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Friday and Saturday Concerts 6:00 pm dinner, 8:00 pm showtime
Sunday Blues Brunch 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Every Sunday

SUNDAY BLUES BRUNCH
and blues jam open mic

Hosted by the PHILLY BLUES KINGS, featuring an open mic (12 to 1:30) for blues players followed by the Philly Blues Kings (1:30 to 3).

$4 at the Door, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

No reservations needed. Grab your favorite axe, a bottle of wine and some friends and head on over. Mouth watering brunch, coffee and espressos will be served all day. What a great way to begin the new week with a happy stomach and an ear full of some of the best blues in the east.

http://www.phillyblueskings.com

Friday, October 19, 2018

HOUSE OF HAMILL

Whether House of Hamill is playing songs from their debut album "Wide Awake" (September 2016) or stomping through a set of original jigs and reels from their follow-up "March Through Storms" (2018), their chemistry onstage is always engaging and often hilarious. Spend an hour listening and you'll leave with tired feet, a huge smile, and a new appreciation for the versatility of folk instruments in a modern context. House of Hamill is on the bleeding edge of a new generation of traditional musicians.

Concert - $15 online advance / $18 door
Dinner - 6pm, Showtime - 8pm


Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan met 10 years ago, late one night backstage at a theatre in rural Pennsylvania.

Brian's band Enter The Haggis and Rose's group Burning Bridget Cleary were sharing a stage that evening, and the two bonded over a love of Irish fiddle tunes, Radiohead, and 4 AM whiskey. Their paths crossed a dozen times over the next decade on the road, but it wasn't until the Folk Alliance 2014 conference in Kansas City that they finally became musical collaborators. Burning Bridget Cleary's guitarist and drummer had their flights canceled at the last minute, and Rose (in desperation) asked Brian to grab a guitar and join her onstage. The two performed with virtually no rehearsal for over an hour, and their connection was powerful and immediate. A few months later Brian moved from Canada to Philadelphia, and as a tribute to the first tune Rose ever taught Brian, House of Hamill was born.

Brian and Rose are both accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, and despite being young, have over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes and exciting, unpredictable original songs while also breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs. Both are confident and unique lead vocalists, and the blend of their two voices in harmony is hypnotic and irresistible.

https://houseofhamill.com

Saturday, October 20, 2018

BOBBY KYLE AND THE ADMINISTERS
with Tattar, Tucker, Moog and Jackson

Bobby Kyle’s mentors and heroes would be proud to know that the torch has been passed to a very deserving,  well respected blues man, who continues to perform and travel far and wide to educate audiences of all ages to the music that he loves - THE BLUES - Highly Recommended!

Concert - $18 online advance / $22 door
Dinner - 6pm, Showtime - 8pm


Bobby has had a passion for the blues all his life and has devoted much of it to pursuing that passion.

​In today's music scene there are hundreds of talented guitarists vying for the brass ring, and there are many, many great players out there. But there are very few with the heart and soul of Bobby Kyle. Blunt and to the point, Bobby's singular styling resonates with maturity, talent and inspiration, bringing us a genesis of contemporary music that is characteristically all his own.

Kyle, who now leads his own high-energy band at clubs and festivals around the Northeast, spent eight years touring the world with the late guitarist, songwriter and singer Johnny 'Clyde' Copeland. Copeland was one of contemporary blues' more gifted songwriters, breaking new lyrical and thematic ground with each new album he recorded through the 1980s and '90s.

Bobby was backing up Bill Dicey by the late seventies, and the pair later became a duo. In the early eighties, Bobby joined the house band at the Stuffed Pepper, a Tampa Bay blues mecca. There he worked with such luminaries as James Peterson, Johnny Shines, Raful Neal, Mary McClain Smith, and Tabby Thomas.

In 1984 Handy Award Nominee Eddie Kirkland invited Bobby to join his band. After six years with Eddie, Bobby joined the band of Grammy Award winner and 2017 Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, Johnny 'Clyde' Copeland. Bobby performed with this legendary Texas bluesman on major-label recordings, and in concerts, festivals, and clubs worldwide until Johnny's death in 1997.

Between touring dates with Eddie Kirkland and Johnny Copeland, Bobby took his solo act on the road, performing his own material at nightclubs and festivals throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Bobby's emotional, soulful voice rings true, and is forged with a raw, distinctive quality all his own. Honest and forthright, Bobby's original songs tell the story of the every person, with a passion born of life, love, and loss.

Recently, Bobby has had the great honor of being inducted into The Blues Hall of Fame.
​He now tours with his band, The Administers, who are comprised of Everett Boyd on bass and Marc Copell on drums.

https://www.bobbykyle.com

Tattar, Tucker, Moog and Jackson

Tattar Tucker Moog Jackson is dedicated to honoring the root of music exploration. Whether it’s traditional Blues, Ragtime, Rock n Roll or Boogie-Woogie, it all comes back to the root. TTMJ takes audiences with them on a trip through the American roadhouse of beat, melody and honest musical expression.

Scott Tattar has been playing drums and singing since he was eight-years-old. He was born and raised in Philadelphia and is proud to call it his home today. His credits include keeping time for The Choppers, The Pleasure Dotz, The Bonnevilles, The Fercockter Cowboys, Alan Mann, Kenn Kweder, Zan Gardner, Rob Perna, Jamison Smoothdog, The Vice Grips, Seve and Jack Quigley & His Only Friend. His influences include Charlie Watts, Levon Helm and Johnny Otis.

Paul Tucker has played in Philly area bands since High School. He is happy to be playing with the ensemble of Tattar Tucker Moog Jackson. Prior to TTMJ, he played with Trouble Is and the Longrider blues bands. His influences include New Orleans pianists like Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint and James Booker.

Carol Moog played for many years before launching the No Alibi Blues band in 1984. With vocalist Zan Gardner, the band quickly developed a loyal following at some of the area's top music venues. Beginning in 1987, Moog continued to play with what became the original Zan Gardner Blues Band (where she first teamed with Tattar). The high energy blues and funk band appeared with such legends as John Lee Hooker, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Rogers, Leon Russell/Edgar Winter, John Mayall and Roy Buchanan. Moog has also appeared with such notables as Saffire, Ronnie Earl, Guy Davis, Kelly Joe Phelps and John Hammond. Her influences are varied and include Sonny Terry, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Paul Butterfield, Hank Crawford, Fats Domino, Mose Allison, Muddy Waters, Dinah Washington and James Cotton.

Zita Jackson originally hails from Oklahoma City, OK and has lived in Philadelphia since 1985. She is the youngest daughter of a Southern Baptist Minister and has a strong musical background from singing and directing in the church choir at her father's church. She has played clarinet and flute in the past and is currently taking guitar lessons. Over the years, Zita has sung with various church choirs in Oklahoma, Illinois and recently in Philadelphia, where she was the Assistant Minister of Music in a local Baptist church. Her influences include Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Dinah Washington, and Rosetta Tharpe.

http://www.tattartuckermoog.com/

Friday, October 26, 2018

LONNIE SHIELDS BAND

Lonnie Shields is among the younger generation of Mississippi blues men keeping the music alive. Shields started his career learning from traditional musicians like Big Jack Johnson, Sam Carr and Frank Frost, but he also brings in more modern R&B and soul influences into his music.

