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The Holmes Brothers

Live Concert Broadcast and Webcast Fridays At Noon

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The Holmes Brothers
at World Cafe Live

XPN Free at Noon at the World Cafe Live.
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Josh Ritter Serving up a satisfyingly loaded dose of blues, gospel and soul, the Holmes Brothers take the stage this Friday at noon for a free concert.

Since their initiation in 1967, the multi Blues Music Award winning trio has released a solid 10 albums, working with a seamingly endless list of top artists including Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springstein, Odetta and more. And while they stand as an unbeatable musical force in today's industry, they began with humble beginnings in Virginia. Taking their strong background in gospel to New York, brothers Sherman and Wendell Holmes became a local feature in a variety of top clubs. After a chance meeting with drummer Popsy Dixon, the two brothers invited him into their circle of brotherhood, and in 1979, they officially christened themselves The Holmes Brothers. By 1989, the trio had four critically acclaimed albums and was the first American group to record to Peter Gabriel's Real World label in 1992.

We can continue to list the countless number of accomplishments they have achieved in the past 30-plus years, but none of them quite tops their recent success story. When Wendell Holmes was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, the brothers fought hard to overcome the hardship, and with a victorious end to the battle, the brothers have emerged with more vitality than ever before.

Filled with rich three-part harmonies and bluesy guitar, their 10th album (fourth for Alligator Records), "Feed My Soul" is victoriously energetic and digs right into the soul. Produced by Joan Osborne, the album features a few flavorful covers including The Beatles' "I'll Be Back" as well as a number of originals, which are likely to be featured this Friday. You do not want tomiss the amazing opportunity to catch The Holmes Brothers live!

Recent Release: Feed My Soul
Release Date: March 2, 2010
Label: Alligator Records
Origin: New York, NY

Free At Noon Setlist
1. Feed My Soul
2. Dark Cloud
3. You’re the Kind of Trouble
4. Edge of the Ledge
5. Rounding Third
6. I Saw Your Face
7. I’ll Be Back
8. Take Me Away Lord
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PARKING NOTICE and Directions

Due to the construction in the area, free parking is no longer available for XPN Free At Noon shows. Metered parking on 31st street is no longer available, and metered parking on Walnut Street is extremely limited as a result of the closure and reconstruction of the South Street Bridge, and the rerouting of traffic onto Walnut Street.

Public transportation to XPN Free At Noon is recommended. For more information on parking in the area visit World Cafe Live.

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