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Dane Drewis – A Family Recipe for Success

It’s the time of year when family and friends get together for a wonderful Thanksgiving feast, and this Thanksgiving eve Harlow’s, in downtown Sacramento, was no exception.

On a night when most people are busy preparing for their Thanksgiving Day festivities, singer, songwriter and local boy Dane Drewis, his father Dale Drewis (vocals and bass), Jason Weed (drums), and Mike Camilleri filled the house. Also performing was Drew’s sister, Janel Drewis, and Thaw Jack Frost.

[singlepic id=62 w=600 h=400 float=]The concert started with a fantastic performance by Janel who, according to her father Dale, has all the talent in the family. She sang several covers and the crowd went wild after she belted out Lady Gaga’s, Alejandro. As Dane witnessed first-hand, sharing the stage with family can have its drawbacks when at the end of her set Janel told the crowd that he had performed as Elvis in a school play, fully decked out in a cape and accessories. All was not lost, however, when she was kind enough to add that he now has a 3rd degree black belt.

[singlepic id=66 w=600 h=400 float=]Janel was followed by Thaw Jack Frost, with Chris Twomey (guitar and bass), Dan Rau (guitars and bass), Nathan Bisig (guitars), and Lucas Thompson (drums). These guys really got the crowd going. By the end of their set half the people were on the dance floor having a good time.

[singlepic id=64 w=600 h=400 float=]Dane (aka Elvis) kicked off his set with a song from his album Rock & Soul. Dane also treated the crowd with a new song they have been working on and, based on the audience’s reaction, it’s going to be a hit.

Some say Dane sounds like Jason Mraz, others argue he sounds like John Mayer. While Dane considers both a great compliment, with his unique and eclectic sound coupled with strong vocals and harmony he deserves to stand on his own. With his unique style and sultry sound, he can’t be pigeon-holed into any particular category. Dane finds it all flattering, and believes his eclectic sound keeps them from being boring.

Dane was born into a long line of musicians. His grandfather was a classical composer in the 1930’s and his grandmother was an accomplished violinist/pianist. Both of his parents were full-time musicians during his formative years.

Dane started his music concert career as the front man for Cuesta Drive. While singing, composing, and playing guitar for the band, Dane wrote and produced three records with Cuesta Drive. Earlier this year, he released his first solo EP entitled Rock & Soul. As the title suggests, the album is an interesting mix of styles and like last night’s show it’s a family affair. His two sisters, Janel and Deena, provide vocals, guitar, keyboards and percussion. Dane’s parents, Dale and Janet, also provide vocals along with flute accompaniment and percussion.

I had the opportunity to ask Dane a few questions before the show.

Randy: What does it mean to you to be able to perform on-stage with your family on Thanksgiving Eve?

Drewis: Playing with the family on Thanksgiving Eve is a great honor. We are able to play together quite often, but being able to take it to the next level on a larger stage feels great and there’s nothing I’d rather be doing!

Randy: Earlier this year, you made an unsuccessful run at American Idol. Any comments or lessons learned that you would like to share?

Drewis: If there’s one thing I learned from American Idol . . . it’s to not give up. There were so many kids who were there and who were hungry. I realized that to really succeed in music you need to never give up. It’s one of the most competitive fields out there, and nobody has made it to the top on sheer luck. Another interesting thing I realized about American Idol is that they are not really looking for the most talented person. It’s more than that. Imagine if Jason Mraz, John Mayer, or John Legend tried out. They might make it kinda far, but chances are they wouldn’t get past the initial rounds. So to anyone who tried out and didn’t get anywhere (like me!), keep your head up! There are tons of different avenues for a musician/artist to break through!

Randy: I noticed on your Facebook page that you’ve booked a 2011 tour. Care to share?

Drewis: As of right now we have a college campus tour in April 2011 in Colorado and are hoping to get more along the way, in Utah, Arizona, and Southern California. Very excited to start touring colleges! Everything is still in the works, but we will definitely be hitting the road fulltime in 2011. Hoping to play over 150 shows!
Dane’s upcoming appearances:

Friday December 10th and 11th at 08:00 PM
Ten 22, 1022 2nd Street, Sacramento

Thursday December 16th at 8:00 PM
The Crow’s Nest, 2218 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

Friday December 17th at 8:00 PM
Shenanigans, 705 J Street, Sacramento

Wednesday December 22nd at 8:00 PM
Marilyn’s on K, 908 K Street, Sacramento

Friday January 21st at 8:00 PM
Powerhouse Pub, Folsom, CA

Saturday February 12th at 8:00 PM
Harlow’s, 2708 J Street, Sacramento, CA, 95816

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