LA Show of the Week: GO4FREE to Watchhouse (fka Mandolin Orange) at The Theatre at Ace Hotel 2/19 (SAT)

WatchhousePhoto by Shervin Lainez // Written by Josh Herwitt //

Watchhouse (fka Mandolin Orange) //
The Theatre at Ace Hotel – Los Angeles
February 19th, 2022 //

Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz have been making music together for more than a decade, but it was only less than a year ago that they decided to change their band’s name.

The husband-and-wife team from Chapel Hill, N.C., in fact, released six studio albums beginning with 2010’s Quiet Little Room and performed at major music festivals across the U.S. like Austin City Limits, South by Southwest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Newport Folk Festival and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass as Mandolin Orange before announcing its new identity last April.

And when they settled on Watchhouse just months before the release of their self-titled LP in August, it was for good reason with Marlin (vocals, mandolin, guitar, banjo) explaining that “Mandolin Orange was born out of my 21-year-old mind” and “the name isn’t what I strive for when I write” while the alternative represented the project’s “true intentions” after he recorded two instrumental albums during the COVID-19 pandemic without Frantz (vocals, violin, guitar).

Now, the folk duo are back on the road for their “Somewhere Beyond The Darkness Tour” that spans 25 dates across North America and will see them play The Theatre at Ace Hotel in LA this Saturday. Tickets are still available for $30-40, or you could win a pair by submitting your full name and email below. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test will be required upon entry.

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