In which Galen discusses the need for a MIDI triggered input selector with effects loop...
Hey ya'll, it's almost fall! Big weekend coming up for BHM - 2 shows and a radio appearance. Check out all the yummy details below.Friday, Sept 18 Bourbon & Branch 705 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA Doors 8pm The Late Saints CD release show!
Black Horse Motel: 9:00-9:45 This Way To the Egress: 10:00-10:45 The Late Saints: 11:00-12:00
Lots of appearances from your favorite Philly musicians !
Saturday, Sept 19 Urban H2O – Riverside Stage 35 Alexander St., Yonkers NY 10701
3rd Annual Roots n Roast Black Horse Motel, Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes, and Moonshine Falls
4:00PM – 8:00PM
Cuban Style Roast Pork Dinner, Veggie BBQ, Free Craft Beer from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
Dinner is served at 5PM
$25: Dinner, Music and Beer - freshly roasted pork or veggie BBQ, all the trimmings, soda, dessert and free craft beer $10: Music and Beer only $5: Music only kids tickets Limited a la carte food will be available for purchase.
Catch us at the Philadelphia Folk Festival this Friday, 8/14/15!
Camp Stage 12pm - 2pm
We are sharing the stage with our friends Psych-A-Billy and more! Our songs, their songs, old songs, new songs, cover songs, songs together!
Here's a pic of us from our CD signing at the 2014 Philadelphia Folk Fest!
A quick note from Galen:
Boy howdy, did we ever get some equipment upgrades. I don't have time to do big writeups right now, because we're headed out to The Philadelphia Folk Festival tomorrow, but we've got mixers, we've got in-ear monitors, hell, we've got a new drum kit. We might even have a van. I can't wait to tell you all about our new inventory.
Two of our FAVORITE things - music & beer!
Join us and Jeremiah Tall this Friday at Triumph Brewing Co in New Hope, PA
Plus, we will be celebrating birthdays for our wonderful cellist, Desiree, and her husband, Chris!
A photo posted by black horse motel (@blackhorsemotel) on Jun 17, 2015 at 8:03am PDT
We will also be joined by Equality Pennsylvania! Equality PA is building support for the Pennsylvania Fairness Act, a bill that (if passed) would finally protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in the work place! As it stands PA is one of 29 states in which you can still legally be fired based on your sexual orientation, and is one of 32 states in which you can still legally be fired based on gender identity. The Pennsylvania Fairness Act would put an end to this discrimination.
Friday June 19, 10pm Triumph Brewing Co New Hope 400 Union Square Dr, New Hope, Pennsylvania 18938 $5 cover at door Lineup: Black Horse Motel, Jeremiah Tall
It's here! Sunshine, sweating, al fresco dining, sugary tropical drinks, viscous humidity, IPAs/pilsners/kolsches, sunburn, public partial nudity.........SUMMER! This year, we've got an exciting, packed schedule with lots of festivals, outdoor shows, and a few free ones too! Check out our dates below and mark your calendars!
This weekend, we are kicking it off with the Xtreme Folk Festival (aka Xfest) at the County Creek Winery in Telford, PA! The festival runs Friday June 12-Saturday June 13 with camping, food, music, vendors, fun and friends.
BHM's set is 5pm on Saturday
Lineup : Full Frontal Folk Spuyten Duyvil Burning Bridget Cleary Psych-a-billy Jersey Corn Pickers Adam Brodsky Punkabillys Th1e Wallace Brothers Black Horse Motel Dirty Daze Quartet Jason Ager Electric Man
XFEST 2015 - June 12-13th 2015 at the Country Creek Winery for the 15th straight year!
XFest Announcements from their webpage:
1. Tickets are on sale this week at a discounted price of $50 for an All Festival ticket with camping! Best bargain you'll find at any festival. Buy Tickets Here!
2. Program book ads are on sale; XFS needs your ad by May 1st. Please consider buying an ad, it is the best way to keep this festival coming back and you can say whatever you want to say! Check out the Program book page more information and to order an ad. Support the XFS!!
