Funk and soul to explode in Eagle Thursday |

Funk and soul to explode in Eagle Thursday

Daily Staff Report

EAGLE – They have played the Beale Street bars of Memphis and the plazas of New York’s Lincoln Center, but Eagle Town Park will serve as center stage Thursday as the Gamble Brothers Band brings their special blend of New Orleans funk and Memphis soul to the ShowDown Town weekly free concert series, presented by the Vail Valley Foundation and the town of Eagle.The band has racked up numerous career milestones since 2001 when Al Gamble and brother Chad formed a group that quickly took Memphis by storm. Following the release of their debut album, “10 Lbs. Of Hum,” the Gamble Brothers were nominated as Memphis’ best band of the year at the annual Memphis Premier Players Awards.In 2003, the band beat out 1, 200 other groups to win the Independent Musicians World Series in Nashville, collecting on the $35,000 in prizes, while also being invited to perform at Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival.That same year, they released their second and latest CD, “Back to the Bottom,” recorded on the Archer Records independent label. Comprised of Al on keyboards and Chad on drums, along with Art Edmaiston on tenor sax and bass player Blake Rhea, all of the band members call the stretch between Memphis and Muscle Shoals, “Alabama home,” a region known for its rich musical heritage.In addition to the free performance, every Showdown Town evening features a children’s activity session, and picnics are encouraged.The Showdown Town free concert series is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation, in conjunction with the town of Eagle. For additional information, contact 949-1999 or visit soulGamble Brothers Band6:30 p.m. ThursdayEagle Town Park

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