Folk singing legends the Brothers Four will headline Entertainment Explosion’s A Really Big Shoe 12 annual benefit concert for homeless kids on Feb. 25, 2018 at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Olympia.
The smooth musical sounds of the group have delighted millions for five exciting decades. Folk songs from America, Europe, Africa and Asia round out a fabulous repertoire of acoustic tunes old and new. The folk band has played thousands of college concerts, serenaded four U.S. presidents at the White House, appeared at countless community concerts, performed with symphony orchestras and jazz stars, and entertained in dozens of foreign countries. Internationally acclaimed, they are truly "America's Musical Ambassadors to the World."
The band is considered one of the top folk-singing groups of all time along with the Kingston Trio, Peter Paul and Mary, and the Weavers. Originally formed at the University of Washington, three of the current members, including founding father Bob Flick, have performed with the group since the 60’s. A 2015 quote in Blitz Magazine said “The Brothers Four now reign supreme among folk boom survivors, true to form carrying their trademark geniality and rich vocal harmony on an unprecedented half century run.”
Their line-up of folk songs includes fan favorites like Greenfields, Green Leaves of Summer, Try to Remember, Yellow Bird, Blue Water Line, Tom Dooley, Shenandoah, Michael Row the Boat Ashore. Lemon Tree, If I Had a Hammer, Blowin’ in the Wind, San Francisco Bay Blues, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Scarlet Ribbons, 500 Miles, and more. Green Leaves of Summer, their fourth single release from the John Wayne movie The Alamo, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1961.
The Really Big Shoe concerts have so far raised $276,000 for the 2,000 homeless children in eight local school districts in Thurston and Mason counties, plus thousands more served by Community Youth Services. The monies are used for shoes, clothes, food, shelter, school/band/sports fees, and whatever the school district homeless coordinators deem appropriate. Members of Entertainment Explosion, ages 53-88, will perform in the lobby before the show and during intermission, and the Blues band Ham and Cheese on Rye will entertain in the lobby after the show as the Brothers Four sign autographs.