THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND with very special guest THE SUITCASE JUNKET
THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND (Featuring DUKE LEVINE, BILLY BEARD and RICHARD GATES)
with special guest THE SUITCASE JUNKET
$5 ADVANCE / $8 AT THE DOOR
9:00 doors / 9:30 show
Dennis Brennan and his stellar band of revolving musicians return to rock Wednesday nights. In a new format and a new price, special guests open the second set each week with a short set. Look for some to cover Dennis Brennan songs. In the meantime Dennis and the band hit tonight at 9:30PM sharp!
TONIGHTS GUEST: THE SUITCASE JUNKET - The nationally touring throat-singing, slide-guitar playing, one-man-band of Matt Lorenz.
"This band was born out of a desire to make one person sound like many.
No loops or effects, just me contorting myself into a full sounding ball of music. I also wanted to fit everything into a suitcase. Everything.
So, sitting on my old accordion case, using it as a bass drum with my heel, I started playing this old junker parlor guitar that I pulled out of the trash. Then I added a gas-can with a baby-shoe kick pedal (baby shoe is for tone), a hi-hat, a washboard and my voice. I began piecing together rhythms and song ideas and eventually started working in some of the overtone singing that I'd been practicing in the car for a few years. The rhythm section has grown over time to include a circular saw blade, a cook-pot adorned with a soup-can and bottle-cap tambourine and I am also playing on a larger suitcase these days. I try to write good songs and I aim to sing them honestly." - MATT LORENZ
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.
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|