Concert - $15 online advance / $18 door
Dinner - 6pm, Showtime - 8pm


Lonnie Shields is truly one of the finest of the next generation of the blues. He cut his blues teeth performing with The Jelly Roll Kings. His recording career has led him through a number of studios from Memphis and Clarksdale to tours all over the world. This Delta born guitarist, singer and songwriter's style is just the opposite of his demeanor. Lonnie comes across as a mild mannered southern gentleman with a laid back nature. On stage he is transformed into an extraordinary entertainer moving to his music and feeding off the energy of the audience. His music is deeply rooted in gospel, soul and R&B while his sound, like his soul is never too far from the home of the blues.

Lonnie was the first Delta artist that Rooster blues picked up after moving to Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1987. His CD “Portrait” was released in 1992 (named Album of the Year by Living Blues Magazine) and reads like a who’s who of Delta Blues Performers. Over the years, Lonnie has played with many Blues greats including Elvin Bishop, Sam Carr, Sonny Rhodes, Eddie Shaw and Big Jack Johnson just to name a few. In the years following his release of “Portrait” Lonnie’s career skyrocketed. He has performed all over the world and has released a string of impressive CDs featuring his soulful, “down home Blues” with a contemporary, yet juke-joint feel.

Lonnie’s hard work has paid in a fine compilation of music and a reputation of a man with the heart and soul of the Blues. Lonnie now resides just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but always has and always will be the Keeper of The Blues wherever he lays his guitar.

Currently, Lonnie is working on a new album featuring a young blues based artist, Jesse Loewy. This upcoming CD will consist of Lonnie's original material in addition to a tribute to BB King, Tyrone Davis, and Johnny Taylor, plus a bonus track in honor of Al Green (all of whom were extremely influential and inspirational to Lonnie's musical career).

http://www.lonnieshields.com/

Saturday, October 27, 2018

DUSTIN DOUGLAS AND THE ELECTRIC GENTLEMEN

Halloween Party! Best Costume wins $50, T shirts and CDs for runners-up!

Led by the transcendent lead guitarist/singer/songwriter Dustin Douglas (Lemongelli, The Badlees), The Electric Gentlemen (Tommy Smallcomb - Drums & Matt "The Dane" Gabriel-Bass) leave even the most discerning music fans with little left to ask for at the end of any live show!

Concert - $15 online advance / $18 door
Dinner - 6pm, Showtime - 8pm

Capturing the vibe of late 60’s and 70's blues-laced rock-n- roll, Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania’s premier power blues-rock trio, Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen mix retro-style and groove a-la (Jimi Hendrix Experience, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes) for a lightning charged, vintage style all their own.

Led by the transcendent lead guitarist/singer/songwriter Dustin Douglas (Lemongelli, The Badlees), The Electric Gentlemen (Tommy Smallcomb-Drums & Matt "The Dane" Gabriel-Bass) leave even the most discerning music fans with little left to ask for at the end of any live show!

Since the time he learned to walk Dustin Douglas has had a guitar in his hands and a song in is his soul. Performing his first show at the age of 13, Dustin has never stopped, first gaining popularity with his original power trio, Lemongelli. Lemongelli released three independent records and shared the stage with Heart, Cheap Trick, Def Leppard and Eddie Money to name a few.

Becoming one of the most sought after live and session guitarists in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Dustin joined the legendary Pennsylvania rock band, The Badlees in which he recorded "Epiphones and Empty Rooms" and supported Bob Seger on his 2013 arena tour.

In 2014, Dustin Douglas released "Black Skies and Starlight" his first solo record, to rave reviews. Self proclaimed as "A mix of big guitars, with pop-laced hooks and an alternative attitude," "Black Skies and Starlight" propelled Dustin back into the lead roll, leaving his Side-man days behind.

The following year, Dustin was ready to get back to his blues-rock roots. The self-titled, debut record from Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen sold out of its first pressing garnering attention from fans and critics alike. Tracks such as "Baby Girl" and "Ain't Your Poppa's Blues" found Dustin Douglas right back where he belongs, leading a bombastic power trio.

Summer 2017 found the release of BLUES 1, a collection of classic blues covers including cuts by John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Albert King and Freddie King, as well as a new original song. With BLUES 1 Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen have cemented themselves in the blues world.

With a full length album already in the works and set for release in 2018, Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen are taking the industry by storm.

http://www.dustindouglasmusic.com/

Friday, November 2, 2018

SIRENS ON STAGE

MARION HALLIDAY
Bluegrass and Bourbon Infused Original Women Powered Americana

MEGHAN CARY
Like Melissa Etheridge Singing the Stories of Bruce Springsteen to a Paul Simon Groove

LISA JEANETTE
Kaleidoscope Folk

An evening of stories and song featuring three premiere women songwriters

Concert - $15 online advance / $18 door
Dinner - 6pm, Showtime - 8pm

MARION HALLIDAY - originally from Louisville, Kentucky, has participated in a number of bands over the years, often with a Celtic or bluegrass flavor (My Darling Asleep; The Molly Blooms). After moving to Philadelphia full-time a few years ago, she began writing folksongs inspired by the city’s rich, 400-year history, including songs about the statue to the Lenape in Wissahickon Park, an escaped convict from Eastern State Pen, the founding of Laurel Hill Cemetery and the revolutionary war memorial at Washington Square. She has also written songs on more universal, contemporary topics such as domestic abuse, suicide, depression, and the scourge of heroin and meth addiction sweeping our country. Not all serious, Marion and her band’s music also include some amusing reflections on the challenges of relationships, as well as an abiding love of bourbon.

Marion, and her current band Trickster Sister, as described by John Gage, host of WFPK 91.9 Public Radio Show Kentucky Home-front, "brings together their diverse talents to create an enticing blend of indie, folk, and bluegrass musical styles, with lush vocal harmonies over-top." Marion was named “One of the Ones to Watch” by the Nashville Songwriters Association International in January of 2018.

http://www.trickstersister.com

MEGHAN CARY - Critically-acclaimed artist Meghan Cary serves up award-winning original tunes with powerful vocals and stage presence. Think Melissa Etheridge singing Bruce Springsteen songs to a Paul Simon Groove. Cary earned Billboard Magazine’s esteemed Critic’s Choice Award when she first hit the scene, and now the title track of her latest album, SING LOUDER, has found its way to #2 on the US/International Folk DJ Chart, with the entire album coming in at #6.

Cary didn’t mean to be a musician. But when her fiancé unexpectedly died, she picked up his guitar, figured out how to play it, and wrote her debut, earning her the Billboard nod. “I wrote my grief into music and sang my way out of the abyss. I keep making music to help others connect with their own stories and find joy in their lives.”

