Brothers & Sister perform "Live at the Fillmore East" -- an All-Star Tribute to The Allman Brothers
On Saturday, August 31, the CCPA and KRVM proudly welcome Brothers & Sister performing At the Fillmore East, an All-Star Tribute to The Allman Brothers.
The Allman Brothers Band are usually classified as "southern rock". Truth be told, their music is more of a carefully seasoned, unique blend of rock and roll, soul music, the blues, and even a touch of jazz. Able to navigate between tight arrangements and full-on improvisational explorations, they were written up by Rolling Stone magazine in 1971 as, "the best damn rock and roll band this country has produced in the past five years."
Some 42 years later (early in 2013) a group of some of Portland's most influential musicians discovered a common love for these iconic pioneers. These folks assembled a band, dubbed it "Brothers and Sister", and began to study the Allmans' music, with great detail to arrangement, tone, and spirit. They have dedicated themselves to recreate the 1971 concert that spawned the Allman Brothers' seminal live album, At Fillmore East, plus a few tasty, well-known encores thrown in for good measure.
Photo by John Keel
Leading the dual-charge of guitars are beloved local axe-slingers Lewi Longmire (AgesandAges, Denver, Michael Hurley, Fernando) and Anita Robinson (Viva Voce, Blue Giant, Calico Rose). The demanding rhythm section features Matt Cadenelli (Don of Division, Fernando), Ryan Spellman (Quiet LIfe, Denver), and bassist Tim Huggins (James Low Western Front, Moody Little Sister). Keyboardist extraordinaire Steve Kerin (Too Loose Cajun and Zydeco Band, Atomic Gumbo) completes the original sextet. As a bonus, harmonica ace David Lipkind (Woodbrain, I Can Lick Any SOB in the House) was brought in help fill in the guest harp from the Fillmore concert.
No college bar cover band-come-lately, Brothers and Sister have been studying this music intensely, finding ways to capture the sound, style and feel of the original concert while allowing for their own individual spirit and joy to shine through. Their intention is to perform the music with haunting detail, to create an incendiary and heart-felt evening that would gratify even the Allmans themselves.
In the spirit of community, they've left the screen door open and may yet be joined by some other friends on vocals throughout the night.
Tim Huggins had the initial idea to put this ambitious night of music together. He says, "In the past few months that I've really started to sit down and dissect each of these songs, I've been simply astounded at how difficult and complex they really are. It's been a point of discovery for me to take these songs apart and then put them back together: 'Aha! that's why I dig the Allman Brothers sound so much... this music is incredibly well thought-out and played by extreme virtuosos...'
“Attempting to channel The Allman Brothers has been a very humbling experience. But it's also been way more gratifying than I could ever have imagined.
“I liken the experience to reaching for a glass on the top shelf that is just ‘barely’ in your reach. If you stand on your tip-toes, yes, you can reach the glass. It's a struggle, but you CAN do it. Just remember that while stretched to your limits, you're a little off-balance, so it's also quite possible that you might slip and take down an entire shelf of glassware. And fall on your butt...
“Which is pretty exciting, actually.
“The Allman Brothers Band has pushed us all to stretch out: Play right along that edge of your own boundary. Hell, play beyond your boundaries -- because if you do it enough, your world keeps expanding, and then you'll be passing some limits that you didn't know existed just yesterday."
We hope you'll join us for this expansive journey.
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 pm and showtime is 8:00.