THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND with very special guest RYAN ALVANOS
Wednesday 1/6 - THE NEW SEASON ROLLS ALONG STARRING THE LEGENDARY...
DENNIS BRENNAN BAND (w/ Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Richard Gates and Billy Beard)
with special guest: RYAN ALVANOS
Tonight's theme: TBA
$10 advance / $12 at the door
8:30 doors / 9:00 show (Dennis Brennan Band at 9:00 and 11:00 / Guest at 10:15)
The Dennis Brennan Band featuring Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Richard Gates and Billy Beard hit the new year and the first set with a new theme - as yet to be decided but it will most likely cull songs from recent themes including Iodine Brothers, Bakersfield, Memphis and Jack In The Pulpit. Then stay tuned for the ever compelling RYAN ALVANOS
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: RYAN ALVANOS
"Ryan Alvanos is an offbeat, insanely inventive singer-songwriter who sneaks up on you with a sly wit and subtle power."
Steve Morse, former Boston Globe staff critic who now teaches a course in Rock History at Berklee College of Music
"To be both as literate and as grooving as Ryan and to have it all in one package is tantamount to his having the sword, the stone, and the kingship all at his poetic fingertips, all at once."
Vance Gilbert, singer songwriter
We are excited to have Ryan back in the middle slot tonight. Ryan is a poet by training, phrase-smith by trade, songwriter by passion, busker by calling, and whim-blown vagabond by good fortune. He's trotted the globe, toting instruments and spilling ink on his ever changing here and now. Place after place, he peruses the lines of his pocket-sized Moleskines and the under-thumbed pages of the Western songbook for tunes that most perfectly fit even the most impromptu stages from Boston's street corners to Hyderabad's Hindi-dinned nightspots.
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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|
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