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Mar 10 2014
Organization: Northern Nights
Contact: Daniel Truckey (dtruckey@nmu.edu)

The Holmes Brothers to play March 15 in the Great Lakes Rooms

Northern Nights, the performing arts series of Northern Michigan University, is proud to announce a performance by one of the most legendary rhythm and blues acts in America today. On Saturday, March 15, The Holmes Brothers will perform in the Great Lakes Rooms of the Don H. Bottum University Center. They will be preceded by a set by the local blues legends; Bill Hart and Fast Eddie. The concert will begin at 7:30p.m. Tickets can be purchased at all EZ ticket outlets, online at www.nmu.edu/tickets or by calling 906-227-1032. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Prices are as follows; Students/Kids - $5 adv./$6 door; NMU faculty/staff/Seniors 60+ - $13 adv./$15 door; General Public - $18 adv./$20 door. A cash bar will be available.

Here is a video of the Holmes Brothers performing on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9knSWR3chAI

Over the course of their 30-plus year career, The Holmes Brothers (bassist/vocalist Sherman Holmes, guitarist/pianist/vocalist Wendell Holmes, drummer/vocalist and brother-in-spirit Popsy Dixon) have been feeding the souls of their devoted and ever-growing fan base with a joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and country. Their amazing three-part harmony singing, mixing Wendell’s gruff and gravelly vocals with Popsy’s soaring falsetto and Sherman’s rich baritone brings the soul and spirit of gospel music into everything they perform. Equally gripping is the rhythmic foundation laid down by Sherman’s bass playing and Popsy’s drumming, perfectly complimenting Wendell’s blues-soaked guitar solos and church-inspired piano playing. The band easily blends Saturday night’s roadhouse rock with the gospel fervor and harmonies of Sunday morning’s church service.

From winning multiple Blues Music Awards to sharing stages and recordings with Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Willie Nelson, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Merle Haggard, Keith Richards, Al Green, Ben Harper, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Levon Helm, Rosanne Cash, Odetta, and The Jungle Brothers. The Holmes Brothers have seemingly done it all. Recently though, The Holmes Brothers confronted a stark reality when brother Wendell was diagnosed with cancer in 2008. Tight-knit on and off the stage, they found strength in their family, friendship and faith to overcome this setback. With Wendell’s victory over the disease, the group emerged fully energized and inspired, to create the deepest, most original, most satisfying album of their career. Feed My Soul, produced by their longtime friend and collaborator Joan Osborne, is an album born from this harrowing experience. The songs deal with friendship, loyalty, family, aging, illness, as well as politics and the current state of the world, while still maintaining the patented Holmes Brothers sense of humor. Mostly though, the album is about triumphing over adversity, overcoming obstacles and, ultimately it is a declaration of the power and faith of a strong and devoted family.