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Chris Brokaw and Jimena Bermejo performing on Anns Street, Belfast, May 2018, as part of BBEYOND PerformanceArt. Photo by Jordan Hutchings.

2018 shows

Jan 7, 2018 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Cambridge, MA, at ZUZU; electric guitar brunch, 12-2pm, free

Italy, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal

New cd "The Hand That Wrote This Letter" out November 2017 on Capitan.

Jan 11, 2018 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Cornuda (Treviso), Italy, at Tipoteca Italiana

Jan 12 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Milano, Italy, at Volume Vinyl and Music Shop

Jan 13 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Bologna, Italy, at Efesto

Jan 14 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Firenze, Italy, house show

Jan 15 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Ravenna, Italy, at Fargo

Jan 17 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Brussels, Belgium, venue TBA

Jan 18 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Lille, France, at Le Caf&Diskaire

Jan 19 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Metz, France, at Cafe Du Lancieue

Jan 20 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Paris, France, at Les Instants Chavires

Jan 21 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Rennes, France, at Alaska Brocante et snack; details here

Jan 23 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Brest, France, (afternoon), at Bad Seeds Record Store

Jan 23 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Brest, France, (evening) at Le Mouton A Cinq Pattes

Jan 24 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Rouen, France, at Le 3 Pieces

Jan 25 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Nantes, France, at Cafe de la Rabine

Jan 26 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Lyon, France, at Le Bal des Fringants

Jan 27 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Pau, France, at La Ferronniere

Jan 28 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Elgoibar, Spain, at Casa de Kultura

Jan 31 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Oviedo, Spain, at La Lata de Zinc

Feb 2 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Lugo, Spain, at Clavicembalo

Feb 3 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Vigo, Spain, at Radar

Feb 4 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Braganca, Portugal, at Casa de Seda

Feb 5 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Vila Real, Portugal, at Club de Vila Real

Feb 6 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Porto, Portugal, at Maus Habitos

Feb 7 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Zamora, Spain, at Avalon

Feb 8 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Don Benito, Spain, at Rincon Pio Sound

Feb 9 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Madrid, Spain, at La Faena II

Feb 12, 2018 -- Lori Goldston / Chris Brokaw Duo
Cambridge, MA, at Lilypad, 7pm


Chris will be playing guitar with The Lemonheads on their 2018 Australian tour. These will be the band's first shows in two and a half years. Evan Dando and Chris will be singing and playing guitars, Farley Glavin playing bass, Mikey Jones playing drums. The dates include club shows and mini-festivals with other bands.

Feb 24 -- The Lemonheads
Hunter Valley, Australia, Bimbadgen Estate

Feb 25 -- The Lemonheads
Mt Cotton, Australia, at Sirromet Wines

Feb 28 -- The Lemonheads
Canberra, Australia, at Canberra Theater

March 1 -- The Lemonheads
Sydney, Australia, at Taronga Zoo

March 2 -- The Lemonheads
Wollongong, Australia, at Uni Bar

March 3 -- The Lemonheads
Perth, Australia, at Supreme Court Gardens

March 6 -- The Lemonheads
Melbourne, Australia, at The Curtain

March 7 -- The Lemonheads
Melbourne, Australia, at Corner Hotel

March 8 -- The Lemonheads
Adelaide, Australia, at The Gov

March 10 -- The Lemonheads
Relbia, Australia, at Josef Chromy Wines

March 11 -- The Lemonheads
Geelong, Australia, at Mt Duneed Estate

March 19 -- CBJB: Chris Brokaw and Jimena Bermejo
Somerville, MA, at PA's Lounge, THESOUNDOFYOURSCENE: moebius mayhem w/Zayde Buti, Tracy Chevrolet. and Milo Jones. Chris and Jimena perform guitars and dance; details here

March 22 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Brooklyn, NY, at Union Hall, Park Slope, w/Monotrope and Thurn + Taxis

Mar 29 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Cambridge, MA, at The Plough And Stars, 5pm to 6:30pm

