Issaquah musician Dan Connolly launches concert series

August 5, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 5, 2010

Mellow Issaquah musician Dan Connolly headlines a concert series at a Redmond theater, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday.

For the sets at SecondStory Repertory at Redmond Town Center, the Navy-diver-turned-musician plans to draw from a growing catalog he has sharpened during regular performances at Zeeks Pizza in the Issaquah Highlands.

Connolly has been described as a Celtic-infused amalgam of Jack Johnson, John Mayer and Dave Matthews.

For the Redmond performance, Connolly will deliver a primarily acoustic set, but he also has a high-tech trick up his sleeve.

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Dan Connolly to perform regularly at Zeeks Pizza

January 26, 2010

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. Read more

Dan Connolly is ready for 500-seat Kirkland performance

October 13, 2009

Dan Connolly, of Issaquah, performs his ‘raw and engaging’ music at a recent show. danconnollymusic.com

Dan Connolly, of Issaquah, performs his ‘raw and engaging’ music at a recent show. danconnollymusic.com

Dan Connolly’s life has been about many seemingly unrelated transitions. The East Coast transplant now living in Issaquah spent 12 years as a U.S. Navy diver in explosive ordinance disposal. He then went into the software industry for a while.

But it’s his latest project — music — that he hopes leads somewhere important. He’s only been concentrating full time on his music for a couple of years, but he’s already been invited to headline at the Kirkland Performance Center.

“I guess they view me as an up-and-coming artist,” Connolly said. “Hopefully, this will be a springboard for other opportunities.”

So how does a diver transition from blowing things up to singing songs with a Celtic influence? Read more