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Katie Carroll: The Brothers Gow

Katie Carroll

If You Go...

What: The Brothers Gow

When: 10 p.m. Friday, April 3

Where: Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Ave.

The Brothers Gow is back. The rock-funk-reggae-jam band returns to Old Town Pub Friday night. They’re currently in the middle of their Let It Snow tour, and are taking to a new venue every night: Denver, Boulder, Steamboat and then on to Cody. The quintet made up of Alex Gow Bastine on keyboard and vocals, Ethan Wade on guitar and vocals, Kyle Merrill on guitar, trumpet and vocals, Nathan Walsh-Haines on drums and vocals, and Carson Church on bass has become a family in the typical way any crew does: road mileage.

They’ve got 500 plus shows in the books and keep on going, singing, playing and driving. Now they’re back in Steamboat for the second time in two months, and as Séan promised in February, “I think this is going to be super, super sick.”

The Brothers Gow began in Flagstaff, Arizona, but really credit their move to SoCal as a crucial step in their musical journey. Who hasn’t been inspired by the waves of the ocean? Their influences range from the Pacific Ocean to Freddie Mercury to 311 and The Police. Their latest album, Reflections, has tracks that range from jazzy-folk like “Shadow” to dance jams like “Ebb & Flow” to the title track’s rock-funk blend. All of their musical styles come through on the diverse album, and you can expect to hear most of them at the show.

The Brothers Gow know that it’s not just the music that makes a good show (although perhaps we can all agree it’s the most important!); they know you’ve got to have the right energy to light up the crowd. Their lighting designer, Matt Collier, weaves a lightshow that matches the genre-bending music and their improvised riffs.

No basic blue or red washes for this band. As Collier told PLSN during their last tour, “I like to create an environment that enhances the music and allows the live music goer to have a visual connection with what they are hearing.” As a result, the Brothers Gow promise eye-dilating fun…surely a reference to Collier’s skills with gels and the light board.

Want one more reason to go see this jam band? How about that they are arts philanthropists. The Brothers Gow are so passionate about their music that they have created programming for young musicians. The Brothers Gow Music Foundation works to keep music education alive and accessible to students in Ocean Beach by putting an instrument in every classroom at the elementary school. STEAM not STEM, people!

Not only do they do outreach in the schools, they’ve created their own Rock & Roll studio for kids to play music, read and write. The Brothers Gow may call them “Side Projects” on their website, but to those kids in Ocean Beach it’s most definitely the highlight of their week. These guys tug at the heart strings, too.

The 10 p.m. start means there’s plenty of time to find the Afikomen, or go to Good Friday mass, or eat meat like a boss because you’re spiritual not religious. OTP is psyched to bring them back, and even better, the band is psyched to be back, “Our last trip through Steamboat Springs was a seriously awesome time…Let’s do it up right!”

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