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THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND with special guest DIETRICH STRAUSE
The Lizard Lounge
Cambridge, MA
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THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND with special guest DIETRICH STRAUSE
Wednesday 5/25 - THE NEW SEASON ROLLS ALONG STARRING
THE DENNIS BRENDAN BAND (w/ Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Richard Gates and Andy Plaisted)
with special guest: DIETRICH STRAUSE
$12 advance / $15 at the door
8:30 doors / 9:00 show (Dennis Brennan Band at 9:00 and 11:00 / Guest at 10:15)
www.dennisbrennan.com
www.dietrichstrause.com

The Dennis Brennan Band featuring Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Richard Gates and Andy Plaisted return to the carpets of The Lizard Lounge for another week of incredible music. Culling songs from years of fantastic songwriting plus the addition of recent themes the band is never short on surprises or stellar musicianship. Tonight's special guest is the singer songwriter and good friend Dietrich Strause playing his unique brand of lyric driven folk rock nostalgia-porn.

The Dennis Brennan Band returns 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.  

TONIGHT'S GUEST: DIETRICH STRAUSE
Dietrich Strauses creations are a mix of timeless melody, literate lyricism, and a "virtuosic command of imagery. (The Artery, WBUR) Strause is set to release a new album in the spring of 2016 produced by Zachariah Hickman (Ray LaMontage, Josh Ritter), the next benchmark in his steady evolution as one of the most eclectic writers and performers to come out of New England. His newest collection of songs is found somewhere in the shadows of the likes of Randy Newman, Nick Lowe, and Paul Simon. Strause dropped out of music school, where he was studying classical trumpet, to become a politics major and take up the guitar. But that hasnt kept him from incorporating his first instrument into the texture of his recordings, or from putting down the guitar to lead his band with just his voice and his trumpet. His last release Little Stones to Break the Giants Heart was featured in No Depression, The Bluegrass Situation, CMTs The Edge, and on Starbucks world wide playlist, helping him garner invitations on the road with folk luminaries such as Anais Mitchell, Great Lake Swimmers, and Sarah Jarosz.

DENNIS BRENNAN....
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.

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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.

Location

The Lizard Lounge (View)
1667 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Categories

Music > Americana
Music > Country
Music > Rock
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!

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