Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bernhardt Family Band at Boot & Saddle, Joe Montone of Heat Thunder with Brian D.A. Strouse of The Lawsuits at Ortlieb’s, Communion Philly at MilkBoy

Bernhardt Family Band
Jerry Bernhardt and Kate Bernhardt | Photo by Bob Sweeney

Bernhardt Family Band performs at Boot & Saddle tonight with local friend Ross Bellenoit and South Dakota / Brooklyn’s Rachel Ries. Brother and sister duo Jerry and Kate have spent time on stage with Levee Drivers, The Get Real Gang and Toy Soldiers over the years, but they’ve recently been cultivating their own harmony-rich material. We first got a taste of their perfectly-balanced collaborations with a Cover Club session of “Tomorrow Today,” originially by Ron Gallo. Check out that video below and pick up tickets for tonight’s show here.

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Bernhardt Family Band entrance with broken down cover of Toy Soldiers’ “Tomorrow to Today”

Jerry Bernhardt and Kate Bernhardt | Photo by Bob Sweeney

Root Down in the Shadow’s Cover Club session series, which features local Philly musicians covering whoever they please, returns to Nomad Recording Studio this week and features Bernhardt Family Band covering Toy Soldiers’ “Tomorrow to Today”.

The harmonies in this cover are so poignant and beautiful, it’s no surprise the brother and sister duo have been making music together their whole lives. The arrangement allows for Kate Bernhardt to take the lead, and her voice manages to be sharp yet ethereal, controlled and still you know she could rip it like June Carter if she pleased.

Watch the video for the cover session below, and catch the Bernhardt Family Band at World Cafe Live this Wednesday, March 12. Tickets available here.