Songwriter Deathmatch - Sat. Dec. 16th, 6PM at Freddy's Bar, 627 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Rembert Block—From the band The Basic Goodness and making her Songwriter Deathmatch debut with a solo accordion set.
Them Keener Boys—The brothers Tom and Dave dust off their late 90’s musical fun-o-tainment. Warning: Some of it hasn’t aged well! 😉
Ray Brown—Always edgy, always hilarious, always surprising, always playing a tiny guitar and almost always named Ray!
Mark Humble—A unique POV, funny and unsettling, earthy and cerebral and just darn good at music.
Dave Keener—Your affable host was a scamp, a camp and a bit of tramp, he was a V-A-M-P—Vamp!
A BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE FROM DAVE
I’ve been writing songs and making music since I was 14. I borrowed a guitar from my aunt, found an old big band guitarist in the neighborhood who gave lessons, and studied the song structures of British Invasion and Doo-Wop songs I heard on CBS 101.1 FM. Like a lot of musicians my age, the Beatles got me playing and singing. But other big influences were Elvis Costello, for the voluminous smartass lyrics, and comedies like Monty Python, SNL and Get Smart. And, I don't think those influences have ever left me.
Zipping ahead to modern times, in the past few years, I’ve recorded three solo albums: The Easy Way, Slugger and Like An Animal, all at Brooklyn’s Seaside Lounge. I think the last is my best, but I had no idea how to promote it in this day and age, so I did nothing. Great plan! All three can be bought and streamed in the usual places.
In 2012, I started the nearly monthly songwriter showcase, Songwriter Deathmatch at Freddy’s Bar & Backroom. Instead of playing full length shows by myself, I figured it would be more fun and draw a larger audience if I shared the stage with other musicians. Also, after doing this music thing for a long time, I think getting people together to share music is becoming more important to me (and easier) than promoting my own.
Over the years, I’ve pursued the singer-songwriter thing, done comedy with my brother, created my own one-man musical comedy show, studied traditional instrumental Irish music, and come back to singing and songwriting again. Sometime around the millennium, I became an advertising copywriter and it stuck. If you need one of those, go here.
Yours in rock,