Dan Bern

Dan Bern has changed since entering the public eye with his serious-minded, minimalist folk. In the late 90s, Bern was tagged a “new Dylan,” based on a strong likeness in sound and style to The Jester. These days, Bern’s songs are replete with chiming guitars, up-tempo arrangements, and strongly melodic vocal lines. His lyrics have shifted from overtly serious and darkly melodic to more accessible and genuinely funny. Humor is likely Bern’s greatest gift - his delivery is key, treating his funny stuff with no less care and finesse than his more straightforward material. Solid musical craftsmanship, pop charm, and a chuckle; what better way to support Noise for the Needy? With Common Rotation. NICHOLAS HALL

Fri., April 23, 7 p.m., 2010

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