chris brokaw


upcoming shows

After spending 2020 and the first part of 2021 performing via livestream on Facebook and Instagram, Chris returned to in-person concerts in May, 2021, both outdoors and inside.

July 15 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Cambridge, MA, at the Plough and Stars, w/Jim Buni and Liz DeBiase; PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIRED (vax card or photo)

July 17 -- Thalia Zedek Band
Jamaica Plain, MA, at The Midway Cafe; 20th anniversary show for Thalia's "Been Here and Gone" release with her original band, which includes Chris

August 7 -- Chris Brokaw Rock Band
Cabot, VT, outdoor show, w/Anachronist

August 14 -- Chris Brokaw Rock Band
Keene, NH, at NOVA Arts, w/Rick Rude; info here

Sept 3 -- Chris Brokaw Rock Band
Cambridge, MA, at the Middle East Up, w/ the Thalia Zedek Band, Helen Money, and Hilken Mancini & Chris Colbourn

Sept 4 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Concord, MA, backyard show

Sept 17 -- Chris Brokaw Rock Band
Portland, ME, at Sun Tiki Studios, w/Lahnah; info here

Sept 18 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Jamaica Plain, MA, backyard show, w/Hilken Mancini

Oct 1 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Chicago, IL, at The Hideout, w/Azita

Oct 7 -- Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Oak Bluffs, MA, at The Ritz

Oct 8 -- Martha's Vineyard Ferries and Chris Brokaw Rock Band
Kingston, NY, at Tubby's

Oct 9 -- Martha's Vineyard Ferries and Chris Brokaw Rock Band
Peekskill, NY, street festival

Oct 10 -- Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Somerville, MA, at Union Tavern, w/Landowner and Flower

Oct 11 -- Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Ridgewood, NY, at TV Eye, w/Flower

In October, Chris is also looking at a solo Italy tour and shows with Come. Details TBA!

Information about shows is most frequently updated at Chris' Facebook page and his Instagram page.

Contributions for online shows can be made via PayPal to and Venmo to @Christopher-Brokaw-2 — any donation is appreciated.

Chris is teaching guitar and drums by video and in person. Email him at for details.


Cambridge, MA, winter 2021


[last updated July 22, 2021]


Chris' album "Puritan" was released January 15, 2021 on 12XU. This is Chris' first all-out rock album since 2012's "Gambler's Ecstasy." It features bassist Dave Carlson and drummer Pete Koeplin. Press links are here.


It is for sale on Chris' Bandcamp page in 140gram vinyl. The digital album can be purchased at 12XU.

Also for sale on Bandcamp are t-shirts made by Chris Kelley in Providence, Rhode Island, and a slew of other lp's, cd's, and test pressings.


Reuss Musical Instruments of Copenhagen has collaborated with Chris on a guitar pedal, the Reuss Recidivist Chris Brokaw signature pedal. This is a limited edition of 50 pedals.

The MARTHA'S VINEYARD FERRIES album "Suns Out Guns Out" was released February 26, 2021. The Ferries' Bandcamp page includes videos, audio tracks, and links to buy the record digitally or on vinyl.


Chris' solo LP "End Of The Night" was released May 24, 2019, on VDSQ and tak:til/Glitterbeat.

Press for the record includes 4 stars from MOJO ("pensive mood-mastery"), 8 out of 10 from Uncut ("small group settings offer the perfect vehicles for Brokaw's flinty, deep-breathing guitar"), and Dusted ("masterful restraint").

See the full list of press and interviews.


The album cover is by renowned artist Sandy Dvore; read a Q&A between Chris and Dvore. See a large version.

The record is available at VDSQ (U.S., LP) or tak:til/Glitterbeat (Europe, CD and digital). Listen to select tracks at Bandcamp.

Chris has been collaborating with Findlay//Sandsmark, a Norway-based performance company working in dance, theater, video art, and live music, on the development of a new multimedia piece. It's titled "Florida (lowlands)."

They brought the work to Bergen, Norway, Nov 29 and 30, 2019. It debuted March, 2019, at Rimi/Imir SceneKunst in Stavanger, Norway, and at the Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival 2019. Details here about the project.

Chris toured the U.S. for six weeks with THE LEMONHEADS in 2019, playing guitar on 34 shows.

Chris played on the Lemonheads record, "Varshons 2," which was released February 2019.

Chris composed the film score for the feature film "Buck Run," which had its world premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2019. Watch the trailer here.

The movie is directed by Nick Frangione and stars James Le Gros. Variety says: "The drifting electric guitar of Chris Brokaw’s score further amplifies a timelessly melancholy air."

Chris' film scoring work also includes "Barracuda," a 2017 feature film by Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund. It was nominated for the SXSW Gamechanger Award and the SXSW Grand Jury Award.


recent releases


CHRIS BROKAW "END OF THE NIGHT" lp and cd -- VDSQ and tak:til/Glitterbeat, May 24, 2019 -- Chris and Steve Lowenthal came up with the idea for this album: creating the perfect last record of the night to listen to at home. Read press as well as Chris' comments about the album's evolution. The album includes guests Greg Kelley, Samara Lubelski, Lori Goldston, David Michael Curry, Luther Gray, Jonah Sacks, and Timo Shanko. Cover art is by famed artist Sandy Dvore (Buffalo Springfield, The Partridge Family). It's for sale at VDSQ (U.S., LP) and tak:til/Glitterbeat (Europe, CD and digital).


LEMONHEADS "VARSHONS 2" cd and lp -- Fire Records, February, 2019 -- As with "Varshons 1," this album is a set of covers of 13 artists, including Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Lucinda Williams, and The Bevis Frond. Chris played guitar on the album, including "Can't Forget" by Yo La Tengo. Track list here. The band toured Europe and the U.S. in 2019 with Chris on guitar and vocals.


"CHARNEL GROUND" lp -- 12XU, April 6, 2018 -- Charnel Ground's debut release was recorded in Brooklyn, NY, and features Kid Millions (Oneida/Boredoms) on drums, Chris on electric guitar, and James McNew (Yo La Tengo) on bass + organ. Listen on Bandcamp. “'The High Price' is a total rager, with Kid and McNew laying down a demonic beat and Brokaw coughing up shards of glorious riffage and white-hot feedback,” says Doom and Gloom from the Tomb. “But the album isn’t all thrash-and-burn. 'Playa del Ticia' and 'Skeleton Coast' are both sunshine-infused pop numbers.” Read more about Charnel Ground here. Download code included with the LP. For sale here!


CHRIS BROKAW "THE HAND THAT WROTE THIS LETTER" cd -- Capitan Records, November 28, 2017 -- When a friend asked Chris to play at her wedding, Chris asked for requests — and she said David Bowie and Prince. Chris turned some of their songs into classical guitar instrumentals, began playing them obsessively, and decided to make an album. Track list includes THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD, I WOULD DIE 4 U, CONTROVERSY, and MODERN LOVE. This CD is #014 on Chris' Capitan Records label and was recorded by Claudia Groom October/November 2016 and mastered by Matthew Barnhart. Read a Q&A about the project. For sale here!

Chris November 2017

Chris, November 2017, by Thalia Zedek