The Peterson Brothers (Alex, 18 and Glenn Jr., 20) have been playing music together since elementary school. According to them, it’s been smooth sailing all the way.
“There haven’t been any bad parts, ever,” says Glenn Jr., the duo’s guitarist and lead vocalist. “We’ve grown up listening to the same music, and we know how the other brother thinks. We have our own musical identities, but there really aren’t any extreme differences between us.”
The Peterson Brothers, who live in Austin, Texas, perform their blend of blues, soul and funk with Santa Fe Bandstand on July 12.
“We’ll be playing original arrangements and some original stuff of our own as well,” says Alex, who sings and plays the bass guitar. Backing up the brothers are drummer Chris Mead and percussionist Levi Nichols.
For the past five years The Peterson Brothers have had a standing engagement every Monday night at Austin’s The Continental Club, which has been a musical mainstay in the Austin community since 1955 and host to musicians including Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Paul Ray and the Cobras, Joe Ely, and Bill Carter and the Blame.
“We’re working on a new live album that uses music from sets we do at The Continental Club,” explain Alex and Glenn Jr., whose debut, self-titled album won the Living Blues Critics Award for Best Debut Blues Album of 2015.
The Peterson Brothers have opened for musicians such as Gary Clark Jr., Los Lonely Boys, the late B.B. King, Willie Nelson and Lisa Marie Presley. At Wednesday night’s performance on the Santa Fe Plaza, Monterey, Mexico singer/songwriter Andrés Cantisani, a musician with roots in country, blues, soul and rock ’n roll, opens for them.
Rounding out Santa Fe Bandstand’s performances for the week are salsa band Son Como Son (July 11, 6 p.m.), Cuban band TradiSon, which is the house band at Havana’s La Bodeguita del Medio restaurant (July 13, 6 p.m.), Santana tribute band Smooth (July 14, 6 p.m.) and Santa Fe Chicano rock band Lumbre Del Sol (July 14, 7:15 p.m.)
Banda Atómica, a high-energy Lain American wind and percussion band, performs with special guests Baracutanga at Santa Fe Bandstand’s new Southside venue (Swan Park, on Jaguar Drive near Highway 599) at 6 p.m. on July 15.