Known for her raw honesty and ability to connect with audiences through high-energy tunes, masterful storytelling, and deeply personal lyrics, Cary’s message of unity and the power of raising our voices together infuses every show, and “Sing Louder” has become an anthem for the music-loving community.
Backed by her 6-piece band of Analog Gypsies, Cary continues to win over audiences from the fields of Philly Folk Fest to NYC’s infamous Bleecker Street. Equal parts folk, rock, gypsy jazz and jam band, Meghan Cary with Analog Gypsies serve up an evening of great tunes, fun stories, singing from your seat, and dancing in the aisles. At the core of the band are Cary and keyboard player, Peter Farrell. The Keys and guitar duo lays down a big musical footprint with cool grooves and tight vocal harmonies. Add to that the unique bass musings of Jocko MacNelly, the rhythmic melodies of drummer Quint Lange, the not-your-typical-bluegrass banjo playing and vocal harmony of Stacy Weathers, and the soulful and rhythmic harp and flute lines of Bob Beach, and you have the Meghan Cary with Analog Gypsies experience. "You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll beg for more!" (Critic's Pick - The News and Observer)

http://www.meghancary.com

LISA JEANETTE - is a native Philadelphian and singer-songwriter who has recently released her debut album, Chasing Happy. The best way to describe Lisa’s style of music is "Kaleidoscope Folk", which represents a wide variety of genres in a diverse collection of songs. Listeners say they hear echoes of Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Ani DeFranco, Elton John and Karen Carpenter, but her sound is very unique to her. Lisa is looking forward to performing her single track, Lansdowne, at Jamey's House of Music, another gem added to the beautiful landscape of the town!

"Attending a concert by Lisa Jeanette was one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had in years." - Emmet Robinson

http://www.lisajeanette.com

Saturday, Novermber 3, 2018

PETER CALO

…"one of the most engaging performers in the biz"
-
"Time Out" London

“Peter Calo is the musician you meet early in your career and all of a sudden you’re 70 years old and you’re lucky enough to still be playing and writing with him.  This album shows his ability to merge styles and introduce new structures and harmonies with himself singing lead vocals. Always an inspiration and always quite surprising. Life sure does shine bright on an ordinary day!!  Oh, wait a second, I think he wrote that!!”
- Carly Simon

Concert - $15 online advance / $18 door
Dinner - 6pm, Showtime - 8pm

Peter has performed and/or recorded with such diverse artists as Carly Simon, Dionne Warwick, Queen Latifah, Willie Nelson, Hall and Oates, Linda Eder, Sophie B. Hawkins, Andrea Bocelli, Jimmy Webb, Kris Kristofferson, Leonard Bernstein, Marc Shaiman, Frank Filipetti, Julie Taymor, Lesley Gore, Crash Test Dummies, Joel Grey, The Platters, Harvey Fierstein and more.

Calo has also produced many recordings including Carly Simon’s release, “Never Been Gone” and is featured in the documentary, “All You Need is Klaus”. He was guitarist for Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” and for the Tony and Grammy Award-winning original Broadway and film production of “Hairspray”.

Peter also contributed music for Carly Simons recently released autobiography Audio book,  “Boys In The Trees.”

Peter played to a sold out Carnegie hall as part of the” Lead Belly Tribute”, performing with Eric Burton (The Animals), Edgar Winter, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Walter Trout and others

Peter was nominated for his 3rd MAC award for “Outstanding Ensemble instrumentalist”. Calo has just completed a TV spot for “I Can Connect” which is a FAA program that brings smart phone to the deaf and blind.

Peter Calo just released a new CD, “Time Machine.” Which has gone #9 Top Album on the Top 50 Alternative Album Chart With the single “Don’t Ever Go Away” # 6 Song on the Top 50 Alternative Folk Song Chart. “Don’t Ever Go away has gone to #1 on some radio stations.

Peter has released 5 CDs of his own music, “Wired To The Moon” and  “Cape Ann”, a CD featuring Peters’ special arrangements called “Cowboy Song” as well as Tribute CDs to The Beatles and the Eagles on Northstar Records.
Peter recently wrote and performed in the latest production of “The Mask Of The Jaguar King.”

"Calo is Captivating…Peter is a masterful guitarist... "
The Boston Globe

Peter’s guitar playing is featured in the film “100 Foot Journey” starring Helen Mirren as well as  Grammy winning Film “Hairspray, Across the Universe” and also TV shows “Ray Donovan” and “The Affair” and countless commercials.

http://www.PeterCalo.com

Friday, Novermber 9, 2018

THE JOST PROJECT

“The Jost project's invitation to rock fans to get their jazz-head on is a persuasive one; equally, these fine arrangements and the scintillating playing might just entice a few dyed-in-wool-jazz fans the other way across the divide."

Concert - $15 online advance / $18 door
Dinner - 6pm, Showtime - 8pm



Paul Jost (vocals, harmonica), Tony Miceli (vibraphones) and Kevin MacConnell (acoustic bass) make up the jazz collective initially formed by Tony and Kevin, with the purpose of performing the rock music they grew up with in a jazz format. The seeds of this idea were planted in Tony’s 2005 recording “Hippie Jazz”. When Tony heard Paul, a multi-talented musician as well as vocalist, he felt such a strong musical connection that he invited him to be part of the group. Because of Paul’s strong musical influence and arranging talent, Tony and Kevin were convinced the group should have Paul’s name and they became The Jōst Project.

The combination fit and The Jōst Project grew in popularity. Tony’s vibraphone stirs echoes of the famed Modern Jazz Quartet with Milt Jackson. Kevin’s lyrical playing is an essential element and Jost invokes blues, mainstream, and scat stylings in his unique introspective way bringing out the emotions contained in the songs. It’s immediately evident that these skilled artists each bring their distinctive experience and approach to this blended collective.

About the Music:

Standards from the Great American Songbook and the mainstream jazz repertoire have long held sway in jazz performances. But the so-called “baby boomers” and subsequent generations came of age with rock and roll, the Beatles, hard rock, and other genres which are rarely played by jazz groups. While the harmonies are not necessarily in line with more recognizable jazz progressions, such music is well within the scope of the modal and melody-based jazz of Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” and other post-bop developments in jazz.

The ever-expanding repertoire of The Jōst Project include rock/pop classics as “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (Iron Butterfly), “What a Day For a Day Dream” (John Sebastian; Loving Spoonful); “Sunshine Superman” (Donovan); “Walk This Way” (Aerosmith); “Tennessee Waltz” (Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King); “Come Together” and “And I Love Her” (The Beatles); “Kashmir” (Led Zepellin); “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” (Simon and Garfunkel); “Maybe I’m Amazed” (Paul McCartney); and “Can’t Find My Way Home” (Blind Faith). For good measure, jazz compositions like “Don’t Forget the Poet” (Encrico Pierannuzi); “Caravan” (Dizzy Gillespie); “Waltz New” (Jim Hall); and “Passion Dance” (McCoy Tyner) are also included in the group’s playlists. Give a listen to “Can’t Find My Way Home”, and you’ll get a taste of the unique sound of The Jōst Project and their exceptional artistry, originality and imagination. 

http://www.thejostproject.com/

Saturday, Novermber 10, 2018

STEVIE AND THE BLUESCASTERS

BLUE BIZNESS

"Few but mighty, Stevie and Bluescasters demonstrate without a doubt that there IS such a thing as an intimate powerhouse! Just (but not merely!) a trio, their brand of deep-fried acoustic blues will rock your soul."
- Rusty Cloud (Keyboards) Blues Brothers Blues Band, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

"This AIN"T yo' mama's blues! WE'RE GOING TO MOVE YOU! Blue Bizness and/or it's members have shared the stage with many accomplished artists including Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, Splintered Sunlight, Jason Ricci and New Blood, The Deb Callahan Band, Beaucoup Blue and many more."

