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.
ADDITIONAL SURPRISE GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED!
HOST ARTISTS - THE WEIGHT BAND
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.
SPECIAL GUEST MUSICIANS
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.”
Additional Special Guests
Randy Ciarlante is a musician best known for his work with The Band. He joined The Band in 1990, singing harmony vocals and playing drums. He played and sang on The Band's albums from the 1990s, including Jubilation and High on the Hog. After The Band dissolved, he joined the Jim Weider Band from 1998–2006 and continues to play occasionally with Jim Weider's Percolator band. In 2006, he joined The Organiks, a band based in Woodstock, New York in which he is a primary vocalist, songwriter and drummer, along with Bruce Katz, Jay Collins and Chris Vitarello. Randy Ciarlante has also been a mainstay of the Woodstock NY music scene since 1981 and has played with many of that area's leading musicians over the years.
Larry Packer is a string musician (violin, fiddle) who has played with Lou Reed, Phoebe Snow and Hall & Oates, among others. He appeared in The Band's documentary film "The Last Waltz" and had a Top 10 single, "Good Old Rock & Roll" with Cat Mother And The All-Night Newsboys in 1969. Most recently he has played fiddle as a member of the upstate-NY based Celtic rock band "Hair Of The Dog".
Elliott Landy (born 1942) is a photographer best known for his iconic photographs of rock musicians. A 1959 graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, ten years later he was the official photographer of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. His photographs have appeared on the covers of such magazines as Rolling Stone, LIFE, and The Saturday Evening Post. Landy's portraits have also graced the covers of many of the best known albums of the era, including such classics as Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline, Van Morrison's Moondance, and The Band's second album, eponymously titled The Band.
From 1967 to 1969, Landy worked with underground newspapers in New York City photographing anti-Vietnam War demonstrations and also rock 'n roll concerts at the Fillmore East and Anderson theaters. Amongst others, he photographed Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison. He has published several collections of his work.
Owner of Big Pink since 1998, Don LaSala has striven to steward this special place with awareness of and respect to, and preserve, conserve and reserve this home birthplace of songs and bands for now and future: keeping this micro-preserve of 4 acres intact & unsullied, the surrounding land pristine as when its peacefulness was inspirational to certain now-world renowned musicians.
Don L, who is from just north of NYC, is avid guitarist playing rock and country blues & folk since age 13. A lover of a well crafted song, he was a leader & lead guitarist with the seminal original late '70s Northeast jam band, the Hooligan Band, with a recent primitive-folk-rock CD/digital release Home Brew.
His first contact with the Catskills was when he went to the original Woodstock Music & Arts Fair in Bethel, NY in 1969, age 15. Later, as live mix/sound man for the infamous "best bar-band in America" NRBQ in their hay-day in the early-mid 1980s, he often stayed in Saugerties, where most of the band resided. Dates at the Joyous Lake in Woodstock taxed the limits of that tiny venue a few times a year; he worked in live sound with such artists as Warren Zevon, Bonnie Raitt, Jon Sebastian, David Johansen, David Bromberg and many others.