3. XFS needs volunteers as usual; there are spots available; check out the Volunteer page for more info and to sign up.
4. XFS is still accepting vendors; please check out the Vendor page for more info.
Old Swede's Church, Music starts at 12:30. we're on at 4! Sexton Sideshow would like to invite you out to attend our Sexton Sideshow Memorial Dei Family Picnic Fundraiser event. Our hope and mission for Sexton Sideshow is to bring our community together in a safe place to enjoy fabulous local homegrown music, delicious food, craft beer and to interact and have fellowship with the community. All monies generated support the church general fund for the upkeep of these historic grounds of 300+ years.
It's going to a be a fun-filled night of awesome bands, honky tonk, holiday music, original songs, sing-alongs, food, beer, and holiday cheer! The show is presented by Sexton Sideshow at Old Swedes Church and the Philadelphia Folk Song Society, and hosted by Sweetbriar Rose.
Saturday, Dec 13 at Old Swedes Church (Gloria Dei) Columbus Blvd & Christian St** 5pm - 11pm* *Come for whole night, you don't want to miss any of the fun! **There is free street parking under I-95
Tickets at the door: 21+: $20 (entry + food & beer wristband) PFS Members: Free entry ($10 wristband) under 21: $10
We've got some new songs for you, as well as a few timeless holiday classics!
This Friday, November 14, join us for a night of foot stompin' folk as we return to Kung Fu Necktie in Fishtown! We are calling it the TGIFolk (get it?) show and are excited to be sharing the stage with old friends, New Sweden, from Wilmington, DE and new friends, The Pinkerton Raid, from Durham, NC!
Keep your ears open during our set for a bunch of new songs, AND a brand-new-never-heard-by-anyone-else-in-the-whole-world song!
Kung Fu Necktie 1250 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122 Doors are at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm sharp Tickets are only $10 at the door
8:00pm - New Sweden 9:00pm - The Pinkerton Raid 10:00pm - Black Horse Motel
The last time we played at Kung Fu Necktie was March 1, 2013, the unforgettable sold-out release show for our album Red Summer Spirit. We were blown away by the support we received from you all that night, so are tapping into those memories and giving you a stompin' kick off to your weekend!
Hope to see you there!
We snagged a last minute spot in this year's Beta Hi-fi Emerging Music Festival competition at Wilmington's World Cafe Live at the Queen! We need your support this Tuesday to help us advance to Friday's finals! Tuesday, August 26 World Cafe Live at the Queen (upstairs) 500 N Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 BHM on @ 10pm FREE! All Ages!
Things to know about beta hi-fi:
- 4 bands play each night from Monday 8/25 - Thursday 8/28
- One winner is chosen each night
- 4 winning artists return on Friday 8/29 for the final showdown
- Winner gets tons of prizes - including press & studio time
Audience response and attendance count, so we are asking you to come on out!
We know it's last minute, but it would mean a lot to us if we could see your faces and hear your voices!
If we win on Tuesday, we'll be back on Friday for the finals. We'll be sure to keep you posted.
Wilmington beta hi-fi website Since its opening in 2011, World Cafe Live at the Queen in Delaware has continued the beta hi fi tradition started in Philadelphia eight years ago. The free week-long music festival held this year from August 25 - 29 features some of the region’s cream of the musical crop and provides a platform for the Wilmington area’s best emerging musicians and songwriters to be heard by local radio DJs like Mark Rogers, music bloggers like WXPN’s John Vettese, publications like Out and About Magazine, show promoters like Gable Music Ventures, label reps like Jade Tree’s Darren Walters and fans alike. Each year, 20 bands are selected from a batch of over 200 submissions and offered the opportunity to stand out among the rest by performing engaging original songs. A winning band is selected each night based on various judging criteria including showmanship, stage presence, professionalism, creativity, audience appeal, and ability to draw a crowd. These winners then progress to the finals held on August 29th to prove who’s got what it takes to win some tasty prize packages from Disc Makers, Rainbow Books and Music, the Dewey Beach Music Conference and way more. The Queen’s past beta hi fi winners include Lititz, PA’s The Districts, who have since gone on to grab loads of attention nationwide and get themselves signed to record label Fat Possum and Paradigm booking agency; they will be performing on WXPN’s Xponential Music Festival’s main stage this summer.
Hope to see you there! -Megan
It's almost here! We are nearly coming out of our skins with excitement about playing the 53rd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival! WXPN's The Key named us one of 6 local artists not to miss at this year's Fest!
