and a backing beat during the chorus.
Mancari is fresher on the scene, having released her debut album last fall. Good Woman, as it's called, has pop cadences that revel in yawning steel guitar and ethereal vocal melodies.
Why you don't want to miss them
On stage, Howard, Lafser and Mancari have a fierce harmony, according to reviews. The trio continually switches instruments and each gets a moment in the spotlight, depending on who takes vocal lead.
Bermuda Triangle's show at the Kessler is sure to be an intimate affair, fitting for the band's mellow folk sound and raw talent.
The trio has given little indication of what the future holds, but we bet there will be considerably more buzz next time they come to town.
Those lucky enough to have scored tickets will one day be bragging, "I saw them back when."
April 6 at 8 p.m. at Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., Dallas. $25. prekindle.com.