Travers Brothership celebrates NYE with Brother Wolf benefit concert

Fred McCormick
Black Mountain News

There are a few ways people celebrate the new year. Some stay home with family and friends, while others prefer a loud party.

Black Mountain-based band Travers Brothership will do all of that, while raising money for a good cause - Brother Wolf. Urban Soil will open the show, and headliners Travers Brothership will follow with a high-energy concert heavy on the funk.

The  New Year’s Eve Charity Bash kicks off at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31 at Pisgah Brewing Co., the de facto home for the Brothership. The Pisgah stage, where the band frequently performs, has been a home away from home, according to Kyle Travers, who founded the band with brother Eric Travers. The brothers and bandmates Josh Clark and Ian McIsaac grew up in the Swannanoa Valley.

The Travers Brothership plays the Beer City Festival Pack Square last May.


“It feels great being home for the holidays," said Kyle, who regularly hosts the Travers Jam with Eric at Pisgah. "We haven't been home (for New Year's Eve) since 2012 turned to 2013, when we performed at the Trailhead. That was one of our first gigs as a band."

With diverse musical stylings that include alternative, soul and funk, the band known for high-energy live shows has developed a regional following over the past five years. The Brothership has played more than 400 shows in the last four years, Kyle said. 

During that time the band has shared the stage with acts such as Blues Traveler, Taj Mahal, and The Marcus King Band. In 2016 it released its first full-length album, "A Way to Survive." The band has been on tour ever since. 

2017 has been filled with "too many highlights to mention," according to Kyle. But one particular honor is tastier than others. 

"Wise Man Brewing, a brewery out of Winston-Salem, made a beer for us," Kyle said. "We'll have the Travers Brothership Space Captain Porter on a guest tap at Pisgah the day of our (New Year's Eve) show."

The concert at Pisgah Brewing Co. will benefit Asheville-based Brother Wolf, a nonprofit organization that has grown during the past decade to include five no-kill animal shelters in N.C. and beyond. The concert will be one of three benefits the band has scheduled through the holiday season.

"This is a good opportunity to give back to the community that has given so much to us," Kyle said. "Brother Wolf does some great work, so we want them to have a portion of the proceeds that we earn."

The Brothership will headline The 16th Annual Make-A-Wish Christmas Party Benefit Concert on Dec. 22 at The Orange Peel. A $20 Holiday Charity Package, which includes tickets to both shows, is available at under the "events" tab.  

"This will be our first time headlining at The Orange Peel," Kyle said. "So this is a landmark achievement for us."

Those two shows will wrap up a busy December for the band, which played Asheville Music Hall in the 29th annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam by Day on Dec. 9. The event raised money for Habitat for Humanity.

While it's nice to ring in the new year with loyal fans at home, the Brothership won't be celebrating with time off. The band is scheduled to play at the Beech Mountain Resort on Saturday, Jan. 13, which will begin a busy 2018. 

"We played over 100 shows in 2017, and we may do even more than that this year," Kyle said. "We're definitely going to release another album (in 2018). We've been writing it, and I'm super excited because I feel like our songwriting has improved since the last album. So this one should open up a lot of new doors."