Last night I finally made it to the new music venue located at 23 East Lancaster Ave. (former home of Brownie’s) in Ardmore—The Ardmore Music Hall. Yes, there is quite a difference in appearance than how the former establishment that once occupied this location used to look. The Ardmore Music Hall is a music hall, meaning the place is definitely geared towards the music and not like some venues that are nothing more than bars with stages. Needless to say, I can see myself returning to The Ardmore Music Hall quite often.
The show began with an unexpected trio of Raphael Cutrufello, Daniel Bower, and Brad Hinton and what a pleasant surprise it was. They were kind of playing in the round with each songwriter taking a turn to lead the trio. It was three great singer-songwriters with three acoustic guitars playing around one mic and it sound great. I love it when I catch an artist two nights in a row and even though the songs might be the same the music sounds completely different but in the best way possible. Nice!
When Philip D’Agostino and band took the stage I knew it was going to be something special. It’s been quite some time since I’ve seen D’Agostino perform his own music but those few rare occasions have always been some of the best shows. So, I was really excited to hear D’Agostino’s set this time especially since it was the cd release show for Inlets and I knew I was going to hear the new album. D’Agostino (electric bass, upright bass) was joined by Bethany Brooks (keys, accordion), Ross Bellenoit (guitar), Patrick Hughes (trumpet), Mark Allen (sax), and Matt Scarano (drums). Some musicians need words to express their feelings and creativity but Philip D’Agostino does it all in music and creates some amazingly profound pieces. Great set!
Well, as much as I would have liked to catch some of Griz’ Soul Shakedown Party’s set I had to leave early—maybe next time.
You can hear Inlets by Philip D’Agostino now before you purchase it.