Grant-Lee Phillips, Dean & Britta

TargetCancer Benefit Concert

Grant-Lee Phillips

Dean & Britta

Will Dailey & The Rivals

Thu, November 3, 2011

8:30 pm


Boston, MA

This event is 21 and over

Tickets available at TICKETMASTER.COM, by phone 800-745-3000 or no service charge on tickets purchased Fridays at Royale from 12-6PM.

Grant-Lee Phillips
Grant-Lee Phillips
Grant-Lee Phillips is best known as the voice and vision of the critically acclaimed group Grant Lee Buffalo. Soon after the band's 1993 debut album "Fuzzy" was on the shelves they headed for Europe, it was there that the band had it's first taste of commercial and critical success. Soon, they found themselves headlining large venues and playing every major festival, touring at a dizzying pace.

At home a strong fan base was forming seeded by some of popular music's greatest names, and soon these band's offered Grant Lee Buffalo opening slots on major tours. Grant Lee Buffalo went on the road with REM, Pearl Jam and The Smashing Pumpkins to name just a few. It was this incessant touring that earned Grant-Lee Buffalo a devoted following both in the States and abroad.

Meanwhile, Grant-Lee Phillips' searching, sometimes political songwriting continues to evolve well after the release of four major albums. The singer-songwriter has always moved restlessly, beginning with the mercurial acoustic-fuzz driven ballads of "Fuzzy," to the moody cinematic "Mighty Joe Moon" in '94 which yielded the classic single "Mockingbirds." From the diverse orchestral labyrinth of "Copperopolis" in '96 to the celebrational swan song of "Jubilee," which brought with it the widely successful gem "Truly, Truly."

After being voted best male vocalist of '95 by Rolling Stone magazine, he was heralded by fans and critics alike as being both a visionary and one of the most important songwriters of his generation. Known for his sweepingly cinematic forum that are both profoundly insightful and casually poetic his music continues on in this tradition.

In 1999 after many tumultuous changes at Warner Brothers both the band and the company had reached an impasse. Shortly after a long tour of duty in Australia promoting Jubilee word circulated that Phillips would continue on alone, while the fate of Grant Lee Buffalo would remain open. It was during this time that a mutual agreement was found, Warners would not pick up the option if Phillips wanted to go elsewhere and so he packed his bags and looked forward to the future.

Currently, Phillips is busy in Los Angeles playing to rapidly sold out shows at Largo. During these performances he has been showcasing new songs and approaches. His recent material carries the same depth and insight as his previous work but with added vibrancy and a new experimental edge. A bonus to Phillips solo engagements has been the exposure of a deeply human side, a unique, off beat sense of humor and love of spontaneity that might have been lost in the echo of mammoth venues.
Dean & Britta
Dean & Britta
Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips, former members of Luna. Started by Wareham in 1992, Luna made 7 studio albums and played their final shows in February 2005. "Tell Me Do You Miss Me" is the film documentary about the band's final tour. Prior to Luna Dean fronted Galaxie 500. Britta joined Luna in 2000. Before that, she played in several bands, starred in the movie Satisfaction (with Julia Roberts and Justine Bateman and Liam Neeson and Steve Cropper), and was the singing voice of 80s cartoon character, JEM.

In 2003 Dean and Britta released "L'Avventura", an album of covers and duets produced by Tony Visconti (Bowie, T. Rex). "L'Avventura" was recently released on the duo's own record label, Double Feature, and includes bonus tracks from the "Sonic Souvenirs" EP (remixes by Sonic Boom). Their 2nd album, "Back Numbers" was also produced by Visconti, and released on Zoe/Rounder Records on February 27, 2007.

Dean & Britta have scored several films, most notably Noah Baumbach's "The Squid & the Whale ".

Their current project is "13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests", a project commissioned by the Andy Warhol Museum and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The Screen Tests are silent film portraits that Andy Warhol shot at the Factory between 1964 and 1966. The subjects - both famous and anonymous - were visitors to Warhol's studio. The live show is a multi-media presentation, where Dean and Britta perform onstage with their band ( Anthony Lamarca and Matt Sumrow), while the Warhol films are projected overhead. Dean & Britta are releasing a double CD of the songs written for "13 Most Beautiful..." on their own label, Double Feature Records, on July 27, 2010. 13 Most Beautiful... was released on DVD by Plexifilm in April, 2009.
Will Dailey & The Rivals
Will Dailey & The Rivals
Will Dailey is an acclaimed recording and performing artist, who is a two-time winner of the Boston Music Award for Best Singer/Songwriter. Dailey has released two full-length albums (Back Flipping Forward and Torrent) through CBS Records and his music has been featured on over 50 TV programs and films. He tours with his backing band The Rivals and they have appeared on stage with Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp at two of their philanthropic Farm Aid concerts, and recently completed work on a Stephen King/John Mellencamp project produced by T Bone Burnett. After seeing Will Dailey in concert, the New York Post’s Dan Aquilante favorably contrasted him with the performers on American Idol, writing, “Forget the last five months of force-fed artificial pop music on TV that just crowned a king (who I'm betting will be forgotten as quickly as he was created) – Will Dailey is the real deal."

