Sunset Concert Series: The Brothers Comatose
Now in its 16th year, the free outdoor live music program, The Sunset Concerts Series, overlooking the scenic valley continues with The Brothers Comatose.
Despite the handle, the band is anything but, well, comatose. “It’s just one, big, extended Morrison music party,” they say.
Ben and Alex Morrison, guitar, banjo and lead vocalists, front this rocking string band, which has become a West Coast headliner and national touring act in just four short years.
With stellar accompanists Phil Brezina on fiddle and Ryan Avellone on mandolin, their high-energy, audience-engaging shows have caught fire with fans from San Diego to Seattle, Salt Lake to Silk Hope, NC and beyond. On their home turf in Northern California, Comatose sell out shows in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Petaluma and are booked at the enormous Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco this coming August.
During early 2014, the band enjoyed incredible success on extended tours with Devil Makes Three and Yonder Mountain String Band. That led to their own headline and festival touring schedule this summer and fall. Along with numerous club dates, upcoming appearances include Sisters Folk Festival, Grey Fox Festival, Hangtown Festival, shows opening for Lake Street Dive in Colorado, and a much coveted showcase slot at the Americana Music Conference in Nashville on September 20.
At the heart of this remarkable ensemble are the songs.
With two CDs already released and plans for a third album in 2015, Comatose draws from a deep knowledge of folk, rock, traditional, and other genres. Stand out originals such as “The Scout and Pie For Breakfast” have become anthemic sing-alongs at shows. Well-chosen covers have ranged from Norman Blake to Keith Richards to Cake. The group can also slow down the pace with beautiful original ballads such as “Morning Time,” released as a duet with Nicki Bluhm on their current CD, Respect The Van. This 5-piece string band from San Francisco blends Americana, folk and bluegrass with concise songwriting to create a unique experience that leaves audiences wanting more.
More about the Sunset Concert Series:
Scheduled to coincide with a scenic sunset as the backdrop for each act’s two sets of music on the lawn near Lift 1 in the Sunset Plaza, all Sunset shows are provided to the public free of charge by TMVOA, and supporting sponsors Wells Fargo Private Bank, Alpine Bank, Madeline Hotel and Residences, Telluride Resort Lodging, Telluride Ski & Golf, The Town of Mountain Village, The Peaks Resort & Spa, and The Market at Mountain Village.
Featured again this year, the Town of Mountain Village’s Entertainment District allows a fluid social atmosphere where alcoholic beverages purchased from associated restaurants can be taken into the Common Consumption Area and enjoyed during the concerts.
2015 Sunset Concert Series Full Lineup:
June 24: Orgone
July 3: Red, White & Blues with Special Guest
July 8: The Delta Saints
July 15: Shakedown Street
July 22: The Brothers Comatose
July 29: Big Sam’s Funky Nation
August 5: Mingo Fishtrap
August 12: Pure Prairie League
August 19: Jon Wayne and the Pain
For a preview of the upcoming show, watch Comatose in action:
TMVOA is the master owners association for Mountain Village. TMVOA’s mission is to preserve and promote a vital resort community for its members, with attention to creating a sustainable village with a vibrant economy. To accomplish this mission, our primary areas of focus include event sponsorship, gondola funding, grant awards and community research.
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