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August 22, 2013

'A remarkable ride'

The Brew says goodbye with Amesbury concert this weekend

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That’s good news to John Marciano, director of the Lowell Summer Music Series, who has worked as a promoter for the band since 2003. He’s particularly hoping to hear songs from The Brew’s first two CDs, “Tea Time” and “Deja Brew.”

“What these guys have done in 10-plus years is amazing,” Marciano said. “It’s just been a great evolution, a great ride.”

The Brew opened for Michael McDonald in the Lowell series last month, a show that was attended by Matt Phipps, music director and “Afternoon Drive” host at Boston radio station The River 92.5. Phipps was sitting next to McDonald during The Brew’s set when the singer turned to him and said, “These guys are pretty good.”

“They got the approval from Michael McDonald, which is a pretty darn good thing to have,” Phipps said.

The River is well-acquainted with The Brew, playing its songs for the past few years and featuring the band at last year’s Riverfront Festival in Newburyport. The station often gets requests from The Brew’s fans, and the band’s song “Into the Remembering Sun” was in The River’s countdown of the top 92 songs last year.

“It’s a shame to see them go,” Phipps said. “I’m holding out hope that maybe it’s a little break, and they realize that they’ve got something special together. I’m sure The River listeners are hoping the same thing, too.”

But Drouin squashes any talk of a reunion down the line. While he and Plante both agree that they will likely play together again, they don’t plan to ever perform any songs by The Brew after Saturday’s show.

“We want to wipe the slate clean for ourselves and our musical integrity,” Drouin said.

The band’s manager, Dana Marshall, said she is going to miss the “day-to-day, week-to-week kind of scenarios” the most.

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