chris brokaw

chris in barcelona in 2008
chris in barcelona in 2008
photo by lacautiva.

2009 shows

jan 10 2009 -- chris brokaw solo
lausanne, switzerland - "Lozane's Burning" Festival - chris backed by the swiss band BANDINI, 3 song set, many guests + performers

line-up: christina rosenvinge: guitar, piano, vocal; chris brokaw + charlie bautista: guitars; jeremy wilms: bass; steve shelley: drums. chris played on christina's new record.

feb 2 -- christina rosenvinge + band
murcia, spain, at auditorio victor villegas

feb 3 -- christina rosenvinge + band
barcelona, spain, at bikini

feb 4 -- christina rosenvinge + band
valencia, spain, at loco club

feb 6 -- christina rosenvinge + band
bilbao, spain, at antzokia

feb 7 -- christina rosenvinge + band
madrid, spain, at joy eslava

feb 8 -- chris brokaw solo
madrid, spain, at la buena vida

chris will play five shows in europe in february supporting MOGWAI. glaswegians ERRORS will also be on the bill.

feb 9 -- chris brokaw solo
bologna, italy, at estragon, w/mogwai and errors

feb 10 -- chris brokaw solo
milan, italy, at rolling stone, w/mogwai and errors

feb 12 -- chris brokaw solo
strasbourg, france, at la laterie, w/mogwai and errors

feb 13 -- chris brokaw solo
orleans, france, at astrolabe, w/mogwai and errors

feb 14 -- chris brokaw solo
reims, france, at la cartonnerie, w/mogwai and errors

feb 15 -- chris brokaw solo
lausanne, switzerland, at le romandie

feb 27 -- chris brokaw solo
winooski, vt, at the monkey house

feb 28 -- chris brokaw solo
montpelier, vt, house party

march 27 -- chris brokaw solo
nyack, ny, at riverspace arts, w/jennifer o'connor

april 25 -- chris eckman and friends
vienna, austria, "The Satellites of Love" -- an evening of the music of lou reed and the velvet underground. chris will play guitar in a band led by CHRIS ECKMAN (walkabouts, dirtmusic) and featuring members of TOSCA and SOFA SURFERS; songs will be sung by ELENI MANDELL, STEVE WYNN, SCHNEIDER TM, and others tba.

may 7 -- chris brokaw solo
brooklyn, ny, at sycamore, w/DAVE LERNER (ex-ted leo/pharmacists)

may 18 -- wrekmeister harmonies
ny, ny, at mercury lounge, chris sitting in on guitar with wrekmeister harmonies, a duo made up of sound artist jr robinson and guitarist mark shippy, opening for azita

may 28 -- the new year
valladolid, spain, at ciclo veral

may 29 -- the new year
vitoria, spain, at jimmy jazz

may 30 -- the new year
barcelona, spain, at the primavera festival, w/neil young, sonic youth, deerhunter, ghostface killah and many more

may 31 -- the new year
madrid, spain, at neu! club

june 9 -- chris brokaw solo
brooklyn, ny, at bruar falls, w/mike bones + doug paisley (chris plays at 9pm)

june 16 -- chris brokaw solo
new york, ny, at cake shop, w/WUSSY

june 19 -- chris brokaw solo
somerville, ma, at pa's lounge, w/WUSSY

june 20 -- chris brokaw solo
montpelier, vt, at lamb abbey, w/WUSSY

july 16 -- chris brokaw solo
brooklyn, ny, at sycamore, w/guest PETE FITZPATRICK

aug 3 -- chris brokaw solo
washington, dc, at the 9:30 club, w/MOGWAI

aug 8 -- rhys chatham presents A CRIMSON GRAIL
new york, ny, at lincoln center at 7:30pm; chris will be one of 200 electric guitarists performing this free, outdoor concert. preview story at the new york times. also read about it at rhys' website.

aug 9 -- five solo guitars
brooklyn, ny, at bruar falls; 5 of the guitarists playing with rhys chatham at lincoln center the day before get together: chris brokaw, david daniel, noveller, animal hospital, the paper hats

aug 19 -- chris brokaw performs "CANARIS"
brooklyn, ny, at issue project room. chris will perform the 2008 album "CANARIS" in its entirety. ROBBIE LEE will play an opening set of organ music, and accompany chris on the extended title track.

