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A post-Turkey Day hometown throwdown with Scott Danger Bravo, Kayla and the Tellers, and Carbon Dioxide takes place The Dev on Friday, Nov. 28th starting at 8 p.m. for the extremely low cover of $3, making it the best “Black Friday” deal you’ll get this year. 

Ah, the holidays, when friends and family collide and all the chicks come home to roost.  Welcome to those festive times and also to the fall/winter entertainment season! Grab a loved one or two and drag them out to wash down their still digesting food masses to the varied and eclectic artists comprising this show.  Let’s give each their holiday do and spread a little love into the season.

Scott Danger Bravo will be returning to CNY after an extended hiatus and relocation to the NYC area where he has been only sharpening his wit and musical craft.  A delightful amalgamation of juxtaposition, Bravo’s classical inspired instrumental music belies his constant self-effacing/self-aggrandizing behavior both on and off the stage. Bravo reminds us it’s all in good fun, and that’s life!  

Courageously vulnerable, explicitly precise, hysterically funny, he becomes a paradoxical whirlwind before audiences’ very eyes.  Excited to be returning home for this highly anticipated holiday show, SDB says, “Does The Dev have bouncers?”  Isn’t his concern for your safety touching, Utica? But he’ll tell you all about how outlandish he is, I’m here to tell you what an excellent musician he is.  

Rare is a talent like SDB, one who without a word can reach inside and move you.  Sometimes the music is sweet, lilting, and thematic.  Sometimes roots of hard rock shredding tangle in movements with instrumental recitatives, quietly and tactfully moving the listener from high point of intensity, speaking a language as old as melody and rhythm.  You might not expect such deftness from songs with titles like Don’t Get Stabby with the Cabby, but that is what you will get, and you will like it very much or we’ll be busting out equipment to check your pulse.

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Scott “Danger” Bravo from Syracuse, NY would like you to think he is “a drunk that plays a little guitar,” but I am here to tell you that the talent is no joke.  This will be his third consecutive year with the UMAF and it caught his attention as a good way to dive into the CNY music scene.  He’s been through the area a few times at venues in the Mohawk Valley in the meanwhile, gathering steam.  I’m confident that anyone who catches one of his performances will walk away impressed.

 

Some extremely beautiful acoustic guitar pours out of the soul and fingers of Scott Bravo.  He ranges from classical to jazz to funk to rock and frankly reminds me of Lindsay Buckingham’s style a good bit of the time, so there is some bluegrass in there also.  He is an artist creating, weaving textiles of sound, layer upon layer.  The instrumental songs he crafts are so interesting to the ear that the lack of a vocal is entirely inconsequential.  It would probably ruin it, and that’s a crazy thing to hear a singer tell you.  This music will free your mind and send it dancing.

Things that keep him coming back?  “The booze.  Great bars and great local beer…[the] Saranac Brewery, the Nail Creek Pub, and Hotel Utica are always fun.”  And the fans and friends he has made aren’t bad.  “NY’ers are generally friendly.”  A favorite memory from last year for Scott is “getting plowed with other musicians at Saranac Brewery.”  We can’t have him imbibing alone, now can we?

Ironically, his next show is at The Tramontane Cafe, which is a fantastic venue that serves not a drop of alcohol.  This will be a great show, and I highly encourage you to check both it and The Tram out.  Go to that place hungry, people.  The food!

Here is a clip of him at a past Tram performance, playing New York Smile:

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Just received Scott Bravo's CD "Yes...But With Shades of Grey" today. This is a collection of some beautiful, melodic compositions. Scott has some killer chops, but they don't hit you over the head, they support his compositions perfectly. It's about the music, not the flash. You hear a couple measures, and you know immediately who it is. Really unique musical voice, beautiful stuff. Check out Scott's work...

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"Scott Bravo is simply the best writer and guitar player I have had the pleasure to hear.

Mr. Bravo's CD takes us on a musical journey from cab rides to pure sloth. Pure enjoyment indeed."

- Bill Carpenter/Creative Director/Milford-TV.com

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Scott Danger Bravo is a story teller without the need for lyrics to tell the story. His guitar and fingers tell the story all by itself. The way he depicts mood and atmosphere with his music is a very rare trait to find. Always a treat to witness it live. To hear it through the clarity of a recording is tranquil. It gives you peace of mind in the darkest and cluttered of times. 10/10

Jeffrey Eason- vocalist of Infirma

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Scott Danger Bravo"Acoustisexual" 2018 From the first cut, which begins with what sounds like a typical fingerstyle piece but veers in a jazzy-bluesy direction, Danger Bravo announces himself as unconventional. For one thing, he's NOT a fingerstyle acoustic guitarist -- he plays with a pick and just one finger. (This is apparently known as "sloth style," hence the title of the first cut: "Sloth in Wolf's Clothing.") For another, he was a hard-core metal guitarist before switching exclusively to acoustic after hearing Tommy Emanuel, and a metal edge can easily detected in his pieces. The compositions, with a mashup of styles, are arresting: mellow "New York Smile is interspersed with segments of fleet-fingered runs before returning to calm, whereas tour de force "Loose Cannons and Wild Cards" takes off and remains at high speed. But for all his virtuosity and adventurousness, one of the strongest aspects of Danger Bravo's music is his sense of melody. "Buena Vista Ave" is a soulful piece that builds to intense, flamenco-like heights and especially showcases his very considerable gifts. © Céline Keating

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New York-based songwriter Scott Danger Bravo has released a series of six singles throughout the course of 2018 that, in my opinion, definitely deserve some attention.

 

Using a variety of alternate tunings and interesting arrangements, he provides a unique and enjoyable listening experience with an all-instrumental style that will keep you listening. Each song is carefully-crafted; different from the one that preceded it, and features a smooth mix of finger-picking and strumming styles alongside some well-placed solos.

Scott has toured the country on numerous occasions. If you get a chance to see a live performance, you’ll notice that his live performances not only provide an opportunity to see andhear him perform his magic on an acoustic guitar, but to also hear the stories behind each song.