The first time we met Brian was when he drove 12 hours from New York City to play a concert with Ken Yates. We were blown away! By Brian’s songwriting, his guitar playing, his voice, his passion, his endurance! Brian has been here a number of times, and he’s coming solo this time around!
Brian’s newest album, Bug Fixes & Performance Improvements, began as a joke, between drinks number 6 and 7 (7 and 8? Numbers unconfirmed) at a bar down the street from his apartment in Brooklyn, NY. Upon further research (Google), he could not believe there was not an album or book that bore this title so, Brian set out to write one. 300 songs, 2 years, and 1 near nervous breakdown later, here it lies.
In 2015 Brian Dunne released “Songs From The Hive,” a love letter to the music of The Band and Bob Dylan, a tip of the cap (wide brimmed, brown, with a feather) to his folky heroes. And then he hit the road. Brian played for anybody and everybody, played everywhere anyone would take him; living rooms, cafes, clubhouses, big theaters, small theaters, movie theaters, listening rooms, college cafeterias, etc. Boasting nearly 300 shows in the year and a half that followed, he ended up finding himself in some surprisingly cool circumstances. What he found most liberating was that being relatively unknown had it’s perks– he was beholden to nothing. No one was expecting anything of him.
So it was with this in mind that Brian set out to write the next project. Equipped with the title only, he needed just to come up with things that he liked. Should be easy.
As it turns out, he doesn’t like anything. Also, according to the finest head doctors of New York City, Brian is clinically insane. And while having a conversation with his (and our) good pal Liz Longley, who sings with him on track 5 of this record, she said very simply “well, write about that.” And there it was.
This was the inspiration behind the lead track, “Tell Me Something,” and the others came to him following that one. “Taxi” is a song about the pursuit of something invisible and intangible, and the risk that comes with it. “You Got Me Good” is a song about being a sucker that I wrote so I could sing it at the top of my lungs. “We Don’t Talk About It” is a reflection on how we treat the people we’re closest to, and “Chelsea Hotel” deals with the crutches we lean when our lives are too difficult to withstand. But the record didn’t really take shape until Brian came up with “Don’t Give Up On Me” one afternoon, sitting at his living room table. It seemed to sum up his mission statement for the whole record. “It’s about the devotion to maintaining your idealism as the world makes you more cynical. It’s about putting your chips back on the table after you’ve suffered a big loss. And if you have to lose again, lose in a big way. I love that idea.”
Caroline Spence will open the show. Learn more about Caroline HERE.
To view an image of the room seating for the concert, click on the Seating Chart Image link on the ticketing page.
Please note: You can purchase tickets for one reserved ticketed concert at a time, but you may purchase multiple tickets. The allowed additional tickets will be noted at the bottom of the event page. If you need more tickets, please contact Gary @ 231-557-7687.
We require a name and email address for each ticket purchased. You can either separately identify attendees by name & email address, or you may use the same name & email address for all.
To purchase reserved tickets:
Click on the Please Select A Seat button. – This will bring up an interactive chart.
If you hover over the boxes on the chart, you will see the seat number, price & brief description (e.g. table seat). You may choose from any green box (seat) and click to reserve. You will get a popup message that the seat has been reserved.
Choose OK and you will be redirected to the concert page.
Complete first name, last name & email. The first name entered will also require that you tell us how you heard about the concert.
For additional attendees, click on the Add More Attendees button and repeat the above step until desired seats have been reserved.
Click on submit purchase. Review and click on Submit Purchase.
If you run into any problems, please contact Gary at 231-557-7687.
Check back often as we get a ton of tickets up over the next few days. So much music to come!