The Broken Gates return this Saturday!

March 9th, 2014

Hi all,

I know we teased you in January with a triumphant return of the Broken Gates only to be thwarted by frozen pipes and general jerkiness from Old Asshole Winter.  You’ve been hurt before – we understand that.  But Spring has semi-sprung and I’m reasonably sure we’ll be able to pulls this one off without a snowstorm!  Maybe!

Here are the details:

Davis Square Theatre

Saturday March 15 at 10pm  $10

The Easy Reasons and Summer Villians

This is our first live show since before filming The Mayor of Rock and Roll (which is currently being edited) and we will feature songs from the movie as well as songs we are currently recording at Watch City Studios for our record coming out this year!  Exciting times in Boogieland – hope to see you all out this Saturday.

THE MAYOR OF ROCK AND ROLL has finished filming!

December 31st, 2013

We did it! The MAYOR OF ROCK AND ROLL is in the can! That’s what they say, right? “In the can”? I know that term means other things in other circles, so I just want to be sure I’m using it right.

I can’t express how overwhelmed I am with gratitude to all the literally hundreds of people that contributed to this film. From the amazing director Mark Phinney and director of photography P.H. O’Brien to the producers to the cast and crew to the stunning musical talents that lent their songs and performances to the movie to the incredibly generous venues that let us shoot in their hallowed walls (TT the Bear’s, O’Brien’s, the Somerville Armory, the Paradise, WZLX) to the all the friends who came out to be background talent to the Kickstarter backers who funded it all… this project was truly the culmination of a community coming together and lifting me and my dreams up on its shoulders. I couldn’t be more honored, humbled, and grateful.

Now, on to the music! Brendan Boogie & The Broken Gates return to the stage this Friday 1/3 at TT the Bear’s Place. Check out the facebook invite for details and come on by!

LAST CHANCE to be in the movie!

December 26th, 2013

Ok, I know we’ve said this before, but this time we mean it (barring any natural disasters): this Sunday is your last chance to be in The Mayor of Rock and Roll. We are filming the last scenes this Sunday December 29 at TT the Bear’s Place in Central Square Cambridge from 12 to 2pm. The scenes take place at a bar and a karaoke lounge, so dress accordingly. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Come be a part of this movie and pray to the anti-snow anti-fire anti-illness gods that we pull it off this time!

December update

December 15th, 2013

Hello Boogie-ites,

Do you mind if I call you that? It’s easier than giving you all individual nicknames.

It’s been a crazy few months here on the old homestead. Principle filming for The Mayor of Rock & Roll is almost finished. We are soooo very close. If the film gods bless us, we will have one more day left. If you’ve been following us on facebook or the Kickstarter page, you know that this particular shooting day has been rescheduled three times so far due to fire, flooding, illness, and snowstorms. We’re hoping to finish it up next weekend, but just in case – look out for locusts to descend on the greater Boston area to prevent our little comic bauble from coming to fruition.

No matter what is thrown at us, we are undeterred. Indie film is like the Oregon trail – you head west with all sorts of great ideas but by the end you’re just happy to arrive in one piece. Luckily, I am blessed with a top notch director, amazing cast and crew, and an incredibly supportive music community to help us push through. Thanks to everyone for their patience and support. We will finish this movie in 2013, damn it!

In other news, January 2014 marks the return of Brendan Boogie & The Broken Gates. We haven’t hit a local stage since August and we’re excited to be playing at TT the Bear’s Place on Friday January 3 with Mount Peru and The Easy Reasons. Check out the facebook invite for more details. We’ll likely be playing some songs from the movie, so there’s something to look forward to, eh?

A little further down the line, The Broken Gates will finish the record we started this summer before I got the movie star bug. There will be new music from Brendan Boogie & the Broken Gates in 2014. So I’ll have a movie AND a record for you next year. And probably a puppet show or something.

Stay tuned…

Filming continues…

September 26th, 2013

It’s been a little quiet around these parts, but we’ve been ramping up for filming for THE MAYOR OF ROCK AND ROLL. That’s where you come in.

There are plenty of live music scenes in the movie, but we need the biggest crowd for the opening and finale scenes, both of which we’re filming on Saturday October 12. Here are the details:

TT the Bear’s Place
Central Square in Cambridge
Featuring live music by Brendan Boogie, Nicole Dessingue, Muy Cansado, Gene Dante, and more!

There will be snacks and lots of chances to be on camera (the scene has a lot of mingling). If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up at

Are you ready for your close ups?

Kickoff show/party this Sunday at TTs

August 30th, 2013

Hey all,

Be sure to join us this Sunday night at TT the Bear’s Place, we celebrate the kickoff filming of THE MAYOR OF ROCK AND ROLL featuring:

Brendan Boogie & Nicole Dessingue
Muy Cansado
Gene Dante & The Future Starlets
Adrian Emberley & The Revolving Band
Abbie Barrett
Hosted by Justin P. Drew

Come on down!

Message to our supporters

August 3rd, 2013

Hi all,

I posted this as an update on the Kickstarter page for the movie, but I wanted to share it with everyone, so here you go:

You did it. Because of you, THE MAYOR OF ROCK AND ROLL is going to be a reality.

