Psalmships, Marie/Lepanto @ Johnny Brenda’s (04/18/18)
I have blogged about Psalmships plenty of times over the years. It don’t get any easier trying to capture in words how amazing Psalmships is. The only word that comes to mind is UNREAL. I know you’re thinking “how unreal is Psalmships?” It’s moments like this that remind me that I need to get some of my other blog features together. In the meantime, you can check out Psalmships music and decide for yourself. Psalmships continues to be one of my favorite artists. Thank you, Psalmships.
Marie/Lepanto (Will Johnson and Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster) was a touring band and Wednesday’s show was my first introduction to their music. I enjoyed their set and if given a chance to see another Marie/Lepanto show I would go. Marie/Lepanto creates music that is worth your time and deserves your full attention. Yes, another band that you might want to check out.
Let these photos provide you with some of the sights from Saturday night’s Ben Arnold Band double set show at Burlap and Bean (Newtown Square, PA). The musicians for this performance were Ben Arnold (singer, songwriter, guitar, keys), Matt Muir (drums, vocals), Erik Sayles (guitar) and Jonathan Colman (bass, vocals). Plus, special guest, Bob Beach on harmonica for a few songs. As usual, Ben Arnold and band gave another fantastic performance and the music sounded delightful. Also, Burlap and Bean is such an amazing listening room and it’s always nice to see a show at this venue.
Ben Arnold has a forthcoming album to be released January 2018. Having heard a mini-set of new material tonight, I say—GET EXCITED.
It was so good to see Psalmships(Joshua Britton accompanied by Carl Cheeseman) at Bourbon & Branch (Philadelphia, PA) Wednesday night. I haven’t seen Psalmships perform live in a few years. I think that made the show feel extra special. I was definitely missing that live Psalmships sound. In case you were wondering, the Psalmships duo of Joshua Britton and Carl Cheeseman with electric instruments just works brilliantly. I hope there are more Psalmships shows to come. I’ll be there!
Below are a few photos from Psalmships set Wednesday night at Bourbon & Branch.
Last night I saw Val Emmich & The Veeries at The Saint (Asbury Park, NJ) and it was a fantastic performance. I hope these photos and videos capture some of that live experience. If not, it’s always best to witness these performances in person. See you at a show!
Val Emmich’s ‘The Reminders’ Book Release Concert (presented by Little City Books) was last night (June 3, 2017) at Maxwell’s Tavern in Hoboken, NJ and it was a fantastic celebration. I hope these photos and videos give you an idea of what the event was like. Last night was so wonderful and was definitely one of those rare nights that you wish you could live over and over again. Wow!
These are some of the photos I took at the Methyl Ethel / Blonder / Archawah show last night at Boot & Saddle. There is minimal post editing if any. Maybe my novice photography shills show but in this case I felt like editing these photos would not enhance them any. Well, photography is a form of art and my choice not to edit could be wrong. Anyways, I attended the show to see Archawah, an established favorite band of mine. However, I did stay to hear Blonder’s and Methyl Ethel’s sets. I enjoyed all the music I heard that night. And I might have found some new fave bands. YES!!!
Have your own show thoughts? Please tell us in the comments.
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.
View photos here. Did you attend this show? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
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.