Brett Dennen California singer-songwriter Brett Dennen looks like he’s 14, but don’t hold that against the 26-year-old. In fact, it’s one of his charms: the guy sounds wise beyond his years. His voice has been compared to Billie Holiday’s, and the stuff he sings about could have come from Woody Guthrie’s songbook. He first emerged on the neo-folk scene alongside such mellow strummers as Jack Johnson and James Blunt, though his main inspirations are, naturally, much older: Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley — the classics. His music has been featured in everything from cable service commercials to Grey’s Anatomy, and he recently toured with John Mayer, expanding his fan base to the point where he can headline places like the El Rey Theater, where he’ll perform on March 29. Just think where he’ll be when he starts to look like he’s in his twenties.
El Rey Theater, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 936-6400