Singer-songwriter extraordinaire, and one of our most blogged about artist, Chis Kasper is making a new record and he needs your help to finish it. Through the use of PledgeMusic, a direct-to-fan platform that lets fan get involved in the creative process, Kasper hopes to raise enough funds for the audio mastering, packaging and promotional aspects of his new record. So, if you’re a music enthusiast who wants to get involved please go HERE to learn more about Chris Kasper’s new record campaign.
Also, a portion of any money raised after the goal is reached will go to a charity Kasper choose, Love Hope Strength. An international, music-centric cancer charity dedicated to saving lives, one concert at a time. You can learn more about the charity HERE.
If you need a preview of what’s to come from Chris Kasper’s new album check out his PledgeMusic campaign video featuring an unmastered version of “Head Above the Waterline”. I think you’re going to love it.
Saturday night must have been folk rock night at Milkboy Coffee (Ardmore) because all three bands on the bill seemed to embody that genre in some way. The Gallerist–I had never seen that band before that night but I really enjoyed their set. It was great music and the night was off to a great start. Then New Sweden played and somehow this band too had managed to dodge my music seeking radar. Man, I often feel cheated when I think that I’m discovering a band late. I also feel that someone should have told me how good New Sweden is much sooner. And I thought I had friends!?!?
Oh my, I got to see Black Horse Motel again and that band is still as breathtakingly-good as they were the first time I saw them a few months ago. Black Horse Motel’s music and performance simply lit up the venue and mesmerized the audience. I know I wasn’t the only one under Black Horse Motel’s beautiful musical trance that night. Hopefully soon I’ll get around to giving their debut full-length album, Red Summer Spirit, a proper review just in case you need to be persuaded to check out Black Horse Motel’s marvelous music.
If you ever get the chance to check out any of these bands you must go.
By the way, Milkboy Coffee is changing owners at the end of this month and will be called Melodies Cafe. I hope they continue to host great shows like this one.
Black Horse Motel
Sep 07 – World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA)
Aug 02 – Chris White Gallery (Wilmington, DE)
Aug 10 – Musikfest – Liederplatz (Bethlehem, PA)
Aug 11 – Urban H2O (Yonkers, PA)
Aug 23 – Brandywine Polo Club (Toughkenamon, PA)
Aug 31 – Arden Gild Hall (Arden, DE)
Aug 09 – MilkBoy Philly (Philadelphia, PA)
Sep 05 – One Shot Cafe (Philadelphia, PA)
Shows This Week: Jul 29 – Aug 4, 2013
07/31/13: Kwesi Kankam – Gunners Run (Philadelphia, PA)
07/31/13: Our Griffins – Johnny Brenda’s (Philadelphia, PA)
07/31/13: Psalmships, Brad Hinton – Mermaid Inn (Chestnut Hill, PA)
07/31/13: Toy Soldiers – Anson B Nixon Park (Kennett Square, PA)
08/01/13: The Doublewides – Dawson Street Pub (Philadelphia, PA) | CD Release Party!
08/01/13: The Barren Wells, Manatawny Creek Ramblers – Steal Your Fest (Shartlesville, PA)
08/01/13: Illinois, Crow vs Lion – Puck Live (Doylestown, PA)
08/01/13: Psalmships, Brad Hinton – Random Tea Room (Philadelphia, PA)
08/02/13: Illinois – Hard Rock Cafe (Philadelphia, PA)
08/03/13: Jim Boggia – Musical Lairs House Concert Series (St David’s, PA)
08/03/13: Railroad Fever – The Bone Yard (Atlantic City, NJ)
08/04/13: 2nd Street Festival – North 2nd St (Philadelphia, PA)
Please visit our concert calendar HERE for more dates.
Gorgas Park has a beautiful gazebo that makes an excellent stage for a summer concert. For the past few summers I’ve been enjoying the Ben Arnold night of the Gorgas Park Summer Concert Series. Seeing Ben Arnold play Gorgas Park has become a summer tradition, and this past Thursday night (July 25, 2013) the tradition continued.
I’m a fan of Ben Arnold’s music which is why I’ve been going to his Gorgas Park shows. And sitting in a park on a picture perfect summer evening listening to live music is awfully enticing. So, if you ever have a chance to attend one of these concerts my response is a resounding “YES, you must go!”
As for the music, it was all so wonderful. Scott Bricklin started the evening’s festivities with a crowd enthused set of “Beatlesque classic alternative rock music”. The next set went to Tom Gillam who I haven’t seen in ages probably because he lives in Texas. I do remember years ago when he used to host the Grape Street Pub open mic night–those were some good music memories. Anyway, Tom Gillam captured the crowds’ hearts with his Americana rock greatness. Then it was time for BEN ARNOLD! Arnold’s set included many tracks from his current release, Circle ‘Round The Sun. So the crowd was treated to an eclectic mix of genres that Ben Arnold and band performed so amazingly.
A stunning visual recap of the night’s events can be found here, thanks to Lisa Schaffer Photography.
Circle ‘Round The Sun creates such a smooth, effortlessly refreshing listening experience. Ben Arnold’s songwriting is remarkable, his voice is delightfully raspy (I love his tone), and musically this album sounds so polished.
