Inspired by the unforgettable roots rock group, The Band, The Weight Band originated inside the famed Woodstock, NY barn of Levon Helm, when Jim Weider (guitar, mandolin and vocals) and Randy Ciarlante (drums and vocals)—both former members of The Band—were performing “Songs of The Band” with Garth Hudson, Jimmy Vivino and Byron Isaacs, now a bassist and vocalist with The Lumineers. Weider, Ciarlante and Isaacs began to carry on the tradition of performing songs from The Band, inviting Brian Mitchell (keyboards and vocals) and Matt Zeiner (keyboard/vocals) to complete their sound.
The Weight Band later added Albert Rogers (bass and vocals), Michael Bram (drums and vocals) and Matt Zeiner (keyboard & vocals) to form their current lineup.
The Weight Band has been actively touring the United States and Europe, recording new music, and keeping the spirit of The Band alive. Since 2012, they have been consistently touring. Special large concerts include performing The Band’s Rock of Ages with musical guests, The King Harvest Horns (Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, New York, December 2016; The Paramount, Huntington, New York, and The Egg, Albany, New York in December 2016), and The Last Waltz (November 2016) in Norway. The Weight Band also participated in the 2017 Rock Legends Cruise with Pat Benatar, The Marshall Tucker Band, Rick Derringer, REO Speedwagon, and more.
Each summer, The Weight Band holds Camp Cripple Creek, an annual celebration of the Band and the Woodstock sound. Past guests have included Music from Big Pink producer John Simon, John Sebastian, Maria Muldaur, Jackie Greene, Happy Traum, and Band photographer Elliott Landy.
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