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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 StormKing Brewpub + Barbecue in downtown Minneapolis from 6 pm to 8 pm StormKing Brewpub + Barbecue, Minneapolis, MN 55401 StormKing Brewpub + Barbecue, Minneapolis, MN 55401
 —  — Dan Israel plays an afternoon show at Buddy Boy BBQ in Minnetrista Buddy Boy Fine BBQ, Minnetrista, MN Buddy Boy Fine BBQ, Minnetrista, MN
Dan Israel plays solo at a private party in Edina  
 —  — Dan Israel and the full band play a makeup date for Paul Durkee's front lawn show Paul Durkee's "Music on the Front Lawn", St. Paul, MN 55108 Paul Durkee's "Music on the Front Lawn", St. Paul, MN 55108
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at Junior's in River Falls, Wisconsin Junior's Restaurant and Tap House, River Falls, WI 54022 Junior's Restaurant and Tap House, River Falls, WI 54022
Dan Israel and Mike Lane play at a private party in Minneapolis  
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at Flying Dutchman Spirits in Eden Prairie Flying Dutchman Spirits, Eden Prairie Flying Dutchman Spirits, Eden Prairie
 —  — Dan Israel and percussionist Mikkel Beckmen play the 331 Club 331 Club in Northeast Minneapolis 331 Club in Northeast Minneapolis
Dan Israel and Dean Wolfson and Tommy Bentz play Dylan tunes at Tuttle's in Hopkins Tuttle's Eat Bowl Play Tuttle's Eat Bowl Play
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 Imminent Brewing in Northfield, MN Imminent Brewing, Northfield, MN 55057 Imminent Brewing, Northfield, MN 55057
 —  — Dan Israel and percussionist Mikkel Beckmen play the Dubliner Pub (Early show - 5 pm to 7 pm!) Dubliner Pub in St. Paul (on University Ave) Dubliner Pub in St. Paul (on University Ave)
Dan Israel plays solo at LTD Brewing in downtown Hopkins LTD Brewing, Hopkins, MN 55343 LTD Brewing, Hopkins, MN 55343
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at Flying Dutchman Spirits in Eden Prairie Flying Dutchman Spirits, Eden Prairie Flying Dutchman Spirits, Eden Prairie
Dan Israel plays with Petty Comes Alive at the Parkway Theater on the day after Thanksgiving Parkway Theater, Minneapolis, MN 55417 Parkway Theater, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Dan Israel plays the role of Bob Dylan at a tribute show he's been part of for many years, this time in a new venue (more TBA)  
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at LTD Brewing in downtown Hopkins LTD Brewing, Hopkins, MN 55343 LTD Brewing, Hopkins, MN 55343
 —  — Dan Israel plays a duo show with percussionist Mikkel Beckmen (EARLY, from 6-8 pm) at the 331 Club in NE Mpls 331 Club, Minneapolis, MN 55413 331 Club, Minneapolis, MN 55413
 —  — Dan Israel plays a solo show at the Iron Exchange in Maple Plain, MN Iron Exchange, Maple Plain, MN 55359 Iron Exchange, Maple Plain, MN 55359
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at Welch Village Ski Area Welch Village ski area, Welch, MN 55089 Welch Village ski area, Welch, MN 55089

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