About five months ago while on a roadtrip and listening to NebraskaFoxhound (Chris Kasper and Kiley Ryan) agreed that someday they would like to perform that entire album live. That day came this past Tuesday at The Fire when Foxhound played Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska in its entirety. As much as I wanted to hear a set of Foxhound originals I was glad that I witnessed this special performance by Foxhound. As Kasper explained, Nebraska is the only Springsteen album without the E-Street Band and doesn’t feature the rock saxophone. When I listened to Nebraska (for the first time ever) on Spotify before the show I thought it sounded so different than the Springsteen radio hits that I’ve heard – and the missing E-Street Band and no rock saxophone must be the difference. All in all, Foxhound took great respect of Springsteen’s music and delivered an excellent performance. The incredible talent of Chris Kasper and Kiley Ryan as the musical duo Foxhound is amazing.
Earlier in the night Jeremy Quentin opened the show with a solo set. I think a nice solo, acoustic set by a good singer-songwriter is always a treat. Plus, it’s been a while since I last saw a Jeremy Quentin (Small Houses) set so it was nice to hear Quentin again.
American Hangups is the musical duo of Todd Henkin (The Great Unknown) and Kristen Sylvester (Spirit and Dust). This was the second show ever for American Hangups and they had a fine performance. I liked the folk, singer-songwriter, almost minimalist style in which they performed. I’m not sure if the looseness of the set was intended but it did make things entertaining at times. I definitely would like to see American Hangups again.
Studio 34 is a lovely space located at 4522 Baltimore Avenue in West Philly. It is a place for yoga, healing, and arts. Since 2008 Studio 34 has been “fostering wellness and community through healing and creative arts”. And if you’re lucky you’ll be able to attend a live musical performance by some great artists like I did last night.
If I wasn’t running so late I might have caught all of Chris Bathgate’s set instead of one and a half songs but even in that short amount of time I truly enjoyed what I heard. Chris Bathgate (MI) is a singer-songwriter who performs solo but uses a looping technique to add layers and depth to his music. While some artists use looping and it ultimately distracts from their music Bathgate uses looping impressively. It was such a beautiful moment to be able to really listen to Chris Bathgate’s music in that space.
After a short break Small Houses (MI) took to the stage. Small Houses is Jeremy Quentin (vocals, guitar) with a guy playing drums and another guy singing harmonies. Small Houses produces acoustic, folk music with a minimal approach. Hearing Quentin voice with those harmonies was a wonderful listening experience. Great set!
Then it was Hezekiah Jones’ turn. The Jones in attendance this time were Raphael Cutrufello (Hezekiah Jones: vocals, guitar), Kiley Ryan (Kiwi Jones: violin, vocals), Phil D’Agostino (Pepe Jones: bass), Brad Hinton (Pocono Jones: guitar, vocals), and Kevin Killen (Psycho Jawn Jones: drums) — filling the room with a unique folkesque style. It’s no secret that I’m a real fan of Hezekiah Jones music because it is so good. Last night’s performance was fantastic. Hezekiah Jones sounded great. I think that was the first time I heard “Borrowed Heart” live – thanks to Nina for the request. “Borrowed Heart” is a song that allows Kiley Ryan’s voice to shine – yes, she can sing. Of course the set was filled with all the favorites and it felt so perfect to be sitting in Studio 34 hearing all the phenomenal music. And thanks to an overheated amp we got an extra special treat – Hezekiah Jones unplugged. It was amazing to hear Hezekiah Jones music unplugged and it’s moments like those that will stay with me forever.