Club Red: Brett Dennen, 9/22

Club Red: Brett Dennen, 9/22

Beyond the Groove is pleased to announce Brett Dennen with his full band, Thursday, September 22. The event takes place at Club Red in Telluride Conference Center, Mountain Village. Doors open at 8 p.m.; show time is 8:30 p.m. Indianapolis sister duo Lily & Madeleine opens for Dennan. (All ages.)

Tickets are $25-40 in advance. Tickets here. Also at Wizard Framing and Entertainment, located on Telluride’s Main Street, 126 East Colorado Avenue.

All shows at Club Red are produced by Denise Mongan of Beyond the Groove Productions, with major support from Telluride Ski & Golf, the Telluride Conference Center, Inn at Lost Creek, and the Peaks Resort and Spa. For more information, go here.

And please scroll down to the bottom of the story to watch a video featuring Dennen.

Brett Dennan in town again at Club Red.

Brett Dennen in town again at Club Red.

Northern California-native Brett Dennen returns to Telluride, Colorado in support of his studio release Por Favor. A follow-up to 2013’s Smoke and Mirrors, his sixth studio album dives deep into loneliness, loss, and love – and all their side effects. It is the sound of an artist working through his insecurities through his work, thereby letting go of his monsters. But it’s by no means a sad affair, nor is it the “rainy day record” Dennen initially thought he was making.

Often framed by uplifting choruses and bright acoustic arrangements, these songs brim with optimism, the palpable sense that the tide is turning:

“And I want to love you for the way you are/ Not the way I am/ So let’s go now/ Back to the bonfire where we began,” he sings over a chugging groove on “Bonfire.”

More than a decade after his self titled debut catapulted him to stardom, Dennen was once again attracted to how he made his earliest recordings.

“My whole approach was that I wanted to write and sing the songs from the same place  I wrote the first record, which was a place of trying to discover who I am,” he says.

That marked a detour from his most recent releases. With those he felt like he was exercising his craftsmanship  – “being a songwriter for the sake of being a songwriter” – as he puts it. “I really wanted this new album to come across as a whole piece,” Dennen says. “I consider it to be a batch of songs that all live together and complement each other.”

Did he succeed?

Huff Post put it this way:

“The call of the music drove him to the place where he finally understood he could not outrun himself. And the beauty here is that no matter how much disappointment has cast a spell, and, no matter how much he doesn’t believe in himself, Dennen perfectly presents his unsettled life. While lyrics rise as a storm behind his eyes, the music serves up soothing grooves to the air of an indomitable voice…,” said critic Brian D’Ambrosio.

Full review of Por Favore here:

Up to this point, what we’ve heard from Brett Dennen is a young man with dreams, breaking through the surface with his art.

At the embrace of “Por Favor,” (his sixth album, available May 20) all sides of the man, now 36, would change – one to the next, then to another, and to the one after that, toppling like dominoes. The entire makeup of the man turned inside out.

“Por Favor” establishes the point of singularity and Dennen didn’t hold back when it came to the emotional beats. Indeed, it’s a thrill to hear Dennen go through this process, uncovering self-truths and forming new questions along the way. “Por Favor” paves a redemptive journey into a heart that’s not always happy and draws a portrait of a maturing artist mired in shadow pining for daylight.

In this clever collection of hopeful renewal, Dennen runs and doesn’t tire; sometimes serene and sometimes fierce, “Por Favor” nourishes healing assertions and sounds…

Continue reading here.

Brett Dennan from Por Favore:

About Club Red:

Located within the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village, Club Red is Telluride’s newest music venue. The club is decorated with plush lounge décor and soft ambient lighting to create an intimate music experience for nationally touring acts. With close proximity to the artists, the guest experience is reminiscent of the speakeasies of old or jazz clubs. VIP seating available.

More about Brett Dennen:

Brett Dennen is a folk/pop singer songwriter from Northern California. Por Favor, Dennen’s intimate and revealing 6th studio album was released on May 20. Produced by Cobb, fresh from his Grammy-winning work with Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell, the record strips Dennen to his core as a songwriter with nothing to hide.

About Lily & Madeleine:

When Indianapolis sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz first started making music together, it didn’t cross their minds that they could make a living at it. Although they now find themselves in an acclaimed full-fledged career, what got them here has nothing to do with money, and everything to do with the spirit. Lily & Madeleine’s goal is to release an album-a-year for three years — a rare feat when the trend among singer-songwriters is to space albums by half-decades. So far, they’re on track: Fumes, the duo’s second LP, was released October 28, 2014, 366 days after last year’s Lily & Madeleine.

About Beyond the Groove:

Beyond the Groove is Denise Mongan’s music production company. Her goal is to bring quality live music to Telluride, Colorado, primarily at the new Club Red at Telluride Conference Center. Past produced shows include Blitzen Trapper, Deer Tick, Matisyahu, Cash’d Out, Justin Townes Earle, Dirty Dozen brass Band, The Motet, Elephant Revival, Lucero, New Mastersounds, Tanya Tucker, Jenny Lewis, Dawes, Jackie Greene.

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