Concert - $15 online advance / $18 door
Dinner - 6pm, Showtime - 8pm



STEVIE AND THE BLUESCASTERS is an acoustic three-piece blues band from Philadelphia specializing in unique arrangements of Chicago, Delta, Piedmont, Texas, pre-war and country blues as well as old Gospel, old Country and a half-pint of R&B. 

They also include a smattering of International "Blues" - Mourna, Ladino, Sean Nos and Fado - sung in Portuguese, Spanish and Irish.

Their set consists of a variety of vocals, guitars, National Steel/Resonator, mandolin, harmonica, and even yodeling! Over the years playing together, they have crafted a unique sound that is based on skill and depth, but above all, sheer love for this kind of music.

They have opened for or shared the stage with many legendary artists including Muddy Waters, Roomful of Blues, Ronnie Earl, Magic Slim, Koko Taylor, Ana Popovic, Shemekia Copeland, Tab Benoit, etc. They have played at various festivals (State Street Blues Stroll, Riverfront Blues Festival (DE) Riverhead Blues Festival (NY) etc. as well as numerous clubs (St. Georges Country Store, Nora Lees, Mermaid Inn, Blue Earl Brewery, Lucky Well, the Twisted Tail, to name a very few) venues, theaters (Sellersville, Vail-Leavitt, Rittenhouse Soundworks, etc.) and regularly sold-out House Concerts (Philadelphia, Delaware, New Jersey.) They played many times for Doug Waltner at the legendary Philadelphia Blues Machine concerts.

They recently performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Philly Fringe Festival, and the recent Winter Blues Festival at Longwood Gardens.

Athough the new album, ALL KINDS OF BLUES, was recently released, it has been played regularly on WXPN (Jonny Meister's "The Blues Show") WDVR-FM ("Soundings") G'Town Radio ("The Morning Feed") where they played live as well, WRDV-FM ("Rhythm Breakdown 2") Z88.9FM/95.1FM ("Roots Rock Review") and 92.9FM ("Artists Roundtable:The Creative Voices of Germantown") where they also played live.

https://stevieandthebluescasters.com/

Blue Bizness

This rocking blues quartet got started in 2004: their specialty is a particularly energetic and engaging setlist of blues music including originals, covers, and rare cuts from a wide range of traditional and modern blues masters.

Lead /slide guitarist, vocalist, and harmonica player Don "Zig" Zeller is a performing musician since age 15. His day job brings him lots of patients. Songwriter, fingerstyle guitarist and vocalist Michael Sproat is the master of expression while playing his heartfelt lines, and painter of local reknown. Drummer Chad Edstrom brings solid rhythm to the Bizness! Seasoned bassist Dick Donovan spent many years as a principle and luthier at a historic violin shop in Rittenhouse prior to establishing his own business specializing in the worldwide trade and appraisal of the finest violins on the planet.
Together, Blue Bizness' members promise to move you!

https://www.facebook.com/BlueBizness/

Friday, Novermber 16, 2018

CODY FRY

“A solo evening with one of Nashville's hottest new stars... intimate songs featuring guitar, keys, looping and backing tracks"

Concert - $15 online advance / $18 door
Dinner - 6pm, Showtime - 8pm



A lyrical and emotive performer, Nashville-based Cody Fry is a gifted singer/songwriter whose music touches upon soulful pop, jazz, electronic, and orchestral balladry. A native of Northfield, Illinois, Fry grew up in a creative family with a father who wrote commercial jingles for a living. By his teens, he was writing and recording his own songs, and ultimately went on to study music at Nashville's Belmont University. Graduating in 2012, he released his debut album, Audio:Cinema, and spent several years as a backing musician for other artists. A second album, Keswick, followed in 2014, after which he made it into the early audition rounds on the 14th season of American Idol. The exposure helped build his fan base, and in 2017 he returned with his third solo album, Flying, featuring the highly acclaimed single "Go". The album found Fry drawing upon his love of film scoring and coloring his songs with full orchestration.  

With an ever growing social media following and his publishing being synched with many TV shows and films, Cody's songs are steadily making their mark in the spotlight.  Known for his talent as one of Ben Rector's band members, Cody is stepping out of the shadows and into his own, opening for Ben, as well as Dave Barnes.

http://codyfry.com

Saturday, Novermber 17, 2018

DIRK HAMILTON
with Georgie Jessup

"One of the few legitimate poets on the scene."
-New York Press

Concert - $15 online advance / $18 door
Dinner - 6pm, Showtime - 8pm




Don Evans will back Dirk on guitar. Don was the lead guitarist for Billy Joel, and joined Dirk's band after hearing him perform many years ago. Don is a local favorite in the club scene and has a loyal following.

“I began playing guitar and singing songs when I was 8 years old. I was writing stories and poems before that. I always thought of the two activities as completely different and separate -- writing was ‘serious’, playing and singing was ‘fun’. Then I discovered Dylan and learned that songs could be just as deep as the best poetry. It was an epiphany! At that moment I knew what I wanted to do with my life.”

By the early 70’s, he was playing professionally in nightclubs in the San Joaquin and Central Valleys and in the San Francisco Bay Area. In ’74, he moved to LA where he eventually signed with ABC records thanks to Steely Dan producer Gary Katz who produced his first album, ‘You Can Sing on the Left or Bark on the Right’. Dirk went on to record 3 more major label records, another one for ABC (‘Alias i’) and two for Elektra (‘Meet Me at the Crux’ and ‘Thug of Love’). He toured the country with his band for 5 years receiving good and rave reviews for his records and live performances but somehow never became a huge commercial success.

In the early 80’s, Dirk traded the record business for a seat at ‘The Shamrock’ a bar below a boxing gym in Stockton, California. To this day he says it was ‘the best deal I ever made’. When he ran out of money, he painted walls and guarded sugar as a rent-a-cop at the Holly Sugar plant near Tracy, California. Eventually he became a counselor for emotionally disturbed teenagers and joined a cover band with his buddy Dave Halford. During the following two years he rediscovered his calling as a songwriter, quit his counseling job and began playing solo in coffee houses and clubs with a new band.
In the decades that followed, Dirk toured Europe and the US every year, playing solo and with bands, and released 14 more CDs on Appaloosa, Fan Club and Comet Records in Italy, also on CORE (Nashville) and his own Acoustic Rock Records in the US.