Throughout 2009, Dailey will be digitally releasing EPs every three months, all collecting songs he’s recently written. “After you’re done, you realize, ‘Oh! That’s what it’s about,” explains Dailey, so each installment of Torrent reflects a certain theme or mood. The first, Fashion Of Distraction, was largely written under the influence of the sounds of the '60s and early '70s, particularly the Byrds, so it's fitting that Roger McGuinn guests as a guitarist/vocalist on "Peace of Mind," a song whose lyrics are very much rooted in 21st century topical concerns and timeless emotional introspection. Another EP, By the Blue Hills, will follow in the spring and is a collection of songs saluting Boston and Will’s musical family there, featuring cameos from Boston luminaries and Dailey friends Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo), Tanya Donelly (Belly, Throwing Muses), Elliott Easton (The Cars), Tim Brennan (Dropkick Murphys) and local fixtures Duke Levine and Sean Staples. These two EPs will then be paired as physical copies, complete with extras and presented in CODE, a high-resolution audio standard pioneered by T Bone Burnett.

No other artist – not Radiohead, not Nine Inch Nails, not Prince – has taken such full advantage of all the possibilities for releasing music in this rapidly-shifting music business as Will Dailey does with Torrent. “We’re told that it’s a new day and that the restraints are off and the music business paradigm is changing,” says Will, “and if you’re Trent Reznor or Radiohead, that might very well be true. But most of us are still grappling with the machine and searching for ways to make it work for us.” These thoughts led Dailey to the constantly evolving Torrent, which isn’t merely an innovative project – one that redefines and reconfigures what an album is in the 21st century – but an artistically fulfilling endeavor, too. “I’m happiest when I’m writing songs, recording them and performing them,” says Dailey, and Torrent grants listeners a window into this private world. Unlike a typical album – which can take upwards of two years to record and release – Torrent allows him to get his music out to listeners with an immediacy unheard of even in independent rock, something that Dailey, as a veteran of Boston’s vibrant rock scene, is intimately familiar with. Indeed, Torrent reconnects with his beginnings as a musician, when he had to get his music out anyway he could.

Back in those early days, Dailey was playing on his own in coffeehouses and in bars with “bands you’re in for too long because they’re your best friends, not because you have musical goals together.” Dailey broke from this routine in 2003 when went out on his own to make GoodByeRedBullet. “I was adamant about having no computer involvement, keeping it really raw,” explains Dailey, who sold the album in a similar stripped-down fashion, touring across the US on his own, selling enough copies at gigs to travel to the next town. “The CD physically fed me, got me across the country, got me to Los Angeles and I started to advance to the next level.” The album received attention from Billy Zero on XM Radio and soon record labels were courting Will, and he spent the next year figuring out his next move. Just as he was getting his plan sorted out, he was struck with appendicitis. “Like a lot of musicians, I didn’t have health insurance and I got hit with an astronomical bill for a common procedure. I hadn’t seen that much money in my life!” He headed back to Boston, where he quickly got word that he had been offered a deal with an indie label, who asked him to fly back out to LA to record a second album. Instead, he hunkered down in Boston with his backing band the Rivals and recorded Back Flipping Forward in a speedy nine days.

“It was an album of survival,” says Dailey of the album that brought him to the major leagues. “I was kind of a mess, kind of leaning on my producer, Tom Polce. Right before he pressed record on the first track, he said they’re thinking of starting up CBS Records again and they’d love to hear what we’re doing. At that point in my life, I heard it all before: ‘somebody’s uncle’s dog knows somebody at a label.’ By then, I was just making music, I figured out ways to not need a label. Lo and behold, I put the record out and five months later I’m the first one signed to CBS Records.”

That signing was just one highlight in the acclaim that followed Back Flipping Forward. On its strength, Dailey won the Boston Music Award for Best Male Singer/Songwriter in 2006, CBS re-issued the album and Dailey’s music started popping up in hit TV shows like The Hills, CSI: Miami, Eli Stone and CSI: New York, where Will himself performed on camera. All this activity laid the groundwork for Torrent.

There’s no denying this ongoing project is a new way of getting his music out there, something that’s necessary in this day and age – “I don’t want to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic,” jokes Dailey, “I want to make a really strong raft, get people on it and start paddling” – but what really matters are the songs themselves, how Dailey speaks to our troubled times on “Peace of Mind,” how he revives the jangle of the Byrds with layers of 12- and six-strings on “So Many Wrong Ways,” how “Keep You a Mystery” shuffles along on a loping country-beat, how “Never Be Your Baby” surges on its soaring chorus, how “Allston” ends it all on a beautifully moody note. This is timeless music that speaks to the soul, just like the best singer/songwriters always do.
Venue Information:
279 Tremont St.
Boston, MA, 02116