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Brendan Getzell

Ever since his first piano lesson when he was a boy of 6, San Francisco Bay Area singer-songwriter Brendan Getzell has lived and breathed music. You could go back even further, perhaps to all the Talking Heads, Gershwin and Willie Nelson his mother played around the house when he was very little. In the years since, detours of academics (UC Santa Barbara) and musical theatre aside, Brendan developed steadily as a musician and songwriter, picking up piano, guitar, drums, mandolin, and numerous other instruments. In those years, music has become both a pursuit and a pastime for Brendan; he once devoted an entire spring break to recording his own full-band version of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" all by himself, singing all the parts and playing all the instruments. His songs incorporate many elements and styles, including rock, pop, and hints of folk, blues and drama that evokes his theatrical background.

 


In 2014 Brendan released his latest album, Better Late Than Never, featuring local hits "Serenade" and "Missing a Cue". The exquisite, lush arrangements (created with producer Ashif Hakik) elevate the songs to  goosebump-generating territory.

 


To get the full Brendan experience though, you have to see him perform his songs live (which he does all over the San Francisco Bay Area, and far beyond), where his sense of humor, charisma and storytelling lend even deeper elements to the listening experience.

 


You can find him every Monday night, hosting the world-famous Hotel Utah Open Mic (500 4th St, San Francisco).

 


Also be sure to ask him about his appearance on Jeopardy! (short answer: "I lost" slightly longer answer: "I was really good!  then i lost")

 

 



The Brendan Getzell Band is:

 

Brendan Getzell (vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin), and a cast of many movers and shakers, including Dave G, GG Tanaka, May, Tommy P, Gerard, Adam Thompson, Kaveh, and more!

 

 

Brendan also performs with a number of other bands, including:

 

-Kat Robichaud and the Darling Misfits ... Gifted with an amazing vocal talent that propelled her to the finals in the 2013 season of 'The Voice', singer-songwriter Kat Robichaud is one of San Francisco's most engaging, bombastic, and powerful performers. Don't miss her acclaimed Misfit Cabaret performance series, for which Brendan is Musical Director.

 

 

-The Dull Richards ... Versatile and high-energy string band out of San Francisco, featuring Josh Beemish (vocals & banjo), Reese Douglas (vocals & guitar), Brendan Getzell (mandolin, piano & vocals), and Adam Thompson (upright bass).

 

 

-Rebel Rebel ... The San Francisco Bay Area's fastest-growing David Bowie tribute band.

-First Church of the Sacred Silversexual ... This is a David Bowie "worship" band, featuring Reverend Lysol Tony Romeo, Adam Dragland, Kat Robichaud, Michael Carney, John Hollis, Ben Chambers, Jillian Gnarling, and many more.

-Bill Fried ... Passionate East Bay-based songwriter, for whom Brendan plays guitar and mandolin.

-The Old Grey Whistle Test ... Project of Vandella singer Tracey Holland

-Dragland ... Band fronted by Gold Minor lead guitarist Adam Dragland

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