If you go
What: The Weber Brothers
When: Tonight; doors open at 8
Where: The Empty Glass, Elizabeth Street
For Ryan and Sam Weber, the dual pillars at the center of Maryland quintet the Weber Brothers, playing rock 'n' roll isn't a choice. It's something they were born to do.
The two have been playing music together since childhood, when they first received musical instruments and began digging through their parents' record collections.
"Music has been the one constant in life, really," said Sam, the younger Weber, "I started playing guitar when I was 8, and Ryan got a bass shortly thereafter."
Tucked deep within the stacks of albums, the brothers discovered a copy of "The Last Waltz," the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese's 1978 documentary chronicling the star-studded final concert of The Band. Like countless others who have discovered the breathtaking film and album, The Webers viewed it as both a teaching tool and something to aspire to.
"After we got that movie, we'd watch it every night," said Ryan, "We studied it; it was our Bible for a long time."
Of the more than dozen guests who joined The Band on stage in the movie, Sam said it was rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins and his cover of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love," that appealed most to their musical sensibilities.
"Something about Ronnie's performance just grabbed us. The way he led The Band, it was true rock 'n' roll," Ryan said.