In all my years of show-going I still cannot accurately describe the essence that makes live music so addictive. I guess it’s a combination of: the experience, being present to witness the music being created in person, the ambiance of the venue, the artist’s stage banter, being among like-minded music enthusiasts, seeing and supporting your favorite artists, and simply a love for music. All of these factors play into the reason why I love live music and my need for show-going. Of late I have tried to ignore my addiction but sometimes my ears won’t let me have my music any other way than live.
It’s my live music addiction that led me to Steel City Coffee House last night to see Hezekiah Jones, Brad Hinton Band, and Chelsea Sue Allen. I haven’t been to Steel City Coffee House in many years but it’s still a great venue to go to and enjoy live music and coffee house treats in Phoenixville.
The show began around 8:15pm with a set by Chelsea Sue Allen (acoustic guitar, vocals) an emerging singer-songwriter who was accompanied by her sister, Shay (electric guitar). It’s always nice to hear new music from a new artist and almost immediately enjoy what you’re hearing. You never know when you might find your next favorite artist so I always approach shows with an open mind and open ears. Chelsea Sue Allen your music is now on my radar.
After a short intermission it was time for Brad Hinton Band to take the stage. This time it was Brad Hinton (of course) with Daniel Bower, Bethany Brooks, Phil D’Agostino, and Kevin Killen. Brad Hinton Band began the set with “The Bottom of the Delaware” an absolutely magical song that could easily turn anyone within earshot into and instant Brad Hinton music fan. And that was only the beginning because we were treated to hearing several songs off of Brad Hinton’s latest album, Whippoorwill, plus a Gram Parsons’ cover. All in all it was an incredibly beautiful musical experience.
Then, after another short intermission, it was Hezekiah Jones turn. The Joneses performing in this show were: Hezekiah Jones (Raphael Cutrufello), Pocono Jones (Brad Hinton), Pepe Jones (Phil D’Agostino), Schuylkill Jones (Matt Helm) and Psycho Jones (Kevin Killen). Cutrufello is an amazing singer-songwriter who plays unbelievably effortless music and surrounds himself with some of the best of the best musicians from the Philly area—making his music sound perfect. Is this heaven? (Yes, this Field of Dreams reference just seems to fit.) Man, there is something unreal about music that sounds this good. Guess what? Hezekiah Jones played some new songs that were soundin’ good—no words on a new album but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.
Live music—too much is not enough.
11/30/2013: Johnny Brenda’s – w/Vilebred, Manatawny Creek Ramblers
12/06/2013: Tin Angel – w/ Adrien Reju, Thom McCarthy
Chelsea Sue Allen
02/08/2014: Burlap and Bean – w/ Psalmships, Andrew Fiorelli