PHOTOS: Alex Mery & The Townsmen at Sangria Sunday (Tolino Vineyards)

First and foremost, it’s important to point out how absolutely spectacular the weather was on Sunday. Pleasant temperatures and sunny skies were complemented by a gentle, yet glorious late summer breeze that made being outside the ideal activity for anyone with a pulse.

Add in various forms of Sangria and the folk-punk stylings of Alex Mery & The Townsmen, and you have yourself a perfect Sunday afternoon.

The trio performed at Tolino Vineyards in Bangor for Sangria Sunday, an outdoor event that turned into a family affair, complete with kids’ activities and the popular Aioli food truck from Bethlehem. This laid back atmosphere was supported — and, perhaps, tied together — by the band’s fun onstage energy, as well as their hallmark ability to mesh two seemingly-unrelated genres into a sound that is their own. This shows through particularly in the band’s original material, which continues to sound more polished as time goes on.

One important takeaway, for those who follow the band: this was bassist Kara Hartzell’s last show as an official member, as she turns to an increased focus on her solo work. With that said, the band is looking for a bassist, and interested parties who think they have what it takes can reach out here.

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