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It’s a family affair…with a very talented family…and a nice price.

The Campbell Brothers — the world’s biggest purveyor of a fiery genre that is completely American, supremely spiritual, and absolutely rocking — will perform at Flushing Town Hall on Friday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16, but QNS readers can get 20 percent discounts by clicking here and using the promo code “QTC20.”

True to its name, this group consists of three siblings — Chuck on pedal steel guitar, Phil on electric guitar, and Darick on lap steel guitar – plus Phil’s son, Carlton, on drums and Darric Bennett, who is unrelated but beloved, on bass. On this night, Katie Jackson will add her high-energy, gutsy vocals to the mix.

They play Sacred Steel, an interactive genre that mixes Blues, Jazz, and Rock ‘n’ Roll with Gospel. It grew out of Pentecostal churches in the early 1900s, when electric steel guitars started replacing organs during worship services. The musicians growl, moan, shout, sing, swing, and wail on stage, while the guitarists strive to make their instruments talk.

Audience members are not supposed to sit quietly.

The Campbell Brothers, who signed their first recording contract in 1997, write original music, but they also borrow heavily from other Gospel and secular songs. One of their hits is a long interpretation of “Love Supreme” by Jazz legend John Coltrane. Another popular ditty is their version of “Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke.

This is actually a return performance in Flushing for the group, which has also played at Lincoln Center, the Hollywood Bowl, and in 25 foreign countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean. (Please note that the Campbell Brothers played in churches for years before hitting the secular world.)

The night includes a workshop, Rhythmic and Stylistic Influences in Sacred Steel Music, at 7 p.m. It’s included in the concert price, and attendees will learn about the genre’s history and musicality — with help from interactive demonstrations, of course.

Images: Flushing Town Hall


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