3227 N. Davidson St.
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
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Over the past 20 years, Mulvey has pursued a restless, eclectic path as a writer and musician – immersing himself in Tin PanAlley jazz, modern acoustic, poetry, narrative, and Americana stylings. Relentlessly touring as a headliner – his attitude is, “When you love what you do, you can work all the time,” – he has also shared the stage with luminaries such as Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani diFranco, Indigo Girls, and Greg Brown, and has attracted an audience that stretches from Anchorage to Amsterdam.
Peter Mulvey began as a self-described “city kid” from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He played, wrote, and sang in bands while studying theatre there, and then traveled to Dublin, Ireland, in 1989, where he learned the trade of the street singer. Returning to the States, he relocated to Boston with two self-released CDs in hand: Brother Rabbit Speaks (1992) and Rain (1994). In Boston he took to playing in the subways as a full-time occupation. The seven hour sessions playing to passers-by and commuters not only strengthened his accomplished guitar playing but also sharpened his innate gifts as a communicator. In a few short years he had made the transition to touring songwriter. He signed with indie upstart Eastern Front Records, released Rapture (1995) and Deep Blue (1997), and threw himself into a life on the road. He quickly released Glencree (1998), a recorded live in Ireland.
The road years further seasoned his abilities as a performer. Whether playing solo or with a band in tow, Mulvey has a rare ability to hold an audience’s attention and transport them, using wit, humor, and a subtle but sophisticated melodic and harmonic sensibility to gracefully introduce complex and provocative concepts and characters.
Having since resettled back in Milwaukee, Peter has continued his touring life while making seven solo records with Signature Sounds, the venerable singer/songwriter label in western Massachusetts’ fertile musical Pioneer Valley. His sixth release, The Trouble With Poets (2000), features the title track which remains among his best-known songs. 2002 brought Ten Thousand Mornings, a CD of cover songs recorded live on Boston’s Davis Square subway platform. The name refers to the collective number of commuters’ mornings Peter hoped he was entertaining, or touching, in some way. His albums have always maintained the spontaneity and edge of his live performances, including his 2004 Kitchen Radio and 2006 CD, The Knuckleball Suite, both of which were recorded in just a few days with a band of sympathetic co-conspirators. He followed the ensemble vibe of these records with Notes from Elsewhere (2007), which consists of solo acoustic recordings of some of his most popular songs.
Collaboration is another source for Peter’s continued growth. In 2003, he released the trio album, Redbird, with fellow songwriters Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault. The album’s 17 songs range from jazz standards to old country tunes to contemporary covers, all recorded in three days around one microphone. Peter’s annual hometown holiday in-the-round gigs have become an institution over nearly a decade. He can sit in with nearly any musician or ensemble and improvise in the common language of music.
As a complement to his touring and recording, Peter has also kept a hand in education; teaching guitar and songwriting workshops across the country. His songs and deep baritone voice have been heard in documentary films, major television shows, and by dance and theater companies. In 2004 Peter released a full-length DVD, On the Way, featuring interview and concert footage.
For the past several years Peter has done an annual Fall tour entirely by bicycle, partly for environmental reasons and partly for the sheer fun of continuing his creative, unorthodox approach to a long and fruitful career as an artist.
In every aspect of his career, Mulvey draws on an extremely broad swath of influence; he is always reading, listening, and eager to hear new poetry, modern minimalist composers, old-time fiddle tunes, Argentinean trip-hop, or top-shelf bar bands. Said The Irish Times: “Peter Mulvey is consistently the most original and dynamic of the US singer-songwriters to tour these shores. A phenomenal performer with huge energy, a quick fire, quirky take on life, and an extraordinary guitar style. A joy to see.”
Still, it is the live performance that defines that work. Night after night, whether performing solo, duo (with David “Goody” Goodrich), or sometimes even with a band, Mulvey attempts to be the sum of his parts, to draw on all the musical legacies he has studied, to make a fresh, vital moment out of everything he and the audience have brought to the table that night. “People need this. I need this. To come together in a room, to try to make music come alive, for real, for right now, and then to let it go…that is the whole deal for me."
