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             BROTHER BANDS                                 Continued from cover  If You Go:

                                                                                • A Brother’s Revival: Former members of
     draws siblings together in song? You   more than a decade and bears the same   Allman Brothers Band and Dickie Betts &                          GPS-aided routes with the latest existing
     can make a case that the way the Everly   type of vocals as Gregg Allman.  Great Southern. From left: David Goldflies,                          and new client lists, they bring the food
     Brothers blend their voices to make such   During a show that lasts about two-and-  Ryan Boehme on drums, Matt Siegel.                          lifeline to doorstep destinations. It’s just like
     sweet harmonics would not be possible had   a-half-hours, “A Brothers Revival” goes   Friday, April 8, at 8 p.m.                                Uber Eats, but it means so much more.
     they not been brothers.              through the litany of Allman Brothers hits:   Tickets: Tickets are $32-$37, plus fees                         Help and Hope Missions Inc. was
        Then what about Simon and Garfunkel?   “Jessica,” “One Way Out,” “Statesboro                                                                 started by the Greater Millville Ministerial
     Their harmonies sound so…brotherly, but   Blues,” “Midnight Rider,” “Ramblin’ Man,”   • The Everly Brothers Experience featur-                  Association in 1993 as a community-wide
     then they patterned themselves after the   “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” “Whipping   ing the Zmed Brothers. Dylan Zmed on left,                ecumenical organization committed to pro-
     Everly Brothers. The two duos had some-  Post,” and a few surprises along the way for   Zach kneeling. PHOTO: BRENDAN HOLMES                    grams in Millville and surrounding areas
     thing else in common—spats. Don and Phil   the fans that enjoy the deep jams.   Saturday, April 9, at 7 p.m.                                    to meet basic human needs. It now provide
     Everly stopped talking—and performing—  “ ‘A Brothers Revival’ is my best effort to   Tickets: Tickets are $29-$34, plus fees                   food to those who meet the federal financial
     with each other for years. And the constant   recreate the vibrancy and intensity I expe-                                                       guidelines and have the need.
     splits between Art Garfunkel and Paul   rienced playing in the Allman Brothers   Both shows: Levoy Theatre, 126-130 N.                             “We have a lot of individual contact with
     Simon are legendary.                 Band,” Goldflies says. During that time, I   High St., Millville. Call for tickets: 856-                   people as they struggle in their lives,” Brett
        The Davies brothers with the Kinks and   recorded three albums with the Brothers,   327-6400 or visit                              said. “And we try to do our best by every
     the Fogerty brothers with Creedence tell   and I was always asked to bring my own                                                               one of them.”
     the same tale of brotherly discord.           approach to bass playing on stage and in   out there doing a tribute to their history as   us,” Dylan says.  The group is supported by many of the
        “Just because there were other groups   the studio. I view ‘A Brothers Revival’ as a   well as their music?’ So that and our best   The Zmed Brothers seem to have a   churches in the community, both financially
     of brothers who had disagreements doesn’t   continuation of the music that I learned in   friends and business partners Burleigh   spiritual connection to their heroes. “We’ve  and with food donations. Other help comes
     mean all bands would have the same situ-  my time with the Brothers. I’d like to think   Drummond (drummer and tour manager)   come to realize over the years just how   in the form of food and cash donations from
     ation,” said Goldflies, aka Rook. In case   we are creating another chapter in the his-  and Rich Rees (booking agent) along with   much of a blessing it is to have the oppor-  community members who wish to make a
     you’re too young to remember, Duane   tory of that great band.”           the encouragement and mentorship of dear   tunity to celebrate their brotherly legacy,   difference and grants from the Cumberland
     Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident   The concert draws on all aspects of   friends and family are really what has set   not as impersonators, but through our   County Board of Commissioners Human
     outside of Macon, Georgia, little more than   the music of the Allman Brothers, from   us on the path that we are on today.”  own spirits as The Zmed Brothers,” Dylan   Services Advisory Council, the Emergency
     two years after the formation of the band.  Betts’ strong musicianship and leadership,   The duo has 27 numbers in their set.   says. “What it really comes down to in our   Food and Shelter Program, a City of
        “The effect of the loss of Duane Allman,   Gregg Allman’s bluesman chops, Butch   “One of the hardest things we have faced   minds is the importance of honoring some-  Millville Community Development Block
     the founder of the band, cannot be over-  Trucks’ no-nonsense style of drumming,   over the years with the show is having to   thing greater than ourselves. They are the   Grant, and ShopRite Partners in Caring.
     stated. In my experience in the band, Duane   and Jaimoe’s subtle jazz and Gulf Coast-  choose what songs not to do. There are   most influential sibling rock n’ roll duo of   Main Street Market, the Community
     Allman was revered and his loss from that   influenced funk rhythms.      just so many great songs in their discog-  all time and as artists we consider it our   Food Bank of New Jersey-South Jersey
     tragic accident was as if a brother to each   “My entire band approaches this project   raphy. All the huge hits and some songs   rite of passage to pay homage to them.”  Food Pantry, and Mt. Pleasant United
     member of the band had been lost,” says   with great determination and reverence to   are uniquely tied to our story in having   Then there’s the infamous spat that   Methodist Church are essential and gener-
     Goldflies, who joined the band in the  1970s.  do justice to the music of my former group,   performed Everly material over the last   drove the Everlys apart: “Doing our Everly   ous partners.