Friday, August 15th
Lobby Stage - 4:45pm This is our MAIN SET at the Folk Fest. 30 minutes. All killer, no filler. Don't be late. Our set is part of the Philadelphia Music Co-op Showcase from 2pm-6pm. Six great Philly-local bands. See you there!
Merch Tent - 6pm-6:20pm Meet & Greet! Come say hello! Also, if you got one of the "golden ticket" stickers Ryann will be handing out, bring it here AT THIS TIME to redeem your prize.
Cultural Tent - 6:40pm Backstage Sessions - A great way to celebrate the spirit of the Fest! Each act plays three songs, two with other artists in a "rolling review" format: 1. "Marguerita" with Rebecca Loebe 2. "Broken Crown" - a BRAND NEW Black Horse Motel song ***Hear it here first!*** 3. "Angel from Montgomery" with SONiA of Disappear Fear
All of our musical endeavors are happening on Friday, but most of the band will be at the festival for the weekend. Come find us and we'll trade stories and share a beer!
See you at the fest! - Megan
Hey everyone! Just wanted to update our lovely fans on our upcoming shows this summer. We've been very busy this summer so you'll have plenty of chances to come out to see us play! Also we are still running our photo competition, so bring yer cameras and take photos and video! See the rules to the photo competition over here ->
Some Upcoming Shows of Interest July 12 Newtown Square, PA @ Burlap and Bean w/Joy Ike July 25 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall w/Hannah & Maggie and Jus Post Bellum July 26 Newtown Square, PA @ Colonial Plantation at Ridley Creek State Park July 26 Chestnut Hill, PA @ The Mermaid Inn w/Hannah & Maggie
Musikfest Aug 2nd Bethlehem, PA @ Music Fest Cafe
Philadelphia Folk Festival Aug 15th Schwenksville, Pa @ Philadelphia Folk Festival Lobby Stage
Galen, Desiree, and I have all been busy writing new tunes! The band is currently working through three new songs. If you catch us any of our upcoming shows, there is a good chance you'll be the first to hear them! So come out and see us play, and bring your cameras!
We are VERY excited to announce that we will be playing this year's 53rd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival!
53rd Philadelphia Folk Festival Friday August 15 - Sunday August 17 >>>Purchase Folk Fest tickets here<<<
Friday 8/15 - Lobby Stage - Black Horse Motel between 2pm & 6pm. Our set time is TBD. Please check back for updates.
For more info on the Philadelphia Folk Festival, go to www.pfs.org.
Some Upcoming Shows of Interest
July 12 Newtown Square, PA @ Burlap and Bean w/Joy Ike July 25 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall w/Hannah & Maggie and Jus Post Bellum July 26 Newtown Square, PA @ Colonial Plantation at Ridley Creek State Park July 26 Chestnut Hill, PA @ The Mermaid Inn w/Hannah & Maggie
And Now for the Updates
People you've got the power over what we do You can sit there and wait Or you can pull us through Come along, sing the song You know you can't go wrong ~Jackson Browne, The Load Out
Sunday night saw Black Horse Motel playing at the North Star Bar. It was a shorter set than we're used to playing so we had to trim down the list a bit, and looking at the other bands on the lineup we went with the loudest, foot stompiest, sing-alongiest songs we had. And here's the thing. The audience was AMAZING.
Seriously though, the stage was shaking from audience participation. I wanted to personally invite every member of that audience to every show from now on, and I did.
Also, let's get some birthday love on. Sunday night was dear fan and friend and overall supporter of Black Horse Motel, Jordyn's, birthday.
Are you still reading? Wanna help us out with a quick questionaire? The lineup from Sunday's show turned out to be amazing, and it's not necessarily a bill we would have thought to put together. Go North Star Bar! Still, maybe you could help us to design better shows for you, the people for whom we do this...
Hey Folks, want to treat your dads to something really special this Father's Day? Well guess what! Scientific studies have proven time and time again that nothing calms, soothes, and gets your dad feeling all nostalgic like Black Horse Motel live. If you don't believe the science, just check out this groundbreaking recent video research of fathers listening to Black Horse Motel.
