Dan Connolly to perform regularly at Zeeks Pizza

January 26, 2010

By Kathleen R. Merrill

Dan Connolly performs a set at Zeeks Pizza in the Issaquah Highlands. By Kathleen R. Merrill

Issaquah residents have another place to hear live music in the city, and they’ll get an excellent performance from local musician Dan Connolly.

The talented guitarist is playing from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Zeeks Pizza, 2525 N.E. Park Drive.

Not only will those in attendance get to hear soulful renditions of Connolly’s tunes from his album “Running Under Water,” they’ll also get hand-clapping, foot-stomping fun in the form of Irish drinking songs.

Many people at Zeeks last week had heard Connolly’s album and were calling out requests for songs from it.Rowdy one minute and mellow the next, the ebullient performer chatted with the audience, ad libbed here and there and made up lyrics to songs when he didn’t remember them.

Connolly, who lives nearby, was drinking a beer at the bar one night when bartender Jeremy Mason suggested he play there. Owner Mark Mullet signed Connolly up to play Tuesdays.

“He is a great musician and I’m trying to spread the word about our local Issaquah talent,” Mullet said.

Wait to order food until happy hour starts and you’ll get great specials, like half-priced small pizzas and other bar favorites for under $5.

Although you’ll want to hear Connolly for much longer than the two hours he plays, Zeeks closes at 10 p.m., so you can be on time for work the next day.

Kathleen R. Merrill: 392-6434, ext. 227, or editor@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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