THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND and very special guest ALEC SPIEGELMAN (CUDDLE MAGIC)
THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND residency
with special guest
$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 hometown hero and troubadour Dan Blakeslee. 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.
Alec Spiegelman is a Brooklyn-based singer, composer, arranger, & multi-instrumentalist specializing in woodwinds.
Alec is a member of the band Cuddle Magic. As a sideman on stage and in studio, he's worked with a wide range of creative songwriters such as Amanda Palmer and Anais Mitchell. He's arranged and orchestrated wind ensembles for three records by The David Wax Museum, among many other recordings. Currently he's producing a record for Jennifer Kimball (formerly of The Story). He's early musical education involved lots of improvising in the jazz tradition (broadly defined), including formal studies with Steve Lacy and Ran Blake, and a thorough grounding in r&b saxophone, a la Junior Walker.
"[Alec Spiegelman is] a very gifted clarinet, flute and bass clarinet player He's quite a guy" Bob Brookmeyer
"Musicians and night-club proprietors lead complicated lives " The New Yorker
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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|