Yesterday I spent my Saturday night at Underground Arts listening to the wonderful live music provided by Hezekiah Jones, Black Horse Motel, Adrien Reju, and Andy Stack. Experiencing live music in person cannot be replicated but let the following photos and videos give you a hint of what the show was like. See you at a show!
Last night Mondo Cozmo played for a sold-out crowd at Boot & Saddle (Philadelphia, PA). After a few minutes of an intro song that the band (featuring some members of Illinois) was playing Mondo took to the stage as the crowd cheered. The opening song was “Plastic Souls” and in my head I was screaming “THAT’S MY JAM!” Somewhere towards the middle of the set they played “Hold On To Me” (see video below). And the last song of the night was “Shine” a positively uplifting tune that is awe-inspiring. “Shine” was performed with special guest vocals by Iris and she was great. I only wish that the set was longer but I understand a new artist doesn’t have an entire catalog of songs to perform. Oh well, I think they should have used the repeat option and played the entire set again. If we can repeat recorded music, then I say that should be a live music option too. Think about it.
Hemming was the opening act. Last night was my first time ever hearing Hemming’s music and I really liked it. I liked it enough that I bought her cd. I’m going to make sure I catch some more of her shows.
Overall, it was an excellent night of music and my ears are still smiling.
It’s rare that I would take such a short trip to NYC, I was only in town for a few hours, but when Val Emmich plays Rockwood Music Hall I had to be there. The show started at 7:00PM sharp as advertised. Emmich’s set included “Leave The Past Behind” an original song from The Reminders EP (music inspired by the novel) and “Across The Universe, a cover of the Beatles classic that can be found on that same EP. The rest of the set comprised of a mix of songs from Val’s catalog. All in all, it was a fantastic set of music by Val and band tonight at Rockwood Music Hall. May I reiterate, I wholeheartedly believe—everyone can use some Val Emmich music in their life.
The following are photos and a video from tonight’s show. Please check them out!
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It’s a new year and although the weather outside can be cold and frightful I have the unquenchable need to return to some serious show-going. After all, it is my favorite pastime.
So, my first show of 2017 was Friday night at Underground Arts for the Nicky P & Friends Fundraiser. This fundraiser was the third event of its kind and “January 6th, 2017 we will be celebrating the anniversary of my father’s lung transplant. It’s to the day which couldn’t work out any better.” I attended the event for the live music and being able to contribute to the fundraiser made the night a win-win.
The following photos provide a visual highlight of the performances by Nicky P, Archawah, and Former Belle. These artists provided a great night of live music and all for a good cause. Yes, it was an excellent way to spend a Friday night.
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Since Friday night’s setting upstairs at Kung Fu Necktie felt like a house party that is how Archawah decided to approach their performance. They played a set filled with energy, great music and entertaining banter. Archawah delivered a performance fit for any house party and or any good time.
Earlier in the night Thee Idea Men, The Ohio Weather Band, and Anjuli Josephine performed on the upstairs stage at Kung Fu Necktie. Each act did their best to perform as if the small crowd that gathered in this tiny venue were all that mattered. I think they all accomplished that.
Val Emmich & The Veeries at Maxwell’s Tavern (09/17/16)
Seeing Val Emmich & The Veeries again clearly made my Saturday. Val Emmich is an extremely talented singer-songwriter and The Veeries are an exceptional band. I won’t bore you with my words I just hope that these photos and videos give an idea of the caliber of awesomeness that was displayed at this show.
Christina Alessi & The Toll Collectors opened the show performing as a three-piece band instead of their usual five-piece band arrangement. Christina Alessi provides the vocals on Emmich’s “Hey Hey Hey”. A song that Val Emmich & The Veeries performed during their set in the audience unplugged with Christina Alessi. An absolutely beautiful moment.
Thursday night The Album Leaf returned to Johnny Brenda’s, a Philly venue that Jimmy LaValle and band have played several times in the past, and this time they brought a newly released album, Between Waves, on a new record label (Relapse Records) to showcase. The Album Leaf delivered an awe-inspiring performance filled with lush soundscapes, subtle visuals, beaming lights, machine-made haze, and an overwhelmingly beautiful ambiance. Some things that I have become accustomed to when involving a The Album Leaf performance. But strip away all the added elements and get to the core of the music and it is still simply amazing. Wow!
Rituals of Mine was Thursday night’s opening band. I don’t remember much from the first time I saw Rituals of Mine (at the time they were known as Sister Crayon) open for The Album Leaf several years ago at Johnny Brenda’s except the intense energy that the vocalist had and thankfully Terra Lopez has not lost that energy. It makes her connection to Rituals of Mine’s music pure and uninhibited after all, what might seem like stage gaffes are actually things that happen when you’re completely in the moment like Lopez was.
Thursday night turned out to be a wonderful night of music thanks to The Album Leaf and Rituals of Mine.