THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND with very special guest LYLE BREWER
THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND (Featuring DUKE LEVINE, KEVIN BARRY, BILLY BEARD and RICHARD GATES)
with special guest LYLE BREWER
$5 ADVANCE / $8 AT THE DOOR
8:30 doors / 9:00 show (Dennis Brennan Band at 9:00 and 10:45 PM / Guest at 10:15)
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: LYLE BREWER
In 2011 Lyle released his first EP under the Lyle Brewer Trio entitled Music To My Fears, which includes longtime Boston musicians Dean Casell on bass and Mike Piehl on drums. If nothing else, it's a testament to Brewer's wise-beyond-his-years musicianship that these stalwarts of the local music scene -- guys who have been playing for longer than Lyle has been alive -- don't flinch when asked to back him up on stage or on record. If you love the sound of no-frills, true-blue musicians doing what they were put on this green earth to do, you're sure to dig the trio's Music To My Fears.
Prior to joining the Ryan Montbleau Band in 2011 and starting his trio, Brewer spent two and a half years as the lead guitarist with Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles. Brewer and Borges shared more than a musical bond -- the two were married in 2010 and in the summer of 2011 had their first child, Elliot.
Brewer is also a highly-regarded session musician and touring guitarist, having made records and performed with a huge range of artists including Miss Tess, Chris O'Brien, Dennis Brennan, Rachael Price, Tim Gearan, Anita Suhanin and Schwang, Christian McNeil and the Seamonsters, Jake Armerding, Jimmy Ryan, Jesse Dee, Eilen Jewell, Jerry Miller, Ghosts of Jupiter, and Grimis, of which he was a founding member.
Brewer attended the prestigious New England Conservatory in Boston, studying jazz performance. During that time he made a name for himself as one of the youngest and hungriest guitarists on the Boston music scene, playing by his own estimate, 300 shows a year for one stretch of time. He's dug into it all -- John Scofield and Chet Atkins, Duane Allman and Brad Barr -- from the Conservatory to the Dive Bar, to the main stages of some of the country's finest outdoor music festivals, he's been there.
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|