THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND and very special guest CHUCK McDERMOTT
THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND residency
with special guest CHUCK McDERMOT
$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 the legendary country / folk singer songwriter Chuck McDermott. 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.
Over the last 30 years, Chuck McDermott has left his musical mark on audiences on both coasts of the United States. After a restless two years at Yale University, Chuck arrived in Boston in 1971and formed an influential country rock group, Chuck McDermott and Wheatstraw, which during the better part of that decade won over audiences and music critics with strong original songwriting and exciting live performances. Chuck's two albums with Wheatsraw, Last Straw and Follow the Music, drew critical praise from Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, the New York Times, Billboard, Variety and others and broadened Chuck's reach beyond the Boston area. The late 70's found Chuck touring from Montreal to New Orleans, headlining venues like New York's Lone Star Café and opening for major rock and country acts.
In 1980, Chuck moved to Los Angeles and formed the more rock-oriented Chuck McDermott Band. The group quickly moved up in the crowded LA music scene, headlining at the famous Palomino Club and attracting major label interest. Early upon his arrival in LA, Chuck met John Stewart and began a friendship and musical collaboration that continues today. Their close musical rapport became evident to John Stewart fans on his recording, Blondes, which featured Chuck's vocal, guitar and production work. Strengthened by their years of touring as an acoustic duo, their collaboration continued on Trancas, The Last Campaign, and Punch the Big Guy. In 1985, Chuck's career took a turn away from the full time pursuit of music, but he has not been idle. He founded the country's first electric power marketing company, managed two Congressional campaigns, served as a Congressional Chief of Staff, ran the Government Affairs office for a multi-national environmental services company, and is now the CEO of a Boston -based energy and financial services company. Chuck, his wife Laura, and their three children live in the Boston area where he continues to write and perform. These days it is likely for audiences to see sons Christopher and Patrick backing Dad up on bass and guitar respectively. Chuck describes John Stewart as "his best friend and America's greatest musical poet" (and godfather to daughter Kelly).
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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|