It started out as an idea in my little noggin. Then, words on a page. Conversations with Phinney led to conversations with other enthusiastic musicians, actors, artists, filmmakers, all of whom wanted to help. After a while, I was hit with the exhilarating and terrifying thought: I’m actually going to make this movie, aren’t I?

At first, I was hesitant to do a Kickstarter. Everyone was yelling about Amanda Palmer and Zach Braff. I don’t want people yelling at me. Or worse – comparing me to Amanda Palmer or Zach Braff. Quite frankly, it’s uncomfortable to ask for money. Asking for help is not something I’m terrific at doing.

As we went along, I realized that this Kickstarter was about more than just money. Sure, we desperately need money to make the movie and I’m eternally grateful for your generosity. But for me, this Kickstarter was about community. Before the 60 days, I was a guy with an idea for a movie. Now, not only is the movie funded but I have a community of people (that’s you) who are hopefully excited about the progress of the project and want to be involved, whether that means appearing in the movie as an extra, lending your artistic talents to the project in some way, or just being the cheering section. Making movies is very hard. We’re counting on you, the backers, to… have our backs.

Gratitude is too small a word to express what I’m feeling right now. More to come…


We are funded!

July 29th, 2013

With a few hours to spare, the Kickstarter for THE MAYOR OF ROCK AND ROLL has reached our goal. We are funded!

Words can’t express my gratitude and humility that so many of you have chipped in your hard-earned money to help support this movie that takes place in our Boston music community. We truly stand on your shoulders.

The next few months are fixing to be pretty crazy with pre-production in August followed by shooting in September and October. I promise to keep you updated here and on facebook and Twitter and all that jazz. Thanks again for being an amazing community!

3 days left to support the movie!

July 26th, 2013

I’m almost done annoying you! Well, about this anyway.

It’s been an amazing 57 days going through this fundraising process for THE MAYOR OF ROCK AND ROLL through Kickstarter. I’ve been constantly humbled with gratitude at everyone that has chipped in to make this movie a reality. As of this writing, 113 people have reached into their pockets to get us at a little over $5500 with just 3 days to go. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for every penny.

There are only 3 days left to pledge the movie. If you haven’t checked out the rewards on the Kickstarter page yet, please do so. This movie needs you.

Thanks again to all who have contributed. You guys are the best.

Cast announcement: Adrian Emberly as Samantha

July 17th, 2013

Time for another cast announcement. The role of Simon’s non-musical girlfriend will be played by (counterintuitively) a multi-talented musician in her own right – Adrian Emberly!

In preparation for this announcement, I chatted with Adrian about the many perils of having to play my movie girlfriend:

Brendan: Welcome to the cast of THE MAYOR OF ROCK AND ROLL, Adrian! Hooray!

Adrian: Yay! I’m excited for it!

Brendan: I forget – how exactly were we lucky enough to find you?

Adrian: I was playing a show at O’Briens in Allston and Mark (Phinney, the director) was working the door. We started up a conversation after my set and eventually he mentioned he was working on a movie and I mentioned I wanted to get back into acting. He told me to come read for the part of Samantha.

Brendan: And we’re so lucky you did. You mentioned getting “back into acting.” What’s your acting background? (You already got the part, so no need to pad your resume.)

Adrian: (laughs) I used to act for an outdoor theater company called Theater in the Open in Newburyport MA. I was with them for about 8 years. And I used to run my own theater company – that was an awesome time. I also did some writing and directing. I once auditioned for a role of a girl who is kidnapped by Robert Downey Jr…

Brendan: You fell for that old trick, huh? Mickey Rourke tried that one on me. Until I pointed out that movies have “cameras.” He just scurried off into the night after that.

Adrian: He is a tricky man of mystery, that Mickey Rourke.

Brendan: So you’re playing my girlfriend, which is going to require all the depths of your acting skills. How do you plan on preparing? Putting up with me takes a lot of work.

Adrian: I’m sure. Meryl Streep’s got nothing on me. And the kind of relationship between Simon and Samantha I am very familiar with.

Brendan: What was it about the part that drew you?

Adrian: I like the way Samantha’s character is written. It’s very realistic, that feeling of being left out of her boyfriend’s life since she can’t share making music with him. It’s a character that exists in real life but is rarely written well in the movies.

Brendan: Thank you. One challenging part of the role is that you have to be a bad singer. That’s very hard for a good musician such as yourself to do.

Adrian: It’s the same as doing an accent or a certain posture. You just gotta do it. Or fake it. Plus we all have our bad moments as musicians. I’ll just remember those times…

Brendan: I wouldn’t know about that. I’m perfectly on pitch all the time.

Adrian: (laughs) Lucky you.

Brendan: Anything you want to tell the people about why they should support the Kickstarter to get this movie made?

Adrian: Because it’s a great project. It’s local and there’s a lot of great talent involved. In my opinion, it’s totally worth the support. I’m stoked and everyone else will be stoked when they see it.

We’re thrilled to have Adrian on board. Check out her music at and please pledge the Kickstarter campaign. We’ve got a little over a week left to make this happen!