sept 3 -- chris brokaw/geoff farina duo
gloucester, ma, at rocky neck art colony

sept 18 -- chris brokaw solo
seattle, wa, at crocodile, w/DIRTY THREE

sept 24 -- falcatross
brooklyn, ny, at the bell house -- chris is playing guitar with FALCATROSS, pete fitzpatrick's new band. also perfoming: POLVO and SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE

sept 29 -- chris brokaw solo
brooklyn, ny, at issue project room, w/alan licht (reading from his first book

oct 8 -- chris brokaw guitar trio
brooklyn, ny, at the new knitting factory location, w/WREKMEISTER HARMONIES. for this show chris will perform in a trio of 12-string players including MICHAEL DAVISON and ZACHARY CALE. chris will also be performing with wrekmeister harmonies. read more here.


oct 12 -- chris brokaw solo
vienna, austria, at WUK, w/MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO.

oct 13 -- chris brokaw solo
frankfurt, germany, at brotfabrik, w/magnolia electric co.

oct 14 -- chris brokaw solo
munich, germany, at feierwerk, w/magnolia electric co.

oct 15 -- chris brokaw solo
torino, italy, at spazio 211, w/magnolia electric co.

oct 16 -- chris brokaw solo
rome, italy, at circolo artisti, w/magnolia electric co.

oct 17 -- chris brokaw solo
ravenna, italy, at bronson, w/magnolia electric co.

oct 18 -- chris brokaw solo
bologna, italy, at locomotiv, w/FUCK BUTTONS + HTRK

oct 21 -- chris brokaw 12-string guitar trio
new york, ny, at joe's pub, 11:30pm show, w/SCARCE; for these shows chris will perform in a trio of 12-string players with MICHAEL DAVISON and ZACHARY CALE

oct 25 -- chris brokaw 12-string guitar trio
new york, ny, at WFMU Record Fair, 2pm show, w/many others

oct 31 -- chris brokaw solo
somerville, ma, at the armory, accompanying silent film TBA - also appearing: DEVIL MUSIC ENSEMBLE, accompanying 'nosferatu'

2009 Halloween

nov 7 -- chris brokaw 12-string guitar trio
cambridge, ma, at lizard lounge, w/nina violet, drug rug, many more TBA


chris plays guitar on 4 songs on evan's new LEMONHEADS cd, "VARSHONS." fellow lemonheads on this disc include JOHN PERRY, KATE MOSS, and LIV TYLER. see the lemonheads site for details.

nov 14 -- chris brokaw solo
bologna, italy, at covo, w/EVAN DANDO

nov 15 -- chris brokaw solo
milan, italy, at magnolia, w/EVAN DANDO

nov 16 -- chris brokaw solo
turin, italy, at hiroshima, w/EVAN DANDO

nov 18 -- chris brokaw solo
san sebastian, spain, at gazteszena, w/EVAN DANDO

nov 19 -- chris brokaw solo
gijon, spain, at casino, at filmfest opening party, w/EVAN DANDO

nov 20 -- chris brokaw solo
valladolid, spain, at sala borja, w/EVAN DANDO

nov 21 -- chris brokaw solo
bilbao, spain, at kafe antzokia, w/EVAN DANDO

nov 23 -- chris brokaw solo
paris, france, at fleche d'or, w/EVAN DANDO; new york times item about the show

nov 24 -- chris brokaw solo
antwerp, belgium, at trix, w/EVAN DANDO

nov 27 -- chris brokaw solo
tivoli, holland, at Le Guess Who festival, w/EVAN DANDO

nov 28 -- chris brokaw solo
trier, germany, at exhaus, w/EVAN DANDO

nov 30 -- chris brokaw solo
munster, germany, at gleiss 22, w/EVAN DANDO

dec 1 -- chris brokaw solo
cologne, germany, at underground, w/EVAN DANDO

dec 2 -- chris brokaw solo
berlin, germany, at magnet, w/EVAN DANDO

dec 3 -- chris brokaw solo
hamburg, germany, at logo, w/EVAN DANDO

dec 5 -- chris brokaw solo
copenhagen, denmark, at vega, w/EVAN DANDO

dec 6 -- chris brokaw solo
oslo, norway, at john dee, w/EVAN DANDO

dec 7 -- chris brokaw solo
stockholm, sweden, at debaser, w/EVAN DANDO

dec 8 -- chris brokaw solo
gothenberg, sweden, at sticky fingers, w/EVAN DANDO

dec 10 -- chris brokaw and geoff farina
philadelphia, pa, at kung fu necktie, w/GLORYTELLERS + CURTIS HARVEY

