Oliver Kennan & Danny Golden (Co-Headlining Show)

Oliver Kennan & Danny Golden (Co-Headlining Show)

Gretchen Pleuss

Wednesday Dec 5 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Beachland Tavern

$8.00 - $10.00

Off Sale

This event is all ages

Oliver Kennan
Oliver Kennan
“Some people have an internal monologue,” explains NYC-based bandleader, Oliver Kennan, “I have an internal jukebox and I want to show people what it sounds like.”

Beneath Kennan’s youthful appearance lies an old soul. A first listen to “Waiting,” the second cut on his debut album Oh Boy (May 10th, Hornblow Recordings) makes it clear that his internal jukebox is stocked with classic 45s from the golden age of soul and funk. It’s the vintage kind, where you can see the inner workings behind the glowing glass dropping your current bop into play. On Oh Boy, Kennan is spinning bits and pieces of those records into something entirely his own.

The jukebox is stocked with modern hits, too: Kennan’s stated influences range from Otis Redding to Arcade Fire, Dr. John to Radiohead, and Wilson Pickett to Amy Winehouse. Kennan’s vocals, songwriting, and guitar playing skills honor all of his heroes, classic and contemporary, but his greatest talent may be in leading his band. The ensemble is comprised of accomplished performers in their own right, and together they are one of the city’s most exciting soul ensembles.

“Waiting” is an up-tempo funk number that recalls the Tower of Power, and tells the classic story of a young man searching for love in the loneliest big city in the world. The tune is followed by “The One,” a song notable for the fact in that it sent Kennan in the musical direction that eventually became the Oh Boy album.

“It was the first song I wrote where I really felt like I had found my voice,” he says. “Writing ‘The One’ allowed me to take a big batch of songs that seemed very different and view them through the same lens. The songs on Oh Boy were written over several years, and they vary in style and vibe, but now they represent who I am as a whole.”

Kennan’s newfound confidence in his writing encouraged him to push further when it came time to record Oh Boy, too.

“It inspired me to record everything live to tape just like my favorite classic records,” he explains. “Recording live gives the music an organic feeling, full of idiosyncrasies, which shows what a band can really do without modern studio techniques.” Oh Boy was recorded at The Bunker Studios and Thump Studios in Brooklyn, and was mastered by industry icon, Bob Ludwig.

The recording setup also made for a fun feeling that permeates the grooves and makes these tunes jump up and out.

“My goal was to show who I am and what I believe in,” Kennan confides. “I want people to feel like they’re reading my journal on the dance floor at my party.”

If Kennan is still journaling, he’s still learning, which means Oh Boy is just the beginning of his artistic journey.

Album opener “Which Way Is Up” addresses this, and starting the album with a confession lends credibility to Kennan’s words right out of the gate, letting you know it’s not all show for this crooner.

“The song is a conversation with myself about all the things I can’t be sure about, and a way to make peace with that,” he says. “I used to feel very confident about my view of the world, but I have come to realize how little I am certain about.”

Back to speaking of show, though, this song also addresses every listener’s need for a group of backing vocalists sent from Heaven (or your paradise of choice.) Damn, burnt my fingers!

Listening to Oh Boy, it’s clear that Kennan can be sure of what he’s chosen to do with his life. There is an honest innocence within the strong foundation that these songs are built on.

Years before catching footage of 1967’s Monterey Pop Festival, which introduced the then 16-year-old Kennan to Redding, Hendrix, and two years later, music school, he was already well on his way.

“My fondest memories from childhood are dancing with my family,” he remembers. “I think I’ve been trying to recreate those moments ever since.”

Oh Boy, the debut album by New York City’s Oliver Kennan, arrives in May 10th via Hornblow Recordings.
Danny Golden
Danny Golden
Danny Golden doesn’t quite remember how he ended up in Austin, TX. There were a few years in Colorado playing bluegrass banjo, a stint in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA writing and forming his style, and couch surfing in Brooklyn while making his first album. Suddenly he found himself behind the wheel of his Nissan, halfway between New York and Texas, realizing he didn’t know a soul there. He just had a feeling it was the place for his music.

Jump ahead two years and you find him playing the Austin circuit with an amazing backing band: Spencer Garland (Black Pumas, Matthew Logan Vasquez, PR Newman), Jeff Olson (White Denim, Balmorhea) and Brendan Bond (Glorietta, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Golden Dawn Arkestra). Insert lifelong best friend and collaborator Ben Brown on lead guitar and you’ve got the band. Add Producer John Michael Landon, and help from a few friends including Mary Bryce (SMiiLE) and Evan Kaspar (Mother Falcon) and you have the full roster for Golden’s 2018 album Old Love.

Danny is a singer/songwriter, a rock and roller and a lifelong searcher for truth and people to share it with. He says the artist’s job is to investigate the depths of our world and bring some meaning back to the surface. His music is an antidote to the status quo; the trendy internet fads we inhale like a fruity pebble flavored vape pen until the flavor runs out and we need a new fix. In a world of artists selling you their projected images of hip, Golden’s music invites you to real connection on a human level.

Old Love is his exploration of relationships, of the situations we all find ourselves in when we let somebody into our life. It’s an investigation of the ancient binding force that has both inspired and confused us since the world began. It’s about clear cut signs and gray areas. It’s about facing the daunting power of love and taking it head on. It’s about the potential to be overwhelmed by that same love and walk away. It’s about figuring out your path and interacting with the temptations and distractions that get more fun and better looking every day.

Danny Golden’s music is an invitation to look at life through the artist’s eyes, to see more, and to see more clearly.
Gretchen Pleuss
Gretchen Pleuss
"As with some of her proudly stated musical heroes, which include Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and Ani Difranco, Pleuss keeps the music above the standard, three-chord, coffee-house troubadour sound with some cool chord progressions (a la Mitchell) and grooves. Pleuss also trusts her lilting melodies enough to use her quiet, emotive alto to sell her lyrics." - Malcolm X Abram, The Akron Beacon Journal

To date, Pleuss has played at an array of venues throughout the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Peru, and Ecuador and opened for prominent acts such as Lisa Loeb, Loudon Wainwright, Chely Wright, Damien Jurado, and Griffin House. Pleuss' discography includes two E.P.'s and two full-length albums. Her 2013 release, Out of Dreams, was produced by Jim Wirt (Fiona Apple, Brian Setzer, Incubus) and can be downloaded from iTunes. Her most recent release, From Birth to Breath to Bone, was self-produced and is available on vinyl or compact disc.
Venue Information:
Beachland Tavern
15711 Waterloo
Cleveland, OH, 44110