Brothers Gow with The Shakedown String Band

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The San Diego (Ocean Beach) quartet of 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.

"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."

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.

Kyle Merrill (guitar, vox, trumpet)

Ethan Wade (bass, vox)

Nathan Walsh-Haines (drums, vox)

Alex Mello (keys)

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