Dayna Kurtz & Robert Maché with Special Guest Britt Connors

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Dayna Kurtz & Robert Maché with Britt Connors live at the Lizard Lounge!

Event is 21+
$12/$15 door

Over the past decade, the New Jersey born, now New Orleans resident vocalist/writer/musician/producer has been bestowed with many awards and praises, including being named the Female Songwriter of the Year by the National Academy of

Songwriters. Norah Jones and Bonnie Raitt have raved about her in interviews, and she’s performed on such high-profile radio shows as World Cafe, Mountain Stage and NPR’s Morning Edition and Tell Me More. She’s toured and opened for the likes of Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson, Mavis Staples, Rufus Wainwright, B.B. King, Dr. John, Richie Havens, Keren Ann, Chris Whitley, and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

On her work and friendship with Robert Maché (Continental Drifters, Steve Wynn) Kurtz says, “T’ve loved Robert’s playing for such a long time, and we’ve been friends longer than we’ve been touring partners- he was one of the first musicians to befriend me in New Orleans.

That we had such undeniable chemistry has been one of the greater recent gifts of my life, and I just wanted to document it somehow, and quite a few people in my life including my label have suggested a live record. I’d been hesitant, only because there’s only a few live records I listen to with the devotion I’d give a beloved studio record. It’s notoriously really difficult to capture the feeling of being there in the dark experiencing it. Then the challenge of it intrigued me.”

“When you have a wonderful instrument as supple as Britt’s mellifluous voice, it is a luxury that allows you to apply it to a wide array of styles. With a writing flair for beautifully lyrical compositions, it takes the possibilities even further. On her recently released third album, Longitude, Britt Connors and the vehicle of her voice roam all over the map.” – Nate Dow, formerly of the Boston Herald

Singer/Songwriter Britt Connors was born and raised singing in small-town West Boylston, MA before taking her studies to Ithaca College in NY. But, the lure of the talented Boston singer/songwriter scene and the dream that she might try her hand at songwriting (and even someday play at Club Passim) brought her to Boston in 2001. Armed with a guitar she had barely yet learned to play and her many musical influences (the likes of Aimee Mann, Martin Sexton, Bonnie Raitt, Jonatha Brooke, Eva Cassidy, KT Tunstall) swirling in her head, she committed herself to the task.

In order to make a living while chasing her musical dreams, she got certified and eventually became a busy and devoted Pilates instructor. To feed her musical soul, she did a 4-year stint as the featured vocalist for the 20-piece Compaq Big Band (swing, jazz, American Songbook), singing to audiences at Sculler’s, Ryles, and Regattabar while testing out her first original songs at open mics and starting to collect a loyal following. In 2010 she debuted her first album “The Bad Side of Good” under her maiden name of Britt Sawdon to a sold-out audience at Johnny D’s (formerly) in Somerville, MA. By the time she released her second album, “Warmer Season” in 2014 at her dream venue of Club Passim, she had met and formed her backing band, “Bourbon Renewal,” and had written the songs with this new sound in mind – tunes that are alternately rockin’, country, sweet, rootsy, New-Orleans-street-parade-style, and just plain fun. With its clapping, foot-stomping, and even some whistling, the record needed its own category, which they started calling “Y’all-Ternative” music.

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