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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ensemble Novo at Paris Bistro, Eliza Hardy Jones at the Art Museum, Indie Pop Prom at the First Unitarian Church

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Ensemble Novo | photo by David Dzubinski | courtesy of the artist

Tom Moon brings his Ensemble Novo to Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill for the second of a three-night Latin jazz run tonight. The local outfit released its balmy Look To the Sky EP last month, following up 2013’s Blue Night debut with six new songs you’ll be able to dance to tonight. More information for the event can be found here; listen to “Vento Bravo” below.

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Load-In to Load-Out: Eliza Hardy Jones celebrates her breakout year at Boot & Saddle

Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

It’s a dark night in a city that knows how to keep it’s secrets. But on one of the first truly bitter days of December, as the wind howls down South Broad, there’s true warmth to be found inside Boot & Saddle. Hometown hero Eliza Hardy Jones is playing the Boot in a celebration of sorts. As the year ends, she’s commemorating the first year of making and playing music under her own name, a project entirely her own. After years as a crucial member of many other cherished Philly projects — you’re thinking of Buried Beds, Strand of Oaks, and Grace Potter’s band — this is her year. Continue reading →

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As the sun sets and the wind whips up, the band is at the Boot bright and early — 5:00 pm — gathering in all the gear from their different cars. Drummer Pat Berkery (of The War On Drugs, CYHSY) is parked out front and the band members assist him with his massive drum boxes.

Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Teen Men’s Nick Krill is also setting up his guitar rig:

Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Nick Krill | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Boot & Saddle house sound engineer Steve Poponi arrives, and greets Eliza and company with a special gift — the “Frances Quinlan Special,” a vocal effects pedal that he created for Hop Along, whom he also tour manages. Poponi and Jones spend quite some time setting up the pedal and dialing it in on Jones’ already impressive array of modifiers.

Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Opening act Geology arrives!

 

Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Geology | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Geology | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

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Around this time, I finally get to satisfy a years-long itch to see what’s behind the stage door at Boot & Saddle. The answer? Not… Very much. A small, dead-end hallway and some storage for extra gear, and some metal-as-hell signs about not using the door. I’m still glad I looked, though.

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Boot & Saddle | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Boot & Saddle | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Boot & Saddle | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Boot & Saddle | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Boot & Saddle | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

The band works through a lengthy soundcheck with Steve, taking plenty time to really hone the complex sound that Eliza has put together for the night’s performance.

Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Jones’ former Buried Beds bandmate Brandon Beaver arrives and quickly soundchecks for a rousing cover of Pat Benatar’s “We Belong” that will end the set on a fun high note.

Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

With soundcheck out of the way, most of the band hits the bar to get some dinner and drinks — and collaborate on the setlist.

Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Jones herself, on the other hand, has a different plan. A personal tradition, whenever she plays at Boot & Saddle, she spends an hour or so in solitude before the show at the Broad Street Diner next door, drinking a decaf coffee and eating hash browns. A real zen moment, truly.

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Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
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Boot & Saddle | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

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Geology gets the cold crowd warmed with the organic space-rock sounds from the mind of Greg Jehanian:

Geology | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Geology | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Geology | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Geology | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Geology | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Geology | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Geology | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Geology | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

And finally, the moment we’d all been waiting for — Eliza and her band take to the stage.

Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

After the heart-melting rendition of “We Belong” that had the whole crowd chiming in, Jones invites her Father on stage in a tender, impromptu singalong of a folk spiritual:

Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

After a round of hugs, the crowd dissipates into the bar and off into the night, the bands pack up their gear without much ado and then do the same. The smile on Jones face is evidence enough that the night was good. More than good. Meaningful. The common thread of music that’s wound its way through so many different times and places and projects is finally making its way home.

Below, check out a full gallery from Eliza Hardy Jones’ show at the Boot and Saddle. Click here to go back to the start.

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Listen to Eliza Hardy Jones and Greg Jehanian of Geology live and acoustic on WXPN Local

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Eliza Hardy Jones and Greg Jehanian | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly’s Eliza Hardy Jones and Greg Jehanian have been tight for years, going back to their time sharing the stage in West Philly art-pop outfit Buried Beds.

Jones has also performed with hard touring outfits Strand of Oaks and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, whole Jehanian was the longtime bassist for post-hardcore faves mewithoutYou until about a year ago. This Saturday, the two old friends will team up once again for a co-headlining show at Boot And Saddle — Jones performs material from her 2016 solo debut Because Become, while Jehanian’s band Geology digs into this spring’s Healers. Continue reading →

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Eliza Hardy Jones announces headlining slot at Boot & Saddle

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Eliza Hardy Jones | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

Continuing to support her solo debut Because Become, Eliza Hardy Jones has announced a headlining show at Boot & Saddle for Saturday, December 10th. We’ve been enjoying the local singer-songwriter’s talents around town for several years now – she’s played with Buried Beds and Strand of Oaks, among others – but it’s been a real treat seeing her build momentum behind this solo project between touring duties with Grace Potter.

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XPN Fest Recap: Eliza Hardy Jones takes center stage

Eliza Hardy Jones | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

Eliza Hardy Jones has been here before. She played keys in sang in both Grace Potter’s band and Strand of Oaks, two acts that have graced XPoNential Fest in years past. This time around though, all eyes were on Hardy as her solo project took to the River Stage. And in the pressure of the main stage, she made the most of her big moment. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Preview: Veteran sidewoman Eliza Hardy Jones takes center stage

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Eliza Hardy Jones | Photo by Ryan Collerd | ryancollerd.com | courtesy of the artist

Eliza Hardy Jones is a seasoned side-woman. She plays keys and sings in the Grace Potter band, Strand Of Oaks and Nightlands, she’s one-half of the founding partnership in Buried Beds. She excels in maintaining a stage presence that adds to live experience, begs the audience to turn their glances to her.

“Part of your job as a side person is to be a part of the performance,” she says. “You can’t stand there like a sad lump, like you’re bored. You have to be engaged to the music because that helps other people be engaged with the music.”

Hardy Jones has performed twice at XPoNential Music Festival before – once with Grace Potter and the other with Strand Of Oaks. This year she’ll perform, on the River Stage at Wiggins Park at at noon on Sunday, July 24, for the first time as herself. As a frontwoman. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Watch Eliza Hardy Jones perform the heart wrenching “Couldn’t Leave You”

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Eliza Hardy Jones | Photo by Ryan Collerd | ryancollerd.com | courtesy of the artist

Philly singer, songwriter, and keyboardist Eliza Hardy Jones, has shared a new video of her performing “Couldn’t Leave You,” featuring Matt Musty of the Grace Potter’s band. Jones is currently a touring member of Grace’s band and is about to hit the summer festival circuit with Grace, as well as performing at the XPoNential Music Festival in July. Continue reading →