Colleges are musical breeding grounds. Many artists have taken the step off of campuses and onto larger stages, but not many acts can boast making that step last for more than 50 years.
Northwest folk musicians The Brothers Four are one such group. They will continue their stride onto the Admiral Theatre stage this month.
The Brothers Four April 12 performance will be part of a dinner and a concert event at the Admiral Theatre at 515 Pacific Ave., Bremerton. Dinner will precede the concert at 6 p.m. The brothers will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.
The folk group will perform songs from America, Europe, Africa and Asia at the show. Tickets range from $20-80 and can be purchased at the theater’s box office, online at admiraltheatre.org, or by calling 360-373-6743.
Founded in 1956 by four Phi Gamma Delta fraternity brothers at the University of Washington, the folk group went on to ride the ’50s and ’60s folk revival wave. As the legend goes, the group began as a product of a frat prank gone wrong. A rival fraternity member called the four folk musicians, pretending to be from the Colony Club in Seattle, and asked them to audition. The four fell for it and showed up at the club ready to dazzle the hiring manager. Despite their unexpected presence, they were allowed to audition anyway and ended up nabbing a few gigs as a result.
They broke into the folk scene with their 1960 hit single “Greenfields,” which shot to No. 2 on the U.S. pop music charts and No. 1 in Norway.
They followed their success through the ’60s with other singles such as “The Green Leaves of Summer,” and “Frogg,” among others. The group also wrote the theme song to the variety show “Hootenanny,” which aired from 1963-64.
The Brothers Four remain active today, performing their own hits and folk favorites. With two of the original members, the group is celebrating their golden anniversary after five decades of performing folk music together.