Marcus shares the band's experience with the artists that make up the first-ever Marcus King Band Family Reunion line-up. Join us each afternoon as Marcus shares the story of how they met and why they're part of the "family."
Tickets for The Marcus King Band Family Reunion October 6-7 at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC are on sale now!
I've been a fan of these cats for years. Fist time I met Charlie Starr, playing a show with them in Meridian Mississippi at the Jimmy Rodgers Festival, we talked about Stetson hats and guitars. We've been good buddies ever since. We're proud to have them at the reunion.
We did our first run with The Revivalists a few years ago. They really took us in and made us feel at home. I sat in with them on "Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley" just a day after Allen Toussaint's passing. We all felt the energy in the room. We've had the pleasure of being part of David Shaw's Big River Get Down the past two years. We're proud to have David be part of our shindig.
Late night on the Joe Bonamassa cruise bound for Mexico. My ears caught two incredible voices accompanied by a solid ass rhythm section. I ventured through the corridors to find the Muddy Magnolias. We're excited to have this incredible band and these incredible people at our gathering of Love.
Jaimoe's Jasssz Band
When I was about 10 or 11 years old my biggest heroes were Duane Allman and Jai Johnny Johnson (Jaimoe). I spent hours with Live at the Fillmore East absorbing everything I could. I dressed like Jaimoe. As a middle schooler I wore the beret, desert boots, coat and bell bottoms and spent hours trying to play like Moe on the kit and later applying his rhythmic patterns to my guitar. First time I met Jaimoe was on the Joe Bonamassa cruise. He took my hat off my head and told me I had a big noggin. From that moment Jaimoe has been family to us. We are proud to have them at the Inaugural reunion.
Anybody making shakers with Tuna cans, garbanzo beans and gaff tape are definitely on the same wave length as we are. We had seen each other in passing around the Carolinas for a couple of years. First time I saw a full live set of theirs was in Telluride, CO. I was knocked down by their "Baba O'Riley" cover and their vibe in general. We are very proud to have them be part of the love.
George Porter Jr.
I first had the pleasure of meeting George at Warren Haynes Presents: The Christmas Jam. 5 minutes before the set we did a quick vocal rehearsal of "Just Kissed My Baby" and hit the stage! One of the kindest human beings I know. We were all on the same bill at a fest in Arkansas. There was about 15 people watching our set. One of them being George Porter JR. I feel blessed to call him a friend and I'm extremely proud to have him at the first family reunion.
Ron Holloway Band
Ron Holloway and I first connected at Gov't Mule's Island Exodus in Jamaica. We finished the set and talked about life and music for what felt like 5 minutes but turned out to be hours. When planning this festival Ron Holloway was one the first names that came to mind. We are blessed to have him be part of the reunion.
Brandon "Taz" Niederauer
I heard Brandon play for the first time at the Brooklyn Bowl with Eric Krasno Band. He was playing a lot of riffs that sounded really familiar. After the set I had to find out what he had been listening on lately, he told me he had been shedding my playing haha. It really took me back to being about his age absorbing all I could from Derek Trucks & Jimmy Herring. We all have adopted TAZ as our little Brother! His passion for playing is a reminder of why we all started playing. We're excited to have him at the reunion.
Eric and Kyle Travers have a musical bond that you can hear through their playing. Two intense cats to jam with for sure. They play every note like it's their last. Love the entire bands energy. Some if my best friends and favorite Musicians. Glad we could have them celebrate with us.
That's What's Up
That's What's Up is a group my good friend trombone player/Music director Kyle Snuffer put together for an "MK and friends" show in AVL. The energy was so Intense we decided we should get the boys back together for some late night jams at the family get together!
I first came across Leah Blevins' music this past year and her sound really pulled me in. A voice that tells a story and paints a picture. We are honored to have her part of the Love this year.
We first met Gabriel Kelley outside of Chicago playing a show together at "Space." One of the kindest folks we've had the pleasure of meeting and one of the most powerful voices I've heard! We're very happy he'll be joining us for the family festivities this year.