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.
The Slide Brothers band is comprised of Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell, Darick Campbell and Aubrey Ghent, who have taken the African-American gospel tradition and expanded the high-energy music to create their unique sound with electric steel guitar and vocals.
Some Nashville country steel guitarists have dubbed Calvin Cooke the “B.B. King of gospel steel guitar,” while Aubrey Ghent is known for his mastery of the lap steel guitar, and has been called the “Preaching Deacon,” staying close to the traditional gospel roots.
Chuck Campbell, who began playing the lap steel guitar at 11, is known for his use of effects, including distortion and tone control pedals like the wah-wah.
For several years, Darick Campbell was the premier drummer of the General Assembly, the National Convocation of the House Of God Church in Nashville.
Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3455, or email@example.com.
On the Slide What and who: An all-ages show featuring The Slide Brothers, masters of blues, funk, soul and gospel slide guitar. Rrecent Berklee grad Michael Thomas Doyle opens with his band. When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) Where: The historic Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis St. in Beverly How much: $19 and up for reserved seats. For more information, visit gimmelive.tv/SlideBro.cfm.or call 978-525-9093.