About the Program
Whether entranced in a ballad or clawing out some frenzied rock & roll, Whiskerman performs a passionate live show that sets spells—either sweeping the audience up in revelation, or dropping them into knee-slapping frenzy.
The band’s classic rock sound seamlessly cascades through realms of bluesy devotion, psychedelic melancholy, and twangy celebration. Lush instrumentation combined with frontman Graham Patzner's profound lyricism and unflinching delivery culminate into music that is soulful, mythical, and raw. Joining Patzner (vocals, guitar, violin, and piano) is Will Lawrence (bass and mandolin), Charles Lloyd (guitar and sitar), Dan Schwartz (drums), and Trevor Bahnson (guitar). Their latest release is Champions, a sprawling double-album masterpiece that takes the listener on a hero’s journey through barroom rock & roll, blue-eyed soul, pastoral folk, blues, and rainy day ragas.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “When they’re revved up, Whiskerman sounds like a gospel and soul band that can make you feel like raising your hands in the air in praise of its talent. In their quieter songs, there's a storytelling vibe with intricate melodies.”