The Center For The Arts Presents The Brothers Comatose
Friday, August 3rd
North Star House
Doors at 6:00 PM, Music at 8:00 PM
Doors at 6:00 PM, Music at 8:00 PM
“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