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Born to Run

By Jennie McKeon

After the three-mile bridge is cleared of runners, after the prizes have been given away, the excitement from the Double Bridge Run doesn’t end.

Mingo Fishtrap will be playing a free concert at Seville Quarter at 7 p.m.

“Mingo’s show is a high energy affair, and I think it’ll be a good way to cap off the race day events,” said Roger Blevins, Jr., founder, lead singer and guitarist of Mingo Fishtrap.  “We’re all about audience participation and positivity, and I think that falls into line with what the Pensacola Sports Association has going on with the Double Bridge Run.”

The band originated in Denton, Texas, as did the strange band name.

“The name comes from an intersection of two roads in Denton, where several of us were going to school at University of North Texas College of Music,” said Blevins.  “—just a bizarre crossroads outside of town on the Union Pacific line.”

Mingo Fishtrap is influenced by the music heard on the streets of New Orleans, in studios of Motown, Chess, Stax, and Muscle Shoals and by music icon James Brown. As with any good band, it’s hard to pinpoint them in one category.

“I just call it soul music,” Blevins said.  “Somebody called us Americana recently, and I guess there’s some reasoning to that. I guess there are elements of soul, funk, blues, pop and rhythm and blues.”

This will be Mingo Fishtrap’s first show in Pensacola. Exploring new cities is one of Blevin’s favorite parts of his job.

“We love coming in to new markets for the first time, meeting new folks, finding the best foodie joints and all that,” Blevins said. “I love that part of the job.”

It doesn’t matter if you run, walk or just cheer on a friend as they cross the finish line. The Double Bridge Run is exciting for anyone and Mingo Fishtrap is a great ending to the day.

“We’re gonna have a party up there,” Blevins said. “We love what we do and want to bring people inside of that – really have them be a part of our little world for a couple of hours.”

DOUBLE BRIDGE RUN
WHEN: 15K race begins at 7 a.m. 5K run/walk race begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4
WHERE: 15K begins at 997 S. Palafox St.; 5K at 10 Daniel Drive, Gulf Breeze. Both end at the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk parking lot.
DETAILS: doublebridgerun.com

MINGO FISHTRAP
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4
WHERE: Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St.
COST: Free
DETAILS: sevillequarter.com