THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND with very special guest GEOFF BARTLEY
Wednesday 5/15 -
THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND (featuring DUKE LEVINE, KEVIN BARRY, BILLY BEARD, and RICHARD GATES)
with very special guest GEOFF BARTLEY
$8 ADVANCE / $10 AT THE DOOR
8:30 doors / 9:00 show (Geoff Bartley at 9:00, The Dennis Brennan Band at 10:00 and 11:30)
Dennis Brennan and his stellar band of revolving musicians continue to rock the Wednesday night residency! Last's months shows grew in numbers and intensity and you can expect this month to do the same - in no small part due to the addition of fantastic special guests.
Tonight's guest Geoff Bartley is a nationally respected folk/blues guitar player, harmonica player, songwriter, and singer. His ninth record "Put the Big Stone Down" (2009) went to No.1 on the international FolkDJ Radio chart in January 2011. Some of Geoff's songs have been recorded by other artists in New England, Nashville, and Canada, and some are included in the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings of the Fast Folk Musical Magazine collection in Washington, DC. The song Cut by Wire co-written with John Gorka was recorded by Dublin's Mary Black.
Geoff plays guitar and sings harmony for folk treasure Tom Paxton at concerts and festivals in the northeast and elsewhere, and has done so since 1994. Geoff was also instrumental in bringing the Tom Paxton signature model Martin guitar into production in 2004. In the 1980s, Geoff won four guitars at the National Fingerpicking Championships hosted by the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.
Geoff presents two nights of acoustic music each week at the Cantab Lounge, a neighborhood bar in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Monday night open mic draws performers and audience from southern New England and beyond. Tuesday night bluegrass draws performers and audience from the U.S. and beyond. Both nights have repeatedly been voted Best of Boston. Geoff has inspired and encouraged several generations of acoustic musicians in Greater Boston and southern New England. He lives in a suburb of Boston.
DENNIS BRENNAN - To the uninitiated, Brennan could be considered Boston's own Leonard Cohen or Elvis Costello. His songwriting is respected by critics and musicians alike, resulting in the oft asked question, "why isn't this guy hugely famous?" It's a question that begs an answer. Not only adept with the pen, Dennis Brennan is a highly accomplished performer and is known for his ability to span musical genres, styles, and era's with ease. His emotive and passionate voice is comfortable tackling classic country (George Jones, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens) and R& B (Arthur Alexander, Don Covay, Willie DeVille) as well classic jazz (Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Mose Allison), rock (Paul Revere and The Raiders, The Animals) and blues. But it's really Brennan's originals that have set him apart. The Chicago Sun Times described him as "A rootsy, hard-edged rocker with the barroom soul of the pre-Woodstock Graham Parker and the unsparing insight of a working class poet." It's a fitting description if ever there was one. To the initiated faithful who attend every show, Dennis and his band (which includes guitarists Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Russell Chudnofsky, Ian Kennedy, and Tony Savarino on any given night along with the rhythm section of Billy Beard and Richard Gates plus keyboardist Jim Gambino) have etched so many indelible magical moments on the local collective conscious that they return each week to see what will happen next.
So why isn't Dennis Brennan hugely famous? Well, the music business is not known for it's charity or ease of navigation. Sometimes there are forces that conspire against an artist for years for no apparent reason. Many simply give up and move on or become bitter and mean. Not Brennan. Music is in his blood and it shows not just in the impressive body of work, but in the workman like attitude he brings to the stage each and every time. It's what inspired J. Geils frontman Peter Wolf to remark, "The biggest challenge for any artist is to sustain and keep growing. Many musicians who stick with it can fall into a trap of becoming parodies of themselves. Dennis has always kept maturing, which is one of the hardest challenges, and that's why I always enjoy checking him out." It's also why band mate Duke Levine says "Dennis is such a strong performer, he never phones it in, and that means everything to a sideman. If Dennis is giving something that is amazing, then you'd better give it, too." Or as guitarist Kevin Barry says, "I have never played with Dennis when he gives less than 100 percent."
Dennis Brennan is a local treasure and he continues to impress and evolve. Do not miss your chance to see him... every Wednesday night right in your own back yard.
The Dennis Brennan Band performs two sets every Wednesday night starting at 9:45 (8:30 doors / 9:00 opener). Ticket price will vary from week to week.
The Lizard Lounge (View)
1667 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|