THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND and very special guest HOOT AND HOLLER
THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND residency
with special guest
HOOT AND HOLLER
$5 advance / $8 at the door (Dennis Brennan Band at 9:00 and 11:00 / guest at 10:15)
8:30 doors / 9:00 show
Dennis Brennan and his stellar band of revolving musicians return for 2015 to rock a winter / spring season of Wednesday nights. As the band did last season, special guests open the second set each week with a short set. Tonight it's Hoot and Holler, a.k.a. Amy Alvey (fiddle, vocals) and Mark Kilianski (guitar, vocals), bringing their tender harmonies, folk inspired songs and fiddle fueled melodies. Look for some to cover Dennis Brennan songs. The guest hits the stage at 10:15. Dennis and the band hit at 9:00PM sharp!
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, Lyle Brewer, and Ian Kennedy on any given night along with the rhythm section of Billy Beard and Richard Gates) have etched so many indelible magical moments on the local collective conscious that they return each week to see what will happen next.
HOOT AND HOLLER
Hoot and Holler is born from the love of American folk, nurtured from Boston's burgeoning string music scene, and inspired by the authenticity of the enduring spirit of traditional Appalachian mountain music. Sometimes they draw influences from Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, with their tender harmonizing on original songs that come across as simple, honest, yet freshly new to the ears. They also surrender to the essence of driving old time fiddle tunes: fast, shuffling, heavy foot stomping, and an unpenetrable groove. Described as the perfect cross section where the grit in sound is supported by their musicality and chops, you can expect the full range of temperament from Amy Alvey (fiddle, vocals) and Mark Kilianski (guitar, vocals) in any given performance.
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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|