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Dan Israel

"On this record, Israel mostly does his thing, and he does it extremely well.  Very few musicians can keep making records this catchy and vital-sounding as they get into middle age, but Israel has again proved he's evergreen.  No reason to think he won't still be here 20 years from now, doing exactly this. Here's hoping." - Duluth News-Tribune

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Few songwriters are capable of coming up with such catchy melodies with such ease, and his sonic approach – somewhere between rootsy folk rock and winsome power pop – fits his plainspoken singing and (mostly) personal lyrics like the perfect sock. Whether he’s rocking out, as on “Set Each Other Free,” “The Hang of It” or the title track, laying back for a more intimate sound, as on “How Do I?” or “Drove So Far,” or doing both at once with the two part New York medley, comprised of “I’m in New York” and “Taking the Fall,” Israel makes it sound almost criminally easy – yet, given the emotions on display when he sings, it no doubt was not.” - Michael Toland

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Dan Israel wants you to hear his new music - Seriously.

Dan and his band, drummer David J. Russ, bassist Mike Lane, and guitar wizard Steve Brantseg (Suburbs, Bash and Pop, Phones) traveled up to Rich Mattson’s Sparta Sound on Minnesota’s Iron Range (where Dan’s Mom is from) in November 2021 to lay down basic tracks. Back in Minneapolis, at Dave

Dan Israel wants you to hear his new music - Seriously.

Dan and his band, drummer David J. Russ, bassist Mike Lane, and guitar wizard Steve Brantseg (Suburbs, Bash and Pop, Phones) traveled up to Rich Mattson’s Sparta Sound on Minnesota’s Iron Range (where Dan’s Mom is from) in November 2021 to lay down basic tracks. Back in Minneapolis, at Dave Russ’ It’s a Secret, bold textures were added by John Eller (Shiny Lights, Zeppo) and Peter J. Sands (Honeydogs, Turn! Turn! Turn!) on keys, and Katie Gearty (Sunshine Committee) and Colleen Martin-Oake (Lolo’s Ghost) on vocals. All that, and Seriously features striking cover art by renowned Minnesota artist Laura Bennett.

After the “Use Your Illusion”-like dual album success of 2019’s “Social Media Anxiety Disorder” and 2020’s “Social Distance Anxiety Disorder,” a new batch of powerful songs emerged, fueled by seasonal change, desire for escapism, and true love. Seriously explores themes like you wouldn’t even believe.

Seriously offers up pointed and poignant commentary for troubled minds in troubled times - both personal and political - with hooks aplenty and some surprising turns and twists. It meets at the intersection of Israel’s Petty/Costello/Rafferty influence alchemy and Brantseg’s stunning “Mick Ronson meets Mike Campbell” guitar work.

Have you really LISTENED to a Dan album lately? Perhaps a record by Dan Fogelberg? Maybe a Steely Dan CD? Perchance a Daniel Johnston cassette? You’ve seen those other Dans, and yes, they’re great. But now it’s time you hear Dan Israel - Seriously.

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Shows

Date Event Location
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at Taco JED in Rochester, MN Taco JED, Rochester, MN 55904 Taco JED, Rochester, MN 55904
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival in downtown Minneapolis from 2 pm to 3 pm (Cities 97 stage next to Hennepin Ave. Bridge) - FREE, ALL-AGES, OUTDOORS Stone Arch Bridge Festival in downtown Minneapolis - Cities 97 stage next to Hennepin Avenue Bridge, Minneapolis, MN Stone Arch Bridge Festival in downtown Minneapolis - Cities 97 stage next to Hennepin Avenue Bridge, Minneapolis, MN
Dan Israel plays Dylan songs with Dean Wolfson and Tommy Bentz and others at Tuttle's in Hopkins Tuttle's Eat Bowl Play, Hopkins, MN 55343 Tuttle's Eat Bowl Play, Hopkins, MN 55343
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at the Periodic Table at the Hotel Grinnell in Grinnell, Iowa from 6 pm to 8 pm The Periodic Table at the Hotel Grinnell, Grinnell, IA 50112 The Periodic Table at the Hotel Grinnell, Grinnell, IA 50112
Dan Israel (with his band!) opens for LOS LOBOS at the ROC (next to the St. Louis Park Rec Center along 36th Street in St. Louis Park) The ROC at the St. Louis Park Rec Center, St. Louis Park, MN 55416 The ROC at the St. Louis Park Rec Center, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at Skinner's Pub in St. Paul from 7-9 pm (Skinner's Pub is at: 919 Randolph Ave, St Paul, MN 55102) Skinner's Pub, St. Paul, MN 55012 Skinner's Pub, St. Paul, MN 55012
 —  — Dan Israel and percussionist Mikkel Beckmen play the Dubliner Pub Dubliner Pub, St. Paul, MN 55114 Dubliner Pub, St. Paul, MN 55114
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at FoodSmith Bistro Pub in West St. Paul (just over the bridge from downtown St. Paul) from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm! FoodSmith Bistro Pub, West St. Paul, MN 55118 FoodSmith Bistro Pub, West St. Paul, MN 55118
 —  — Dan Israel plays a brunch show (10 am to 1 pm) at Hell's Kitchen in downtown Minneapolis Hell's Kitchen, Minneapolis, MN 55402 Hell's Kitchen, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Dan Israel plays a private house show in greater Minnesota  
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at 50th and France in Edina from 5 pm to 6:15 pm (EARLY, all-ages, outdoors) 50th and France in Edina 50th and France in Edina
 —  — Dan Israel plays at Hell's Kitchen in downtown Minneapolis Hell's Kitchen, Minneapolis, MN 55402 Hell's Kitchen, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Dan Israel plays solo at a private party in a backyard in Plymouth (a show he has played at each of the last few summers)  
Dan Israel and his full band play the Sunset Series in downtown Hopkins (at Downtown Park, just one block south of Mainstreet between 9th and 10th Street. Concerts are free to the public) - 7 pm! Downtown Park in Hopkins, Hopkins, MN 55343 Downtown Park in Hopkins, Hopkins, MN 55343
Dan Israel plays classic rock songs with some old friends at a private party in Minnetonka  
 —  — Dan Israel and Steve Brantseg play "Austin's Hope: A Day of Awareness and Support" at Parkers Lake Community Playfield in Plymouth, MN from 11 am to 1 pm Parkers Lake Community Playfield, Plymouth, MN 55447 Parkers Lake Community Playfield, Plymouth, MN 55447
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at Forestville Vines Winery near River Falls, Wisconsin from 2 pm to 5 pm Forestville Vines Winery, River Falls, WI 54022 Forestville Vines Winery, River Falls, WI 54022
 —  — Dan Israel (solo) opens for DERECHO Rhythm Section (featuring Alan Sparhawk of Low) at "Concerts on the Pier" at Glensheen Mansion in Duluth! Glensheen Mansion, Duluth, MN 55804 Glensheen Mansion, Duluth, MN 55804
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at Flying Dutchman Spirits in Eden Prairie from 6 pm to 9 pm Flying Dutchman Spirits, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Flying Dutchman Spirits, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Dan Israel plays solo at the Periodic Table at the Hotel Grinnell in Grinnell, Iowa from 6 pm to 8 pm The Periodic Table at the Hotel Grinnell, Grinnell, IA 50112 The Periodic Table at the Hotel Grinnell, Grinnell, IA 50112