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CHRISTIAN McNEILL & SEA MONSTERS with Qwill and Danielle Miraglia plus special guest ZAP! (featuring Milt Reder, Benny Benson, and more!)
The Lizard Lounge
Cambrdge, MA
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CHRISTIAN McNEILL & SEA MONSTERS with Qwill and Danielle Miraglia plus special guest ZAP! (featuring Milt Reder, Benny Benson, and more!)
with Qwill and Danielle Miraglia
plus special guest ZAP! (featuring Milt Reder, Benny Benson and more!)
$15 advance / $15 at the door
8:30 doors / 9:30 show

A pre-holiday show featuring one of the best live acts this (or any other city) has to offer.  Sea Monsters have built a reputation by playing music for the right reasons. Lead by roots-punk rocker Christian McNeill and using his songs for ammunition, the  band consistently features the best  singer/songwriters and players to grace  the music community in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Tonight's show is no different, showing off a cavalcade of locale notables including Danielle Miraglia, Qwill, and an all star band.

Founded in March 2007, the collective spans multiple generations, always convening on stage to share ideas and serve the songsa potent batch that fuses fiery emotion and lasting hooks over a thick backdrop. It's like the E Street Band hopped up on funk scriptures, or Otis Redding spending time with the Who.

Hammond Organist Robert Ross (aka Ben Zecker) created ZAP! with one thing in mind, FUN. Expect a high energy 70's vibe, and instrumental rock/soul/groove music, perfect for an alternate soundtrack to Austin Powers or shaking your fro. Think Alan Hawkshaw, Jimmy McGriff, and Jimmy Hendrix.

Robert Ross-Hammond Organ
Steve Dave-Bass
Milt Reder- Guitar
Brandon Mayes-Percussion
Benny Benson-Drums

What started as an "anything goes" acoustic forum for a group of songwriters to work on each other's creations has evolved into Boston's most electric live act, usually eight-strong on any given night and always welcoming guest musicians. As a result, Sea Monsters have steadily won over a following and built a loyal community, all without the help of modern promotional tools. No website. No Facebook page. No Myspace or Twitter account. Just word of mouth and most importantly, the positive energy that comes from an honest-night's live experience. There's no faking it here.  Just songs. Having recently closed the books on their Boston Music Award-winning three-year Sunday residency at Precincta cool, dimly lit spot that used to be the headquarters of the Somerville police stationthe band has taken to the legendary Q Division Studios to capture the vibe. This is the same room that local greats like Morphine, Aimee Mann, Peter Wolf, Dropkick Murphy's, and the Pixies have all used to make their bread.

Jesse Dee, Dwight Ritcher, Nicole Nelson, Tim Gearan, and Reva Williams all stopped by to record with the group. It's just further proof that anytime Sea Monsters convene, the best Boston talent will come calling. The collection of McNeill-penned numbers recorded over the sessions"Zero," "Don't Make Me Wait," and "If You Need Some," just to name a fewhave been cared for in the most organic of settings, night after night. These songs have never been heard beyond the stages they've seen.  For a band that has always put the songs before anything else, it's only fitting that you can now take them home with you.

Jeff Wallace  music editor  mysecretboston.com


The Lizard Lounge (View)
1667 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambrdge, MA 02138
United States


Music > Americana
Music > Rock

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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