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The Campbell Brothers: John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme

“It’s a soul-stirring blend of gospel and the power and volume of electric blues and rock, a sound as hot as brimstone that kicks holy butt.” —NPR

Masters of a little-known American musical tradition, the Campbell Brothers have helped create a unique steel guitar–driven sound called sacred steel: African American gospel with electric steel guitars and soaring vocals. February 2015 is the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, a seminal recording as well as a declaration that Coltrane’s expansive musical innovations had become intertwined with his religious devotion. To mark the occasion, the Campbell Brothers revisit the work on their signature slide guitars, with particular attention to the album’s transcendent spiritual message.

The virtuosic group features Chuck Campbell, a National Heritage Fellow and “the Jimi Hendrix and Django Reinhardt of the steel guitar” (Real Blues), and his brothers Darick and Phil, along with a rhythm section. The concert opens with gospel and spiritual works from the Campbell Brothers’ repertoire.

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About the Cedar

The Cedar Cultural Center is a highly eclectic music venue located in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Over its 25 year history, the Cedar has become one of the premiere US venues for world music by fulfilling its (501c3 nonprofit) mission of promoting intercultural appreciation and understanding though the presentation of global music and dance.

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