The Giving Tree Band

Sun King Brewery & MOKB Present

The Giving Tree Band

The Cerny Brothers

Thu, July 13, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

The Giving Tree Band
The Giving Tree Band
With nothing to prove and only something sincere to share, The Giving Tree Band love what they do and approach their craft like a sacred art. This includes tuning all their instruments precisely sharp in order to access hidden yet wonderfully potent tones that trace back to an ancient mythology of healing and miracles. Unlike standard tuning, their musical strings vibrate in alignment with natural cycles of the Earth and Moon, and this frequency of love coupled with a message of harmony resonate the heart strings of many thousands of people from all walks of life. This musical experience is an opportunity to find more balance and deepen one’s relationship with all life.

Formed in 2004 by enigmatic brothers E and Todd Fink, The Austin Chronicle explains the Illinois band's imaginative American rock ‘n roll as bringing to mind "Seventies American music with The Band and the Dead as obvious touchstones, plus the kind of country/almost-bluegrass of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and the New Riders of the Purple Sage."

In 2010, Nashville Metromix called The Giving Tree Band "the American answer to Mumford And Sons." In 2012, Relix Magazine wrote "the folksy bliss is the sound of a group playing as one" and featured the band as one of their monthly artists "On The Verge."

They've been the monthly "Player Spotlight" in Acoustic Guitar Magazine while multiple nods have come from Paste Magazine, including a #9 ranking on a list of "13 Emerging Bands For 2013" among other critical acclaim.

Over the past decade, The Giving Tree Band has had many unique opportunities to connect with all kinds of music lovers and grow a dedicated community of "Giving Tree-huggers." During their November 3, 2008 appearance on WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, host Michael Johnathon introduced them to a wide listening and television audience as having "the spirit of Pete Seeger with the musical abilities of The Band."

In 2010, their third studio album, The Joke, The Threat And The Obvious, climbed into the Top 40 of the Americana Airplay Chart and other roots radio reports. They quickly became a promising folk rock act to many in the country world who could appreciate the outlaw and crossover stylings of some influences like Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, The Byrds, Gram Parsons and Flying Burrito Brothers or The Eagles.

In February 2012, The Giving Tree Band shared their rendition of the Grateful Dead’s “Brown Eyed Women,” which led to features on all the Dead’s official sites and social media pages praising as “beautifully executed on all counts.” The accompanying music video garnered hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube and was screened at theaters nationwide during the Dead's annual "Meetup At The Movies." The song itself was featured on The Giving Tree Band's critically-acclaimed 4th studio

album, Vacilador, and ranked #1 on The Austin Chronicle's "Best Songs Of 2012" list.

The band has also toured extensively over the past several years. The summer of 2012 included a tour of sold out concert halls (including Bowery Ballroom in NYC) across eastern United States and Canada with singer/songwriter Joe Purdy. The Giving Tree Band opened each night and then served as Joe's backing

band. In the summer of 2013, the GTB supported Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros in the Midwest and again at ESMZ's first Big Top Festival in Los Angeles. The band has shared the stage with many other top acts including The Avett Brothers, Trampled By Turtles, Railroad Earth, and Leftover Salmon. Additionally, the band has performed at major music fests like SXSW, Wakarusa, Forecastle, Summer Camp, Philly Folk Fest and many others.

When off the road, the members of GTB all reside at "Crooked Creek" - their home and studio outside Chicago. There, they have meticulously honed their craft, devoting thousands of hours to practice, experimentation, and the development of a sound greater than the sum of its parts. The Brothers Fink (E - guitars and lead vocals and Todd - banjos and lead vocals) are joined by longtime friend Norm Norman (mandolin, guitar, piano, organ and high harmonies) and the long-haired rhythm section of college roommates, Charlie Karls and "Z", on bass and drums, respectively.

