Head: Electrified hillbilly funk at Charlie
word countphoto cutline Brethren Fast offers high-volume funkified rockabilly to locals and visitors.Hillbillieswhat: Brethren Fastwhen: Today, 6 p.m.where Check Point Charlie, Vail VillageDecember heats up tonight with the next Street Beat free concert. Brethren Fast’s rockabilly with a twist can be heard at Check Point Charlie in Vail at 6 p.m.Influenced by the likes of Johnny Cash, Elvis, George Clinton & P-Funk, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Junior Brown, Brethren Fast gets down and frenetically dirty. They’ve got volume on their side.”We (Vail Valley Foundation) had these guys for the World Mountain Bike championships at Beaver Creek on Sept. 8 last year,” said Diane Moudy of Resort Entertainment. “We received eight inches of snow the night before and these guys rocked so hard that they had t-shirts on and were actually hot on stage. Plus, they never whined, not once!”The trio is a legitimate brotherhood: Mik “The Stik” Messina, “Dynomite” Don Messina and Nate “Dog” Messina. After traipsing around with different bands on their own, they decided to join forces. Don brought old school rockabilly to the table, while Mik opted to concentrate on his bass grooves a la the ’70s. The two entirely different genres are bridged by Nate’s skins.Brethren Fast plays at Check Point Charlie at 6 p.m. as part of the Street Beat concert series.Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com or phone at 949-0555 ext. 618.