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Wilburys, Sistars and bluegrass this weekend at Reel & Brand

The Reel and Brand has three big shows lined up, back to back, this weekend. Tonight at 7 p.m., the rocking Poyntlyss Sistars Rockin’ Show Band invades the old truck stop. Tomorrow night they are presenting “The Traveling Wilburys Revue”. Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m., the solid bluegrass group Sideline takes the stage.

Much has been written on this page about the Sistars. They’ve played locally countless times recently, always bringing dance fever with their lively show featuring familiar popular tunes.

They cover Motown to the Beatles, and plenty of other 60s and 70s rock and roll. To call them a “fun band” is an understatement.

The Traveling Wilburys Revue is a new ensemble working in the North Bay music scene. The Review was created after founder and drummer Chris Lockheed realized that no other band played the songs of The Wilburys in a tribute-type show. Moreover, as famous as this band was and as popular as their songs still are, Lockheed’s research revealed that TW had never performed in front of a live audience. Lockheed had a musical epiphany and a new band was born.

But first: Is this a Wilbury tribute band?

said Lockheed. “We dress like the members of the band TW, but we’re not going to try to look like them. We’re not really a cover band or a tribute band, we perform the music of the Traveling Wilburys. We bring the music to the public , who has never heard this music live on stage.

The songs they play in their shows are from the two albums released by the band as well as songs from the band members’ incredible careers. These band members, of course, were Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan and George Harrison. The term “supergroup” is completely inadequate to describe this collection of rock and roll legends.

Lockheed said, “If audiences aren’t so familiar with the Wilburys’ songs, once we hit them with ‘Pretty Woman’, boom, we’ve got them.”

The Traveling Wilburys Revue is a ticketed event which starts at 8.30pm on Saturday evening.

Sunday’s Sideline show will shift the musical focus from rock to bluegrass. Sideline is a dynamic six piece band bringing the hard bluegrass. Founders Steve Dilling (banjo), guitarist Skip Cherryholmes and Jason Moore (bass) have led the band for about two decades. The group has toured nationally and internationally and performed at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, home of the great Ole Opry and ground zero for country and bluegrass music. (Interestingly, “The Johnny Cash Show” was recorded at the Ryman between 1969 and 1971. It was on this show at the Ryman that Eric Clapton’s Derek and the Dominoes made his only television appearance.)

In 2019, Sideline won Song of the Year from the IBMA, International Bluegrass Music Association, for their track “Thunder Dan”.

Sideline plays the Reel at 5 p.m. Sunday night.