Friday, February 23 , 2018, 3:07 am | Fair 47º


A Shout Out for Isley Brothers at Chumash Casino

From gospel to R&B to pop, musical group has been evolving for five decades

Today’s Isley Brothers, Ronald and Ernie.
Today’s Isley Brothers, Ronald and Ernie. (Photo via Chumash Casino Resort)

The Isley Brothers, whose career has spanned the pop, R&B, soul and funk genres for more than 50 years of entertaining audiences worldwide, will bring their U.S. tour to the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16.

Tickets for the show are $65, $75 and $85.

The Grammy Award-winning group, which first debuted as a sibling gospel quartet in 1954, evolved over the years to compile seven No. 1 R&B hits, four Top 10 pop hits, 13 albums certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum, and an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

From Cincinnati, the musical group first consisted of brothers O’Kelly, Rudolph, Ronald and Vernon Isley. They performed gospel music until Vernon’s tragic death in a bicycle accident shortly after the group’s formation.

The remaining Isley Brothers moved to New York City in the late 1950s and experienced modest chart success during their early years. In 1959, they became known for their fourth single “Shout,” which eventually sold more than 1 million copies.

The group recorded with a variety of labels, but hit it big when they formed their own label, T-Neck Records, and won a Grammy Award for the single “It’s Your Thing” in 1969.

In 1973, the group added younger brothers Ernie, Marvin and Rudolph’s brother-in-law Chris Jasper to the group.

For the next decade, The Isley Brothers recorded top-selling albums such as “3 + 3,” “The Heat Is On,” “Harvest for the World,” “Go For Your Guns” and “Showdown.”

This era included hit singles such as “That Lady,” a cover of Seals and Crofts’ “Summer Breeze,” “Fight the Power” and “The Pride.”

The Isley Brothers’ current lineup features Ronald Isley, who has been the lead vocalist since the group’s inception, and lead guitarist Ernie Isley.

The Michigan Chronicle once wrote: "The Isley Brothers have one of the most distinctive (and enduring) sounds in the history of R&B, largely due to the amazing voice of Ronald Isley.”

Located on Highway 246 in Santa Ynez, the Chumash Casino Resort is an age 21-and-older venue. Tickets for all events are available at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Club Indulge or online at

— Caitlyn Baker for Chumash Casino Resort.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >