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The Center For The Arts Presents
The Brothers Comatose
T Sisters opening
This concert is SOLD OUT!
at North Star House
Friday, August 3rd
Doors at 6:00 PM, Music at 8:00 PM
Friday, August 3rd
Doors at 6:00 PM, Music at 8:00 PM
- 12075 Auburn Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95949
- General Admission
$27 members, $30 general public
Bring a folding chair or blanket for seating on the lawn
- Food and Drinks on sale beginning at 6:00pm
California law prohibits consuming, smoking, eating, or vaping cannabis in public places.
No outside Alcohol or glass containers allowed at this event.
Join us at the historic North Star House for an evening of Bluegrass, BBQ & Brews!
Bring your own chair or blanket to enjoy the outdoor concert!
Seating is provided for Encore Club members.
Doors open at 6PM and music begins at 8PM.
This show is presented with support from community partner Mill Street Clothing Company
“Despite the fact that the band plays acoustically, the fierce energy the quintet generates has the power of a rock band.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“Like the Punch Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Yonder Mountain String Band and others of that ilk, Brothers Comatose find common ground in past and present, redefining bluegrass for a current generation of festival fans and eager enthusiasts.” – Elmore Magazine
The Brothers Comatose have shared the stage with: The Devil Makes Three, Yonder Mountain String Band, Lake Street Dive, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Rising Appalachia, Jamestown Revival, Infamous Stringdusters, John C. Reilly, Trampled by Turtles and many more.
Festivals and Notable Shows: Sold out Fillmore, SF in advance, High Sierra Music Festival, Jam Cruise, Merlefest, Delfest, Pickathon, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Outside Lands, Bottlerock, Dashville Skyline (Australia)
The next generation of American songsmiths from Haight-Ashbury, The Brothers Comatose weave storytelling with sharp wit and powerful melody making for unforgettable songs that come to life on stage where deft musicianship whips the crowd into a frenzy.
Whether traveling to gigs on horseback or by tour bus, Americana mavens The Brothers Comatose forge their own path with raucous West Coast renderings of traditional bluegrass, country and rock ‘n’ roll music. The five-piece string band is anything but a traditional acoustic outfit with their fierce musicianship and rowdy live shows reminiscent of stadium rock concerts.
Following three critically acclaimed full-length studio albums (Songs From The Stoop, Respect The Van, City Painted Gold), the five-piece string band disrupts the traditional album cycle and focused on a series of strategically released songs produced by indie-rock legend John Vanderslice.
“Cedarwood Pines” is an early-‘70s-esque alt-country number reminiscent of a George Harrison, post-Beatles sensibility. A new music video for “Cedarwood Pines” captures the band’s recent horseback tour across California’s gold country in the Sierra Nevada Foothills featuring beautiful California vistas, saloon and events center gigs, and the band of brothers loving life out on the range with their characteristic whimsical charm.
“Get Me Home” reflects the struggle for commitment and fidelity in a relationship that has to survive the rigors of artists hitting the road while their partners are at home. Life as a nationally touring act has its extreme highs and lows. As the days go on with show after show, relationships must bear increasing distance, temptations, and loneliness. Despite crazy schedules and differing experiences between two lovers, “Get Me Home” keeps the gravity of being faithful and remembering the promises made at the center of one’s life while touring the world.
Beautiful acoustic guitar work and crooning baritone vocals from lead singer Ben Morrison opens up “Joshua Tree.” An escapist tale for a couple weighed down by the burdens of big city life, “Joshua Tree” hones in on how simple pleasures become amplified when experienced in a magical desert world such as Joshua Tree, CA. Running through the sand, drinking cold wine, dreaming about the sun, there isn’t a worry in the world. Even with city life weighing you down, “Joshua Tree” celebrates a destination where you can leave your concerns at the door and focus on what’s important.
The Brothers Comatose is comprised of brothers Ben Morrison (guitar, vocals) and Alex Morrison (banjo, vocals), Gio Benedetti (bass, vocals), Philip Brezina (violin), and Ryan Avellone (mandolin). When they’re not headlining The Fillmore for a sold-out show or appearing at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the band is out on the road performing across America, Canada, Australia, and hosting their very own music festival, Comatopia. In 2018, The Brothers Comatose will travel to Asia for a month of cultural music exchange and education with American Music Abroad, a program directed by the State Department.
“…amazing to witness. Individually they play together extremely well, but the connectedness where they became impenetrable was something almost impossible to describe. Nothing could pierce the cohesive bond; interconnectedness of a band of Brothers… They get on stage, drop their guard, play their hearts and sing their soul.” – Chicago Music Magazine
“The Northern California-based band the Brothers Comatose infuse their upbeat brand of Americana with lots of twang, a dash of wit, and a splash of surrealism.” -Acoustic Guitar
“Today, they are sitting in the forefront of Americana with a bright original sound threaded with a bit of Southwestern rowdy, played on classic string band instruments.” -AXS
“…one foot steeped in old-time bluegrass tradition and the other stepping forward, blazing their own stylistic path…” – San Francisco Chronicle
The T Sisters, born and raised in California and now based in the creative hub of Oakland, embody harmony. It’s in their blood, bones, and history. They have been singing and writing music together since childhood, and the lifetime of practice shows.
The group is made up of Erika (guitar, vocals), Rachel (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Chloe Tietjen (percussion, vocals). Distinguished by close harmonies, catchy melodies and potent lyricism, the T Sisters’ sound represents a continuum of music: from roots to pop influences, moments of stunning a cappella to swells of groovy indie folk. The sisters’ contemporary yet classic sound invites a range of likenesses, with classic harmonies akin to the Pointer Sisters and the Everly Brothers and modern kinship with family bands like the Avett Brothers and First Aid Kit. With their soaring sibling harmonies, sassy stage presence, and inventive songwriting, these three sisters embody a fresh and soulful take on folk/Americana. The trio gains a whole new dimension when they add their powerful rhythm section of Steve Height on bass and Marlon Aldana on drums.
In the last few years, they’ve been honored to support such acts as Amos Lee, The Wood Brothers, Todd Rundgren, Elephant Revival, The California Honeydrops, and more. Notable performances include Merlefest, Kate Wolf Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Sisters Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Americana Music Association Festival, Music City Roots, and Garrison Keillor’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion.’
Following their 2014 debut album Kindred Lines (produced by folk/bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis), the T Sisters released their self-titled full-length album in October of 2016, followed by Live at Telephone, an EP recorded live to tape at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, CA. They are currently working on the next album, the first part of which has been recorded in Nashville at Alex the Great Studio under the production of Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers).