The Brothers Comatose
579 18th St
Oakland, CA, 94612
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
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.
Erika, Rachel, and Chloe Tietjen are sisters from Oakland, California. Performing as the T Sisters, they captivate audiences with tight harmonies, inventive arrangements, and plenty of sass. They play originals and covers that touch on elements of folk, gospel, country, and R & B. Their music calls to mind classic girl groups of the past: from the Andrews Sisters to The Ronettes to the sirens in O Brother, Where Art Thou. At their captivating live shows, the T Sisters perform in the country tradition: with upright bass, mandolin, banjo, and guitar -- and sometimes, their own arresting brand of a capella.
The T Sisters debut album, Kindred Lines (2014) was produced by Bay Area bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis. Since its release in May, the album has charted in the top 10 on Folk DJ charts, with multiple songs in the top 10 by DJ plays. The T Sisters currently rank #6 in the top artists on the Folk DJ Chart.
2014 Spring/Summer Highlights:
Merlefest; Kate Wolf Music Festival; High Sierra Music Festival; Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival;
and shows supporting Amos Lee, Chris Smither, The Waybacks, Laurie Lewis, Elephant Revival, California Honeydrops, The Brothers Comatose, and more
2014 Fall Highlights:
Sisters Folk Festival; Strawberry Music Festival; Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival
CD Release at Freight and Salvage, Berkeley, CA (Sept. 12th)