THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND (with DUKE, KEVIN, BILLY AND RICHARD) and very special guest LANEY JONES
Wednesday 9/17 - THE RETURN OF THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND
THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND
with special guest LANEY JONES
$5 advance and $8 at the door
8:30 doors / 9:00 show
Dennis Brennan and his stellar band of revolving musicians return to rock a fall and winter season of Wednesday nights. As the band did last season, special guests open the second set each week with a short set. Look for some to cover Dennis Brennan songs. Tonight features a surprising country side to Jenny Dee of Jenny Dee and The Deelinquents at 10:15. Dennis and the band hit at 9:00PM sharp!
TONIGHTS GUEST: LANEY JONES
A little bit folk and a little bit jazz, Laney Jones mixes a musical cocktail with a vintage flavor that's all her own. Honing her craft and effortlessly welcoming stage presence in coffeehouses, speakeasies, and concert venues across the United States, this scrappy Americana singer-songwriter is making a name for herself as a fresh, lyrically creative artist. Her distinctive voice has been described as "a mix of lemon, molasses, gin and gunpowder*," mellifluous and smooth but brimming with passion.
In autumn of 2013, Laney received the prestigious honor of representing Berklee at the Kennedy Center's American Voices festival where she performed a moving rendition of her original song "Broken Hearts" at a masterclass with the legendary Alison Krauss.
As of 2014 Laney has shown no signs of slowing down. With over 50 dates in 15 states, she and her bandmates (Laney Jones & the Lively Spirits) have been stealing hearts all over the US. She graduated to a main stage featured act at the Florida Folk Festival, having made her first appearance at the open mic stage just two years prior. Midway through her summer tour, Laney took home the grand prize at the 40th Eddie's Attic Songwriter Shootout thanks in part to crowd-pleasing performances of brand new songs "Work It Out" and "Lonesome Soul". Earlier this year, out of a field of thousands Laney was selected one of six winners of Belk department stores' Southern Musician Showcase which earned her pre-show and sidestage spots supporting Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, and Keith Urban.
Ever conscious of the next steps in career, Laney is already looking forward to her next tour dates and releasing new music in 2015.
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|