Dirk currently lives in Texas, still writing and performing. His latest CD is called ‘Touch and Go”.

http://www.dirkhamilton.com

Georgie Jessup, a Baltimore area songwriter, is influenced by everything from old school country to Memphis R&B, placing her music firmly in the “cosmic” Americana Music genre. Her lyrics reflect her outspoken advocacy for animal rights, Native American issues, transgender rights and environmental sanity.

She has an extraordinary ability to encourage audiences to look deeply into their prejudices and other transgressions. Consequently, audiences tend to respond emotionally, if not always lovingly. Georgie has developed a successful career by challenging musical styles, personal identifications, and storybook history lessons. She has released six CD’s: American Holocaust, Sweet Grass Smoke, Winkte & Crazy Sacred Dogs, Woman in A Man’s Suit, Working Class Hero, and Philosopher Dogs.

The past few years she has been doing live performances, solo, with her band The Philosopher Dogs, and as a member of The Cosmic Cowgirls, at local venues.

“Georgie sings from the heart, like a rare flower in a wilderness. She speaks to us about the deepest issues. Issues that all of us should care about, but so many of us pretend don’t affect us.” blues diva Candye Kane.

https://www.georgiejessup.com

Friday, Novermber 23, 2018

BETTERDUCKS

CLIFF HILLIS

BetterDucks are unique with the pure warmth and honesty in their song-writing coupled with distinctive 70's vintage imagery and lack of pretense. Their music touches upon a range of emotions spanning both their upbeat to mellow songs, guiding listeners through their unique take on life's memorable moments. 

Cliff Hillis is one of the finest contemporary American songwriters.

Concert - $15 online advance / $18 door
Dinner - 6pm, Showtime - 8pm



Based out of Berwyn, PA but forged through iterations of original bands in Berlin, BetterDucks are an Indie Alt Rock band fronted by German born vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter Dirk Externest. Better Ducks sound is - to curl up with on rainy days or to dance to in a sun-soaked summer. They fuse a driving rhythm section with vocal harmonies, melodic guitar work, with the deep richness of Dirk's lead vocals… think Wilco meets Knopfler with an occasional live encounter with The Drive By Truckers.

BetterDucks are unique with the pure warmth and honesty in their song-writing coupled with distinctive 70's vintage imagery and lack of pretense. Their music touches upon a range of emotions spanning both their upbeat to mellow songs, guiding listeners through their unique take on life's memorable moments.

The skillfully balanced harmonies gently unfold the narratives, with the soulful richness of Dirk's lyrics and voice. Dave Faunce backing vocals and keyboards accompany along with balanced clean and edgy melodic embellishments of Nick Voutsakis' guitar solos and passages backed by the driving rhythm section of Mark Betterly's Bass Lines and John Morgan's Drum work. The combination leaves the listener with a memorable live and studio experience.

BetterDucks are headlining locally and opening for national touring bands at some the area's most intimate music venues. Check out a show and their first release "And Then Some" or sign up for their mailing list.

https://externest.bandzoogle.com

Cliff Hillis has released a new 6 song EP "Many Happy Returns" through San Francisco’s TallBoy Records on Friday June 9th. The title lightheartedly refers to Hillis revisiting his pop roots, most evident on the kickoff track of the same name, which meshes sunny harmonies with a memorable sing-along chorus.

Hillis's lyrics hits more serious notes on the jangle-rocker “Time An Evangelist”, a reflection on today's fractured political landscape, and the sneakily smooth 70's sounding breakup song "Superfluous".

The 6 songs feature Hillis's playing at the forefront, but he gets by with a little help from his musical friends including Ben Arnold, Greg Maragos, Pat Berkery (War On Drugs, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), David Kershner, Fred Berman (Amos Lee), Corin Ashley, Amy Fairchild and others. Co-writes include noted songwriters Dan Bern and Bill DeMain.

Although each track has it’s own distinct sound, there’s no mistaking Cliff Hillis’ voice ringing through clear as a bell, backed by lush instrumentation, driving guitars and floating synth sounds. Hillis's songs are sure to find you making many happy returns to this EP.

Hillis' work has recently garnered praise from notable songwriters:

"Cliff is taking some chances while also delivering some solid pop production, the stuff you'd expect from a big fan of big pop. it's a blast to listen to." - Mike Viola, acclaimed recording artist, producer, and composer

"You know who's really good? Cliff Hillis." - Rhett Miller, singer/songwriter, Old '97s

https://www.cliffhillis.com

Saturday, Novermber 24, 2018

WINDBORNE

“A quartet the likes of which I haven’t seen since… Coope, Boyes and Simpson, the Watersons, or The Voice Squad. Just absolutely phenomenal!"
-BBC Traveling Folk

“The best musical discovery of the year…Stunningly powerful vocal harmony…Windborne sets a new bar for folk harmony singing today”
- Brian O’Donovan WGBH, National Public Radio

Concert - $15 online advance / $18 door
Dinner - 6pm, Showtime - 8pm



The four Windborne singers grew up immersed in the traditional song and dance communities of New England and discovered a love of world folk music in their teens. Over the past decade, Windborne has sought out masters of traditional singing styles in the US and around the world to study a variety of vocal music. Through these collaborations, they have developed the vocal agility and authentic sound for which they are known. Their dynamic concert programs include songs from Corsica, the Republic of Georgia, Bulgaria, Quebec, and Basque country, as well as traditional and original American folk music. They believe deeply in the power of music to change hearts.

Windborne Teaching Workshop - In addition to performing in New England and around the world, Windborne has taught workshops in schools, community centers, singing camps, and universities. Seasoned teachers and song-leaders, they delight groups young and old with enthusiastic, clear, and nuanced instruction for musicians of all levels of experience. Singers not only learn the notes of a song, but also work on the varied vocal styles, language pronunciation, and gain an understanding of the song in its original cultural context.

In 2014, Windborne was one of 10 groups selected by American Music Abroad and the US Department of State to tour as cultural ambassadors through music. They traveled to Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Angola, touring with internationally known artists, performing at sold-out national theaters, and collaborating with traditional musicians in each country. They also taught music and dance workshops to schoolchildren, English-language learners, dance schools, choirs, and music conservatories.

History of Windborne

Windborne has existed in many capacities throughout its 10+ year history, appearing as a duo, trio, and now, as a quartet. A group of vocal chameleons, they grew up in musical families, going to singing parties, taking classical voice and instrumental lessons, and seeking out folk music from around the world. Now, they draw upon their collective five decades of experience as performers and teachers to switch effortlessly between drastically different styles of singing within the same concert, all the while regaling the audience with their vocal energy and carefully crafted arrangements. Their repertoire includes music from the Republic of Georgia, Corsica, Bulgaria, the Basque region, and Quebec, but they remain deeply rooted in American folk singing traditions as well.

