Music and the arts have always been important to the Doyle family.
But when it came time for the four Doyle brothers, who now range in age from 32 to 25, to pursue musical careers, they found themselves on divergent paths to the same goal.
The older brothers, David and Brad Doyle, left home to break through the musical jungle of Los Angeles. Their younger brothers, Ryan and Todd, honed their skills in Buffalo, then used their hometown as a touring base.
On Thursday, the brothers will be together again in their hometown, where they have a concert Thursday in the Town Ballroom.
Vocalist-guitarist Ryan Doyle and drummer Todd Doyle, half of the popular locally based pop quartet More Than Me, will be joined in concert by solo artist David Doyle and Outcome, Brad Doyle's L.A.-based band that also features Buffalonian Bob Baskervill on guitar.
Also on the bill is the Rev, an alt-rock band featuring Frank Nicastro, brother of More Than Me guitarist Joey Nicastro.
To make the night even more of a family affair, Tom Doyle, a retired vocal teacher, will join son David on stage; mom Cindy Doyle, an artist and photographer, will have some of her artwork on display. The concert is also being used as a video shoot for the More Than Me single "You Make Me."
"With everyone taking different paths to succeed in this industry, it's nice to bring everyone together," Ryan Doyle said of Thursday's concert. "It's a celebration of how hard everyone is working. We did this last year at Nietzsche's, and everyone had a great time.
"Our parents are both supportive and open-minded," he added. "On top of being great performers, they were always extremely harsh critics. They had the musical ears to say a person is really good or doesn't quite have it. Their sense of melody and harmony is something they were able to pass along to us."
You may remember Brad Doyle and Bob Baskervill from Torn Within. The Buffalo band later morphed into Outcome and moved to work the Los Angeles market. David Doyle made the move with them to pursue his own goals. A "one-man band," David performs and records all of his own tracks, then plays guitar and sings live in concert. "It has a quirky edge, but it's melodic as well," Ryan Doyle said.
Meanwhile, Ryan and Todd Doyle were playing music in school, forming More Than Me with guitarist Joey Nicastro and bassist Justin Rizzo when they were teens. More Than Me has been a staple of the local scene since then, honing their skills in schools, coffeehouses and then clubs and larger venues. They took everything they learned in these concerts and used the experience to their advantage when they devoted themselves to touring about three years ago.
Since then, More Than Me has logged about 140,000 miles on the "Mighty (Taco) Van." The group has spent more than half of the past year touring the South, including college markets in Florida, the Carolinas and Georgia.
"We're working the East Coast as hard we we can. That's been our focus," Ryan Doyle said. "It's not a social thing, it's a serious commitment. We're trying to make it our career."
WHO: More Than Me, Outcome, David Doyle and The Rev
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.
TICKETS: $10, $12 at door