THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND and very special guest DAVID CHAMPAGNE
THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND residency
with special guest DAVID CHAMPAGNE
$8 advance / $10 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 continue to rock the Lizard on Wednesday nights. As the band does each week, special guests open the second set with a short set. Look for some to cover Dennis Brennan songs. Tonight features legendary Boston singer / songwriter and guitarist David Champagne. David hits the stage at 10:15. Dennis and the band hit at 9:00PM.
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.
TONIGHTS GUEST: DAVID CHAMPAGNE
David Champagne, a longtime fixture on the local music scene with bands such as Shane Champagne, the Heygoods (with his wife, Katie Champagne), and Treat Her Right plays the middle set tonight. Always a bit of a wildcard due to his prolific songwriting and go-for-broke stage presence we are always excited to see what he will come up with next. His last project, Agnostic Gospel, featured many local luminaries singing his songs and was well received by fans and critics alike.
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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|