Windborne is Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon. All four have traveled extensively in the US and throughout the world with Village Harmony, Northern Harmony and the Renewal Chorus, leading workshops and giving concerts. Windborne has toured New England several times, and in 2010 their vocal agility and power won them first place in Young Tradition Vermont‘s Showcase Competition. Since then, they have appeared at the Flurry Festival, the Shelburne Harvest Festival, the Young Tradition Vermont Reunion Concert, and have taught master classes at Keene State College. In January 2014, AMA sent Windborne on a month-long tour to Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Angola performing and teaching as musical ambassadors for the US!

Throughout the past decade, they have had the distinct pleasure of studying under a variety of music masters, including Corsican music scholar and composer Jean-Etienne Langianni; Georgian singers and members of Zedashe, Shergil Pirtskhelani and Ketevan Mindorashvili; director of the London Bulgarian Choir Dessislava Stefanova; and Matlakala Bopape, who leads the Polokwane Choir in South Africa. Closer to home, they count folk music legends Tony Barrand, the Amidon family, Don Jamison, Neely Bruce, Val Mindel, and Suzannah Park among their friends and mentors.

Specializing in close harmony singing, the quartet has a vibrant energy and a strong connection, which is evident in their engaging performance. They educate as they perform, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristicsand stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing. Mary DesRosiers, folk musicologist for the Monadnock Folklore Society, acclaims Windborne for “the purity of their voices, strength of their material, and attention to detail in their arrangements.”

“The singers of Windborne have a deep understanding, both musically and culturally, of the traditions from which they draw much of their repertoire. Their singing is a feast of a cappella harmony.”

http://www.windbornesingers.com/

Friday, Novermber 30, 2018

HIPPIES AND HILLBILLIES

"One of Jefferson Berry's better ideas"

Concert - $15 online advance / $18 door
Dinner - 6pm, Showtime - 8pm




Composed of core members from the Urban Acoustic Coalition, Hippies and Hillbillies goes all in for folk grass - Texas style. With influences by Old and in the Way, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, they draw big crowds of adoring fans.

Jefferson Berry guitar, vocals
Bud Burroughs mandolin. vocals
Beth Mead. banjo, vocals
Ron Ward electric bass,vocals
Hank Berry Banjo

https://www.facebook.com/Hippies-and-Hillbillies-165165586956269/

Saturday, December 1, 2018

FAST EDDIE AND THE SLOWPOKES

"Ed and band kicked ass...looking forward to catching a set at the IBC”
- Phil Pemberton, Roomful of Blues
"Most Excellent"
- Mark Wenner, The Nighthawks

Concert - $15 online advance / $18 door
Dinner - 6pm, Showtime - 8pm



2017 International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalists!

2016 Winner of the DC Blues Society Battle of the Bands!
2013 WAMMIE nominated Best Blues/Traditional R&B Duo/Group!
2013 International Blues Challenge Participants!
2012 Winner of the DC Blues Society Battle of the Bands!

Fast Eddie & The Slowpokes are guaranteed to get you up on your feet! The Slowpokes playlist is inspired by classic blues material from Chicago to West Coast Swing, Motown to Muscle Shoals, and all the rock n’ roll in between.

Fast Eddie & The Slowpokes have performed throughout the DC – Maryland- Virginia region, from The Kennedy Center to festivals to roadhouses. They have shared the stage with Victor Wainwright (2016 BMA Entertainer of the Year), The Nighthawks, The Andy T Band, Jimmy Thackery, and Phil Pemberton of Roomful of Blues. They won the 2016 and 2012 DC Blues Society Battle of the Bands and represented the DC Blues Society at the 2017 and 2013 The International Blues Challenge in Memphis! In 2017, they were Semi-Finalists at the International Blues Challenge!

The Slowpokes bring varied musical histories to the stage. Ed Crowley (harp/vocals) has shared the stage with Al Chesis (Delta Sonics), Bad Influence, and The Nighthawks. Dave Gorozdos (keys/vocals) has shared the stage with local favorites such as Ronnie Dove, Jonny and the Stingrays, The Lady Rose Blues Band and many others. Scott Chadwick (drums) has played with Lady Rose Band, Big Money Band, and the Walker Blues Band to name a few. “Cookie” Cooke (bass) has played with US Military bands, Cooking With Gas, and many others. Scott Mattern (guitar) has played with the fabulous Ursala Ricks, Cherry Gasoline, and many other great Baltimore and DC artists.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/FastEddieandTheSlowpokes

Friday, December 7, 2018

KORA FEDER

"brilliant and life changing”
- Joe Craven 

“I pin my hopes for the future upon musicians such as this.” 
- Frank Gutch Jr.

Concert - $15 online advance / $18 door
Dinner - 6pm, Showtime - 8pm



Delicate but bold, Kora Feder (Feder rhymes with cedar) is known for spinning modern day woes into carefully crafted songs that tenderly push listeners into reflection of their own place in this world.

Now based in New York, she makes regular appearances at the Rockwood Music Hall and other hip venues. With a voice reminiscent of Iris Dement and a repertoire of poignant, often satiric songs, she’s been getting some serious national attention recently: She was a finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, and she’s been picked as a finalist in the singer-songwriter competition at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado, and was a main stage act at Northern California’s acclaimed Strawberry Music Festival along with Greg Brown, Nicki Bluhm and Del McCoury.  Music veteran Joe Craven described her Strawberry set as “brilliant and life changing.” 

Performing both as a solo singer-songwriter and supporting instrumentalist since the age of 15, Feder has appeared on stages across the world: from a weekend special on Thai PBS in Bangkok, to town halls in Ontario, Canada, to festivals throughout California and house concerts across the United Kingdom.

Feder holds a degree in Global Studies with a focus on songwriting as empowerment in indigenous and migrant communities. She spent two years wielding a backpack and guitar in places like China, India, Thailand and Italy.

https://korafeder.com

Saturday, December 8, 2018

THE PHILLY BLUES KINGS
and
LISA CHAVOUS & THE PHILADELPHIA BLUES MESSENGERS

A night of blues, blues, blues guaranteed to have you on your feet and cheering!

Concert - $15 online advance / $18 door
Dinner - 6pm, Showtime - 8pm



The Philly Blues Kings is straight-ahead, low-down, hard-driving, hip-shaking, and super-hot electric blues...

PBK has been rocking blues fans in Philadelphia for many years, and has gone through numerous iterations based around bassist Jamey Reilly and guitar/keyboard master David Reiter. The current group has enjoyed the solid playing of Carol Moog on harp, and Bill Marconi on drums for a few years now, and has recently added the vocal powerhouse Ramona Hunter to the group. Each member has long histories playing professionally.

www.phillyblueskings.com

Lisa Chavous and the Philadelphia Blues Messengers are a rock-solid innovative Philadelphia blues band. They have established their reputation as a good-time jam band by playing and singing the soulful music of Muddy Waters, Little Walter, and Elmore James. And their original compositions reflect the band's respect for and interest in groove-driven roots music.

