THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND with very special guest DAVID JOHNSTON
Wednesday 7/23 - THE GRAND FINALÉ OF THE SEASON
THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND
with special guest DAVID JOHNSTON
$5 ADVANCE / $8 AT THE DOOR
8:30 doors / 9:00 show (Dennis Brennan Band at 9:00 and 10:45 PM / Guest at 10:15)
Dennis Brennan and his stellar band of revolving musicians return to rock Wednesday nights. In a new format and a new price, special guests open the second set each week with a short set. Look for some to cover Dennis Brennan songs.
TONIGHTS GUEST: DAVID JOHNSTON
Deserving but unsung artists can still catch a break. That moment came for David Johnston, a longtime local singer-songwriter whose song "I Don't Wanna Know'' was covered on Peter Wolf's heralded album, "Midnight Souvenirs.'' It became the most heavily played rock track on the record, airing everywhere from Boston's WZLX-FM (100.7) to Little Steven's "Underground Garage'' on satellite radio. His predominant motif is the blues. "David has a great love for the tradition of the music,'' says Wolf. When Johnston was a teenager in New Hampshire, he ignored mainstream radio in favor of listening to the likes of Billie Holiday, Elmore James, and Muddy Waters. He also cherishes the legacy of Club 47 in Harvard Square. He appreciates that legacy on the many days he busks in Harvard Square, though he notes, "I don't want to stress it because a lot of people have negative opinions about street musicians.'' (Go catch Johnston on the street and you'll change your mind.) You can see David every Monday night at Toad laying before the great great blues outfit The White Owls.
To the uninitiated, Brennan could be considered Boston's own Leonard Cohen or Elvis Costello. His songwriting is respected by critics and musicians alike. 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 and R& B as well classic jazz, rock 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.
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 9:00 (8:30 doors). Ticket price may vary from week to week.
The Lizard Lounge (View)
1667 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|