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The Holmes Brothers

The Holmes Brothers

w/ special guest Brooks Long

w/ special guest Brooks Long

Event Type: music/performance

Fri Jan 23 8pm
$22, $18 mbrs. General Public tickets › Members tickets ›


Overview The Holmes Brothers

SOLD OUT - For sold out shows, we often have last minute seat availability. Interested parties may place their name on a wait list in person starting 1 hour before show time and will be accommodated on a first come-first serve basis.  NOTE: There is no guarantee that anyone on the wait list will receive entry to performance. 

This show was rescheduled from Oct 3, 2014. If you purchased a ticket for that performance, your ticket will admit you to this performance.

With the recent passing of longtime drummer, singer, and all-around amazing spirit Willie “Popsy” Dixon, we were moved to see such an outpouring of support from the Creative Alliance community for this band of legendary musicians.  Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to hear the powerful radio piece by Aaron Henkin of The Signal and Cliff Murphy, Director the Maryland Traditions Program, which highlighted the relationship between Wendell Holmes and his apprentice Brooks Long. This radio  program truly showed the impact and continued legacy of this trio.

In the past week Wendell Holmes has been suffering from his own health concerns. While he is doing much better, in the lead-up to this show, it is uncertain whether he will join the band for the entire performance on Friday.  However, he will be in the house and will be able to sing at least a few numbers.  For the times he won’t be on stage, Brooks Long will handle his parts and Wendell  has promised me that he has taught Brooks Long, his apprentice and friend, well.  We hope that this potential scheduling change doesn’t deter you from coming out on Friday for what will be a memorable and moving evening.  If this is a concern, please contact us prior to the event.


Gospel and soul legends The Holmes Brothers, originally of Christchurch, Virginia, have just received an NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor the United States bestows upon traditional artists. For nearly 40 years, brothers Wendell and Sherman Holmes, along with friend and neighbor Popsy Dixon, have shared their stunning harmonies and instrumentation with adoring fans across the globe. Baltimore is proud that Wendell now calls Owings Mills home!

Critics rave about The Holmes Brothers' spine-tingling three-part harmony singing, mixing Wendell's gruff and gravelly vocals with Popsy's soaring falsetto and Sherman's rich baritone, bringing the spirit of gospel-inflected deep soul music into every song they perform. Equally gripping is the rhythmic foundation laid down by Sherman's bass playing and Popsy's drumming, perfectly complementing Wendell's blues-soaked guitar solos and church-inspired piano playing. The band expertly blends Saturday night's roadhouse blues and rock with the gospel passion of Sunday morning's church service. As Wendell says, “We rock ‘em on Saturday and save ‘em on Sunday.”

They have recorded with Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Odetta, Bruce Springsteen,   Willie Nelson, Levon Helm, and Roseanne Cash among others. They bring musical mastery and an authentic, joyful spirit that will expand your vision of just how hip and current three elders can be. 8pm. $22, $18 mbrs.

Presented in a promotional partnership with the Baltimore Blues Society.

"Fervent, inspired and joyful blues, R&B, soul, roadhouse rock and gospel...beautiful harmonies, true magic." NPR

"The Holmes Brothers are juke joint vets with a brazenly borderless view of American music...timeless and rapturous." Entertainment Weekly 

“Timeless, deeply soulful and uplifting gospel-drenched blues, street corner doo-wop, ballads, R&B, country and funk.”
-NY Times

The Brothers live in their home state of Virginia

And squeezed in for a Tiny Desk Concert

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