THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND with very special guest JEFFERSON HAMER
Wednesday 1/20 - THE NEW SEASON ROLLS ALONG STARRING THE LEGENDARY...
DENNIS BRENNAN BAND (w/ Duke Levine, Richard Gates and Billy Beard)
with special guest: JEFFERSON HAMER
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: JEFFERSON HAMER
"A gifted guitarist and singer, Hamer is able to hit close harmonies and weave gorgeous instrumental lines." -Acoustic Guitar
No stranger to those familiar with Session Americana with whom he often plays -Brooklyn, NY's, Jefferson Hamer has been living and breathing acoustic folk and electric roots music for over 20 years. He performs original and traditional songs, produces records, teaches, and tours across the USA and Europe with friends and collaborators from both sides of the Atlantic. His Child Ballads album with Anais Mitchell earned a BBC2 Folk Award in the Best Traditional Track category, and was named one of NPR's top-ten Folk and Americana releases of 2013. His acoustic collaboration with Dublin-born Eamon O'Leary, The Murphy Beds, features ten folk songs sung in harmony duets, decorated with intricate guitar and bouzouki accompaniment. The Huffington Post said it succinctly: "The resulting album bears repeated listening from start to finish, with ten beautiful, crystalline songs."
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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|
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