Sunday, February 1, 2015

Dreamweaver Marketing News and Views, Calliope Presents the Holmes Brothers with Ada Dyer

For Immediate Release                                  
Contact:  Lisa Alexander, PR Marketing Manager
Calliope Presents
(412) 361-1915,

The Holmes Brothers 
with Ada Dyer

the holmes brothers revised(Pittsburgh, PA)- Calliope welcomes The Holmes Brothers with Ada Dyer to Carnegie Lecture Hall (Oakland) on Saturday, February 28, 2015, 7:30 PM.
 Tickets are available by contacting the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915, or by visiting our website:$39 $23 student rush w/ ID, (prices include handling fee).
For additional information, contact Calliope at (412) 361-1915.

Timeless, deeply soulful and uplifting gospel-drenched blues, street corner doo-wop, ballads, R&B, country and funk.  -NY Times

Sherman Holmes – bass, vocals
Wendell Holmes – guitar, piano, vocals
Ada Dyer – vocals
Kahlil Kwame Bell – drums 
Over the course of their 30-plus year career, The Holmes Brothers (bassist/vocalist Sherman Holmes, guitarist/pianist/vocalist Wendell Holmes, drummer/vocalist and brother-in-spirit Popsy Dixon) have been feeding the souls of their devoted and ever-growing fanbase with a joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and country. Their amazing three-part harmony singing, mixing Wendell’s gruff and gravelly vocals with Popsy’s soaring falsetto and Sherman’s rich baritone brings the soul and spirit of gospel music into everything they perform. Equally gripping is the rhythmic foundation laid down by Sherman’s bass playing and Popsy’s drumming, perfectly complimenting Wendell’s blues-soaked guitar solos and church-inspired piano playing. The band easily blends Saturday night’s roadhouse rock with the gospel fervor and harmonies of Sunday morning’s church service.

From winning multiple Blues Music Awards to sharing stages and recordings with Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Willie Nelson, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Merle Haggard, Keith Richards, Al Green, Ben Harper, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Levon Helm, Rosanne Cash, Odetta, and The Jungle Brothers, the Holmes Brothers have seemingly done it all.
Since their debut on Rounder in 1989, The Holmes Brothers have worked virtually non-stop. In addition to their four critically acclaimed Rounder albums, they recorded Jubilation for Peter Gabriel’s Real World label in 1992, becoming the first American group to record for the standout world music imprint.

After signing with Alligator in 2001, The Holmes Brothers released the magnificent Speaking In Tongues, produced by Osborne, who also sang backup vocals throughout. With help from Grammy-winning engineer Trina Shoemaker (Sheryl Crow’s The Globe Sessions), The Holmes Brothers created a contemporary album of spiritual soul music. The Holmes Brothers appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman, The CBS Saturday Early Show, as well as National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition, A Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage. They were the subject of features and reviews in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Newsweek, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Examiner and countless other publications. Greg Kot of The Chicago Tribune called it a “joyous, foot-stomping carnival…a gift to the world of music.”

2004’s Simple Truths found The Holmes Brothers receiving even more attention, as reviews ran in USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, New York Post, and many other publications. They
appeared on Outlaws and Angels—The Willie Nelson and Friends 3rd Annual Birthday Concert (televised on the USA Network and released on CD and DVD), Late Night With Conan O’Brien, World Cafe, Mountain Stage, as well as the National Public Radio programs All Things Considered, On Point and Here And Now. The Chicago Sun-Times called Simple Truths, “A breathtaking and heartfelt journey through gospel-drenched soul, blues, funk and country.” They won the coveted Blues Music Award from the Memphis-based Blues Foundation for Band of the Year in 2005.
2007’s State Of Grace continued the upward trend. Again the band performed on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Features and reviews ran in USA Today, The New York Times, Billboard, Time Out New York, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and many other publications. The album won the Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Album of the Year. Rolling Stone called it “impressive, fervent country soul.”

With their deeply soulful singing, uplifting harmonies and unsurpassed musicianship, The Holmes Brothers continue to grow as artists. Billboard declares, “It seems like The Holmes Brothers get more assured and exciting with each passing year. They remain a musical force unto themselves.” Triumphing over adversity led directly to the creation of Feed My Soul, as the band turned what may have been a career-ending event into the best album in their long history. With the depth of the songwriting and the power of their performances on this new album – The Holmes Brothers serve their extended family of devoted listeners a rich musical banquet for the soul.

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the holmes brothers-ada dyer Ada Dyer is a deeply soulful vocalist, proficient and at home with R&B, Gospel, Funk Jams, and Popular Song. The Chicago ­born performer’s emotional and sultry style is reminiscent of revered talents like Chaka Khan and Aretha Franklin. Dyer began her music career while still in high school. After graduating, she continued to work with local talent playing nightclubs, as well as colleges throughout the city.

In 1981, Dyer relocated from Chicago to New York City, where she embarked upon a prolific career in theater and jingles. She released two solo albums on Motown Records and also recorded with such artists as Steely Dan, Cher, Sting, Luther Vandross, Amy Grant, Marc Cohn, Roberta Flack, and Michael Bolton. Leading her own band, she has toured internationally, and she has also performed with the likes of Sting, Chaka Khan, Lenny Kravitz, Roberta Flack, J Geils Band, Boz Scaggs, and The Holmes Brothers. Credits include appearing with The Holmes Brothers on Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.”
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Founded in 1976, Calliope is a non-profit music organization that organizes and administers a variety of concert series, a folk music school, and educational outreach programs.  As the premier promoter of roots music in southwestern Pennsylvania, Calliope’s mission is to promote and preserve traditional and contemporary heritage-based music and its allied arts.  Calliope programs are supported in part by the A.W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Allegheny County sales tax revenues awarded by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, The Heinz endowments, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, University of Pittsburgh Library System, and an anonymous donor. Calliope also thanks the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Chatham University.
Lisa Alexander, MFA
PR Marketing Manager 
6300 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

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