        “A Brothers Revival” has the roots   the Allman Brothers,” Goldflies says.   several years.”               show has been remarkably therapeutic for   The food pantry delivers a large order
     to showcase the music and spirit of the            ***                      Near the end of the show, the Zmed   our relationship as brothers. The Everly   every month, some paid for by grants and
     Allman Brothers, who released their first   The Everly Brothers are as different in   brothers mosey on out to the audience and   Brothers career is at times just as much   donations. Help and Hope depends on Lou
     album in 1969. Call it a legacy band instead   tone and texture from the Allman Brothers   chat, gathering feedback on ways they can   a cautionary tale as it is a success story to   Fisher’s Main Street Market in Millville in
     of a tribute band, one where Goldflies spent   as night is from day. Both sets of perform-  improve the show.   us, and we can understand why. We can   the same way.
     his years performing with—and learning   ers can rock, but for ballads, give a nod to   Dylan and Zach are too young to have   certainly attest to the fact that it can wear   In 2021, Help and Hope provided
     from—Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry   the Everly boys.                 had the chance to meet Don or Phil or   you down no matter who you are with. Our  food to more than 8,000 families, which
     Oakley, Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny   Dylan and Zach Zmed grew up in an   attend a concert. “Even though we never   band often acts as a buffer between us to   included 20,000 adults and children. Just in
     “Jaimoe” Johanson. (Oakley, the band’s   entertainment household. Their father,   got the chance to see them in person, we’ve   keep us civil. Our manager Burleigh most   January this year, it delivered food to 1,700
     bassist, also died in a motorcycle accident a   Adrian, played Danny Zuko in the stage   done our best to deeply study their treasure   of all has kept us in line, but Zach and I   people.
     year after Duane.)                   show Grease, set in 1959. Before each per-  trove of live footage, interviews, perfor-  work hard at reminding ourselves of the   The large and growing volunteer staff
        Goldflies toured with Dickey Betts and   formance, the loudspeakers would play                                                               includes men and women, young and older.
     Great Southern and learned first-hand   golden oldies from that era, including the   mances, and recordings. There is no substi-  greater purpose we are aiming to serve, and  Brett is 79. Sam Herdman, 73, is the organi-
                                                                                                                   it restores our faith in the fact that it will
                                                                               tute for having a live experience but with
     how the Allman Brothers sound was cre-  Everly Brothers. That was in the 1990s. But   all the research we’ve done it feels like the   get us through the thickest and thinnest of   zation’s “landlord”—he operates West Side
     ated. Dickey Betts played a huge role in   it wasn’t until 2012 that the Zmed broth-  next best thing,” Dylan says.  times, despite our differences and quibbles.”  United Methodist Church where the food
     the development of Goldflies’ musical   ers took this singing thing seriously. They   Over the years they have met some fam-  Despite the quibbles, there is still some-  bank is housed. Bagger Pat Pacitto is 93 and
     skills. “Playing with Dickey Betts and Great   played at clubs, with songs that highlighted   ily and acquaintances. They’ve developed a   thing to be said for family ties.   quick with a joke.
     Southern set the stage for me to be what   their close harmonies—the Beatles, Crosby   relationship with Del Bryant, son of Felice   “The long tradition of family singing   “I like to be busy and I like to help peo-
     the Allman Brothers needed when they   Stills and Nash, Simon and Garfunkel and   and Boudleaux Bryant, who wrote more   together is most certainly the strongest   ple,” Pacitto said.
     began their reformation,” he says.   of course the Everly Brothers.       than 30 of the songs recorded by the broth-  thread in the fabric of all music,” Dylan   Help and Hope maintains a whirlwind
        He and the band received a Grammy   “Whenever we would sing an Everly   ers, among them “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake   says. “There is a resonance that families   back office where Pam McNamee, Janyce
     nomination for the Allman Brothers instru-  tune, folks would always come up to us and   Up Little Susie,” “All I Have To Do is   make together where the sum is greater   Fenton, Shaun Connors, and other volun-
     mental “Pegasus” from Enlightened Rogues,   say ‘I love that song….’ We started to notice   Dream,” “Bird Dog,” and “Devoted to You.”  than the individual parts. It is something   teers and part-time staff keep the books,
     a Billboard Top 10 certified gold album.   a real void in the awareness of Don and   “Our connection with Del has helped   I think that all music strives for and when   track the grants and donations; schedule the
        Also in the band for this concert is key-  Phil’s impact on all generations of musi-                                                         deliveries, and keep client lists up to date.
     boardist and singer Mike Kach, who toured   cians that came after them,” Zach says.   shape our show to a huge degree. He is a   family can get along enough to make it   “People get jobs and don’t need us at
                                                                               mentor, an advisor, and a dear friend to
     with Dickey Betts and Great Southern for   “We asked ourselves, `Is there anybody                             there truly is magic in the air.” n  present; people move; new people qualify,”
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