THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND with special guest ALI McGUIRK and TONIGHT'S THEME: IODINE BROTHERS REVISITED
Wednesday 10/14 - THE NEW SEASON OPENS STARRING THE LEGENDARY...
DENNIS BRENNAN BAND (w/ Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Richard Gates and Mike Piehl)
with special guest: ALI McGUIRK
TONIGHT'S THEME: IODINE BROTHERS REVISITED
$10 advance / $12 at the door
8:30 doors / 9:00 show (Dennis Brennan Band @ 9:00 and 11:00 / Guest artist @ 10:15)
The Dennis Brennan Band featuring Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Richard Gates and Mike Piehl (sitting in for Billy Beard) hit the first set with a new theme "The Iodine Brothers Revisited". The band will be playing songs from Dennis' old band The Iodine Brothers and their legendary residency at The Brendan Behan Pub. Then stay tuned for the fantastic Ali McGuirk!
The Dennis Brennan Band returns for the fall / winter season of Wednesday nights at The Lizard Lounge with the usual cast of incredible musicians but a few new new surprises! Look for frequent themes woven into their sets such as cities; Memphis, New Orleans, Los Angeles... or a style, Country, Knucklehead Rock, Garage...or a particular songwriter/s, Dan Penn, Goffin/King, Arthur Alexander, Ray Davies, Doug Sahm. In addition the band will mine much of the back catalog mixed in with the new material from the upcoming album later in 2016. As the band did last season, special guests open the second set each week with a short set.
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.
TONIGHT'S GUEST: ALI McGUIRK
"Ali brings to the stage a refreshing comfort and grace uncommon in Boston. It's as though she and the stage are old friends who share intimate jokes." - K. Winslow Smith, Grouptones
"The Boston soul singer/songwriter also has some Motown and island rhythms to her sound. But her stuff digs down under Top 40 to find ragged rock grooves and jazz dub beats." -Jed Gottlieb, Boston Herald
A Boston-based songstress, Ali has performed over 4 continents, everywhere from street corners on Greek islands to sky lounges and stadiums in Hong Kong. Whether a solo artist or a front woman, she captivates each audience with her unique blend of R&B, jazz, soul and classic rock. When spending the night with The Ali McGuirk Get Down, expect to groove and be moved.
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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|