The Giving Tree Band is also known for extraordinary environmental stewardship and eco-friendly music production. They use a number of instruments that were handmade from naturally fallen trees and reclaimed woods. They have recorded with renewable energy and package all their CDs with 100% recycled materials. The band's second full-length album, Great Possessions, was released on August 18, 2009. It was recorded with 100% solar energy at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo, WI. During the recording session, the band camped in a nearby state park and commuted over 500 miles by bicycle. The Chicago Sun-Times has called Great Possessions the "greenest of albums." National and international environmental media, such as The Sierra Club, The Discovery Channel and Mother Earth News, have also highlighted the band's activism, with the latter referring to them as "the greenest band in the land."
The Cerny Brothers
The Cerny Brothers
A weekend boating trip on the Mississippi River was the occasion for young brothers Robert and Scott to decide they would start a band. Robert would sing and Scott would play guitar, even though at the time Robert had never sung in his life, Scott had never touched a guitar, and neither brother made preparing for their piano lessons — which their mom forced them to take — a priority. Instead of practicing their assigned music, they would write their own pieces and record them with a small cassette recorder, selling them at their high school for five dollars each.

The house where they grew up during their high school years was located in a small town in rural Illinois. Robert and Scott would lock themselves in their upstairs bedroom and toil away at their next creative project. They wrote dozens of songs and played them whenever they had a chance at local cafes, friends’ birthday parties, and barns in the middle of nowhere. They put together a high energetic punk band with their close friends that later evolved into a more hardcore, metal mosh phenomenon. Soon after the band began to dissipate.

After high school the brothers stuck together and went to the same college so they could continue writing and working together. Robert majored in music and was trained as a classical singer, while Scott studied media, a degree that gave him school credit to direct and produce a feature length film on a very small budget. Robert ended up playing one of the lead roles as well as scoring the movie, while Scott spent endless hours editing all the footage. During the production and completion of the film, their music had now turned toward a more electronic sound. Their shows consisted of the brothers switching back and forth between piano, guitar and synthesizer, while both operated the laptop that acted as their drummer. After awhile, the stage set up became so complex that they decided to get back to the basics of songwriting, stripping their musical world down to a guitar and a voice. After focusing on crafting even better songs, they teamed up with their friends in The Giving Tree Band and recorded their debut record under the name The Cerny Brothers in Yorkville, Illinois.

Their first album “Dream” was what they carried with them as they packed up everything they had and headed out to Los Angeles. Robert started to learn the banjo, and they practiced for hours writing new songs in their apartment. At this point they didn't know anyone, and on top of that started to receive complaints from the neighbors that they were being too loud. The brothers soon took to parking their van for hours on the side of the road while they rehearsed inside it. In a musical climate so bloated that it was easy to get buried in the noise, Robert and Scott set out for a sound that would project in the midst of it. They played for a while with a drummer, which set apart their breed of folk rock from any other acoustic music happening in LA. The Cerny Brothers played all over the city and soon found a bassist and a practice space in the basement of their church. They recorded an album in Ojai, California, which included popular songs like “Ohio” and “Don't Run,” with “beautiful folk melodies and extremely catchy and chorus driven sing-a-longs.”

Soon after the release of the album, The Cerny Brothers hit the road, first up and down the west coast and then all the way back to the Midwest. After splitting off with their previous bass player, they met Albert Hickman, who learned the whole set in about a week and then set out on another tour. Alby heard the band at a recording session back in LA and said there had been an immediate connection. Growing up in Santa Monica while studying classical guitar and mandolin, he was moving a million miles a second between all types of music. He went from playing Bach and Hank Williams to buying an upright bass and joining the band. It was Alby's friend Robert Anderson who would later join the band as the new drummer. Robert came from the other side of the country in Florida, where he studied drums, mostly with an emphasis in jazz. Other than the fact that there were now two Roberts in The Cerny Brothers, the transition was a great addition to the group.

Buzzbands.LA call The Cerny Brothers “a group without any trendy gimmicks, a lead banjo player strumming with the same vigor as if on the electric guitar and simplistic lyrics delivered with strength.” This year marks the release of their new album “Sleeping Giant,” which they recorded at Bear Creek Studios in Seattle with producers Jerry Streeter and Ryan Hadlock, who are known for their work with Brandi Carlile and The Lumineers. The album signifies a new direction for the band, as the music has turned from an acoustic, folk element to a more electric, American rock sound while still keeping the folk spirit from their earlier work. The songs on “Sleeping Giant” deal with becoming a man and finding identity in a constantly changing world, staying rooted in something that can be shaken but not moved, and realizing that we all have a sleeping giant inside of us waiting to be set free.
Venue Information:
1043 Virginia Ave #4
Indianapolis, IN, 46203