It’s Friday, a new night with more live music to be heard. And this time I’m headed to…MilkBoy Philly, again! Of late, it seems that MilkBoy Philly has become my favorite venue. Congrats! Thanks for letting me hangout and take in all the wonderful live music.
Friday night started out with a bunch of new music because I didn’t know the first two bands. Forlorn Strangers is a folk/Americana quartet (preforming as a quintet) from Nashville, TN. They began their set with a song that featured some mighty strong hand clapping and that really woke me up—made me pay attention. I liked the fact that the lead vocals were shared among the band from song to song. Their choice of instruments banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, upright bass, and vocals really gave Forlorn Strangers a sweet southern sound. Wild Rompit was the other new-to-me band—a four member indie rock band from Philadelphia, PA. Although it’s often hard to instantly appreciate new music I did at some point have a moment where I thought to myself “ok, I see/hear why this crowd likes this band.” And from that moment on I just stood there and enjoyed the music.
Then it was time for singer-songwriter extraordinaire, Adrien Reju to grace the MilkBoy stage and wow us with her musical expertise. Adrien Reju (and band) opened the set with “Fire Away” a song co-written by Chris Kasper (also a fave singer-songwriter of mine) who was in the audience. It was so nice to hear that song performed live again because as is the nature of live music it takes on a special dynamic vibe. Reju even did her cover of “I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love With You” by Tom Waits along with several of her songs from ‘A Million Hearts’ and ‘Lucky Ones’. Reju’s set continued flawlessly for she has a beautifully haunting voice, superb songwriting skills, a great band, and the ability to create mesmerizingly awe-inspired performances. Yes, if it wasn’t abundantly clear, Adrien Reju is one of my faves for reasons that my words try to convey but only her music can truly explain.
Please consider giving each of these artists a listen. You won’t regret it.
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