They have forged a connection to world beat music and avant-garde jazz through their long association with Philly saxophone legend Byard Lancaster and didgereedoo guru and percussion powerhouse Harold Smith. The Blues Messengers believe in the power of music to bring all people together, and in the power of the blues as an ancient connection to basic life energy.

http://thebluesmessengers.com/

Friday, December 14, 2018

THE NAKED SUN

LOVE? SAID THE COMMANDER

Cutting edge music growing in Philadelphia

Concert - $15 online advance / $18 door
Dinner - 6pm, Showtime - 8pm


The Naked Sun may or may not have coined the phrase, but “honest rock” has unquestionably been their ethos since their start back in 2011—and few bands embody its spirit like they do. With songs that echo the rawness and sincerity of the cities around which its members grew up—Detroit, Baltimore, Philadelphia—the band blends the basics of roots rock and folk with layers of bolstering piano and organ, intricate pedal steel leads, and melodic choruses backed by satisfying vocal harmonies. Rooted in the songwriting of frontman Andrew Wesley Harris, The Naked Sun strive equally toward Petty’s pop genius, Springsteen’s storytelling, Dylan’s social consciousness, and the energy of My Morning Jacket.

http://wearethenakedsun.com/

Love? said the Commander is a duo from the Philadelphia area made up of Kate Hall, a sad gal who sings and plays guitar and bass, and Chris Bishop, a less sad guy who plays guitar. Both have been playing music in different projects for many years, but the pair met in the winter of 2018 via a Craigslist ad. It was Kate's desperate, last ditch effort at finding a musical partner and Chris's first all too easy attempt at meeting that perfect singer - a fact that has created a grudge Kate will hold on to for many years to come.

https://www.facebook.com/lovesaidthecommander/

Saturday, December 15, 2018

TRACY GRAMMER

“Tracy Grammer is a brilliant artist and unique individual. Her voice is distinctive, as is her mastery over the instruments she plays.”
- Joan Baez

“One of the finest pure musicians anywhere in folkdom.”
​- Boston Globe

“Her pure voice conveys the simple truths of these songs; her gifts as a musician are like that of a painter who is a master of chiaroscuro, offering light and shadow at every turn.... A treasured part of my music collection.“
- Mary Chapin Carpenter

Concert - $15 online advance / $18 door
Dinner - 6pm, Showtime - 8pm



TRACY GRAMMER is one of contemporary folk music's most beloved artists. Renowned for her springwater-clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate, Grammer is also a gifted storyteller whose incantations add a rare mixture of vulnerability, intimacy, and hard-won insight to her performances. As one fan puts it, "With Tracy, it's never just about the music; it's a soul journey."

And what a journey it has been. Grammer rose to acclaim as half of the "postmodern, mythic American folk" duo, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer. From 1998-2001, the duo released three internationally celebrated, chart-topping albums featuring Carter's mytho-poetic Americana songcraft and in 2002, toured with Joan Baez, both as featured artists and Baez's bandmates. Called “the new voice of modern folk music,” the duo was clearly in its ascendancy when in July, 2002, Carter suffered a fatal heart attack mid-tour. He was 49; Grammer, 34.

Determined to honor the duo's trajectory and bring Carter's songs, and those of other favorite writers, to broader audiences, Grammer kept to the road, releasing several solo and archival recordings, including 2012's LITTLE BLUE EGG (Red House Records), the #1 most-played album on Folk Radio in 2012 with that year's #1 most-played song.

Grammer is currently on tour celebrating the release of LOW TIDE, her first album of original songs. "I've been a writer all my life, but it was never my intention to be a songwriter," she says. "However, the road has curves we can't see at the outset of the journey. At some point along the path, writing songs became the most effective medicine for the pains and unresolved questions of my life. LOW TIDE is an album of revelations, confessions, and ultimately, healing. I am proud of the writing and utterly thrilled with the sounds. I took risks. I tried new approaches. I told the truth, and delivered my multitudes. My eleventh album is the first one that really sounds like me." Co-produced with long-time touring partner Jim Henry, LOW TIDE was released January 19, 2018 on Grammer's own label, Tracy Grammer Music, and is available through Fish Records in the U.K.

Grammer plays theaters, coffeehouses, and festivals across the United States and Canada regularly, and has traveled to Europe and Japan. She holds the record for the most consecutive appearances at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and performs in a variety of configurations, with Jim Henry (Mary Chapin Carpenter, Burns Sisters, Susan Werner), Paul Kochanski (Lori McKenna, Threesies, Nields), Lorne Entress (Lori McKenna, Catie Curtis, Mark Erelli) and David Chalfant (Nields, Stephen Kellogg) rounding out her ensembles.

In addition to touring, Grammer is the director of the Dave Carter Legacy Project. Her publishing company, Tracy Grammer Music, administers licenses for Carter's catalog of music. She is writing a memoir and curating a new musical monologue called words + music based on her life with, and beyond, Dave Carter. Tracy lives in Greenfield, Massachusetts with her beloved Miss Kitty.

http://www.tracygrammer.com

Friday, December 21, 2018

ROOTOLOGY

KICKING DOWN DOORS

Rootology: " ......their raw, fluid brand of Americana sounded aged and smoky, soaked in Kentucky whiskey - most apparent when they did their gypsy-jiving best on a cover of the traditional "Deep Elem Blues."
- Phila Inquirer

KDD: The music of songwriting team Autumn Walden (vocals) and Ernie Tokay (guitar/vocals) with special guests. Coming to you from Little Spiders Music Studio in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

Concert - $15 online advance / $18 door
Dinner - 6pm, Showtime - 8pm



Rootology is a great new Roots/Americana band featuring some of the best musicians and vocalists in the area. Under the big tent of American music, their repertoire includes, Electric and Acoustic blues, Bluegrass and Old-time music, Folk, Folk Rock and Jazz. Wanamaker Lewis is on electric and acoustic guitars, banjo and vocals, Larry Feldman is on mandolin, fiddle, lap-steel and electric guitars. Larry has played with many luminaries including Lester Chambers. Larry cohen is on electric bass. Larry is a tremendous musician who was a founding member of Skyline a ground breaking bluegrass band featuring world reknowned banjoist Tony Trischka. Highlights of the band include Larry’s tasty and dynamic bass solos. Rounding out the band is Drummer Chuck Lindsey. With a deep, smoky baritone voice, Chucks adds a great flavor to the band both on lead and harmony vocals. All together this versatile band create very exciting, and satisfying Americana/Roots music.

http://www.rootology.us/

Kicking Down Doors (KDD) hails from Philadelphia and is a multicultural roots/rocker, soul and folk group and its sound is influenced by the diversity of its members and their musical backgrounds. Together with the group’s instrumentation and arrangements led by Ernie Tokay and the vocal stylings of lyricist Autumn Walden, KDD has been leaving patrons in venues wanting more at every listen. The band’s songbook of original tunes range from rock to easy listening, to energetic dance/groove to blues, country and folk and is ripe with simple introspective, memorable and relatable poetic lyrics penned by Walden, that are poignant, captivating, and in the moment reflective. Kicking Down Doors has recently released a collection of 10 original songs on its new CD – NOW, a mélange of music that takes you with them on their evolutionary ride that defines the Kicking Down Doors sound.

https://kickingdowndoorsband.com/

Saturday, December 22, 2018

PHILLY GUMBO

For more than three decades Philly Gumbo has been bringing its unique mix of New Orleans R & B, blues, funk, soul and reggae to East Coast audiences. It is groove music that inevitably leads to dancing.