“Thankful” (one of my favorites) is an opening track that rocks and the lyrical positivity is beautiful. It seems that for every positive, optimistic track on this album there is a darker, sadder song to follow. No surprise, the “happy” tracks standout a little more to me. I hear a banjo on “Float Down Stream” and I like it plus it’s an all-around great song. Oh my, I think “Never Come Down” is my favorite song on this album. “Livin’ a dream like I’m so high I might never come down–great lyrics and Ben Arnold with Zach Djanikian on vocals just works. “Over The Miles” is wrapped in layers of warm, rich, brilliant musical tones that only intensify the longing heard in the lyrics. Circle ‘Round The Sun ends with “The More Things Change” and remember “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”
It’s always special to find an album, like Circle ‘Round The Sun, that you can listen to from start to finish while you dance and sing along and then get a little mad when you realize the album is over. Sometimes I feel cheated–why does this wonderful music have to end!?!
Ben Arnold “Never Come Down” from Circle ‘Round The Sun:
The 2013 Pastorius Park Summer Concert Series is underway and there’s still time to catch several great free concerts. More information about the Pastorius Park Concert Series can be found HERE.
Pastorius Park Summer Concerts series
June 19 Suzie Brown
June 26 The John Byrne Band
July 3 The Dukes of Destiny
July 10 Aaron & The Spell
July 17 Cheers Elephant
July 24 Phyllis Chapell & SIORA
July 31 John Train
Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood
Abington Ave at Lincoln Dr, Philadelphia, PA
7:30PM | All Ages.
The face-melting rock supergroup, The Doublewides, is returning to Dawson Street Pub for a Thursday night residency beginning July 11th. The Doublewides (whose true identities are disguised and unknown) have talent in spades and fun for days. So, seeing The Doublewides live is definitely something you need to witness for yourself. And if you like Record Release Parties (like me) then check out The Doublewides during their residency on August 1st. The more I think about it, the more I realize that this summer is going to be AWESOME.
Have you seen The Doublewides’ new website? www.thedoublewides.com. I don’t know who designed this website, but–wow, this person is creative. I love a website that actually shows a band’s personality all with a wonderful throwback style.
By the way, I did hear “Jetpack” on WXPN today and it’s nice to see The Doublewides are getting some airplay.
The Doublewides Residency
Dawson Street Pub
100 Dawson St, Philadelphia, PA 19127
July 11 – The Doublewides w/ Jesse Lundy Band
July 18 – The Doublewides w/ Special Guests
August 1- The Doublewides: Record Release Party
August 8 – The Doublewides w/ Special Guests
The Doublewides: Website | Twitter
The self-titled debut Foxhound album is everything I expected plus far more. Foxhound takes the talents of Chris Kasper and Kiley Ryan and combines them in way that makes these gifted artists shine. I’ve seen Foxhound live several times and this album captures that spirit and covers it in marvelousness.
Foxhound opens with “Sea Walls” where we first get to witness the collaborative synergy of this musical dynamic duo. Kiley Ryan’s fiddle playing is mesmerizing and an encompassing force of warm sound. Then we hear that incredibly beautiful and comforting voice of Chris Kasper, “selling things I really don’t need, givin’ away all those pieces of me.” Kiley Ryan adds her wonderfully sincere voice on harmonies. Oh my, if I ever for a second questioned my love, support, and admiration for Foxhound (which I never have) this song could easily reassure me and I would immediately be back on team Foxhound. Ok, take that sentiment and multiply it by nine (the number of tracks on this album) and you have one brilliant album that moves me every time I listen to it.
The original material that Foxhound create possess many moments of dream-like imagery that play well with the overwhelming folk vibe of this album. I love the back-and-forth sharing of lead vocals between Kasper and Ryan on “Cricket” and that plucked fiddle melody is infectious. On “So Far” Ryan takes sole lead of vocals and it’s about time because Kiley Ryan can SING. “Planets” is just one of those standout tracks and one of my top favorites. I think most of us already know Chris Kasper for his amazing songwriting abilities but now Kiley Ryan takes on the task of partial songwriting credit on “Cold Wind” and “Crickets” with complete songwriting credit on “Upside Over” and I am impressed. The album ends perfectly with “Still & Free” a splendid take on the beauty of a reflective, stationary moment in one’s life.
At this point, the only word that can sum up this musical experience is–WOW! Yes, the self-titled debut album by Foxhound is one that you really should consider adding to your music collection.
Foxhound: Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp
By the way, HERE is our coverage of Foxhound’s Album Release Show on June 1, 2013.
Tickets for Chris Kasper’s CD Release Party at World Cafe Live on Friday, September 27th go on sale today (June 28th) at 10am. You can purchase tickets HERE.
I have marked my calendar because this is a CD Release Party that I don’t want to miss–and neither do you. Based on Kasper’s songwriting ability, musicianship, and awe-inspiring voice witnessed on previous releases (FlyingBoy, Chasing Another Sundown, and The First Hundred Years are the Hardest) I have every reason to believe that this new album will be nothing short of amazing. Oh my, Chris Kasper is the best.
We hope to see you for …
Chris Kasper CD Release Party
Friday, September 27, 2013
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
$10.00 – $12.00
This event is all ages.
TICKETS: On Sale Friday, June 28th at 10:00 am (EDT)
Tin Bird Choir is set to release a new album on July 2nd titled, Homesteady. This video is for “Sea Change”, the opening track on Homesteady. What I love about this song is the balance found between that gentle voice and that erupting chorus. Wow, Tin Bird Choir has created some impressive folk inspired music that will make your ears smile.
June 29 – Choppin’ Wood Fest, Fleetwood, PA
July 6 – Wyebrook Farm, Honeybrook, PA
July 14 – XPN Welcomes, Concert Under the Stars, King of Prussia, PA
August 4 – Union Jacks, Oley, PA
August 24 – Brandywine Folk Festival, Kennett Square, PA
September 21 – Maysie’s FarmFest, Glennmoore, PA