Ben and Alex Morrison (of the Brothers Comatose)

Ben and Alex Morrison (of the Brothers Comatose)

Literal brothers, Alex (banjo and vocals) and Ben Morrison (guitar and vocals) of The Brothers Comatose grew up in a house that was known for its music parties. "The Morrison house was a gathering place for local musicians – everyone would bring an instrument, call out tunes, call out changes, and just play for hours" says Brothers Comatose bassist and Morrison music party goer, Gio Benedetti. "I learned more in that living room than in any class I ever took." The brothers took this generous, inclusive and rowdy attitude and brought it to stages all over San Francisco. With the addition of members Philip Brezina (fiddle) and Ryan Avellone (mandolin) the string quintet brings their original string music and the feel of an intimate music party to audiences all across the United States.

The environment the band creates with their music and their live shows isn't the exclusive band vs. crowd world of rock and pop, but rather the sing-along, stomp-along, inclusive world that gave birth to string band music. The band – while playing festivals like Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Strawberry, High Sierra, Outside Lands, Kate Wolf, and SXSW, - has not lost sight of their roots, their fans and the relationships that have brought them where they are.

Despite their name, the band is anything but Comatose. They toss alligators (inflatable) into the crowd, they hand out chopsticks for audience-percussion-participation, and are known to jump down and play acoustic encores in the middle of the crowd at the end of a set. It's just one, big, extended Morrison music party. Only now, the living room travels via Chevy G20 Conversion Van from state to state.

Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra

O'Reilly began his musical journey as a blues guitar player, exploring the works of Blind Willie Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, John Lee Hooker, Charlie Patton, and Leadbelly. Through extensive listening and studying of the early delta greats, O'Reilly developed a unique foundation onto which he would incorporate themes from influences in other musical veins such as John Fahey, Nick Drake, John Vandiver, and Tom Waits. Whether it be his original pieces, or his renditions of old American classics O’Reilly tells his story through an old and soulful voice, propelled by a sense of authentic emotional adrenaline.

When performing with his trio, The Old Soul Orchestra, O'Reilly is backed by Jeff Kissell on the Double Bass and Chris Lynch on the fiddle. Their versatile musicianship, and soulful chemistry help to expand O'Reilly's songs into pieces that drive like a ten pound hammer, or float like feather and flow seamlessly in-between. The trio was formed in late 2012, and has rapidly made a name for itself along the west coast, being featured at many notable venues and festivals, including Outside Lands Festival (2013), Rivertown Revival Festival (2013), Do It Ourselves Festival (2013), Cafe Du Nord (SF), Hotel Cafe (LA), and Empty Sea Studios (Seattle). The Band released a self titled live album in 2013 and their debut studio album "Pray For Rain" in Spring of 2014.

Austin Quattlebaum

Born and raised in Savannah, GA, Austin Quattlebaum's sound is tinged with southern low country marsh land blues. It wasn't until attending college in the hills and mountains of the southern Appalachians that traditional bluegrass and old time music began to push its way into his work.

Offering rowdy singer/songwriter type solo shows, he is sure to leave the crowd stomping for more. With a blend of gritty originals and tasteful covers, he weaves both 3 finger bluegrass banjo, clawhammer old time banjo and flat-picking guitar songs into his sets. Often switching between mandolin and dobro as well. Sung with a bit of gravel in his throat, his sultry tunes are sure to keep the crowd aroused.

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Ben and Alex Morrison (of the Brothers Comatose) with Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra, Austin Quattlebaum

Tuesday, June 25 · 8:00 PM at Hotel Utah

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