Apr 10 -- Chris Brokaw Rock Band
Cambridge, MA, at Atwood's Tavern, w/Shepherdess; details here

May 4 -- Chris Brokaw Solo Electric
Brooklyn, NY, at Wonders of Nature, w/Robbie Lee

May 16 -- Chris Brokaw + Matthew Nolan present the films of Peter Hutton
Dublin, Ireland, at the Irish Film Institute. Experimental filmmaker Peter Hutton (1944-2016) is renowned for his silent cinematic portraits primarily of landscapes and cities. Chris and Dublin guitarist/composer Matthew Nolan will present some films in their original/silent state with others featuring new live scores for electric guitars and electronics. Event details here.

May 24 -- Chris Brokaw Rock Band
Providence, RI, at Machines with Magnets, details here

May 28 -- Possum
Charlestown, MA, at The Tavern At The End Of The World, Chris sitting in with this country rock music band

June 2 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Cambridge, MA, at the Middle East Bakery, 1-3pm

June 5 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Cambridge, MA, at Blue Bag Records. Chris writes: "6 months ago I released a cd called "The Hand That Wrote This Letter", a collection of David Bowie and Prince songs for classical guitar. I'll be playing a set of these tunes June 5 at Blue Bag Records in Cambridge, along with Jagtime Millionaire and Joseph Allred. 8pm. I'll be playing early. Come on down!" Details here.

June 16 -- Chris Brokaw Solo and the films of Peter Hutton
Stavanger, Norway, at Imir Scene Kunst. Hear See Visual Concert Series #2, in collaboration with NyMusikk. CB up first with solo songs set, Iver Findlay bringing visuals, 2nd up Golden Oriole duo set (Kristoffer Riis and Thore Warland) also with Iver, 3rd up CB again live score to Peter Hutton epic 'Skagafjordur' + In Titan's Goblet + NY Portrait Chapter 1 in silent state. Hear See is a visual concert series at RIMI/IMIR that presents a cross pollination between live music and visual mediums, where one can see the sound and hear the sights; details here and here.

July 2 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Somerville, MA, at ONCE, w/MARGARET GARRETT (Mr. Airplane Man); new music, solo electric sets, and maybe 1 or 2 songs together

July 13 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Burlington, VT, at Flynn Gallery, w/Anachronist, details here

July 14 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Montpelier, VT, house show

July 20-29, 2018
The MVF are Elisha Weisner (Kahoots) on guitar + vocals, Bob Weston (Shellac + Mission of Burma) on bass + vocals, Chris on drums + vocals. Listen and buy here.

July 20 -- Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Oak Bluffs, MA, at the OB Library, w/ Willie Mason

July 21 -- Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Northampton, MA, at The Basement, w/Mistresses / New Parents, details here

July 22 -- Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Cambridge, MA, at Lilypad, w/Mistresses

July 23 -- Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Brooklyn, NY, at Union Hall, w/Mistresses / Lovers

July 24 -- Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Philadelphia, PA, at The Sound Hole, w/Jennifer O'Connor / Mistresses

July 25 -- Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Pittsburgh, PA, The Rock Room, w/The Gotobeds / Empty Beings, details here

July 26 -- Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Louisville, KY, at Kaiju, w/Deep State / Jane

July 27 -- Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Chicago, IL , at Riviera Theater, w/My Bloody Valentine

July 28 -- Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Chicago, IL , at Riviera Theater, w/My Bloody Valentine

July 29 -- Martha's Vineyard Ferries
Chicago, IL, at Hideout, w/Nonagon / Out

August 4 -- Jimena Bermejo + Chris Brokaw
Gloucester, MA, at Magma, new works for dance + guitar, details here

August 6 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Monhegan Island, Maine, at Barnacle Cafe

August 17 -- Chris Brokaw Rock Band
Somerville, MA, at Thunder Road, w/Count Zero + Trinary System

