The Band left behind a timeless legacy of unforgettable music and a
vast catalog of fabled songs. Band members Garth Hudson, Levon Helm,
Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and Robbie Robertson embodied a musical
alchemy that has been firmly cemented in myth and legend. Their impact
on rock music and culture is permanently etched in the hallowed halls
of American history. Chest Fever, a new band from San Diego, CA, is
breathing new life into that legacy, in celebration of one of the
richest repertoires of Canadian-American popular music.
Chest Fever is comprised of members of the San Diego Music Award
winning rock band Mrs. Henry, including keyboardist Jody Bagley,
guitarist Dan Cervantes, bassist Blake Dean, and drummer Chad Lee.
Each a talented lead vocalist on their own, the group setting gives
them a chance to combine their talents in an incendiary celebration of
melody and verse. The group also features horn player and arranger
Jesse Audelo of Sure Fire Soul Ensemble and Fresh Veggies Micro Brass,
echoing the contributions of arrangers John Simon and Allen Toussaint
to The Band’s original music.
The seed for Chest Fever was born out of Mrs. Henry’s sold-out
November 2021 show “Mrs. Henry Presents The Last Waltz” at the Belly
Up in Solana Beach, CA. It was there playing alongside legendary
musicians such as Eagles collaborator and hit songwriter Jack
Tempchin, violinist Scarlet Rivera of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder
Revue, solo artist/Black Crowes member Marc Ford, and local hero
Isaiah Mitchell, that the idea took flight.
Chest Fever is a melting pot of rock and roll, a deep musical
exploration of a vast catalog steeped in storytelling, told through
the prism of the American Mythos and the cosmic spirit of the West
Coast. From The Band and Bob Dylan’s collaborative home recordings,
The Basement Tapes, through Music From Big Pink and The Last Waltz.
The thread connecting all of this music is a storytelling tradition
that runs through all the known corners of an old weird America, as
noted by scholar Greil Marcus. Chest Fever is the next step in this
tradition, moving the legacy of The Band forward into the 21st
century. The stories, legend and community of The Band live on through
the passion and magic of Chest Fever, newly embodied in the live
performance and burning energy they bring to every stage.
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