A rising Gloucester musician will open a Saturday night blues concert featuring The Slide Brothers at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.
Michael Thomas Doyle will kick off the evening with his band of local musicians: Cody Nilsen on guitar and vocals; Bill Spencer on bass; and Steve Russo (of Runaround and Mile 21) on drums.
Doyle, a graduate of Berklee College of Music, performed with fellow musician Robert Randolph while at Berklee. Randolph is now producing The Slide Brothers’ new CD.
Local music promoters Peter and Vickie Van Ness wanted to make Doyle part of this event.
“These two bands will make for an inspiring, uplifting concert that people will remember for many years to come,” said Peter Van Ness.
Doyle began studying guitar and drums at age 5, immersing himself in the music of B.B. King, Pat Metheny and Warren Haynes.
As a teenager, the multi-instrumentalist entered Berklee’s professional music program. Locally, he began working with Chelsea Berry as a guitarist, and as a producer of her LP “Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.”
He also performed with The Gary Backstrom Band and XYZ. He was the recipient of the WZLX’s 2007 Best Teen Musician and the Louis Armstrong Award when he attended Danvers High School. Doyle recently released his first solo EP “The Storm Colors.”
The main event features genre-bending music of The Slide Brothers whose music extends beyond Sacred Steel and also encompasses blues, rock, soul and funk.
The Slide Brothers were recently featured as part of the Experience Hendrix Tour, thrilling sold out audiences across the United States and Canada, with their interpretations of Hendrix hits such as “Purple Haze” and “Foxey Lady,” according to a press release.
Randolph, the producer, said even though he is a young man born into the era of hip-hop and contemporary gospel, he wants to bridge the cultural gap between the older and younger generations by reaching back into the history of this music.