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Aug 12, 2017

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Reach Performing Arts Center

Reach Performing Arts Center, 249 North Deer Isle Road, Deer Isle, ME


$25 to $35


(207) 367-2788

17th Annual Deer Isle Jazz Festival: The Campbell Brothers

Presented by Opera House Arts and gWatson Gallery

The Campbell Brothers began performing in their father’s church and, as the music has moved from sanctuary to concert hall, the Band has performed for over twenty years at major festivals and venues, including Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Hollywood Bowl, the Newport Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz Fest, the North Sea Jazz Festival and other festivals in Europe.

Based in the African-American gospel tradition, the music includes elements of jazz and blues. Chuck Campbell has been called the Jimi Hendrix and the Django Reinhardt of the pedal steel guitar. Combining pedal steel guitars, bass guitar and drums with gutsy gospel vocals brings the ensemble to a level of energy and expression that defies description. National Public Radio has reported that the Campbell Brothers’ music is “a soul-stirring blend of gospel and the power and volume of electric blues, a sound as hot as brimstone that kicks holy butt.”