836 N. Russell St. / Portland, OR, 97227
Friday, June 30, 2017
9 p.m.$8 in advance, $8 day of show21 and over
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Blending rootsy rock and deep rhythmic grooves, the Brothers Jam takes their audience on a sonic journey every time they hit the stage. Drawing from a songbook that originates with their love of the Grateful Dead in their heyday in the 70's and 80's, to a broad palette that now spans Talking Heads, Phish, Van Morrison, Johnny Cash, Allman Brothers, Joe Henry, Bob Dylan... The Brothers Jam is an American Band with a plan: to entertain audiences and wring beauty from any song that crosses their path.
The Brothers are six individuals who have found common ground in the creation of music that thrives on the deep connections that come from over 20 years of collectively surrendering to the song. Audiences have found community in the Brothers, asking them to play weddings, parties, galas, fund raisers, creative events... anywhere joy is at a premium and love, imagination and good vibes are in the air. They have an unbridled energy, and they seek to never play any song the same way twice. They are the epitome of what a jam band must be to deliver. And deliver they have been doing for over twenty years, and will do so the next time you see them.
Anchored by brothers Jamey and David Hampton, musical messengers together since their teens in the 70's, the Brothers Jam includes original drummer and veteran of bands too numerous to name, Lou Lozada. He is the heartbeat of the band, the fuel in the steam engine, the true north of the collective brotherly compass. Dick Shoemaker stands up to the mic, sax in hand, and conjures up a conglom of the Big Man Clemons, Coltrane and Desmond, with a funky soul all his own. On keys, James Peale brings a loose vibe reminiscent of Nicky Hopkins to the Jam, with a vocal style that would do Pigpen proud. Dave Rosenberg is the soup stock in this gumbo, holding it all together on bass with his Berkeley-trained chops and his singular positive approach... all smiles in the midst of even the deepest jams.
This then is the Brothers Jam: Beauty, fire, passion, freedom, soul. Check it out.
This Portland-based trio evolved from a long-time collaboration between keyboardist and composer Galen Clark and drummer/percussionist Jesse Brooke. After spending the winter of 2005 in Brazil to study traditional rhythms, Brooke and Clark returned to Portland, formed their new outfit and eventually made it a trio when they teamed up with local bass phenom Bill Athens.
The three infuse Clark's original compositions with Brazilian rhythms, hip hop, funk and jazz elements and live, place a heavy emphasis on improvisation and possesses a serious proclivity to groove. The trio recent collaboration includes DJ Papercuts, from Portland's own live hip hop group, Quivah. Trio Subtonic released its first full-length CD, The Aqueous, in the summer of 07; the work includes DJ Papercuts, of Portland's own live hip hop group, Quivah, on several tracks and a song featuring Sonja Myklebust on cello.
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