With the fall season approaching many people are upset that they must wish their lighthearted friend Summer goodbye. I, on the other hand, say, "Good Riddance! Get the hell out Summer, you're a lazy lover and you've never treated me right! Oh, and I want my dog back!". Sorry I think I might projecting some things from my personal life. ANYWAY, the point is Fall is on the way, and with it brings amazing local music. So without further ado, here are my top five local acts to catch this season. (in no particular order) -
November 1st @ Johnny Brenda's
I was introduced to Chris Kasper by the one and only Andrew Lipke who was showing me new music that he had just mixed for Chris. His sound has many classic folk tones that are immediately charming and keep you in a place of musical bliss until the song leaves you. In a live setting, Chris is effortlessly captivating, his voice has a quality that melts through you and leaves you with nothing but ease. Don't miss him, this is definitely a show that will fix a terribly draining day at work. You can buy tickets here.
A Fistful Of Sugar
Oct. 3rd Upstairs @ World Cafe Live Philly
http://youtu.be/FSTV30Ujp5Y This band is very close to my heart because they are very good friends. In fact, Black Horse Motel supported A Fistful Of Sugar for their album release show! Aaaaaaand we also shared a campsite at the Philly Folk Fest. Their music not only unites many different genres, but also unites many different musicians throughout the city. They are like a dream team of Philadelphia folk musicians, with the likes of Rev. T.J. McGlinchey, Raph Cutrufello (a.k.a. Hezekiah Jones), and No Good Sister to name a few. Seeing them perform is electrifying! Songs Like "Brother Brother" will have you dancing into another decade, talented front-man Michael Andrew Gall puts you right back in the roaring 1920's! Make sure you see them upstairs at the World Cafe on Oct. 3, get tickets Here!
Nov. 22nd @ The Ardmore Music Hall
Hezekiah Jones' most recent album "Have You Seen Our New Fort?" is one that frequents my turntable at home. It is a perfect amalgamation of Folk and Swing. The horn arrangements push and pull with Raph Cutrufello's piano and guitar riffs to form something fresh and unique. I had the pleasure of bumping into Raph on the campgrounds of the Philly Folk Fest in a whiskey passing, Neil Young covering, heavily bearded, drunken circle of vagabond guitarists. He stepped forward and sang a song, I don't remember what song he sang, I do however remember the way my private parts tingled when his sweet voice first hit my ears! And Hezekiah Jones only gets more orgasmic with the rest of the band, so be sure to see him play at The Ardmore Music Hall Nov. 22nd. Tickets are here.
Vita And The Woolf
Sept. 20th @ Ortlieb's Album Release show!
Vita And The Woolf is fronted by one of the most purely talented musicians I know, Jen Pague. Jen and I went to high school together, and I remember on a late drunken night hearing her sing and play the piano for the first time. She was so talented that I considered going home and throwing away every instrument I owned because I knew (and still know) I'll never be that good! Her music has only gotten better and matured over the years. The greatest part about Vita And The Woolf is Jen's ability to stack vocal harmonies, the song "Asha" is a great example of this. I haven't had the pleasure of seeing Vita And The Woolf live yet but I'll be at Ortlieb's on the 20th of Sept. for the album release show and you should be too! Get tickets Here!
Sept. 12 @ Kelly's Logan House
New Sweden is another band that has shared many a stage with Black Horse Motel. All of us in BHM are very happy to see how successful New Sweden has become over the years, and it is well deserved! New Sweden is a treat live. They combine all the simple pleasures of folk music with the presence and energy of punk! I've never seen them play a show where the audience could resist dancing and shouting. To put it simply, they make bad ass, foot stomping music. See them in Wilmington DE at Kelly's Logan House Sept. 12. Oh yeah and this one is FREE!!! More info here.
See ya later Summer! Bring on the Fall!
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