On Friday, February 9, The Campbell Brothers will bring a compelling variety of material from the African-American Holiness-Pentecostal repertoire to Flushing. The Campbell Brothers’ unique style, which incorporates steel guitar and rich vocals, appeals to audiences of all backgrounds.
Pedal steel guitarist Chuck Campbell and his lap steel-playing brother Darick are two of the finest in this tradition. The band, which has been playingtogether for nearly two decades, includes a high-energy rhythm section featuring brother Phil Campbell on electric guitar and his son Carlton on drums. Katie Jackson’s classic, gutsy gospel vocals bring the ensemble to a level of energy and expression that defies description.
Chuck Campbell, an NEA National Heritage Fellow, started playing his steel guitar at the age of 12, and soon become a virtuoso on the steel guitar. He is famous for his innovative approach to the instrument both technically and musically. Chuck’s brother, Darick Campbell, started his music career as a drummer, and was the premier drummer at the National Convocation of the House of God Church in Nashville for several years. He now plays the lap steel and is considered the most emotional player of The Campbell Brothers.
Phillip Campbell began life as a drummer but quickly adopted to the instrument which is arguably his most accomplished, the bass guitar. As the fourth member of the group, drummer Carlton Campbell is the heartbeat of The Campbell Brothers. Joining the brothers for this performance is Katie Jackson, who provides her classic, gutsy gospel vocals.
The Campbell Brothers’ music and performances have been featured in the Sacred Steel exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Heritage and Culture. The group has performed for audiences across the country, including at the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, SF Jazz, North Seat Jazz, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Symphony Space.
The performance is on Friday, February 9 at 8 PM. Tickets – which you can purchase here – are $16 for the general public/$10 for members, and free for teens age 13-19. Prior to the show, at 7PM, the Campbell Brothers invite you to join them for a vocal lesson so you can sing along in tune to their performance. For more information, visit www.flushingtownhall.org or call (718) 463-7700 x222.
This winter and spring, Flushing Town Hall will continue to open its doors to teenagers – for free. Under the “Teen Access Program”, which is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture, all 13- to 19-year-olds (whether a member or not) are welcome to attend any performance for free.
Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.