Bridging the pond

  • Written by Kevin M. Coyne


Neverly Brothers cover U.S., British artists at show in Evergreen Park

PG4 neverlystory 4colThe Neverly Brothers performed a two-hour set of 1950s and '60s classics during a Concert in the Park held July 20 in Evergreen Park.

For more than 10 years, the Neverly Brothers have taken audiences back to the 1950s and ’60s in their musical time machine playing tunes from American and British artists.

The three-man rock ’n’ roll band, a popular draw at area summer festivals and events, was in Evergreen Park on Sunday where they took the stage for a nearly two-hour set at Klein Park, 97th Street and Homan Avenue. Known for their showmanship, musical abilities and knowledge of music, the Neverly Brothers dazzled an audience of all generations as they played some well-known songs from Elvis to The Beatles.

“Our show is about the beauty of the music and from all different generations,” said Neverly Brothers lead guitarist and lead vocalist Kevin Giragosian. “We find songs that are fun to play and sing, and we like to play songs that are not the standard hits but more the secondary hits.”

The band played two distinct sets, the first from the 1950s and which covered songs by American artists including Muddy Waters and Jerry Lee Lewis. After about an hour, the Brothers took a short break, changes into garb made famous by 1960s stars such as The Beatles, and changed the tone of the show with songs that were first played in the United States, and then made famous by British performers. Some songs sounded familiar, but were given a little twist. 

One of the more famous songs, “Twist and Shout,” was performed first by the Isley Brothers and later covered by The Beatles. The tune is a perfect example of an American-born song made famous during the British Invasion, Giragosian said.

“We always have a mixture of generations in the audience, from young to old, we appeal to all ages,” Giragosian said. “People either grew up with the songs or know the songs from their parents or grandparents and that’s why we appeal to so many generations.”

Evergreen Park residents Katie Gesch and her husband, Karl, recently moved here from rural Wisconsin where country music is the standard. Both Wisconsin natives thought the Neverly Brothers performance was outstanding.

“We come from a farm town in Wisconsin and this is a lot better than some of the country fest-style shows we are used to seeing,” Karl said. “It is cool to see so many generations of music and they are pulling it off very well.”