BY NATHAN DUKE
Flushing Town Hall will host a performance this weekend by The Campbell Brothers, a gospel group that is known for its rich vocals and incorporation of steel guitars.
The band—which is based out of Rush, a suburb of Rochester—is composed of Chuck Campbell, a pedal steel guitarist, and his lap steel-playing brother, Darick, as well as their brother, Phil Campbell, on electric guitar, his son, Carlton, on drums and Katie Jackson, who is known for her gutsy gospel vocals.
The group will perform a variety of material from the African-American Holiness-Pentecostal repertoire during the concert, which will take place at 8 p.m. on Feb. 9.
Chuck Campbell, a NEA National Heritage Fellow, started playing the steel guitar at age 12 and quickly became a virtuoso.
He is famous for his innovative approach to the instrument both technically and musically. Darick Campbell started his music career as the premier drummer at the National Convocation of the House of God Church in Nashville. He now plays the lap steel and is considered the most emotional player in The Campbell Brothers. Phil Campbell began as a drummer, but transferred to the bass guitar, while his son, Carlton, is now the band’s drummer. Jackson will join the group for Flushing Town Hall’s upcoming performance.
The Campbell Brothers have been featured in the Sacred Steel exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Heritage and Culture and the group has performance at such venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Regarding Chuck Campbell, Real Blues Magazine noted that, “This man is the Jimi Hendrix and the Django Reinhardt of the steel guitar.”
Prior to Friday’s show, at 7 p.m., The Campbell Brothers will allow audience members to take part in a vocal lesson and enable them to sing along in tune with the band. The workshop will give participants a historical perspective on common rhythmic figures and stylistic influences within Sacred Steel music, while polyrhythms, syncopation and rhythmic cohesion will be demonstrated.
Admission for the concert is $16 for the general public, $10 for members and free for youths, ages 13 to 19. For more information, call (718) 463-7700, ext. 222 or visit www.flushingtownhall.org.
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