The Brothers Comatose

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.

MerryGold is Jillian Secor (guitar, vocals) and Alex Stephens (guitar, mandolin, vocals). Based in the small northern California town of Placerville, themes of the Gold Country are abundant in their music. Their whiskey-soaked folk/bluegrass songs take listeners back to simpler times and portray a rawness that embodies the pioneer spirit of the Wild West. While traditional folk and bluegrass influences are apparent in their music, MerryGold incorporates a wide variety of influences to create their own sound.

The highlight of 2012 for MerryGold was winning the Race to TRI Studios contest. The studio - owned and operated by Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead - selected MerryGold as top-10 finalists out of over 500 entries. The public then voted MerryGold and their song “Sweet Lilly” as the winner. In December of 2012, the band recorded audio and video for 3 songs at TRI Studios.

In 2009, Jillian and Alex initially performed and recorded as Trout and Parrot, selling over 1,000 copies of their debut album “Headin’ West.” Eager to build a bigger sound and explore more options instrumentally, the duo changed their name to MerryGold in 2011 and began adding pieces to the lineup. The full lineup currently includes bass, banjo, accordion, and percussion, though they sometimes perform as a duo and trio as well.

February 2012 marked the release of their second full-length album, “Good and Gone.”

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The Brothers Comatose with MerryGold

Friday, August 23 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Harlow's Restaurant and Nightclub

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