The Brothers Comatose wake up full room at Crystal Bay

Ben Morrison of The Brothers Comatose acknowledges the largest crowd in the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room since the Covid-19 lockdown began. Brother Alex Morrison is at the right.
Tahoe Onstage photos by Pheonix Gruneich

A band called The Brothers Comatose was called upon to snap back to life full, non-socially distanced concerts at the Crystal Bay Casino.

The San Francisco bluegrass and country rockers did just that when it headlined two-straight evenings last weekend in the Crown Room, which was devoid of chairs separated into pods for the first time since early March 2020.

“Happy Saturday!” guitarist-singer Ben Morrison greeted the second night audience. “It’s good to see a full-capacity room full of people!”

From the moment the first musical note was played, and for the next 80 minutes, the room was an explosive dance party.

“The BroCo” started the celebration with “Angeline,” “Knoxville Foxhole,” “Pie for Breakfast,” “Trippin’ on Down,” “120 East” and “City Pounded Gold.”

Ben Morrison is a man with a flirtatious smile and smooth voice. He grabs the audience’s attention with his charm and talent. Brother Alex Morrison plays the banjo and adds harmonious vocals.

Philip Brenzina is a fiddle player extraordinaire. Greg Fleischut plays the mandolin and steel guitar. Scott Padden plays stand-up bass and contributes to the harmonies with his vocals.

BroCo released a single this week: “To Many Places” released by Swamp Jam Records. A studio album will be released next year. The Morrison brothers and Padden sing smooth and easy three-part harmonies. Brenzina did an exciting fiddle solo that everyone loved. There was a three-part spicy jam with the fiddle, guitar and bass that rocked the room.

The Brothers Comatose were called back to the stage for two encore jams. On the first, they pulled a beautiful young woman named Talia out of the audience to sing with them.

When the show concluded, Ben Morrison said, “Tahoe is the best place in the world to play! We Love Tahoe!”

-Marcia Schultz

  • The Brothers Comatose
    Crystal Bay Casino
    July 3, 2021

    Angeline
    Knoxville Foxhole
    Pie For Breakfast
    Trippin’ on Down
    120 East
    City Painted Gold
    Get Me Home
    The Ballad of Tommy Decker (Prince of Haight)
    Valerie
    Soft & Blue
    Swamp Jam
    The Van Song
    The Way the West Was Won
    Too Many Places
    Tops of the Trees
    I’ll Never Grow Old
    And For The Encores…
    Morning Time
    The Scout
Greg Fleischut is flanked by Scott Padden and Ben Morrison.
Tahoe Onstage photos by Pheonix Gruneich
During the concert lockdown, The Brothers Comatose cut an album that will come out in 2022.
Pheonix Gruneich / Tahoe Onstage
Ben Morrison is a hard-rockin’ daddy. Congratulations, brother!
Pheonix Gruneich / Tahoe Onstage

ABOUT Marcia Schultz

Marcia Schultz
Marcia Schultz is a longtime Tahoe resident who has followed the music scene for many years. She has enjoyed different music genres from the West Coast to Nashville. She has been working with Tahoe Onstage since 2019.

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