Aug 26 -- Chris Brokaw/Chris Guttmacher duo
Cambridge, MA, at Blue Bag Records, w/Dredd Foole and Dollar Bin; Chris writes: "Chris Guttmacher has always been one of the best drummers in this town (or any town). Lately we've been holing up in the basement after hours and brewing something. We'll bring it out at BLUE BAG RECORDS Sunday August 26, with DREDD FOOLE and DOLLAR BIN. Last show at Blue Bag (not closing, just stopping shows), come rage." details here

Sept 1 -- Chris Brokaw and Matthew Nolan presenting the works of Peter Hutton
Washington, DC, at The National Gallery of Art, 2:30pm: Chris and Matthew will present new musical scores for a selection of works by American filmmaker Peter Hutton (1944 – 2016), alternating between films in their original silent state and ones with live scores for guitars and electronics. Free and open to all! Details here.

Sept 7 -- Charnel Ground
Raleigh, NC, at the Hopscotch Festival; Charnal Ground for this show are Chris on guitars, Kid Millions on drums, and Doug McCombs on bass. Listen here

Sept 8 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Jamaica Plain, MA, at Midway Cafe

Sept 14 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Framingham, MA, at Exhibit A

Oct 1 -- Chris Brokaw Rock Band
Cambridge, MA, at Charlie's Kitchen, w/Major Stars

Oct 7 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Greenfield, MA, at The Root Cellar, w/New Parents

OCT-NOV, 2018
Chris and Thalia will be playing solo sets and together as well. All shows will be in private homes. Schedule and ticketing by Undertow Music. Contact Undertow by July 20 if you're interested in hosting a show in or near the cities below. Tickets go on sale August 20.

Oct 10 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Baltimore, MD, venue & ticket info

Oct 11 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Richmond, VA, venue & ticket info

Oct 12 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Durham, NC, venue & ticket info

Oct 13 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Asheville, NC, venue & ticket info

Oct 15 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Atlanta, GA, venue & ticket info

Oct 16 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Birmingham, AL, venue & ticket info

Oct 17 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Pensacola, FL, venue & ticket info

Oct 18 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
New Orleans, LA, venue & ticket info

Oct 19 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Baton Rouge, LA, venue & ticket info

Oct 20 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Houston, TX, venue & ticket info

Oct 21 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Austin, TX, venue & ticket info

Oct 23 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Dallas, TX, venue & ticket info

Oct 24 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Denton, TX, venue & ticket info

Oct 25 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Little Rock, AR, venue & ticket info

Oct 26 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Memphis, TN, venue & ticket info

Oct 27 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Nashville, TN, venue & ticket info

Oct 28 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Louisville, KY, venue & ticket info

Oct 30 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Cleveland, OH, venue & ticket info

Oct 31 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Pittsburgh, PA, venue & ticket info

Nov 1 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Clearfield, PA, venue & ticket info

Nov 2 -- CB/TZ Living Room Tour
Albany / Hudson River Valley, NY, venue & ticket info

NOV, 2018
Additional dates and venues to be announced.

Nov 14 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Berlin, Germany, at Ballhausost, w/Locust Fudge + Mondo Fumatore

Nov 17 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Brest, France, at the Invisible Festival

Nov 22 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Groeningen, NL, at Club Vera

Nov 23 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Rotterdam, NL, at Old Church of Charlois, w/Howie Reeve + Jasper Stadhouters, presented by Wijnbar Koffie & Ambacht; details here

[last updated August 13, 2018]


Chris' January-February 2018 European tour included dates in France.
(See this poster full size.)

chris brokaw solo
Chris began playing solo in late 1999. His shows feature solo electric guitar and tambourine, vocals, and acoustic guitar. His solo records include "Red Cities" (2002), "Wandering as Water" (2003), "My Confidante + 3" (2004), the original film score "I was Born, But. . ." (2004), "Incredible Love" (2005), "Canaris" (2008), "VDSQ Solo Acoustic Volume Three" (2009), "Gambler's Ecstasy" (2012), "'Now, Forager' Soundtrack" (2014), "The Periscope Twins" (2015), and "The Hand That Wrote This Letter" (2017). Since 2005, he has performed occasionally with the CHRIS BROKAW ROCK BAND, first with Jeff Goddard (ex-Karate) on bass and Kevin Coultas (ex-Rodan) on drums, and later with a variety of musicians including Elisha Wiesner (Kahoots) on bass and Sal Esposito (Kahoots) on drums.

