July 24th, 2023 7pm Stage 1
Alan Walker was formerly the lead singer and keyboard player for New York City's rootsy/melodic pop legends The Brilliant Mistakes, who were aptly named after a song by one of their songwriting mentors, Elvis Costello. The band frequented the downtown NYC club scene from the early 90's through 2011, and played across the US, from Portland, ME to Southern California, from Austin, TX to Milwaukee, WI, and were independent radio favorites along the way (WFUV, WFMU, WFDU, WXPN among many others). They released three records which are still available on CD and on all major streaming services.
After releasing his first solo album in 2018, Something Up My Sleeve, Alan is close to releasing his second solo effort with special guests such as Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Lucy Kaplansky and Jon Herington (of Steely Dan). He will be performing songs from both records as well as an oldie or two from The Brilliant Mistakes catalog, backed by a stellar backup band made up of John Putnam on guitar (Richard Shindell, Jimmy Cliff), Mike Visceglia on bass (Suzanne Vega, John Cale) and Denny McDermott (Donald Fagen, Graham Parker).
"Sparkling pop in the vein of Crowded House and Squeeze." —The Boston Globe
"Alan Walker's voice reminds me of Karl Wallinger from World Party . . . terrific melodies and songs." —Aimsel Ponti, Portland Press Herald
"Well-crafted rock songs with a healthy twangy bent reminiscent of . . . Neil Young, Teenage Fanclub, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Wilco and The Jayhawks." —powerofpop.com
"Pop songs for adult listeners, clothed in rich musical arrangements with a nod towards such classic bands as the Byrds, Squeeze and the Jayhawks. "—Maverick Magazine (UK)
"Seriously mature pop; intelligent lyrics with depth, breadth and meaning, grown-up melodies and brilliantly conceived catchy choruses." —www.toxicpete.co.uk