Replicating the music of The Band is a tall order. But interpreting the music of The Band is an art. Songs that have reverberated across history for decades continue to speak to millions of us. And The Weight, a five-piece ensemble featuring Jim Weider from The Band, Brian Mitchell, Marty Grebb, who worked with Rick Danko and Richard Manuel of The Band, Michael Bram (Jason Mraz) and Albert Rogers who has shared the stage with Levon Helm and Garth Hudson remains a vehicle through which we can continue to share those stories and dance to those back beats.
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Jim Weider is a former member of THE BAND. From 1985 to 2000, Jim replaced Robbie Robertson as their lead guitarist, writing songs and performing on their three studio albums, Jericho, High on the Hog and Jubilation. He toured internationally with original Band members Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko for fifteen years and was featured with them on numerous albums, films, videos and television appearances. Jim is a current member of Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band and his group ProJECT Percolator.
Brian Mitchell is a current member of Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band and is well-known within the circles of the music industry and beyond for his solo career and his high-profile collaborations. He has recorded and performed with some of music's most respected artists, Levon Helm, Bob Dylan, Al Green, B.B. King, and countless others.
Albert Rogers, bass and vocals, hails from North Carolina, where he played with Blue Eyed Soul hitmaker, Grayson Hugh. In 2000,he joined Jim Weider and the Honky Tonk Gurus which led to sharing the stage with Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Hubert Summerlin, Albert Lee, and many others. Later he returned to NC and has been performing with Award Winning Swamp Soul Master, Jim Quick, as a member of the Coastline Band. In 2014, making his first solo record, Albert found himself back in Upstate NY with former band mates Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante at The Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, NY. This set the stage for his current role as newest member of The Weight.
Michael Bram (drums & vocals) soulful singer and multi-instrumentalist, Michael "Leyroy" Bram most recently toured with Jason Mraz for seven years, and before that was a staple in the New York music scene. Career highlights include working with William Nelson, and recording tracks with Bob Margolin of The Last Waltz fame. Michael's connection to The Band comes by way of the extended community who played at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY where for many years he drummed in the Chris O'Leary Band, an offshoot of players from Levon's band, The Barnburners.
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Paul Barrère &
Paul Barrère and Fred Tackett are guitar players. In fact they are the guitar players with the legendary band Little Feat... Now they have joined forces to form an acoustic duet that will quite frankly blow you away. Performing songs from their Little Feat catalogue and more with a decidedly different twist.
They first played together on the album ”Dixie Chicken“ some thirty-five years ago and since then have played together or individually on numerous recording sessions for Little Feat and countless others including Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Dionne Farris, and the Wallflowers, to name a few.
Larry Campbell &
Multi-instrumentalist-singer-songwriter Larry Campbell and singer-guitarist Teresa Williams’ acclaimed eponymous 2015 debut, released after seven years of playing in Levon Helm’s band – and frequent guesting with Phil Lesh, Little Feat, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, brought to the stage the crackling creative energy of a decades-long offstage union. A whirlwind of touring and promo followed, and when the dust cleared, the duo was ready to do it all again.
“So virtually everything we’ve done musically since I left Dylan’s band, we’ve been asked to do together: Levon, Phil and Friends, Jorma and Jack, Little Feat; we’ve done it all as a unit, a duo, and it’s great. It’s rewarding on a lot of levels. The way I see it, when Teresa and I are together, doing our material for people who come to see us, then everything I ever wanted out of life is pretty well complete.”