Brother Spellbinder plays well crafted songs with old world ache and new age angst.
The music has been described as cabaret folk-pop, Cowboy Victoriana, and gypsy folk and includes elements of classical, world and Americana. With guitar, ukulele, cello, violin, mandolin, harmonicas, drums and vocals, they play a haunting mix of originals and foot stomping covers.
The daughter of Big Brother & The Holding Co.’s original drummer - Dave Getz - singer/songwriter Alzara Getz grew up in a rock-n-roll scene and learned early that music could move mountains. As a public health social worker her deep interest in how people heal - or not - is a source of inspiration for songwriting.
After years of performing with a variety of bay area bands she decided it was time to lead her own. She formed Brother Spellbinder with roots guitarist Jamie Wilson in 2012.
Wilson was an early graduate from San Francisco’s School of the Arts High School and counters Alzara's dulcet voice with a dollop of gristle.
Rice masters graduate Gabriel Beistline adds transcendent melodies and velvet bass tones that glide on cello.
Seasoned drummer Steve La Porta steers the songs with playful and intricate world beats.
Steve Bollhoefer charms the audience with whimsical improvs and occasional jumping jacks.