Brother Buzz will continue an annual tradition by celebrating the New Year at Mildred Owen Concert Hall this New Year’s Eve with doors opening at 8:30 p.m. and the show beginning at 9 p.m. Brother Buzz shows usually sell out so purchase tickets in advance or be sure to arrive early.
This year’s New Year’s Eve show will feature four hours of rock-n-roll and rhythm and blues. Revelers will have champagne in hand as the band leads a countdown followed by a balloon drop. The party will continue until 1 a.m. with another entire set of music to kick-start 2012.
Brother Buzz band have been playing in venues around the Bay Area since 1988. As a cover band, they’ve worked hard to weave together a broad collection of danceable songs that create a high-energy synergy between the band and the audience.
Hand-in-hand with a song’s danceability, and even more crucial to the energy of the show, is the extent to which the members of Brother Buzz connect with a song.
“The singer sells the song,” explained John Hall, who shares lead vocals with fellow band members Roy McKinney and Tom McManus. “It makes all the difference when the entire band, and especially the person singing the song, are fired up about it.”
John Hall, a Pacifica resident, plays guitar and harmonica and can also be found with Patti Cobb and Phil McGee in another local band, Tonal Recall. In his own words, Hall is “fairly animated” on stage, matching the energy of the music and the audience, and his fans have confirmed this by giving him the title, “Sweatiest Guitar Player in San Francisco.”
Brother Buzz have performed regular shows at Lou’s Pier 47 for 22 years, and they’ve been playing the New Year’s Eve show at the Mildred Owen Concert Hall for the past six years.
According to Hall, Brother Buzz is mainly a classic rock-n-roll cover band, while also including old school R&B/funk and ballads, and all Brother Buzz shows move between these elements.
“It’s not unusual for us go from a Louis Armstrong classic right to ZZ Top,” said Hall. The band members love the variety of covering such a wide range of music. “They’re really great songs and we try to do them all justice.”
Come prepared to dance on Saturday night! Go here for tickets and further information.