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.
The San Diego quintet Brothers Gow combines rock, funk, jazz and reggae influences with thoughtful lyrics, deep grooves and an ear for improvisation that keeps each show fresh and unique. With more than 500 shows under their belts, this well-seasoned band started off in Flagstaff, AZ, and since moving to Southern California, has developed a more dynamic sound, adding strong vocal harmonies and complex arrangements to their guitar-driven rock. Add to this mix an awe inspiring light show, and you have a recipe for a memorable concert experience.
The more evolved sound of Brothers Gow can be heard in Reflections their 4th studio album, that runs the gamut from arena rock and uptempo dance grooves to more musically and lyrically emotive tracks and some fan-favorite instrumental compositions that showcase Brothers Gow’s tight arrangements.
In addition to their hard work getting people on the dance floor, the band has also demonstrated their commitment to making the world a better place for all of us. The Brothers Gow Foundation for Music Education was launched in 2014, and in its first charitable event raised enough money to put a stringed instrument in all 18 classrooms at OB Elementary (San Diego), and has plans to continue these efforts to support youth and music education.
Alex Gow Bastine • Keyboards / Vocals
Ethan Wade • Guitar / Vocals
Kyle Merrill • Guitar / Trumpet / Vocals
Nathan Walsh-Haines • Drums / Vocals
Carson Church • Bass
Matt Collier • Lighting Director
Kevin Rudnick • Sound Engineer
Tom Baggott • Agent
Kalvin Larson • Photography / Security
Tim Johnson • Brothers Gow Music Foundation
" 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.
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