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- $29 for two tickets to see The Slide Brothers (up to a $42 value) with two drinks (up to a $12 value; up to a $54 total value)
- When: Tuesday, July 23, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Peck Pavilion at Marcus Center
- Section: pavilion
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Drinks available: house wines, domestic beers, sodas, juices, Gatorade, Robinade, and iced tea.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
The Slide Brothers
An Introduction to The Slide Brothers
Two generations of musicians. Three different styles. Four lap steel guitarists playing at once? That's rare, but that's what makes The Slide Brothers unique. Their unusual symphonies are borne of the Sacred Steel musical tradition, which began in the '30s when gospel churches dared to replace the traditional organ with the steel guitar. The group's own take on the sound—which remains more of a spiritual growl than a laid-back island soundtrack—effortlessly elicits "Hallelujahs," but draws on a multitude of secular influences as well. As JamBands.com raves in their glowing review of The Slide Brothers debut album, the band can "do it all: from Sunday morning-style glory to outer space funk," in numbers that veer from Delta blues stompers and Stevie Ray Vaughan rave-ups to wily reinventions of Hendrix and Allman Brothers classics.
Presented by the fellow Sacred Steel torch-bearer Robert Randolph, The Slide Brothers's all-star cast reads like the guest list at a steel guitar hall of fame. The core is composed of Calvin Cooke, who Nashville pros have dubbed the "B.B. King of gospel steel guitar"; Aubrey "the Preaching Deacon" Ghent, familiar to fans of The Tedeschi Trucks Band; Chuck Campbell, whose wah-wah pedal-steel trickery makes the steel guitar sound like human voices, if human voices could rock; and his brother Darick, known for making audiences weep with his lap steel serenades. In their live show, The Slide Brothers and their band electrify and testify in a wild range of numbers, which could include Elmore James classics such as "The Sky is Crying," or even a take on Fatboy Slim's "Praise You."
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
During the day, the concrete heights of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts tower over the waters of the Milwaukee River like an imposing, postmodern fortress. As night falls, however, and patrons meander toward their evening's entertainment, the building’s façade glows with colorful, scintillating lights that hint at the eclectic performances inside. The elegant Uihlein Hall regularly hosts such august organizations as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Florentine Opera Company, whereas smaller, more intimate venues such as the Todd Wehr Theater situate audiences close to the stage so they can immerse themselves in dramas or hear the wail of a set builder who smashed his thumb with a hammer.