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The Weight Band: Featuring members of The Band, the Levon Helm Band and Rich Danko Band

Infinity Norfolk

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Sat, August 25, 2018
Norfolk, CT
Show at 8 PM

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Pop/Rock
The Weight Band: Featuring members of The Band, the Levon Helm Band and Rich Danko Band

Come and rejoice in the music of a true iconic group whose songs meant so much too so many, played by members of THE BAND and it’s musical family. From “The Night they drove Old Dixie Down” to “Ophelia”….expect all the hits plus songs from The Weight's new album "World Gone Mad ! This ain’t a bunch of kids playing in a tribute band my friends. Showing up at Infinity Hall this night will bring you as close to hearing/seeing an authentic performance of “The Band” as you’re ever going to get.

The Weight Band

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Artist Bio

THE WEIGHT BAND  Members of  THE BAND, the LEVON HELM BAND & the RICK DANKO GROUP

 

As a tip of the hat and a gentleman's bow to Levon himself, Jim Weider, Randy Ciarlante and Garth Hudson, all members of THE BAND, invited Brian Isaacs and Jimmy Vivino (  both having performed in Levon's Ramble Band ) to join them in presenting the now legendary, "Concert In The Barn -  Songs of The Band”.

Traditional and social media coverage of the concert spawned global requests for additional performances. As an initial response, Weider, Ciarlante and Isaacs invited Brain Mitchell ( also a member of Levon's Ramble Band ) and instrumentalist, Marty Grebb, to answer the call. As demand increased and The Weight Band evolved, Weider and Mitchell added Albert Rogers ( bass ), Michael Bram ( drums ) and Matt Zeiner ( additional keyboards ) to solidify a five member touring lineup.

In that all members are also singer/songwriters, new original songs began to embellished a core concert set list of nuggets from THE BAND's treasured catalog. After four years of touring to enthusiastic audiences and experiencing an overwhelmingly positive response to the newly written material, the group decided to record an album. In addition to highlighting the new songs, a subliminal intent would be to capture The Band’s musical tradition by recording the project in a Woodstock area studio, including both a past BAND hit ( co-written by Weider ) and a previously un-released song written for THE BAND, topped off by incorporating a few high profile guest appearances.

Released in late Feb. of this year, “WORLD GONE MAD”, has garnered stellar reviews and continues to receive significant airplay.

Jim Weider (guitar, mandolin, singer/songwriter):  Member of the legendary group, THE BAND as Levon's specific choice to replaced Robbie Robertson. From 1985 to 2000 Jim subsequently toured internationally with THE BAND, contributed to three of their studio albums ( Jericho, High on the Hog, Jubilation ), and was featured in numerous films, videos and television appearances. Jim also continues to be member of Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band, the touring super-group "Masters of the Telecaster" and his own group, Project Percolator.  

Brian Mitchell (keyboards, singer/songwriter): Well-known within the circles of the music industry for his stellar musicianship, impressive solo career and high-profile collaborations ( Levon Helm, Bob Dylan, Al Green, B.B. King, and countless others ). In addition to being a current and founding member of The Weight Band, Brian continues to remain as a significant member of The Levon Helm Midnight Ramble Band.

Albert Rogers ( Bass, singer/songwriter ) One of the most respected/accomplished musicians on the scene today, Albert has performed with Levon Helm and Garth Hudson, Sid McGinnis, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Vivino and Albert Lee ( among many others ). 

Michael Bram: ( Drums, singer/songwriter )  As a multi-instrumentalist, Michael "Leroy" Bram has been a staple in the New York music scene for years. In addition to his  multi tasking role with The Weight Band, he remains as the first call drummer for Jason Mraz as well as having been a co-conspirator with Willie Nelson and Bob Margolin of The Last Waltz fame. Michael's connection to THE BAND comes by way of the extended community who played at Levon's barn, where for many years he drummed in the Chris O'Leary Band, an offshoot of players from another of Levon's projects, The Barnburners.

Matt Zeiner (Keyboards, singer/songwriter) Matt began his career with Hartford Connecticut's famed Street Temperature Band and then hit the road with Matt “Guitar” Murphy of Blues Brothers fame. Matt has also worked with the Shaboo Allstars – a regional super group with a rotating cast. This lead to an extensive period as a touring member of the Dickey Betts Band as well as producing and/or writing for Jeff Pevar, Melvin Sparks, Zach Deputy, Ryan Montbleau, Jaimoe (Allman Brothers), and many others.

 

Kerri Powers

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“Powers is something of an anomaly.  She’s like the music scene’s version of the protagonist in the film, “The Natural,” having spent the “prime of her career” out of the spotlight -- in her case, tending to her family -- only to return from absolutely nowhere to wow and amaze.  Where Robert Redford made all the fans sit up and cheer with mammoth home runs, Kerri Powers is going to make people listening to this album do the exact same thing with exceptional song writing and equally exceptional delivery.” -- Chip McCabe, Lonesome Noise

Kerri Powers was destined to be a musician from the start. While most kids her age spent their childhoods following frivolous pursuits, she spent hers reading, painting, writing stories, learning guitar and composing her first songs at the tender age of nine. By her own admission, she was a shy child, but her creative pursuits gave her an appreciation of the larger world around her. Those instincts seemed to have been bred naturally, given that there was undeniable talent embedded in her genes. Bing Crosby was a distant relative on her father’s side, while her mother’s relatives were said to be descended from author Herman Melville. Notably too, Powers’ paternal grandmother made her living by playing piano and providing musical accompaniment for silent films, making her a show business standby back in the day.

Not surprisingly then, Powers was encouraged to pursue her own creative ambitions while still in adolescence. Her mother, a talented visual artist in her own right, owned an extensive record collection, which gave Kerri her initial exposure to irrefutable icons like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and John Prine. “I would sit in a wicker rocking chair by the record player and sing along to the songs,” she recalls. “I remember hearing John Prine’s “Hello in There” for the first time and feeling that something magical was happening. It was a momentary yet memorable trip to a sad but hopeful place of lonely old faces.”

Powers started playing professionally in local coffeehouses throughout her native New England, and went on to release several well-received albums in the new millennium, culminating in Faith in the Shadows in 2009. Two of her songs were later featured on the Fox series “Rescue Me” starring Denis Leary. After taking time off to get married and raise her young son she returned to performing, counting among her credits the Boston Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, and Telluride Bluegrass Festival, among other prestigious gatherings. She’s also toured Europe while opening for Canadian singer/songwriter Fred Eaglesmith in The Netherlands, Belgium, and the United Kingdom.

This flurry of activity recently culminated in a new self-titled album, her first effort in five years. With a track list that includes eight searing self-penned songs along with incisive covers of Janis Ian’s “Jesse,” and The Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody,” it ranks as Powers’ most accomplished collection to date. “The recording was a last minute decision,” she recalls. “The idea was to cut a couple of tracks simply to see how it would go.

The results – a sound that’s homespun, sparse and understated -- provide another ideal showcase for Powers’ intimate and expressive song writing, as well as her adroit ability to interpret the works of others.

Fully reenergized and excited about rebooting her career, Powers is looking forward to a return to touring both here and overseas. Clearly, the creative spark that was ignited so early on is fully fuelled once again.

- Lee Zimmerman

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