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Brennan Villines 30th Birthday Celebration

Minglewood Hall Presents

Brennan Villines 30th Birthday Celebration

Fri, November 24, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:30 pm)

1884 Lounge

Memphis, TN

$10.00

This event is 18 and over

Brennan Villines
Brennan Villines
Brennan Villines is a multi-faceted musician, whose talent and training include piano, voice (tenor), music composition, songwriting, skilled sight reading, musical theater, and musical directorship. Brennan is a collaborative pianist, accompanist, piano teacher, and solo and ensemble concert performer. He has played piano since early childhood. His natural gift is honed to skilled excellence through 20 years of study of classical, pop, soul, and jazz piano. His outstanding performances for audiences – large and small – have garnered feature articles in the Commercial Appeal, Memphis Magazine, and The Memphis Flyer.

Villines' music is original always, regardless of whether he is composing his own or covering other artists. Five years of study with internationally acclaimed concert pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion insures Brennan's distinctive originality, which brands him as a revisionist of covers, which distinguishes him from the mass of imitators. He easily translates his classical and collaborative studies into dynamic performances of every genre. Remembrance, individual struggle, and contemplation of the future inspire his original compositions. Brennan's musical influences are as varied as his music: Amy Winehouse, Harry Connick, Jr., Jamie Cullum, and Billie Holiday, to name a few. He has been mentored by some musical giants; multi-genre artist Susan Marshall, Memphis blues artist Joyce Cobb, bass performer Tim Goodwin, notable blues singer Reba Russell, and acclaimed Nashville composer/ songwriter Eric Lewis top his list. Brennan directed Lewis' musical Spitfire Grill at the University of Memphis.
As a high school student, Villines, was awarded The Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts Most Promising Student in 2005. The following year he was awarded a full tuition scholarship for classical piano to the University of Memphis. Throughout his college years, he continued to distinguish himself with musical awards that span the spectrum of the field. In 2008, he formed the Brennan Villines Trio and became a member of the Rockasaurus Rex Rock Band, for which he was nominated that same year "Best Local Band" by the Memphis Flyer. In 2009 and again in 2010, Brennan was awarded the Herbert Herman Award for Excellence in Music Performance at the University of Memphis. In 2010 Memphis Flyer Readers Poll named the Brennan Villines Trio "Best local band", and Villines as "Best Local Singer". That same year Villines placed in the Top 10 Finalists in the University of Memphis and Memphis Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Also that same year, Brennan won the Memphis theatrical Ostrander Awards for Best Musical Direction of the musical, "Blood Brothers." In 2011 he graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry, with concentration in Music Business. In 2014 Villines was the featured entertainer for the Grand Reopening of the National Civil Rights Museum, and in 2015 he was the featured entertainer for National Civil Rights Museum again, at the prestigious Freedom Award Ceremony, which honored Tom Brokaw, Frank Robinson, Bob Moses, and Charlayne Hunter-Gault. A highlight for Brennan was playing for a private event that honored Priscilla Presley, who actually joined him on the piano bench.
Since 2006 Villines has had regular gigs across the MidSouth – in clubs, lounges, concert halls, and the Fedex Forum. He created his first EP. In this same time period, he was Musical Director for 8 eight musical plays, and performed in more than six musicals, which included both ensemble singing and solo performances. He was the star of Bye Bye Birdie at Theatre Memphis. Villines was directed by Morgan Jon Fox in the movie, Tennessee Queer. Some of the venues for Villines' performances are the following: Fedex Forum, Peabody Hotel, Orpheum Theater, Mollie Fountain Lounge, Zebra Lounge, Lafayette's Music Hall, Jerry Lee Lewis Café, Hard Rock Café, New Daisy Theater, Ittabena at B.B. King's Blues Club, Arts Memphis, Ernestine & Hazel's, Seasons 52, University of Memphis, Minglewood Hall, Otherlands Café, P & H Café, Young Avenue Deli, The Beauty Shop, Theatre Memphis, Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse, Evergreen Theater, Jim's Place, Tower Room of Clark Tower, Temple Israel, Tennessee Shakespeare, and many private clubs. He has also worked stints on several cruise ships for Carnival Cruises.
Currently Villines is consumed with a plethora of musical performances, styles, and venues to challenge the full range of his musical talents. He plays regularly at several clubs in Memphis, including Zebra Lounge and Lafayette's Music Hall in Overton Square. He is the pianist at First Congregational Church. He opens nearly every home game for the Memphis Grizzlies as the lead singer for the G3 Garry Goin / Memphis Grizzlies House Band. He is working on two CD's concurrently for release later in 2015. Both of the new CD's will exhibit his love of jazz, soul, and pop in original songs and covers. His excellent sight reading affords him opportunities to collborate easily with other musicians. He volunteers annually to play the Up Til Dawn Fundraiser at St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
Venue Information:
1884 Lounge
1555 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN, 38104