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Tuesday - February 4th, 2020
FREE SHOW - DOWNSTAIRS
9pm - 21+
Winter Carnival 2020
Waterhole Music Lounge
48 Main St. Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Balkun Brothers - Hartford, CT
Rock n' Roll / Blues / Metal / Punk / Funk
Balkun Brothers is an American rock n' roll power-duo formed by blood brothers Nick and Steve Balkun. The duo has been described as, "Weaponized biker-bar blues-rock. Big on riffage with a touch of soul and psychedelic freakouts".
Mixing heavy rock and funk grooves with traditional styles of delta and electric blues, Balkun Brothers are crafting a unique sound and style all their own. Defying the common logic of a duo act, Steve and Nick create a massive wall of sonic energy that draws from a vast range of influences including Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Johnny Winter, The Doors, Rage Against The Machine, Primus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Motörhead and many more. The band’s live shows and in-studio recordings seamlessly transition between rock, blues, funk, jam, punk, psychedelia and everything in-between. Known for their explosive live shows, Balkun Brothers are quickly evolving into one of the USA’s premier duo acts and they are rapidly gaining followers across the world with their gritty hard-rockin’ attitude.
After being voted 'Best Blues Band in Connecticut' at the Connecticut Music Awards four years in a row (from 2013-2016), the band was most recently awarded 'Best Rock Band in New England' at the 2017 New England Music Awards.
Balkun Brothers has shared the stage with acts such as Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa, George Lynch, Chris Robinson, Gary Hoey, James Cotton, Gogol Bordello, Devon Allman, Lettuce, Melvin Seals and JGB, Eric Sardinas, Albert Castiglia, The Mike Dillon Band, Dub Trio, Dopapod, Vapors of Morphine, Selwyn Birchwood and Chris Duarte. The duo has also been featured on major festival line-ups alongside The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Motley Crüe, Alice Cooper, Slayer, Iggy Pop, Govt. Mule, Linkin Park, Gary Clark Jr. and Elvin Bishop.
Brothers Nick and Steve, independently produced and released their debut album in 2015 entilted, 'ReDrova', which was well received and rose to #1 on the Roots Music Report Blues-Rock album charts and was #5 on the Roots Music Report overall Blues charts.
Balkun Brothers signed with European label Dixiefrog Records in 2015 and released two albums on the label.
Balkun Brothers return to their rock and blues roots on the power duo's latest album, The Sun Studio Sessions, released in April 2019. The brothers pay tribute to their musical forefathers with songs ranging from fast, up-tempo rock anthems to dirty, sweat-covered, backwoods delta blues.
After completing their 6th European tour in June, the brothers are now on a full East Coast United States tour and plan to release another album by Spring 2020. Their next album was produced/recorded by Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Pixies, Iggy Pop) and mastered by Bill Skibbe (Jack White, The Black Keys, Cheap Trick).