Live for Live Music

August 3rd, 2015

If you have yet to hear the infectious tones of Brothers Gow, then you are certainly in for a treat. Hailing from San Diego, CA, this up and coming quintet is leading the jam band charge in Southern California with a superb blend of funk, jazz, and reggae influences. Growling vocals and fluid guitar melodies keep things groovy at every live performance.

"Without a doubt, 2017 proved to be the most challenging year for Brothers Gow to date. Six months of touring, first time appearances in New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts, an amazing festival season and the release of a live album left the band excited yet exhausted. The year closed with the departure of founding members Alex Gow Bastine, and Carson Church with a final, sold out hometown play in San Diego and was the best way to wish each other well and take on what life was asking of this band of brothers. 

So now, with heels dug in, Brothers Gow continues. With a new sense of direction, this trio is taking on 2018 with optimism and a newfound energy. The sound will certainly reflect their experiences as well as their musicianship. The blistering vocals of Ethan Wade will permeate the rhetorical narrative of both his own life and the bands transgressions. Kyle Merrill’s soul and electric wizardry remain steadfast in the mix, while drummer Nathan Walsh-Haines’ wild syncopation and heavy hitting grooves will keep the energy in strong flow. The script for what’s to come hasn’t been written yet, but with a packed Spring Tour coming up there’s no doubt Brothers Gow is here to stay."

Ethan Wade  •  Bass / Vocals

Kyle Merrill  •  Guitar / Trumpet / Vocals

Nathan Walsh-Haines  •  Drums / Vocals

Alex Mello • Keyboards / Vocals

Steve Contreras • Agent

Tom Baggott  •  Agent

Kalvin Larson  •  Photography / Security

Tim Johnson  •  Brothers Gow Music Foundation

Band Members

  A Visual & soulful blend of rock, funk, Soulful, jams


 " Live music has evolved throughout every generation. From solo performances for royalty, to orchestrations for aristocracy, to street performers who starve to share their art, to rock bands that scream from the heart, incredible musicians have always been as socially revered as any other studied professionals. 

Brothers Gow displayed a level of musicianship almost forgotten in this generation at the Music Box in Downtown San Diego on Friday night. Categorized as a jam band with influences of rock, jazz, and soul, the unassuming quintet performed what seemed to be a 21st century symphony, featuring movements rather than tired and predictable verse-chorus interchanges. Funky riffs melded into deep groove syncopations, original hook lines over double-stops segued into soulful a cappella harmonies, and lead guitars supported each other rather than dueled. 

The group's love for their collective sound was inclusive, and shattered the indelible barrier between performer and spectator. A shared goal between live artists and audiences is to experience an unforced osmosis of energy, and since a moment is only as long as you hold it, live in the now when you see Brothers Gow. 

Drew Christopher

September 10th, 2016