chris brokaw


upcoming shows

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

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

Oct 8 -- Chris Brokaw Rock Band
Kingston, NY, at Tubby's

Oct 9 -- Chris Brokaw Rock Band
Peekskill, NY, street festival


October 22-30, 2021

Chris' Feb-March 2020 shows in Italy had to be postponed because of the pandemic. The tour will now take place Oct 2021, with Chris performing solo electric. Viva Italia!!

Oct 22 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Bologna, Italy, at Locomotiv

Oct 23 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Savona, Italy, at Raindogs

Oct 24 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Pisa, Italy, at Caracol

Oct 25 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Montecarotto, Italy, house concert

Oct 26 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Umbertide, Italy, at Cinema Metropolis

Oct 27 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Firenze, Italy, at Arci II Girone

Oct 28 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Torino, Italy, at Circolo Della Musical

Oct 29 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Milano, Italy, at Bloom Mezzago

Oct 30 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Belluno, Italy, at Cartiera Di Vas


Nov 5 -- Come
Brooklyn, NY, at Union Pool w/guests Tim Foljahn And The Possible Side Effects; tickets and details.

Nov 6 -- Come
Brooklyn, NY, at Union Pool w/guests Antietam; tickets and details.

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

Contributions for online shows on Facebook and Instagram can be made via PayPal ( and Venmo (@Christopher-Brokaw-2).

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


Cambridge, MA, winter 2021


[last updated Sept 28, 2021]


Chris is thrilled to announce that Come have signed with Fire Records of London, England, which will be reissuing the band's entire catalog over the next 3 years, with an additional album of Peel Sessions coming in April 2022.

The first release will be Come's DON'T ASK DON'T TELL (from 1994), out October 22, 2021. It is being issued as a double album/double cd with singles, b-sides and a few previously unreleased gems.


Newly remastered versions of "Car" and "German Song (Demo)" are now out. (Find both at this Pitchfork article.)

Come will play two shows this fall to celebrate the release, November 5 and 6 at Union Pool in Brooklyn, NY. Tickets are on sale now. Read more from Fire Records.

Dan Burton and Chris Carothers, who since 1994 have been making music under the name Ativin, asked Chris to play drums on their new record.

They worked together in New Orleans in August 2021. They plan to record in December 2021 in Chicago, with Steve Albini producing.


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.

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 are scheduled to perform November 2021 in Kansas City.

The piece debuted March, 2019, at Rimi/Imir SceneKunst in Stavanger, Norway, and at the Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival 2019. Details here about the project.


"ALL OUT & DOWN," Chris' 2016 collaboration of guitars and vocals with Geoff Farina, is out in a deluxe, handmade / silkscreened edition, with a brand new gatefold jacket. The artisans behind this 3rd version of the album are Dan Black and Landland Colportage.

The album includes covers of the Carter Family, Gun Club and more. Numbered edition of 145 copies. $25 postagepaid in the US (ask Chris for price outside the US) ~ venmo @Christopher-Brokaw-2 or PayPal

Chris played on The Lemonheads record "VARSHONS 2," which was released February 2019.

Chris toured the U.S. later that year as a Lemonhead, playing guitar on 34 shows.

In his most recent work with movies, 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.

Directed by Nick Frangione and starring 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 "PURITAN" lp and digital download -- 12XU, January 15, 2021 -- Many years in the making, "Puritan" is Chris' first all-out rock album since 2012's "Gambler's Ecstasy." It features bassist Dave Carlson and drummer Pete Koeplin. It is for sale on Chris' Bandcamp page in 140gram vinyl. The digital album can be purchased at 12XU. Read more about Puritan.


THE MARTHA'S VINEYARD FERRIES "SUNS OUT GUNS OUT" lp and digital download -- EJRC, February 26, 2021 -- Third release by guitarist/vocalist Elisha Wiesner (Kahoots), bassist/vocalist Bob Weston (Shellac, Mission Of Burma) and drummer/vocalist Chris Brokaw. The Ferries' Bandcamp page includes history, videos, audio tracks, and links to buy the record digitally or on vinyl. Shows scheduled for October 2021 have been postponed due to the ongoing pandemic.


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: create the perfect last record of the night to listen to at home. Chris explains the evolution. Guests include Greg Kelley, Samara Lubelski, Lori Goldston, David Michael Curry, Luther Gray, Jonah Sacks, and Timo Shanko. Cover art is by famed artist Sandy Dvore. Press for the record includes 4 stars from MOJO ("pensive mood-mastery") and 8 out of 10 from Uncut ("flinty, deep-breathing guitar"). For sale at VDSQ (U.S., LP) and tak:til/Glitterbeat (Europe, CD, and digital). Read more about End of the Night.


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 and organ. Listen on Bandcamp to music that goes from “total rager” with “white-hot feedback” to “sunshine-infused pop numbers,” according to Doom and Gloom from the Tomb. For sale here with download code included. Read more about Charnel Ground.


CHRIS BROKAW "THE HAND THAT WROTE THIS LETTER" cd -- Capitan Records, November 28, 2017 -- When a friend asked Chris to play her wedding, he asked for requests — and she said David Bowie and Prince. Chris turned some of their songs into classical guitar instrumentals and decided to make an album. Tracks include THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD, I WOULD DIE 4 U, and CONTROVERSY. For sale here! This CD is on Chris' label and was recorded by Claudia Groom and mastered by Matthew Barnhart. Read more about The Hand That Wrote This Letter.

Chris' Bandcamp page sells many of these recordings along with "Puritan" t-shirts made by Chris Kelley in Providence, Rhode Island, and other lp's, cd's, and test pressings.