When Chris Brokaw first contacted us about doing an in-store performance at saki, we were thrilled -- we're all big fans of his around these parts -- but unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be. At the time, Chris was doing some shows with the equally-talented Matthew Mullane (both Chris and Matthew have made some fantastic contributions to the VDSQ Solo Acoustic series) but we couldn't get our schedules to align properly. However, in a serendipitous turn of events, Chris learned we were doing an art opening/book signing with Dmitry Samarov (who just released his excellent book Hack detailing his experiences as a cabdriver in Chicago) and as it turns out, Dmitry and Chris "go way back." Chris very much wanted to be a part of the night, and the end result was one of our most memorable events yet!

For most of you, Chris Brokaw needs no introduction, but since protocol dictates: he made the 90s infinitely more interesting thanks to his work with tremendously influential bands Come and Codeine, and has played with everyone from Thurston Moore to Rhys Chatham. Chris has been keeping exceptionally busy over the last few years by touring, collaborating with Karate's Geoff Farina, and even scoring several films -- Leslie McCleave’s 2005 thriller Road and last year’s Sospira.  

Unsurprisingly, Chris delivered a masterful performance at saki, playing acoustic and electric, instrumental and with vocals. Also (as you might expect), his guitar playing is just superb. He also performed several tracks from his new tour-only EP Stories, which easily ranks as some of his best work yet. We were extremely honored and fortunate to have him play, and we hope you enjoy the session.

Sketch of Chris Brokaw by Dmitry Samarov.