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  • Hollis Brown

    107.1 The Peak Presents

    Hollis Brown

    Don DiLego & The Touristas

    Fri, September 6, 2019

    Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

    Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre

    Port Chester, NY

    $18.00 ADVANCE // $23.00 DOOR

    This event is 21 and over


    Hollis Brown
    Hollis Brown
    Hollis Brown is an American Rock ‘n’ Roll band. Named after a Bob Dylan song (“The Ballad of Hollis Brown”), the band was formed by Queens-natives and songwriters Mike Montali (lead vocals/guitar) and Jonathan Bonilla (lead guitar). Both 2nd-generation immigrants (Italian-American and Puerto Rican-American, respectively), they soon found their musical brethren across America, recruiting Andrew Zehnal (drums) from Cleveland, and Adam Bock (keyboard/vocals) from St. Louis.

    Hollis Brown’s latest single “Run Right To You” was released on 7” vinyl in October 2016 on Velvet Elk/One Little Indian records. Their song “Steady Ground” is a featured exclusive on Amazon’s playlist Amazon Acoustics. The band’s vinyl EP, Cluster of Pearls (Alive Naturalsound Records), was chosen as one of the 300 select releases throughout the world for Record Store Day 2016. Pressed on Starburst Vinyl, the record is limited to 800 copies and features four previously unreleased tracks and two songs released on vinyl for the first time. It was released digitally on iTunes in August 2016. Cluster of Pearls follows up the 2015 release of Hollis Brown’s third album 3 Shots (Jullian Records/RED), featuring the Bo Diddley collaboration “Rain Dance,” and the duet “Highway 1” with acclaimed alt-country songstress Nikki Lane.

    The independent act has achieved a significant amount of success since their formation in 2009. They released their debut album Ride On The Train on Alive Naturalsound in 2013
    (produced by Adam Landry), garnering song and video premieres from Rolling Stone, Paste, and American Songwriter, along with music placements in the worldwide trailer for the Michael Keaton film “The Founder,” the Willem Dafoe/Matt Dillon film “Bad Country,” Direct TV’s “Kingdom”; Showtime’s “Shameless,” MTV’s “Real World,” and an online ad campaign for Abercrombie & Fitch.

    Following a Lou Reed tribute concert in NYC, Alive Naturalsound asked the band to record a tribute to the Velvet Underground’s classic album Loaded, as a limited-edition vinyl release for Record Store Day 2014. Hollis Brown Gets Loaded took on a life of its own, with airplay on influential radio stations, resulting in a full CD & digital release.

    The band has toured extensively in America and Europe, headlining and supporting such bands as The Counting Crows, Citizen Cope, The Zombies, Jackie Greene, Heartless Bastards, Rich Robinson of Black Crowes, and Jesse Malin, and building an impressive fan base on both continents.

    Mascot Label Group has announced the signing of Hollis Brown to a global recording agreement with Cool Green Records. Their next album was released on June 7, 2019.
    Don DiLego & The Touristas
    Don DiLego & The Touristas
    Don DiLego has released 5 studio albums and 1 full-length score for the motion picture “Ranchero.” His last full length album, ‘Magnificent Ram A’, (One Little Indian/Velvet Elk) was “DiLego’s Masterpiece” if you are to believe No Depression, and a “Stunner of a record”, if you’re willing to concede that opinion to Paste Magazine. Either way, Don was quite pleased with the album title, which he scribed after his umpteenth trip to The Museum of Natural History, in NYC, where he currently resides (even though spending most of his time at his studio in the woods of the Poconos). He released the outtakes and B-sides to that record the following year, and cleverly titled it “Magnificent Ram B.”

    In late 2017 Don released the single “Different Man,” (from Magnificent Ram B), in an ode to his far East Village neighborhood...and also as a stall tactic as he was not yet prepared for another album. Oh, and currently he’s insanely covering a song every single day for a year (maybe it’s been a little longer...) and posting to his social media sites because what else should he do there, and he’s too prideful to admit that he should’ve just promised “a song a week for a year!” He may have been drunk. He’s definitely stubborn. To date, he’s recorded 315 of these.

    His latest single, “Your Great Escape”, which RollingStone calls “big-city, alt-country music” (an apropos oxymoron that probably hits the nail on the head), was released in June of 2019. Don tours both solo as well as with his band, The Touristas, a mix of multi-instrumentalist do-gooders who make him sound just right. At least that’s what they tell him.
    He has produced albums for Jesse Malin, Hollis Brown, and Rebecca Haviland among others, and continues to write with the electro-twang side project Beautiful Small Machines which he started with Bree Sharp after David Duchovny stopped issuing restraining orders on her.

    DiLego and Malin started Velvet Elk Records a few years ago (after their black mold basement studio project flooded out) releasing both artists along with the single “Run Right To You” by Hollis Brown, which Don produced in that studio in the woods that he never mentions the exact location of for some odd reason. Oh, Don has won several songwriting competitions, including one in Australia (International Song of the Year), where they had dancers on stage as they announced it and they LITERALLY called him from a cell phone on stage to accept the award...at 6am his time while he was eating scrambled eggs and the waiter thought he was very strange to be thanking his eggs for some songwriting award. Anyway, you should’ve been there I guess.

    Growing up, Don’s dad had an old train station bar in Western Massachusetts and his first record was a 45 of “Rhinestone Cowboy” by Glen Campbell...who he would often mix up with The Lone Ranger, which makes kind of a lot of sense if you think about it. Since then, he has purchased other non-Rhinestone Cowboy related records, but still pines for the “good ol days” when you could wear “something bejeweled and sparkly” while singing country songs.
    Venue Information:
    Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre
    145 Westchester Avenue
    Port Chester, NY, 10573