The Weight Band, feat. members of The Band, Levon Helm Band, & Rick Danko Group performing the songs of THE BAND

The Weight Band originated in 2013 inside the famed Woodstock, New York barn of Levon Helm when Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante — both former members of The Band — performed “Songs of The Band” with Band founder, Garth Hudson, alongside Jimmy Vivino and Byron Isaacs.

Inspired to carry on the legacy of the unforgettable rock group, Weider (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Ciarlante and Isaacs began performing fan favorites from The Band catalog to audiences across the country, inviting Marty Grebb (keyboards, organ, horns, vocals) and Brian Mitchell (keyboards, organ, accordion, vocals) to complete their sound. The Weight Band later added Albert Rogers (bass, vocals) and Michael Bram (drums, vocals) to make up their current lineup with Weider, Mitchell and Grebb. Together, after four years of touring, The Weight Band has recorded a new album of original material, capturing The Band’s musical tradition and packaged for today’s vibrant Americana base.

The Weight Band’s musical connections to The Band run deep. Replacing Robbie Robertson as a member of The Band in 1985, Weider toured internationally with Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko. His tenure included writing for and recording three studio albums with The Band. Weider and Brian Mitchell are also members of Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band. Five time Grammy-award winner Brian Mitchell is highly regarded in the music industry. Marty Grebb, formerly with The Buckinghams and who has performed with Leon Russell, Bonnie Raitt, and countless others, contributed to both The Band’s Jericho and Jubilation albums. Albert Rogers shared the stage with Helm and Hudson in The Jim Weider Band. Michael Bram joined The Weight Band after seven years touring with Jason Mraz.

Recently the group released their first full-length studio album, World Gone Mad, an Americana/Roots Rock masterpiece of the Woodstock sound. The acclaimed album features special guest, Jackie Greene, as well as co-writing contributions from Levon Helm.

Jim Weider (VOCALS / GUITAR)

Thirty years ago, Jim replaced Robbie Robertson as lead guitarist, singer and songwriter for The Band. Featured on Jericho, Jubilation, and High On The Hog albums, Jim toured with the group right up until the end and appeared in numerous Band performance videos and documentary segments.


As a member of The Levon Helm Band, Brian played piano, organ and accordion as well as contributing to vocals. He now fills those same roles with The Weight. Highly regarded within the music industry as the consummate musician, Brian has performed with Bob Dylan, Al Green, BB King and countless others.


A talented multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter, Marty’s connection to The Band runs deep. He wrote for the Jericho and Jubilation albums and performed on Jubilation, as well as having worked on projects with Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson. Like the other members of The Weight Band, Marty has toured with many great artists, including Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Bonnie Raitt, and Etta James, just to name a few.

Albert Rogers (VOCALS / BASS)

Albert plays bass and shares vocal duties as a member of The Weight Band. He’s shared the stage with Levon Helm and Garth Hudson in The Jim Weider Band, and has also performed with Sid McGinnis, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Vivino, Albert Lee among many others.

Michael Bram (VOCALS / DRUMS)

Soulful singer and multi-instrumentalist, Michael "Leroy" Bram has toured with Jason Mraz and recorded tracks with Bob Margolin of The Last Waltz fame. His connection to The Band comes by way of the extended community who played at Levon Helm Studios in the Chris O'Leary Band, an offshoot of players from Levon's band, The Barnburners.

Prepare for an unforgettable performance and enjoy timeless hits like "The Weight," "Up On Cripple Creek," "Ophelia," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "Rag Mama Rag" and so many others. Hear the most authentic presentation of The Band's music performed on stage, and see why the Chicago Sun Times proclaimed “THE WEIGHT carries on where THE BAND left off.” Come and take a load off.

Jeffrey Halford & The Healers

San Francisco singer/songwriter/guitarist Jeffrey Whitmore Halford was born in Dallas, Texas, and grew up in the early 1960s listening to Roger Miller on a $2 transistor radio. In 1963, the year JFK was shot, his parents, Colin and Effie Lou, headed west with their two young sons to Los Angeles in their ’59 El Dorado.

By the time Halford turned 18, he had moved 10 times between LA and San Francisco—his dad in search of that proverbial better job and better life. He criss-crossed the state, living in, among others, Torrance, Berkeley, West L.A., Westchester, and San Mateo and weaned on the musical maelstrom of LA radio in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Flat broke at times and battling the bottle, Halford’s parents had low points—evictions, Christmas trees crafted from fishing poles, hangers, and telephone books, and car crashes, with his mom demonstrating a propensity for totaling his dad’s favorite cars—and better times, when the family listened to music and read. Surrounded by the albums of Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Elvis, and Buffalo Springfield, Halford soaked up the best of American music. His mom’s favorites were Dylan Thomas and Walt Whitman, while Halford’s were Raymond Carver and Pablo Neruda. Books and music were the family’s salvation.

In high school, Halford ditched classes and came only to take the tests. According to school records, he had the worst attendance of any graduating student. He decided to add trouble w/the law to his resume. Then came a guitar from his dad, and things started to turn.

After high school, Halford enrolled in architecture school in San Francisco. While walking along Market Street, he watched a legendary street band—Jimmy Ventilator and Harry Spider—playing Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Robert Johnson, and the Ventures. Halford convinced them that he should join the band. For more than a year, he cut his guitar chops on the street, playing to crowds in Chinatown and Union Square until the police closed them down. His street gig led him to play with Oakland blues greats Sonny Lane, Mississippi Johnny Waters, and JJ Malone in clubs throughout that city. He also formed his own roots rockabilly band, “The Snappers,” playing for students at U.C. Berkeley, serving as the house band at Ruthie’s Inn in Berkeley, and performing with the Blasters, Chris Isaak, and the Beat Farmers. Music was Halford’s salvation.

Based in San Francisco over the last 15 years, he’s been touring the country with his band, the Healers. They’ve played shows with some of the most acclaimed artists and songwriters, including Taj Mahal, Los Lobos, Etta James, The Radiators, Robert Earl Keen, John Hammond, Augie Meyers, Dave Alvin, Guy Clark, and Chuck Prophet, among others. His newest and fifth CD, “Railbirds,” is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Hunkpapa.” His original roots rock ‘n roll songs etch a uniquely American, and specifically California, landscape. The reviews for “Hunkpapa” encapsulate what makes Halford so distinctive and compelling:

“Halford’s songs can serve as sagas of America that can stand for all time.”
John N. Lomax
Houston Press

“Halford is probably one of the finest slabs of roots rock and country fried blues and soul you’ll hear in this or any other year. Halford is the total package: an engaging singer with razor-sharp guitar chops who writes catchy songs loaded with storied lyrics—it’s almost frightening how good this guy is.”
Bill Frost
Salt Lake City Weekly

“This is great rootsy rock music. Halford’s slide playing is raucous, raw, and foreboding. His poetry transcends the run-of-the-mill lyrics.”
No Depression Magazine

“I am here to place Jeffrey Halford up on the pedestal with such figures as John Fogerty, Randy Newman, Alejandro Escovedo, and John Prine—and Bob Dylan—in the pantheon of great American singer-songwriters.”
Buddy Siegal
OC Weekly/ Los Angeles

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