martha's vineyard ferries
MVF is a punk rock trio of Elisha Weisner (Kahoots) on guitar + vocals, Bob Weston (Shellac + Mission of Burma) on bass + vocals, and Chris on drums + vocals. Their 2010 record, "IN THE POND" is a 4 song, 1-sided 12" ep, with etching on side 2 by their pal Rosie. Their 2013 "MASS GRAVE" lp and cd is on Kiam and African Tape Records. Listen and buy at Kiam and at MVF on Bandcamp.

charnel ground
Charnel Ground's debut release was recorded in Brooklyn, NY, and released April 6, 2018 on 12XU. It features Kid Millions (Oneida/Boredoms) on drums, James McNew (Yo La Tengo) on bass + organ, and Chris on electric guitar and is for sale here. The band's live debut was Dec 11, 2017, in NYC and featured Kid Millions on drums, Chris on guitar, and Brad Truax (Interpol) on bass. In 2018, the band has one show scheduled: Sept 7 in Raleigh, NC, at the Hopscotch Festival. For this show the band will be Chris on guitars, Kid Millions on drums, and Doug McCombs (Tortoise/Brokeback) on bass. SPIN writes: ". . . Brokaw plays with real tenderness as McNew and Millions patiently keep time behind him—a reminder that improvised noise rock, when played well, is fully capable of touching your heart as well as melting your face."

chris brokaw and geoff farina
Chris and GEOFF FARINA (ex-Karate) have been performing together since late 2006. Their "THE ANGEL'S MESSAGE TO ME" is an album comprised almost entirely of pre-WWII blues songs. It was released on Damnably Records in the UK + Europe March 18 2010 and in the US on Chris's Label CAPITAN RECORDS on april 27 2010. It's for sale here. Their cd "THE BOARDER'S DOOR" was released in the autumn of 2010. Their most recent LP, "ALL OUT & DOWN" was released in April 2016 (special tour edition) on Landland.

empty house cooperative
EHC is a free-floating collective of musicians spearheaded and masterminded by multi-instrumentalist DAVID MICHAEL CURRY (Willard Grant Conspiracy, Thalia Zedek, Will Oldham, Boxhead Ensemble) and specializing in improvised music. Recordings include the full-length cd "Improvisational Music" (2001) on Hinah Records in France, featuring a trio of Curry, Brokaw and cellist Jonah Sacks, and "Painted Plane" (2004). The band's Hudson River Trilogy, recorded in 2001, was released in 2017 on Bandcamp. Brokaw, Curry and Sacks performed with the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, in the 2003 production of "Highway Ulysses," which won the Elliot Norton Prize for Outstanding Production by a Large Resident Company.


Chris performing in Stavanger, Norway, June 2018 with Findlay Sandsmark, deep in a dream of Daytona Beach, Florida


The debut record of Charnel Ground -- Kid Millions on drums, Chris Brokaw on guitars, and James McNew on bass -- was released April 6, 2018 on 12XU


The Lemonheads toured Austalia Feb-March 2018 for their first shows in two and a half years. The band featured Evan Dando and Chris singing and playing guitars, Farley Glavin playing bass, and Mikey Jones playing drums. The dates include these club shows plus mini-festivals with other bands.


Chris' CD covering Bowie and Prince songs was released November 28 2017 on Capitan Records

Chris and Thalia Oct 2017

Thalia Zedek and Chris Brokaw, October 24, 2017

Mobius at Distillery 2017

Mobius Summer Series, August 12, 2017 (see this poster full size)

MVF 2016

The Martha's Vineyard Ferries, Nov 28 2016