Dan Israel and Jim O'Neill

Dan Israel

Jim O'Neill

All Ages
Dan Israel and James Tyler O'Neill play a special, rare "guitar and piano" duo show.

Dan Israel has never been for the faint of heart. While his tunes overflow with hooks, his lyrics are often downcast to the point of being downright depressing, and his cantankerous, get-off-my-lawn nature gives new meaning to the term "old soul." "Old soul" nothing - sometimes Dan Israel just sounds like a grumpy old man. But then you dig a little deeper, and there's sunshine poking through the gray skies.

He's been making albums and playing live shows for well over two decades. The accolades and awards speak for themselves: 2006 Minnesota Music Awards Songwriter of the Year; named one of Austin's top 15 songwriters in the 1995 Austin Chronicle music poll; City Pages' 2005 Best Acoustic Performer; first-ever guest on 89.3 The Current's Local Show; 4-star review (for 2007's Turning) in the U.K.'s Uncut magazine; and glowing reviews in No Depression, Paste, and Performing Songwriter. Local critics have called him a "legend" and "the hardest working singer-songwriter in Minnesota." In his 4-star St. Paul Pioneer Press review of Israel's 2000 release Dan Who?, Jim Walsh concluded "Well, somebody buy a billboard, hire a blimp, and give this guy his due already. His name is Dan Israel, one of the mad ones, one of the strugglers, and he just made the record of his life."

Dan Israel has been around - he's showcased multiple times at SXSW and has opened for or shared bills with artists as diverse as Morrissey, Loudon Wainwright III, the Tragically Hip, Iris Dement, the Rev. Horton Heat, Marshall Crenshaw, Tommy Keene, Mason Jennings, Chris Koza, Kevin Costner, Yael Naim, Todd Snider, the Gear Daddies, Trampled by Turtles, Charlie Parr, Peter Himmelman, Soul Asylum, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Blue Oyster Cult, Rick Springfield, Spoon, Mary Lou Lord, Dwight Twilley, Foghat, Joe Ely, and Paula Cole.

With critics singing his praises, and frequent comparisons drawn to successful artists like Tom Petty and Wilco, along with cult favorites like Randy Newman, the Jayhawks, Paul Westerberg, and Freedy Johnston, sometimes you can't help but wonder where and when Dan Israel's musical ship will come in. He's certainly written his share of shoulda-been hits, many of which were included in his fan-funded 2013 "best of" 2-LP vinyl compilation Danthology.

Venue Information:
The Dunsmore Jazz Room
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432