By Alex Guerrero
If you love music, history, or music history, you won’t want to miss “A Rock ‘n’ Roll Tribute – From Elvis to the Beatles!” by the Neverly Brothers Thursday at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center.
“I formed the group,” said Kevin Giragosian, who plays guitar, harmonica and sings, referring to the three-piece group with Kegham Giragosian (drummer, vocalist) and Mike Bradburn (double bass, backing vocalist) .
The group, formed in 2003, was created in part out of Kevin Giragosian’s love of music, particularly the Everly Brothers and the invasion of British music in the early 1960s.
“I love this music,” he says. “It’s one of my favorite times in rock and roll. And my friend was in the 1950s, and I never thought too much about the 1950s. ”
But after being introduced to the Everly Brothers – a duo that themselves inspired the Beatles – he began to identify with the vocal harmonies of the time.
Giragosian admitted when he first formed the group, the trio looked more like two different acts from two different eras, the 50s and 60s. But over time the act evolved into what it was. described as a “sample of pioneering rock and rollers from the 1950s”.
“So like Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran – who was originally from Albert Lea – Little Richard, Chuck Berry,” he said.
And these artists, according to Giragosian, are what inspired British musicians like the Beatles. And these ’60s artists are what the Neverly Brothers play in the second half of their concerts.
“The concept is that we are tour guides who take people on a virtual bus tour of rock and roll history from 1955 to 1965,” he said.
The first half of the show will tour through 1950s America and celebrate the pioneers of rock’n’roll, showing where the musicians came from, the meaning of these places and how they inspired them.
The second half will be a tour of England in 1964 and will focus on how these British groups emulated their American predecessors.
“We’re starting in Liverpool, which of course are the Beatles, who pretty much brought that sound to the world,” he said.
The UK trip will also cover Manchester, New Castle and London.
But it’s not just the spectators who benefit from the experience.
“I learned a lot more about rock history,” Giragosian said. “I started because I was interested in it and I knew something about music.”
Giragosian and his brother even had a music store – Red Tower – in the Chicago suburbs from 1986 to 1996. And after personal music projects wore off, the Neverly Brothers were formed, originally for fun and now for a full time career.
Over the next 15+ years, he learned a lot about the history of music, especially the influence of American music on the British invasion.
“‘Twist and Shout’ is a prime example [of American influence on British music], “he said.” Everyone identifies it with the Beatles, like ‘oh, that’s their song.’
“In 1962, the Isley Brothers recorded it for the first time. They didn’t write it down, but they recorded it first.
And even when the trio perform songs without guitar or drums, like the piano music of Jerry Lee Lewis, the trio try to capture the essence of those songs.
Now he’s getting earlier and more original music samples from artists who recorded songs earlier than he originally thought they were produced.
The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and tickets – $ 25 each – can be purchased by calling the box office (877-730-3144) or the Albert Lea Convention and Visitors Bureau (507-373-2316) or online at wiztix. com / dnboxoffice / inet / eventview.aspx? cid = 42.
This will be the Neverly Brothers’ first trip to Albert Lea.
“It’s funny because I always put Eddie Cochran on our show, and I always mention our next stop – because our show is like a tour bus -… is Albert Lea,” he said. “… It’s going to be fun playing Albert Lea, one of the towns we talk about in all of our shows.” “