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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 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 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
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at Steel Toe Brewing in St. Louis Park Steel Toe Brewing, St. Louis Park, MN 55416 Steel Toe Brewing, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
 —  — Dan Israel and Steve Brantseg play a private party in St. Paul from 7 pm to 9:30 pm  
Dan Israel plays the role of Bob Dylan at a big annual tribute show in St. Paul, details TBA soon  
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at Taco JED in Rochester, MN Taco JED, Rochester, MN 55904 Taco JED, Rochester, MN 55904
 —  — Dan Israel plays a duo show with percussionist extraordinaire Mikkel Beckmen (EARLY, 6-8 pm) at the 331 Club in Northeast Mpls 331 Club, Minneapolis, MN 55413 331 Club, Minneapolis, MN 55413
 —  — Dan Israel hosts his 10th annual "Dan Israel and Friends" Folk Festival at Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in Wolfe Park in St. Louis Park, MN Dan Israel and Friends - 10th annual Folk Festival , St. Louis Park, MN 55416 Dan Israel and Friends - 10th annual Folk Festival , St. Louis Park, MN 55416
 —  — Dan Israel and guitarist Steve Brantseg play the WTIP radio "Radio Waves Festival" in Grand Marais, MN from 2:50 pm to 3:40 pm Grand Marais, MN Grand Marais, MN
 —  — 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 plays solo at Sylvan Brewing in Lanesboro, MN from 4-6 pm Sylvan Brewing, Lanesboro, MN 55949 Sylvan Brewing, Lanesboro, MN 55949
 —  — Dan Israel and his full band play the Schooner Tavern with Annie and the Bang Bang (we go on first, just after 7 pm) Schooner Tavern, Minneapolis, MN 55406 Schooner Tavern, Minneapolis, MN 55406
 —  — 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 plays solo at Iron Exchange in Maple Plain, MN Iron Exchange, Maple Plain, MN 55359 Iron Exchange, Maple Plain, MN 55359
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at Flying Dutchman Spirits in Eden Prairie Flying Dutchman Spirits, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Flying Dutchman Spirits, Eden Prairie, MN 55344