He’s My Brother She’s My Sister are no strangers to Fresno. The Los-Angeles band (fronted by brother-sister duo Robert and Rachel Kolar) have played here often in the past few years. Its brand of “flamboyant folk” — there’s a tap-dancing drummer — is catching on with audiences and earned the band spots at big-time music festivals like Bonnaroo, Firefly and Austin City Limits. Just off a successful tour of the UK tour (sold-out shows in London, ya’ll), the band has embarked on its first headling tour of the US. It will be the last before they start work on a new album. Which means…see them now.
We have tickets to tonight’s show that we want to give away to a few lucky Beehivers.
To enter, just leave a comment on this post. Tell us why you want to see the show. This’ll be a quick one. Deadline is 3 p.m. today. Winners will be chosen by random and notified via email shortly thereafter. So check your email if you enter. One comment per person, please.
1. SEE THIS SHOW
I’m hyped for tonight’s show at Fulton 55, which features two of the best bands on our local scene — Strange Vine and Poor Man’s Poison — and SoCal funky folksters He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, who have won over crowds here before. They’re playing the Austin City Limits festival in September too. Anyhow, it’s gonna be a great show and if you don’t go that blue creature on the flier will eat you. [Tickets]
On their own, I’d recommend HMBSMS. With Strange Vine and Poor Man’s Poison on the bill? This is stellar.
Tickets cost $8 in advance or $10 at the door. But you can win some right here on The Beehive if you’re lucky. We have three pair to give away, courtesy of Strange Vine. To get entered into our contest, just leave a comment below that uses the words “poison” “strange” and “sister.”
We treasure creativity. The winner, however, will be chosen at random and notified by e-mail, so please a leave e-mail address and please check it. Since the show is right around the corner, this is going to be a quick contest. Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday. Complete rules below.
ANGEL LEBRON: Live salsa at Starline, from the Starline Salsa Club and New York-bred Angel Lebron. Beehive High-Five to whoever asks Lebron to see his rings.
ROCK THE MALL: It’s another installment of Sierra Vista Mall’s free Rock the Mall concert series. It oughta be a big one, too, with popular local Journey tribute band Midnight Run playing. Did we mention free? Cuz, yeah, free.
Of the thousands of bands who have visited Fresno while I’ve been writing about the local music scene, I don’t know that I can think of one whose cast of characters is this interesting.
Brother-sister duo Robert and Rachel Kolar lead the band and share vocals. Robert is a John Lennon Songwriting Contest winner who also plays guitar and kick-drum. Rachel plays tambourine and is also an accomplished playwright and actress on L.A.’s local theater circuit.
Bass player Oliver Newell is a music-school drop-out who has played in a symphony, hitch-hiked across America, and eventually graduated from CalArts. Guitarist Aaron Robinson is well versed in both classical and folk guitar, as well as flamenco (he lived in Spain for a while). He also tours with Sea Wolf and has played with Akron Family.
Cello player — yes they’ve got one of those too — Satya Bhabha is a Yale graduate and actor whose credits include “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” and “Fair Game” with Sean Penn. The funkiest piece yet is Lauren Brown, a tap dancer, who serves as the band’s percussionist. She also founded a theater company with Rachel Kolar.
If you’re wondering how all that comes together musically, the answer is with much eclecticism. A sound the band calls “flamboyant folk” and “psych-acoustic.”