I barely knew Matt Brown and I’d certainly recommend reading this piece to get a better sense of the man as musician and this story to understand him as a family man. I particularly like how he dealt with being booted out of John Howie’s band, a decision Howie realized was a mistake. But I do remember a moment that probably defines Matt just a little bit and there’s no better time to relate it than now, after his way-too-early death.
Note: There’s a memorial concert for him this weekend. You should go, if possible.
You can also make a paypal donation to Matt’s wife and two girls: firstname.lastname@example.org
And stay tuned, until the end of this blog post, for an especially cool option for a donation.
Back in 2010, during our wonderful Full Frame experience screening DIA, Matt was obviously part of The Kinksmen. That’s Jeff Hart’s Kinks tribute band which, for that night only, was beefed up by the superstar Triangle trio of Peter Holsapple, Chris Stamey and Mitch Easter. Backstage, I met the band and I admit I was a little starstruck. I mean, the dB’s! So I had a version of the DO IT AGAIN poster and a Sharpie and thought, I gotta get this thing signed. Matt was in the room. I remember, because he was kind of a noticeable figure. I big, quiet guy who played drums.
He seemed genuinely surprised I’d ask him to sign the poster.
“Aren’t you the drummer,” I said. “We need you.”
So he signed both of my posters.
The strange thing is, the other day I was going through all the tubes in the attic. I wanted to get the DIA poster signed by Sting and Zooey framed. And I stumbled upon the Full Frame posters. I didn’t think of Matt then – I had no idea what had happened – but it did make me think of that magical night, when my film played in the best documentary festival in the country and the Kinksmen took the stage and kept everybody in Fletcher dancing.
Now I’ve got two Do It Again posters signed by Matt, the Kinksmen, Stamey, Holsapple and Easter. I’m going to offer one of them in exchange for a donation to Matt’s family. And there’s more. You’ll also get a special, DO IT AGAIN button – easy to score the night of our Full Frame screening but impossible now – and a genuine 45 record featuring Figgs leader Mike Gent’s wonderful covers of Big Sky and Victoria.
To score the poster, you need to send a note to bid on a silent auction being held June 3 at Mmedrumgoodnc@gmail.com