We'll be sharing the stage with Skinny Lister, and Onward, etc. Here's the line up: 8:30 - 9:00 - Black Horse Motel 9:15 - 10:00 - Onward, etc. 10:15 - 11:30 - Skinny Lister
Sunday, June 15 North Star Bar 2639 Poplar St, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Doors at 8:00pm
See you all on Fathers Day! - David
First some business. Our June 15th show at the TLA has been moved to the North Star Bar. Same Black Horse Day, same Black Horse lineup... just a much more intimate venue. Come on down, get up front, shake your money maker. Unless your money maker is particularly lewd, in which case, shake something that is more appropriate. New info: June 15th // North Star Bar // 21+ // tickets here - $15 Lineup: Black Horse Motel // Onward, Etc. // Skinny Lister
Music chosen? Let's go!
Let's talk travel arrangements. Black Horse Motel is not a tiny outfit. Granted, we're certainly no Polyphonic Spree, but 5 members can equate to an unusual amount of gear. Especially when you start to consider what instruments we play. We've got Megan, rocking a full drum kit. This isn't some paired down jazz kit, and it's certainly no marching snare. This is a rock band stage kit. It takes up some serious space. Desiree plays a cello. For those who don't know, it's like a violin, only enormous. (The upright bass is like a viola only enormous, thank heavens we don't have one of those... yet.) Now Ryann is at least nice enough to keep her kit small. A fiddle we can fit around other instruments in the cars. (Cars, plural, we'll get back to that.) Dave, banjo, that's not bad. Oh right, plus a guitar, plus a mandolin. Now myself, I try to keep things small and compact, you know looking out for the band, just an electric guitar, and acoustic guitar, a pedal board, maybe a square-neck resonator once I get the pickup installed, maybe the round-neck resonator for finger picking... You know, small footprint. Then of course there's the real space takers. I am of course talking about the melodica and the bells. If we throw in a harmonica, a fife, a penny whistle, a slide whistle or a kazoo, we're never going to get everything in there.
Right, the cars. You may have seen movies where bands travel around in a piece of specialized band equipment called a "van." Here at the Black Horse Motel stables we like to define "van" as any group of cars whose owners are foolhardy enough to allow us to use them to transport equipment. It's a good working definition and we really love our "van." Also, I don't know if you've ever had an intimate relationship with a cello, but the person in the backseat of our van certainly has. All I have to say is Desiree is one lucky lady to get so much time with that most sensitive and yet fun-loving instrument, the cello. Aw shucks, now my guitars are getting all jealous.
Now, of course, to win you have to come to our shows...but we know you're coming anyway, so just make sure you don't forget take snap some pics, post, and tag!
"What kind of prizes can I win?", you ask?
1st place - signed LP, signed EP, and t-shirt 2nd place - signed LP, and t-shirt 3rd place - signed LP
So, for a chance to win, come out to the show on Friday at Hard Rock Cafe. And remember to tag us in the photo/video, or else we'll never know you are an artistic genius.
♞ Our old friends (and swell folks), Song Dogs!
♞ New friends Spirit and Dust
♞ NEW BLACK HORSE MOTEL SONGS, Y'ALL!
Did you say new songs? Yes, I did, IN ALL CAPS!
If you missed the last few shows, then you haven't heard one of our new songs, and first written by Galen for the group, "Run, Rabbit, Run", which I've just decided I will now call "R3" because that just looks awesome.
Anyway, don't spiral into a depression about R3 because all you have to do is come to the Boot & Saddle on March 7 and we will play it just for you! Amazing! BUT WAIT, there's more...order now and we will double your offer by playing an EVEN NEWER song at the show! Come be the first to hear the new jamzz!
Lineup: 8:30 - Spirit and Dust 9:00 - Song Dogs 10:00 - Black Horse Motel
Hope to see you there! -Megan
HAY Horseheads! (you see what I did there?) Exciting news for those of you who want to go to one of our shows, but can't get past the hills of Manayunk - we're bringing one to you - This Saturday at Dawson Street Pub in Manayunk! (You can even see our guitarist Galen doing some solo stuff) Saturday, Feb 1 Dawson Street Pub Music starts at 10pm 21+, $5 cover at door
In other news - Black Horse Motel is eligible for nomination in 93.7 WSTW's Hometown Hereos Homey Awards. The Homey Awards recognize local Delaware Valley musicians. Please see their Facebook post or check out the Hometown Heroes site and follow the directions to nominate us in several categories, including Album of the Year!
Alright Horseheads - See you Saturday!!! - Desiree