chris brokaw


Chris travels to Italy in February and March 2020.

2020 shows

Jan 11, 2020 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Somerville, MA, house concert; contact Chris for details

Jan 18 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
South Boston, MA, at Midway Lab, Mobius presents: Chris Brokaw, Chris Guttmacher, Mike IX Williams, Mark Cetilia, Max Lord

Jan 24 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Cambridge, MA, at Lizard Lounge, w/ Thalia Zedek, Field Day, Kid Gulliver

Feb 1 -- Chris Brokaw and Jimena Bermejo
Dallas, TX, at Latino Cultural Center as part of Teatro Dallas' International Festival; their piece is called "Paper Piel" and includes being wrapped in paper constructions that look like sculptures. Executive director Sara Cardona says: “I like Jimena’s aesthetic because she’s very sort of minimal, low-tech. I don’t know exactly how it’s going to work out, but apparently the paper is part making sounds and part of the dance. There is the idea of paper as a skin, and paper as a surface that everyone uses daily, though it’s kind of disappearing because of digital. They’re reimagining it as part of the body.” Read more here.

Feb 4 -- The Spelling Bee
Somerville, MA, at Highland Kitchen; Chris writes: "Here's what you need to know: yes, it's a spelling bee. Individuals step up to a mic and are tested on the spelling of words of increasing difficulty. Anyone can play. There's no cover. Just sign up at the bar between 9 and 10pm. The bee goes from 10 to 11. The winner gets a $25 gift certificate to Highland Kitchen. Hazrat Potomac is the mc. I'm his foil. We goof around and I play stupid stuff on guitar. It's fun. Words!" Every first Tuesday of the month!

Feb 22 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Brooklyn, NY, at 519 Evergreen Ave, in a benefit for; details here

Feb 14 -- Chris Brokaw and Jimena Bermejo
Boston, MA, 7pm at Assemblage Gallery, 70a Sleeper Street; a Mobius production titled "Chocolate Champagne Secrets," with performances by Jimena Bermejo and Zayde Buti, live music by Chris Brokaw, and special guest Liz Roncka; read more here about this dreamy, fun, and mysterious event

Feb 22 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Brooklyn, NY, @ 519 Evergreen, Bushwick. VESTMENTS + UM + CHRIS BROKAW + JOEY TRUMAN W/BRAD TRUAX + IAN WILSON in benefit for 7pm to midnight; details here

February 27-March 8, 2020
Chris will be touring Italy for 2 weeks.

Feb 27 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Genoa, Italy, at Teatro Bloser; details here

Feb 28 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Bologna, Italy, at Efesto; details here

Feb 29 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Pescara, Italy, house concert

March 1 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Montecarotto, Italy, at Osteria Sotto le Mura

March 2 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Cremona, Italy, at Osteria del Fico

March 3 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Roma, Italy, at Le Mura

March 4 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Ravenna, Italy, at Bronson

March 5 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Perugia, Italy, at T-Trane records; details here

March 6 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Firenze, Italy, at Circolo Arci Progresso

March 7 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Busto Arsizio, Italy, at Circolo Gagarin; details here

March 8 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Narzole, Italy, House Concert

March 14-25, 2020
Chris and Geoff last did a Living Room tour in 2016, after the release of their "All Out & Down" LP. For this U.S. tour, all tickets must be purchased in advance from the Undertow Music Collective.

March 14 -- Chris Brokaw / Geoff Farina
Milwaukee, WI, house concert; advance tickets here

March 15 -- Chris Brokaw / Geoff Farina
Madison, WI, house concert; advance tickets here

March 16 -- Chris Brokaw / Geoff Farina
St. Paul, MN, house concert; advance tickets here

March 18 -- Chris Brokaw / Geoff Farina
Chicago IL, house concert; advance tickets here

March 19 -- Chris Brokaw / Geoff Farina
Detroit, MI (Grosse Point), house concert; advance tickets here

March 20 -- Chris Brokaw / Geoff Farina
Cleveland, OH (Shaker Heights), house concert; advance tickets here

March 21 -- Chris Brokaw / Geoff Farina
Pittsburgh, PA, house concert; advance tickets here

March 22 -- Chris Brokaw / Geoff Farina
Baltimore, MD (Catonsville), house concert; advance tickets here

March 23 -- Chris Brokaw / Geoff Farina
Brooklyn, NY, house concert; advance tickets here

March 24 -- Chris Brokaw / Geoff Farina
Boston, MA (Allston), house concert; advance tickets here

March 25 -- Chris Brokaw / Geoff Farina
Boston, MA (Somerville), house concert; advance tickets here

April 12 -- Chris Brokaw with Damo Suzuki (of CAN 1970-1973)
Cambridge, MA at the Cambridge Community Center; Chris writes: "I'm honored and excited to play guitar for one night with magical legend supreme DAMO SUZUKI. Also on board: Chris Guttmacher on drums, Sam Potrykus on bass, Andrew Abrahamson on synth. Going for groove. Anything will happen!" Event details here

April 20 -- Chris Brokaw Rock Band
Allston, MA, at O'Brien's, with EARLY DAY MINERS

April 24 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Hamden, CT, at Space, w/ JENNIFER O'CONNOR

April 25 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Philadelphia, PA, at Ortlieb's, w/ JENNIFER O'CONNOR

April 26 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Marlboro, NY, at The Falcon, w/ JENNIFER O'CONNOR

[last updated February 22, 2020]


Jimena Bermejo and Chris Brokaw have been collaborating on movement and music since 2017.

Chris' bands and projects

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), "The Hand That Wrote This Letter" (2017), and "The End Of The Night" (2019). Since 2005, he has performed occasionally with the CHRIS BROKAW ROCK BAND with a variety of musicians.

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 2019, the band will play four shows in April, with 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.


Mobius presented a show in South Boston at Midway Lab, with Chris Brokaw, Chris Guttmacher, Mike IX Williams, Mark Cetilia, and Max Lord


Chris and Thalia Zedek performing at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA, January 24, 2020. Photo by Judith Anne Sprague.


Performing at Union Pool in Brooklyn, NY, Sept 2019. Photo by Kevin Bannon.


Chris toured with THE LEMONHEADS in Europe and the U.S. in 2019.


Hidden Tooth is Dave Curry and Chris Brokaw. They performed their improvised music for guitar, viola, trumpet and electronics throughout Massachusetts in 2019.


Charnel Ground (Kid Millions, Chris Brokaw, Douglas McCombs) toured the U.S. and Europe in 2019.