dec 11 -- chris brokaw and geoff farina
new york, ny, at cake shop, w/GLORYTELLERS + CURTIS HARVEY

dec 12 -- chris brokaw and geoff farina
allston, ma, at great scott, w/GLORYTELLERS + CURTIS HARVEY

dec 13 -- chris brokaw and geoff farina
montpelier, vt, at the lamb abbey, 3PM SHOW!

dec 31 -- chris brokaw and geoff farina
boston, ma, at emmanuel church, as part of the FIRST NIGHT city-wide festival

you can also visit chris at

[last updated february 4, 2010]


chris brokaw solo
CHRIS began playing solo in late 1999. initially, the shows were for solo electric guitar and tambourine, but he eventually added vocals, and finally switched to acoustic guitar in 2002. chris also performed in 2005 and 2006 with the CHRIS BROKAW ROCK BAND featuring jeff goddard (ex-karate) on bass and kevin coultas (ex-rodan) on drums. chris' solo records include "red cities" (2002), "wandering as water" (2003), "my confidante + 3" (2004), "i was born, but. . ." original film score (2004), "incredible love" (2005), the "forestry" EP (2007), and "canaris" (2008).

chris has collaborated with HUGO RACE (ex-bad seeds) and CHRIS ECKMAN (ex-walkabouts) as DIRTMUSIC since in 2007, when they recorded their first album in prague, later released in late 2007 on GLITTERHOUSE RECORDS. their "IN THE DESERT" is a live recording of dirtmusic performing and rehersing in essakane and bamako, mali, at january 2008's FESTIVAL AU DESERT. the band returned to mali in january 2009 for 2 weeks to record their new album for glitterhouse records. they were joined in the studio by members of the malian band TAMIKREST. the album is slated for release in 2010.

chris brokaw and geoff farina
chris and GEOFF FARINA (ex-karate) have been performing together since late 2006 and have recorded an album comprised almost entirely of pre-WWII blues songs. entitled "THE ANGEL'S MESSAGE TO ME", it will be released by chris's new label CAPITAN RECORDS in early 2009.

chris has performed in this band with DOUG MCCOMBS (pullman, tortoise, 11th dream day, etc) and ELLIOT DICKS (ex-nerves) sporadically since 2006. they've been recording on and off in chicago since 2008.

thurston moore and the new wave bandits
a side project from moore's work with SONIC YOUTH, the band was first put together to tour in support of moore's solo record "trees outside the academy," released in september 2007. chris plays guitars in the band, which also includes STEVE SHELLEY, SUMARA LUBELSKI, and TOM HAYNER. "LIVE FROM SOHO" is an itunes exclusive 9-song EP, february 1, 2008, recorded live at the apple store in new york city, autumn 2007. video: chris and thurston at sxsw in 2008.

the new year
THE NEW YEAR showcases the songwriting of matt and bubba kadane, best known for their work with the dallas band BEDHEAD. the new year includes the kadanes, peter schmidt on guitar, mike donofrio on bass, and chris b. on drums. the band's third recording, "the new year," was released september 9 2008 on touch and go records.

empty house cooperative
THE EMPTY HOUSE COOPERATIVE 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. the ehc has existed for over 10 years. 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). brokaw, curry and sacks performed with the american repertory theatre in march 2003, in the production of "highway ulysses."


chris performing in lausanne, switzerland, february 2009

feb 2009 vermont poster

2009_0899 chris rhys 200 guitars.jpg

august 8 2009, chris performing as one of 200 electric guitarists in rhys chatham's A CRIMSON GRAIL outdoors at lincoln center, nyc
(photo by

dec 12 2009 great scott allson ma

chris in berlin, germany, 2007, by hanno
chris in berlin, germany, 2007, by hanno