1995 - 2000

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Here's Dan Molloy in 1999 at Camelback Resort in Poconos, PA.


Strange Brew / The Early Years...


Back in the 1990's... You would've found us playing at Cafe' Accapella on Main Street in Hackensack... or at Henley's in New Milford (two of our favorite haunts - both, long gone). Or maybe you caught us at Rock N' Roll Cafe on Bleeker St. in NYC... or at the Capital Theater in Port Chester, NY... or at Camelback in the Poconos.

Wherever we were, we put on a great show and we had a blast doing it... and one of our favorite parts of the night was going to the diner after a gig. (Those poor waitresses...)

Over a 6 year period, we had the great pleasure of performing with some very talented muscians: Lead guitarists... Barry Rose, Sam Flores, Chris Kelly and Rob Melosh... On bass, we had Kendall Bruce and later on, Dave Grego. We had Dennis Palmer on drums, after he came off a long run with the Door's cover band, Crystal Ship.

And then there were the "Dan Jams"....
We'd have about 25-30 people over at our place, with a full band set up... and guys like Vince Martell, from 'The Vanilla Fudge' would come over and jam with us.  It was magical...

A few old photos are below... Have fun reminiscing. And be sure to check out our new show. It's bigger and better than ever!

Peace out... And we hope to see you soon!

Dan Molloy


One of our old 'snail mail' post cards!



was the adverstisment
for the very first gig
that we played as

'Strange Brew'
after rehearsing together
for only four months!

Siggy's had a sign
up on the wall next to
the front door that said:

Capacity: 54
and we packed in
about 130 people!

Lol... Fun times!


And here's a great poster that Dennis Palmer created.

From the top down, left to right: 

Kendall Bruce, Dan Molloy, Dennis Palmer, Barry Rose, Chris Kelly and Doreen Molloy





Chris and Doreen


Dan with
Ronnie and Lee Frankel
in 1996




We played at Crossroads often...


Chris Kelly (and Dennis in the background)

during one of our gigs at Crossroads


Sam Flores
(a.k.a., 'Sam I Am')


Dennis Palmer on drums

And some of you will remember...
During the 1980's,
Dennis was also the drummer
for the Door's tribute band:

'Crystal Ship'



Steppin' Out Magazine did a couple of articles on us... Here's one of them, published in 1997.



Other band reviews...



The OLD videos below from 1995 - are from Chris Kelly's YouTube page.

We had just formed Strange Brew a few months earlier...

And on this day, we were doing a rehearsal in a warehouse.
The audio and video are not the best quality, but they were taken with a hand-held video camera in 1995.

Thanks for saving these videos, Chris!

-:-  Chris Kelly, guitar  -:-  Sam Flores, guitar  -:-  Kendall Bruce, bass  -:-  Dennis Palmer, drums  -:-



-:-  Strange Brew in 1995  -:-  "White Room"  -:-
-:-  Strange Brew in 1995  -:-  "I'm The Only One"  -:-


Dan & Doreen at Cafe Acapella in 1995


We played there often!

'Doreen on drums'... (Haha... just kidding.)
That's what happens when Dennis hands me his sticks!


Doreen Molloy and Kendall Bruce
with special guest,
Lou Albero

Performing at Henley's...


Dennis, Dan and Ken...

Performing at Cafe' Acapella...


Performing at The Cove...







We did a LIVE broadcast for this show...







The year was 1999...

With special guest:
Suzette Dorsey
as 'Tina Turner'

Visit Suzette on the web
[Her site will 'auto-play', so adjust your volume]

With special guest:
Lou Albero
as 'Mick Jagger'

Lou was Jagger's stunt-double
in the movie 'Freejack'

Dan Molloy & Doreen Molloy

With special Guest and Emcee:

John Barillaro


Along with the amazing

'Brooklyn Horns'!




And another one of our friends is the 'legendary'...

Vince Martell
of the

Not only was Vince a 'special guest' at some of our gigs,
but we found this old recording of him playing at a jam session
at our place in the year 2000.

Listen to Vince Martell playing:
"All Along the Watchtower"


>  For the back-story about that night, Click Here  <




Vince Martell

Vince is listed as one of the top
50 guitarists of all time...

Here is the official
Vince Martell web site.


One of the all-time greats!
   "Cool Guitar, Vince"...



Dan was on The Late Show... Here he is with some of David Letterman's crew.

He did a stint on the show with Warren Zevon.
(bottom / center)



Here we are featured on
'The Today Show'.
We were doing a fundraiser
for Cystic Fibrosis at
Giant Stadium.

Dan was being
interviewed by
NBC News.


Strange Brew was on stage at Columbus Circle in New York City
for 'Universal Harmony Day' in 1997



It was for another good cause....


The view from the stage...

Dan is hanging out with the 'look-a-like' crew.


And here's Dan with Buddy Guy at his popular Chicago blues club, 'Legends'



Hopatcong, New Jersey



Sea Bright, New Jersey


'Mick Jagger' time at

with special guest, Lou Albero


And a couple of our old printed Posters survived...






We performed all over the NY/NJ metro area!




    Bleeker St., New York City

Closter, New Jersey 


Westchester, New York     


   Hackensack, New Jersey    



     New Milford, New Jersey


               Wayne, New Jersey


Orangeburg, New York



S. Belmar, New Jersey            

Sussex County, New Jersey  
     Port Chester, New York

       Fort Lee, New Jersey

Sayreville, New Jersey


Paramus, New Jersey       

Hackensack, New Jersey     

      Hawthorne, New Jersey




         Garwood, New Jersey


Hoboken, New Jersey



Butler, New Jersey             

      White Plains, New York     


     Bergenfield, New Jersey

          Sea Bright, New Jersey       


Rutherford, New Jersey


Poconos, Pennsylvania         


47th & 8th Ave., NYC      



     Hopatcong, New Jersey

Sea Bright, New Jersey

    South Amboy, New Jersey

Port Chester, New York     


Nanuet, New York         



      Hoboken, New Jersey

 Fort Lee, New Jersey

           Nyack, New York

Mahwah, New Jersey     


Bergenfield, New Jersey     



  Route 23 North, New Jersey

... we were actually pioneers in technology, even during the mid 90's.

Um... we're talking 'dial up', baby.


Scott Kastner and Dan Molloy

This was the very first internet broadcast - over a T-1, direct from Crossroads!

People were listening to our live performance - from all over the globe,
'streaming on dial up' - and probably 'dropping out on dial up'... Lol.




Ahhh... A very Strange Brew indeed!

  Fun Times...


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