Balloons, Bikes, Blues & BBQ to Feature The Cate Brothers among others


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Balloons, Bikes, Blues & BBQ to Feature The Cate Brothers among others

PARSONS, KS — If you are looking for something to do on Saturday, October 17, then head out to the Seaton Family Pavilion in Parsons and enjoy the first of three Blues acts during the Balloons, Bikes, Blues & BBQ event. Pittsburg’s Area 51 will play during the afternoon hours while Connie and the Choir Boys will open for The Cate Brothers at the Municipal Auditorium in Parsons for a free Blues Concert starting at 7:30 p.m.

Hailing out of Fayetteville, Ark., the Cate Brothers Band features the talents of twins Ernie and Earl Cate, who have been writing and performing their unique style of rock, soul, and blues music for more than 40 years,

From 1975 to 1980, the Cate Brothers released 3 LP’s on Electra-Asylum Records, and 1 LP on Atlantic Records. In 1976 “Union Man” (a single from their first Electra-Asylum LP, produced by Steve Cropper, “The Cate Brothers”) climbed into the top 10 on the national charts and was followed by another successful single, “Can’t Change My Heart.”

The Cate Brothers chart success led to nation wide television performances such as: American Bandstand, Midnight Special, Austin City Limits, as well as television programs in Canada and Europe.

Performances with artists such as- Queen, Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys, Boz Scaggs. Little Feat, The Band and other’s brought them more national recognition.

In 1980, The Cate Brothers reunited with longtime friend Levon Helm and toured the Untied States and Canada for two years in 1983, the Cate Brothers joined Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel as “The Band” reunited and toured the U.S., Canada and Japan. The Cates filled in for Robbie Robertson who declined to join the reunion. They also toured with “Crosby, Stills and Nash.”

During the 1980s the band’s recording career went on the hiatus, though they remained a popular touring act around the southern country rock and blues circuit of the Tennessee and Arkansas region. The Cate Brothers resumed recording in the mid 1990s with the highly acclaimed 1995 release “Radioland.” Since then they have released three more CDs, “Struck a Vein,” “Live,” and “Play by the Rules,’ each one a testament to the Cate’s musical talent that defines a truly original sounds that gives new meaning to the term “ blue-eyed soul.”

Since 2008 the Cate Brothers have been in “semi-retirement” choosing to perform only a select few shows each year. The current line up for the band is Ernie Cate- lead vocals and keyboard, Earl Cate- lead guitar and vocals, Dave Renko- saxophone and vocals, Ron Eoff- bass guitar and vocals, and Terry Cagle- drums.