Concert - $15 online advance / $18 door
Dinner - 6pm, Showtime - 8pm



Philadelphia Sunday Sun - One Saturday night 35 years ago at Taker’s Cafe in Maplewood Mall in Germantown two men began to play music for an eclectic crowd, one pounding an old upright piano and the other delivering soulful vocals via a beat-up microphone and tiny amplifier. Within a few songs they had people up and dancing. That was the beginning of Philly Gumbo, perhaps Philadelphia’s longest-living current band, which has been bringing a unique mix of black music styles—New Orleans R & B, funk, blues, soul. Reggae, even Afrobeat—ever since. Indeed Philly Gumbo championed authentic New Orleans music in Philadelphia, not the “Dixieland” jazz most people associated with New Orleans back then but R & B and “Mardi Gras Indian” music that at that time was not widely known. The band instigated annual Mardi Gras celebrations in Philadelphia, a tradition which continues today. With a mixed racial line-up and sometimes political lyrics, Philly Gumbo has played most every venue in Philadelphia, opened for such legends as Buddy Guy & Jr. Wells, Dr. John, The Mighty Diamonds, Rick Danko & Levon Helm of The Band, Mutabaruka and others, and often had such noted musicians as Todd Rundgren, David Lindley, Fats Domino guitarist Teddy Royal, avant-jazz sax player Byard Lancaster and others sit in with them. As the Philadelphia Inquirer declared that Philly Gumbo is “the area’s tastiest musical ragout of New Orleans parish soul, blues, reggae and dense funk” while Vintage Guitar Magazine noted that “On South Street, Philly Gumbo ruled the funk scene when The Roots were mere seedlings.” Twice a “Best of Philadelphia” selection by Philadelphia Magazine, Philly Gumbo remains the area’s best groove band, a musical force that crosses ethnic boundaries that will no doubt have people up and dancing again when they return to the Northwest and take the stage at Alma Mater in Mt. Airy on Saturday, April 2, 2016.

Four of the six members of Philly Gumbo live in Germantown or Mt. Airy and four out of six have been with the group since 1980; a fifth has played off and on with the group since the Eighties. Of the four original members, drummer Tim Hayes has played with such greats as Wilson Pickett, Little Milton and Johnny Shines, guitarist Pete Eshelman, who also leads Zydeco A-Go-Go, was the only American member of Philadelphia reggae band Roots Vibration, bass player Bert Harris was a member of African music ensemble He Kuumba and leads Jazz Planet, and keyboardist Randall Grass played with the Nigerian pop group Bongoes & The Groovies. Saxophone/flute/trumpet player Richard Orr, who last year became a full-time member after being first-call substitute for decades, has played with Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes among other top R & B groups as well as the ground-breaking world-fusion band Siembra. Powerhouse vocalist India Rex, the latest in a long line of great Philly Gumbo singers, is a generation younger than the other members of the band but despite her youth has a tremendous feel for “old school” R & B and blues singing. The diverse backgrounds of the band members makes for extraordinary versatility and an ever-shifting mix of music.

“We never set out to be recording artists or famous,” notes founding member Randall Grass.” Our only goals were to play the music with authenticity and to be the best groove band in the area. It’s funny, in our early years people thought our material was mostly original because the New Orleans R & B and much of the reggae just wasn’t well-known. Now, after many years of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and tv shows like Treme’, all of a sudden we’re playing familiar material.”

Philly Gumbo was the catalyst for one of the most unique musical and cultural scenes Philadelphia has ever known, when they pioneered live music at Bacchanal at 1320 South St. The bar, owned in part by artists Joe Tiberino and Ellen Powell Tiberino, brought together a unique mix of people, poetry , art and music; Philly Gumbo played there to packed houses virtually every Saturday night for 10 years.

“There’s never been a place like Bacchanal in Philadelphia before or since,” notes Grass. “All kinds of people came in there—young, old, black, white, Latino and Asian, gay and straight, artists, students, doctors, bikers, lawyers, drug dealers, working people, people from the projects even the occasional movie star. It was a kind of free zone.”

The band, was also a regular at the fabled J.C. Dobbs, and appears in the documentary film “Meet Me On South Street” and kicked off the first annual Jambalaya Jam at Penn’s Landing.

https://www.facebook.com/phillygumbo/

Monday, December 31, 2018

ANNUAL NEW YEAR'S BASH

Welcome to our second annual New Year's Eve Bash featuring the music of MINAS and a delicious late dinner and BYOB celebration... complete with drums and a samba line!

Buy your tickets early, last year was a sellout!

$45 online advance / $50 door - space permitting
10:00pm until 1:30am



Join us for our second New Year's Eve!

After their smash Dec. 31 show here, the MINAS Quartet returns with equal, if not more energy, playing upbeat sambas and originals, leading up to an exciting countdown to midnight with everyone playing percussion and parading around the venue. Bring drums, percussion and noise makers from home, then top it off with some dancing. We promise you a memorable night - the ones who attended last year are still talking about it.

Guests will arrive at 10:00pm and enjoy a smorgasbord buffet roast beef dinner complete with mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams, broccoli au gratin, cranberry sauce and cheesecake dessert. A vegetarian casserole option will be available as well as fresh brewed coffee. BYO wine or champagne is welcome. The music will begin at 10:30pm.

Minas Quartet takes Brazilian and American roots to create a sound that is fresh and innovative, from ballads tinged with melancholic traits of Blues and Choro, to Folk coasting on the subtle coolness of a Bossa Nova pulse, to upbeat Sambas elaborated with instrumental jazz improvisation, scat singing and whimsical whistling. With recordings of original music and a collection of over 100 songs, Orlando and Patricia’s compositions have been compared to classics by Cole Porter and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Capturing the essence of great songwriting with memorable melodies, inventive harmonies, and poetic lyrics, the music of Minas is engaging and timeless.

http://www.minasmusic.com


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"Last night we debuted at Jamey Reilly’s Jamey’a House of Music. Jamey has outdone himself. He has an incredible backline, and the sound, which he engineers is exquisite. Working with Jamey helps make performing seamless. He knows what he is doing and is an excellent communicator. He is also a musician, which helps a great deal (the man has ears). The food at this venue is incredible. The flavor-I can’t begin to find the words to express how excellent it is. If you have not been to Jamey’s House of Music, get down there, catch a show. Get there early and enjoy the amazing cuisine. It will blow your mind."

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Livehouse and BYOB Cafe
32 S. Lansdowne Ave. Lansdowne PA 19050
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