The Liberty Bell Sessions is the project of Philadelphia based songwriter and guitarist Ross Bellenoit. After an initial conversation with Matt Smith (owner of the famed Club Passim in Cambridge, MA) about some way to bring a night of Philadelphia’s songwriters to Boston, Mr. Smith coined the term “Liberty Bell Sessions”. Come be part of its maiden voyage. Equal parts show and tell, mash-up harmonies, and experimentation, our intention is to give each other’s songs different lives, and to give music fans from other places the chance to check out some of Philly’s current phinest.
The Liberty Bell Sessions (Feat. Birdie Busch, Ross Bellenoit, Sonya Sofya and Chris Kasper) at Studio 34 (6/26) – TONIGHT!
Son of Dov and Kassini along with The Radio Reds, and Vinyette will be playing The Grape Room this Wednesday night (TONIGHT!). Yes, these are all new artists to me but I gave Son of Dov and Kassini a listen and I like what I heard.
Son of Dov (Dennis King) is a singer-songwriter from New Jersey with simple, clear-cut folk music and a quiet yet commanding voice. There is a genuine effortlessness in Son of Dov’s music that is very inviting, and beautiful.
Kassini is a “cinematic / alternative rock duo” with a very powerful and creative sound. The duo is composer and producer Shane Koss (NYC-based) with musician and singer-songwriter John Hogg (London-based). This is an original band with their own sound but there are elements of their music that take me back to the good alt-rock of the ‘90s–and I love that! Kassini’s new album, Immune, will be released July 2nd and I definitely can’t wait to give this album a listen.
I haven’t had the chance to familiarize myself with The Radio Reds or Vinyette but these artists are also on the bill so get to The Grape early and give them a listen.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Son of Dov, Kassini, The Radio Reds, and Vinyette
The Grape Room
105 Grape St Philadelphia, PA 19127
Foxhound, the folk duo of Chris Kasper and Kiley Ryan, celebrated the release of their brand new self-titled debut album with a show at The Fire this past Saturday. Johnny Miles and Marc Silver were also on the bill. A show with this bill meant I had no choice but to go.
Saturday’s show was full of treats like getting to see duo sets by Johnny Miles (with Carl Cheeseman) and Marc Silver (with Ryan Williams). I really enjoyed both of these sets and it was so nice to see some of my favorites perform live again. Needless to say, the show was off to a great start.
Another treat was seeing Foxhound perform with a full band. Yes, Kasper and Ryan were joined by Freddie Berman (drums) and Jaron Olevsky (upright bass, accordion). Plus, Philip D’Agostino played banjo on a few songs.
This was like the best of the best. Chris Kasper is the best singer-songwriter ever. Kiley Ryan has revealed herself as a great singer-songwriter too and her fiddle playing is mesmerizing. I’ve seen Jaron Olevsky lend his musical talents to several artists over the years and I’ve always admired his work. Philip D’Agostino is the master of all instruments, novice of none. And last but most certainly not least, Freddie Berman–drummer extraordinaire. It was an A-MA-ZING set by Foxhound!
As for Foxhound’s self-titled debut album, I’ll save my thoughts for a proper album review but I’ll tell you this now–Foxhound’s music makes my ears smile.
Oh my, that was a marvelous night of music.
There was a lot of great live music heard at Johnny Brenda’s this past Friday night. It was Nightlands, Ape School, and Our Griffins on the bill. Friday night was one of those nights when I took a chance on some new music and I actually walked away very impressed by what I heard.
Friday night I finally got to witness a live performance by Our Griffins and…I LOVED IT! Up until then I had only enjoyed Our Griffins’ music in a recorded format. Maybe I’m too much of a music enthusiast but I do get a little nervous when I see an artist, who’s recorded work I admire, live for the first time because there’s always that–what if their recorded sound doesn’t translate over to a live performance well? Whew, luckily I no longer have anything to worry about when it comes to Our Griffins because their performance was incredible. Friday night’s show just so happened to be the Our Griffins full band live debut. I was utterly impressed. Our Griffins set was filled with effortlessly sublime, mostly mellow music that was extremely enticing. So, if you haven’t already, I highly recommend that you check out Our Griffins.
Since I decided to hang around for the rest of the show I soon found out about Ape School and Nightlands. Ape School is an experimental rock band with some great sounds and an enjoyable set. I had no idea what kind of sound/style/genre to expect from Nightlands but as their set progressed all I can say is it had a very dreamy sound. Adding all those singers and those added harmonies was a nice touch. Wow! If I was ever given the chance I would definitely check out Nightlands again. By the way, as I was sitting there taking in all the sound all I could think was, “something about this is very Sufjan Stevens-esque” and I meant that in the best way imaginable.
All in all, it was an excellent night of music at Johnny Brenda’s this past Friday night.
Apologies to the Griz Band (also on the bill) for the inability to capture a half decent photo. We’ll work on our photography skills.