At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10 in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts, located at 104 Main St. in Wellsboro, the five-member band Sugar Mountain will thrill Neil Young fans by faithfully replicating the songs this singer-songwriter made famous as a solo artist and with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Crazy Horse.
Sugar Mountain brings to life the Neil Young concert experience, covering all of Young’s best-known songs, hits, and deep cuts that are sure to excite the most ardent of fans and the casual listener.
The show titled “Sugar Mountain – Celebrating The Genius Of Neil Young,” features the authentic “Neil” sounds by bringing together an ensemble of veteran musicians from the New Jersey music scene who perform the songs “The way you heard them the first time.”
Lead vocalist is the singularly named Briz who plays acoustic and electric guitars and the harmonica. On stage, he dresses in a flannel shirt under a sports jacket and wears a black Stetson hat, casting the familiar silhouette of musician Neil Young. Other members of the group are vocalists Tom Delaney on pedal steel and acoustic and electric guitars; Luke Liddy on keyboards; and Walter Super on bass guitar. John Torhan plays drums and percussion.
“We replicate Neil’s sound so closely you can imagine you are at one of his concerts,” Briz said. “During the show, we do little bits and parodies where we share history or interesting facts about Neil’s songs while videos and slides of Young during different times of his life are projected behind us,” he added.
Young’s career spans 53 years from the seminal country rock sounds of Buffalo Springfield and super group Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to garage band Crazy Horse and countless genre-bending solo releases, spanning everything from folk, country, electronic and hard rock to rockabilly.
Briz built his solo career on his remarkable vocal impersonations of Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and countless others but, by his own admission, his most convincing is his Neil Young impersonation. “My voice more closely resembles Neil’s compared to anybody else I do,” he said.
In 2016, Briz was performing in a club as Shakey, a character inspired by a book about Young. That’s when Tom Delaney and Luke Liddy, both musicians with a band, heard him. “Tom approached me about doing a tribute show. We spent at least a year practicing to get it right and in 2017 began touring,” said Briz.
“Neil is one of the most prolific singer-songwriters of our time,” Briz said. “He is releasing more new material now than any other artist. He will be coming out with a new Crazy Horse album at the end of this year.”
Admission is $20. This is a BYOB event so bring beverages and snacks. For tickets and to reserve a table free of charge, call (570) 724-6220 or visit www.deanecenter.com.