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In June of 1972 four young siblings (the Brodie Brothers) set out to make music and never looked back. Despite the ups and downs that come along with this business of music this group of brothers who later became The Brothership has out lasted many similar acts of its kind on both regional and national scale.

Brothership

Instrumentation
Sidney Brodie, vocals/guitar, synthesizers
Robert Brodie, vocals/bass
Len Brodie, vocals/percussions, drums
Breeze Brodie, drums, vocals
Marvin Wofford, trumpet, vocals
Charlie Johnson, saxophone, bass

Listen to these 5 tunes:

At Last ~ Brick House ~ Soul Man ~ Mr. Magic ~ Baby Let Me Bang Your Box

Sample Setlist

Mr. Magic (Intro Tune)
Stagger Lee, Lloyd Price
Precious Love, Jerry Butler
He Will Break Your Heart, Jerry Butler
Mustang Sally, Wilson Pickett
Brick House, Commodores
Shamma Lamma Ding Dong, Otis Day And The Knights
Laugh It Off, Tams
My Girl, Temptations
Got To Be Mellow
Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong
Hold Back The Night, Tramps
Dock Of The Bay, Otis Redding
Tighten Up, Archie Bell And The Drells
Ladies Night, Kool And The Gang
Jungle Boogie, Kool And The Gang
Hollywood Swinger, Kool And The Gang
Celebration, Kool And The Gang
Love Train, The O’Jays
1999, Prince
The Twist, Chubby Checker
Billie Jean, Michael Jackson
I Want You Back, Jackson Five
Shake Your Body Down, Michael Jackson
Don't Stop Til You Get Enough, Michael Jackson
Shout, Isley Brothers
The Way You Look Tonight, Frank Sinatra
Our Love Is Here To Stay, Frank Sinatra
Sweet Pea, Amos Lee
Georgia, Ray Charles
Daddy's Home, Jackson Five
Let Me Show You (Our Love), Michael Jackson
She's A Bad Mamma Jamma, Carlton Carlton
Superstition, Stevie Wonder
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, The Temptations

Inspired greatly by Motown’s Jackson Five these brothers also have earlier roots in gospel music. Growing up in a home that played host to Friday evening rehearsals for the siblings’ mother’s own gospel group music simply became a way of life for these youngsters on into adulthood. Other earlier influences include the Beatles, James Brown, Marvin Gaye and the Temptations and the entire Motown family.  The Brothership and its special brand of “Dragon Phunk” is hard hitting at the climax of the evening.  Classic crowd involvement at its best the Brothership takes to the stage and commands attention.  Bass Guitarist and vocalist Robert Brodie, a dominant factor singing much of the bands power tunes. From Brick House to Brown Eyed Girl audiences all over continue to be dazzled by the energy of this dynamic performer after all these years. Robert also appears in the 1992 February issue of Penthouse Magazine along with brother  Sidney Brodie in an earlier music venture with the somewhat infamous Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts. Sidney shares the frontline in sort of a tag team style with brother Robert.  Whether courting a chartbusting rhythm and blues joint or Amos Lee’s “Sweet Pea”, Sidney attaches his special brand of vocal artistry with his classy high powered delivery. To his credit Sidney has also appeared in “A Singing Stream” a black family chronicle of a black family in gospel music in the rural south. This movie continues to be shown around the world and is widely available in libraries. Also featured in this film is younger brother Len Brodie during a brief stint with gospel sensation The Golden Echoes of Franklinton North Carolina. Len Brodie  the original drummer and vocalist for The Brothership sings many of the classics to include Louie Armstrong’s Wonderful World, a tune that never fails to garner rave reviews from captivated audiences from Maine to Florida and other points west of the Mississippi. Len has been involved in music since the early days with his older brothers and has not been able to shake the calling. Len, an accomplished vocalist and drummer, sings much of the 70’s funk as well as his share of oldies and beach music.  Breeze Brodie now 22 is the son of Bandleader Sidney Brodie.  Breeze played his first full 4 hour gig in Charleston South Carolina at age 12. This was a triple nighter on location. Time keeper extraordinaire ... words do no justice to this innovative timekeeping machine. Tutored by former James Brown Drummer T-Funk Alston. You simply must witness this drumming sensation for yourself. 
Veteran trumpeter Marvin Wofford has been with the Brothership since 1996 when the band embarked on an inner city youth violence intervention tour (concert series) during an onset of gang violence in Durham NC. Over the next few years Marvin continued to work the community concert series for several summer seasons to follow. Enjoying the camaraderie and the overall good nature of the band members, Marvin began to free up his personal schedule and became more and more available to play the numerous college and corporate shows the band began to book.  Not bad for a part-timer who initially just wanted to help out the youth of Durham. Marvin, now Brass Captain for The Brothership, conducts as few as two piece brass and as many as 5 pieces of brass depending on the lineup purchased. Marvin is also a drummer and background vocalist and a great dancer. So ladies don’t get too close to the stage this TBS Phunkster has been known to steal a dance or two throughout the evening.  Adding to the royal mix of The Brothership, Charlie Johnson a sax player hailing from Enterprise Mississippi played bass in a house band as a young man for famed singing star Etta James before an exciting career in the United States Airforce.  Charlie’s soulful application of sax riffs with that classic Mississippi delta blues influence continues to take The Brothership to new heights with each live moment.  After retiring from service Charlie needed to satisfy a musical itch. This was an appetite that would be quenched by a band in Durham, North Carolina where Charlie decided to settle in for retirement. Charlie was destined to meet The Brothership.  Charlie joined the band in 2002 immediately plugging in his many gifts to help propel this entertainment phenomenon to the next level.  Charlie goes above and beyond the call of duty utilizing all of his talents and expertise to assure that audiences will always get the very best The Brothership has to offer. The Brothership is known for its ability to guide entire audiences collectively through a wide range of life’s emotions in one evening. This is done by selecting some of the greatest American masterpieces and structuring these works of art into a well thought out musical journey. There have been reports of people dancing at these shows that never danced before. If The Brothership ever lands at a party near you, it will be an earth shaking experience that you will remember for a very long time…only then will you truly know.

 

 

Chris Munson
20 South Productions
434-296-1600

chris@20south.net

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