Friday - June, 29 @ 8:00pm
"When Brian Larney of The Town Hall was recording his 5-song EP, his plan was to call it The Charm Offensive. That changed the day he stumbled across an old political button that read "America Needs J.F.K."
"It was simple, direct and America DOES need The Town Hall" says Larney , for whom The Town Hall is as much a pseudonym as a band name.
"I prefer playing with a band to playing solo, but it's always The Town Hall, regardless of who is on stage," Larney says. "I like to say that 'We are all the Town Hall,' myself and the audience."
Though America Needs The Town Hall isn't a political album, that it was written in this time of political divide and social upheaval by a writer as introspective and sensitive as Larney, it's little wonder that the state of the media and politics would be so reflected by his songs. Backlash was the writer's reaction to the awful and unfortunate outcome of the Dallas protests last summer: "Everyone has lost it, the crowd loses sight. There's five dead in Dallas tonight."
But not everything is moody when it comes to Larney's songwriting, which leans as much Burt Bacharach-Partridge Family as the modern, alternative groups he is often compared to such as Father John Misty, City and Colour and the Decemberists.
In his latest music video for "No End in Sight" Larney shows his wit and dry humor with a spoof of Uber, playing a driver having the longest day of his life. The video was directed by Larney himself, and will soon be available on You Tube and Vevo.
650A Congress Street, Portland ME
- Mon: 5PM-11PM
- Tues: 6PM-12AM
- Wed: 5PM-12AM
- Thurs: 5PM-12AM
- Fri & Sat: 5PM-1AM
- Sun: 4PM-10PM
Blue has won Portland’s Best Jazz Venue for several years in a row and dedicates every Saturday night to Jazz at Blue.
We are a DONATION BASED venue. Please show your support to the musicians by donating to the basket by the stage. Because we don’t charge a cover and 100% of your donations go to the musicians we respectfully ask that each person make a ONE PURCHASE MINIMUM of food/beverage to help support the room. All seats are first come, first served (feel free to share a table). We do not take reservations.