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91.3 KBCS presents
Joan Osborne and
the Holmes Brothers

Thu, May 29 -
Sun, Jun 1, 2014




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KBCS 91.3 and the Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley presents Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Joan Osborne touring with The Holmes Brothers and in suopport of her new release "Love and Hate." Band members joining Ms. Osborne are Keith Cotton (keys), Wendell Holmes (piano, guitar, vocals), Sherman Holmes (bass, vocals) and Popsy Dixon (drums, vocals). Show times Thursday thorugh Sunday at 7:30pm. Second sets Friday and Saturday at 9:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm all nights.

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Osborne sure keeps herself busy! She’s releasing her eighth studio recording Love and Hate (April 2014) via her new worldwide record deal with Entertainment One, partnering and crafting music with The Holmes Brothers, working on her side project Trigger Hippy (featuring members of the Black Crowes) and recently completed project that includes a dance performance set to her own original music and choreographed by renowned NYC choreographer Lily Baldwin.

Regarding her partnership with The Holmes Brothers, Osborne says, “I knew when the time was right and my voice was ready, I wanted to make a recording like this one.” That recording is Bring It on Home (2012), a collection of vintage blues, R&B and soul songs that was Grammy nominated in the Best Blues Album Category (2013). It’s an apt title—for Osborne, Home marks a return to her musical roots. “I cut my teeth in New York blues clubs, singing songs like this,” she remembers. Despite her long history with the music, it was only recently that the singer felt like she was ready to put some of those standards on record. “There’s a texture and richness to these songs that singers don’t have right away, that I didn’t have when I started out,” she says. “But the more I’ve done this, the more tone and depth I’ve developed. This was the time.”

Guest stars on the Home album include her touring companions, The Holmes Brothers who just released Brotherhood (4/2014 – Alligator Records). Says Osborne, “To hear those harmonies, that group of voices, it was such a pleasure. They were mentors to me. I’ve been fortunate to play with them live and produce some of their stuff…” Over the course of their 30-plus year career, The Holmes Brothers have been feeding souls with a joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and country. Their 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 gospel fervor and harmonies. The Holmes Brothers have won multiple Blues Music Awards and performed with the likes of Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Keith Richards, Al Green, Ben Harper, Levon Helm, and Odetta.

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