Zach Broocke, born in Milwaukee, WI, grew up listening to Jim Croce, Harry Chapin, Cat Stevens, and a lot of country tunes ala Willie Nelson, Don Williams, George Jones, Merle Haggard. Discovering he had a passion for songwriting Zach traveled to Boston to spend time compiling the songs that would make up his debut release, “Anywhere But Here Sessions” EP. He was greatly inspired by Simon and Garfunkel, coffee, Van Morrison, cigarettes, Greg Brown and Canadian beer.
Leaving Boston in the early fall of 2001 Zach headed for Nashville, where he recorded his first full length album “Be Somebody.” This album was independently released by Suburban Sweetheart Productions, LLC, a production company/publishing house that Zach started in April of 2004. While in Nashville, Chad Brown, engineer/producer (Ryan Adams, Bob Seger, Steve Earle) introduced Zach to his writing partner Troy Johnson (Warner Chappell, Dixie Chicks, Keith Urban). The two of them penned many songs that were included on “Be Somebody” and Zach’s latest release “Last Call” EP. For seven months Zach toured everywhere east of the Mississippi and filled rooms in Nashville such as Twelfth and Porter, Third and Lindsley and Exit/In, performing with great acts like Shawn Mullins, Carbon Leaf, Mack Starks, The Bees and Bob Schneider.
Zach left Tennessee in 2005 for California. In L.A. he formed a band with a new group of musicians including Lester Nuby/drums and bgvs, Jamie Wollam/drums and bgvs, Jared Leifert/bass, Joe Corcoran/guitars and bgvs. L.A. is where he finished writing and recorded “Last Call” EP. Zach has played many L.A. venues including The Hotel Cafe, The Troubadour, The Viper Room, and The Roxy and the El Rey Theatre splitting bills with Josh Radin, Tim Jones, Amos Lee and Todd Snider.
Still penning songs with Troy Johnson, Zach is also writing songs with Mike Busbee, Scott Bennett (Brian Wilson) and David Hodges (Kelly Clarkson, Evanesense, Chris Daughtry). Zach’s song “Pullin up the Drive” from his “Be Somebody” album was featured in the motion picture “The Feast of Love” from Lakeshore Productions, released in 2007, starring Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear. Plus, "Why Can't You," which he wrote, recorded, and produced by himself in three days, was featured in the motion picture "Henry Poole is Here" also from Lakeshore Entertainment released in 2008, starring Luke Wilson and George Lopez. He has had songs featured in MTV’s “The Real World”, Oxygen Network’s “Bad Girls” and an online television show “Port City P.D.” Zach’s song “Remember Me” from his “Last Call” EP was featured in the April 07 issue of Paste Magazine.
As for 2010, Zach's just completed his latest album, "WatchDogLookOuT." Contributers to WatchDogLooKOuT include producer/engineer Chad Brown (Ryan Adams, Faith Hill), percussionists Ken Coomer (Wilco, Steve Earle) and Fred Eltringham (The Wallflowers, Rivers Cuomo), upright bassist Frank Swart (Morphine, Norah Jones), keys guru Curt Perkins (Josh Rouse, J.J. Cale), guitarist Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt), complete with the mastering being done by Andrew Mendelson (Van Morrison, Rolling Stones). With a half a dozen more ancillary players, the team’s total discographies account for well in excess of 40 million records sold.
Lakeshore Records released Enjoy The Ride: Solo Writes 2001-12 on May 22, 2012. The album is a retrospective of Zach's solo writing skills and features the brand-new single, "Enjoy The Ride." Recorded and mixed in studios in Tennessee, Massachusetts, and California, this collection, written over a span of 11 years, showcases his personal and professional journey as a songwriter.
Zach’s music is about all of the things we never say and wish we could have; all the times you let slip through your fingers; and being thankful for the moments where you then realize that maybe, just maybe, that’s just the way it’s supposed to go.
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