The Weyburn Concert Series will present The Everly Brothers Experience featuring the Zmed Brothers in concert, kicking off the Concert Series’ 50th anniversary on Monday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cugnet Centre.
The performances are part of the 2018/2019 Stars for Saskatchewan Concert series, presented by the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC).
In January of 2016, brothers Zachary and Dylan Zmed (acoustic guitars/vocals) and their partner (drummer in the group and son of founding members of ambrosia) Burleigh Drummond began developing The Everly Brothers Experience show. Since then they have celebrated the pivotal sounds of The Everly Brothers music with enthusiastic crowds all across the US and over seas in iconic clubs, theaters, performing arts centers, casinos, ballrooms, and coliseums.
The five-piece band consists of drums (Burleigh Drummond), electric guitar (rotating members), bass (rotating members), and the two singing brothers (Zachary and Dylan Zmed) up front with the signature Everly acoustic guitars.
The Zmeds said, “We are not impersonators, our aim is to honour the aesthetics of their iconic sound and honor their unique place in music history all while having a little fun telling our own personal story,” and they do just that.
The Everly Brothers sold more than 35 million records from 1957 to 1962, with 35 Billboard Top 100 singles, 26 in the top 40, and still to this day, carry the record for most Billboard charting hits of any American duo. Their success at that time was only rivaled by Elvis.
Growing up with a father, (Adrian Zmed) as a traveling singer/dancer/actor (Grease 2, Bachelor Party, T.J. Hooker), and a mother (Barbara) as a second-grade teacher in a suburb of Los Angeles, the Zmed Brothers continually strive to pay homage to their roots by always infusing an instinctual blend of entertainment (a la Smothers Brothers) and contextual education in their performance.
The Zmed Brothers are thrilled to be able to contribute to a cause that supports the recognition and preservation of the intimate origins of America’s greatest rock n’ roll singing sibling duo. OSAC presents over 300 live community and school performances annually, attended by a total audience of approximately 75,000. This is possible thanks to a dedicated network of volunteers committed to making culture an integral part of Saskatchewan community life, and vital funding from Saskatchewan Lotteries administered by SaskCulture, Canadian Heritage, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board.
Proceeds from Saskatchewan Lotteries benefit more than 12,000 non-profit sport, culture and recreation groups around the province.