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CHRISTIAN McNEILL & SEA MONSTERS with special guest JEN KEARNEY
The Lizard Lounge
Cambridge, MA
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CHRISTIAN McNEILL & SEA MONSTERS with special guest JEN KEARNEY
Saturday 10/18
CHRISTIAN McNEILL and SEA MONSTERS
with very special guest JEN KEARNEY
$15 advance / $15 at the door
8:30 doors / 9:30 show (Jen Kearney @9:30, Sea Monsters two sets at 10:30 and 12:00)
www.christianmcneill.com
www.jenkearney.com

CHRISTIAN McNEILL & SEA MONSTERS
A show featuring one of the best live acts this (or any other city) has to offer.  Sea Monsters have built a reputation by playing music for the right reasons. Lead by roots-punk rocker Christian McNeill and using his songs for ammunition, the  band consistently features the best singer/songwriters and players to grace the music community in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Tonight's show is no different, showing off a cavalcade of locale notables including Benjamin Zecker - keys, Scott Aruda - trumpet. John Aruda - tenor sax, Milt Reder - guitar, Jesse Williams - bass, Yahuba Garcia Torres - percussion, and Mike Piehl - drums.

Founded in March 2007, the collective spans multiple generations, always convening on stage to share ideas and serve the songsa potent batch that fuses fiery emotion and lasting hooks over a thick backdrop. It's like the E Street Band hopped up on funk scriptures, or Otis Redding spending time with the Who.

JEN KEARNEY
After 20 years of writing and recording music, Kearney has spent a lot of time experimenting with seasoning her particular style and flavor. Her latest album, Age of Blame is truly an amalgam of musical styles ranging from soul, R&B and funk- to rock, latin and jazz, while maintaining a singer/songwriter's attention to lyrics. Her band stirs the eight cuts of the album through boiling points and gentle simmers that concentrate that flavor down to hit all points salty, sour, sweet and bitter.

In a pre-release review from Jed Gottlieb of the Boston Herald, Kearney's "...booming soul voice and smart, tight songs provide the pillars of the eight tunes. But her band adds some awesome voodoo." And according to freelance reviewer, Bill Copeland, "There is a more easeful flow coming from her instrumentation and she sings with greater eloquence. Kearney shows more tasteful self-restraint than ever, and she offers more fine touches throughout this album than her previous recordings."

MORE ON CHRISTIAN McNEIL AND SEA MONSTERS...
What started as an "anything goes" acoustic forum for a group of songwriters to work on each other's creations has evolved into Boston's most electric live act, usually eight-strong on any given night and always welcoming guest musicians. As a result, Sea Monsters have steadily won over a following and built a loyal community, all without the help of modern promotional tools. No website. No Facebook page. No Myspace or Twitter account. Just word of mouth and most importantly, the positive energy that comes from an honest-night's live experience. There's no faking it here.  Just songs. Having recently closed the books on their Boston Music Award-winning three-year Sunday residency at Precincta cool, dimly lit spot that used to be the headquarters of the Somerville police stationthe band has taken to the legendary Q Division Studios to capture the vibe. This is the same room that local greats like Morphine, Aimee Mann, Peter Wolf, Dropkick Murphy's, and the Pixies have all used to make their bread.

Jesse Dee, Dwight Ritcher, Nicole Nelson, Tim Gearan, and Reva Williams all stopped by to record with the group. It's just further proof that anytime Sea Monsters convene, the best Boston talent will come calling. The collection of McNeill-penned numbers recorded over the sessions"Zero," "Don't Make Me Wait," and "If You Need Some," just to name a fewhave been cared for in the most organic of settings, night after night. These songs have never been heard beyond the stages they've seen.  For a band that has always put the songs before anything else, it's only fitting that you can now take them home with you.

- Jeff Wallace  music editor  mysecretboston.com

Location

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

Categories

Music > Rock
Music > Singer/Songwriter

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

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