I love a bargain. If I could, I'd change my middle name to "Clearance." So the chance to see seven performers for $10 spot is definitely my cup of inexpensive tea.
On Sunday the Bourbon Street stage hosts the Hotel Cafe Tour with Cary Brothers, Joshua Radin, Brett Dennen, Schuyler Fisk, Joe Purdy, Your Missing Buddy and Brian Wright.
The Hotel Cafe began as a small L.A. coffee shop and has grown to become a premier venue for up-and-coming singer-songwriters. The Hotel Cafe Tour features 25 bands and musicians travelling together. At least six performers/acts will take to the stage at each of the 35 clubs they will play during the seven-week tour. Brothers, co-organizer of this tour, had one of his songs featured on the Garden State soundtrack and, as the headliner of the tour, has committed to perform at each venue. All of the musicians on this tour offer something unique, but there's one particular player I'm glad to see scheduled for the Boise stop.
Brett Dennen is a tall, broad-shouldered, ginger-haired young man whose stature belies his voice which is high and reedy and as sweet as southern tea. He's got an old soul and somehow sounds contemporary and classic at the same time. His lyrics are poetic and his playing and arrangements are just beautiful. Dennen's new release, So Much More, has a more or less permanent home in my car CD changer. I recommend checking out his music at www.myspace.com/brettdennen and www.brettdennen.com and then catching his Bourbon Street performance.
John Mayer (for whom Dennen has opened) told Rolling Stone, "[Dennen] paints these gorgeous pictures, musically. I put him on as a head clearer."
Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m., $10, Bourbon Street (upstairs from the Big Eaty, 416 S. 9th St., 367-1212.