Grand Opening: "Oteil Burbridge" Featuring: "The Lee Boys" - Opening act: "Woody Wood"
Must Be 21+
Tickets are $10 in advance & $12 day of event...
Oteil Burbridge is best known as bass player for the Allman Brothers band and founding member of the Aquarium Rescue Unit. Oteil's sound is very funky and soulful. Groups such as Karl Denson, James Brown, Herbie Hancock, Allman Brothers Band, Derek Trucks Band, Gov't Mule, Soul Live, Medieski Martin and Wood and Victor Wooten are all like minded fans.
The Lee Boys are in the same vein as the Allman Brothers, North Mississippi All-Stars, Black Crowe's, Robert Randolph, Dereck Trucks and Gov't Mule.
The Lee Boys are one of America's finest African-American sacred steel ensembles. This family group consists of three
brothers, Alvin Lee (guitar), Derrick Lee and Keith Lee (vocals) along with their three nephews, Roosevelt Collier (pedal steel guitar), Alvin Cordy Jr. (7-string bass) and Earl Walker (drums). Each member began making music at the ages of 7 and 8 in the House of God church they attended in Perrine, FL. Here they underwent a rigorous course of training in a variety of musical instruments, including lap and pedal steel guitars. Born and raised in Miami, each of The Lee Boys grew up in the church where their father and grandfather, Rev. Robert E. Lee, was the pastor and a steel player himself.
"Sacred steel" is a type of music described as an inspired, unique form of Gospel music with a hard-driving, blues-based beat. The musical genre is rooted in Gospel, but infused with rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, country and ideas from other nations. Influenced by the Hawaiian steel guitar fad of the 1930's, brothers Willie and Troman Eason brought the electric
lap steel guitar into the worship services of the House of God church in Jacksonville, FL. The Pentecostal congregation
embraced the soulful sound, and over time this unique sound became the hallmark of the church. The pedal steel guitar was added to the mix and soon became the central instrument. The Lee Boys are part of the fourth generation of musicians in this faith.
When The Lee Boys bring their joyous spiritual sound to the stage, audiences instantly recognize that this is not "sitting and listening" music: dancing, shouting out, and having fun are considered essential parts of their tradition. Founder and bandleader Alvin Lee explains "The inspiration and feeling that comes along with our music is the reason that people feel good. It is like the new music on the block and it's just getting ready to explode!" It's mostly original material, with a few standards and hymns the group "blueses up a little." Audiences often dance, shout out, and always have a great time. In 2008-09 alone they performed for more than 250,000 music fans at festivals throughout the United States. In the process, their unique sound has attracted musical artists such as Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Crowes, Los Lobos, Michelle Shocked, Gov't Mule, Derek Trucks Band w/ Susan Tedeschi, The North Mississippi Allstars, Hill Country Revue, Umphrey's McGee, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Oteil & Kofi Burbridge, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Toubab Krewe,
Victor Wooten, The Del McCoury Band and The Travelin' McCourysâ" all of whom have played with the Lee Boys and/or
invited them to tour with them.
Highland Brewing's Tasting Room
12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Suite H
Asheville, NC 28803
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|