Philadelphia groove-riders Corey Bernhard and Steve McKie keep plenty busy as session musicians and producers in Philly and beyond, so when they manage to converge for a new Killiam Shakespeare project, it’s cause for celebration indeed.
Saturday night, the band — McKie on drums, Bernhard on keys, augmented by guitarist Anthony DiCarlo — took the stage at Johnny Brenda’s to celebrate A Town Called Elsewhere, the band’s second full-length project. Continue reading →
Think a holiday week means there’s no live music to keep you entertained? Think again. Starting tonight with rising R&B star Jessie Reyez, carrying through an album release from Killiam Shakespeare this weekend, and a Green Room showcase with DaniLeigh on Monday, here are twelve concerts you can see in the next seven days all around Philadelphia. Continue reading →
Philadelphia groove riders Killiam Shakespeare will return this fall with a new full-length project called A Town Called Elsewhere. The long-running psych / groove / prog / rock outlet of versatile Philly producers and studio musicians Steve McKie (drums) and Corey Bernhard (keyboards) is out on November 2nd, it features a sick Dewey Saunders-designed album cover that you can scope down below, and it features collabs with the duo’s good friend Bilal (they’re his longtime musical directors) as well as Amber Navran, Chris Turner, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Continue reading →
This August brings us not four but *five* Thursdays, which can only mean one thing — more Waterfront Sessions. The free outdoor concert series at Spruce Street Harbor Park kicked off in June with a different local band and DJ set each week, and continues with four more performances throughout July. Now, August lineup is here, giving us more tunes to look forward to as the summer marches on. Continue reading →
Summer calls for live music outdoors, and lucky for us, Spruce Street Harbor Park delivers. The popular park along the Delaware River draws crowds all season long, but perhaps one of its best kept secrets is the Waterfront Sessions series, which showcases performances by local musicians every Thursday night throughout the summer. Better yet, all shows are free. Continue reading →
Killiam Shakespearestirs up some funky grooves with their latest, ”Party & Chill.” The single is a breezy blend of R&B, funk, soul and pop which features Reesa Renee, an independent artist from the DC Metropolitan Area, and The Bul Bey, a West Philly rapper who we’re quite fond of here at The Key. Continue reading →
Over the past few years, Philadelphia’s Killiam Shakespeare has become known for its nimble incorporation of sick beats and space age instrumental sprawl with skilled under-the-radar rappers and singers from all around the Philly scene. In that context, this five-piece sounds like a production unit cranking out some seriously left-of-center beats and backings for the next generation of local hip-hop and R&B (not to mention legends — they had a Freeway collab on last year’s Killiam Season1). But take away the voices, and just listen to the music — like we hear in this week’s Key Studio Session — and it becomes something else altogether. Continue reading →
The power of music to bring people together for hope and healing in the face of utter devastation is tried and true, and following the series of hurricanes that have ravaged the south and left entire populations without power, food, shelter, or near enough resources to sustain and recover, focused help is needed just as much as hope and healing.
On October 21st, Flygirrl and Walking Bear will present The Healing at Johnny Brenda’s. This fundraising event will feature live music and spoken word performances from an incredible spectrum of local performers — from Philly neo-soul icon Lady Alma to contemporary sound-sculptor Jacqueline Constance, dynamic hop-hop duo Killiam Shakespeare and more — and 100% of the proceeds will benefit The Family Resource Center in St. Thomas, USVI through their “Adopt A Family” program. Continue reading →
Ahead of his upcoming album release, alternative hip-hop artist Kuf Knotz is stepping back onto the stage. Originally from Philadelphia but now residing in New York, Knotz will be making six stops throughout June and July between his two homes where he will be sure to mix previews of tracks from the new record with his 2015 LP A Positive Light. You can hear his upbeat, positive vibes at Bourbon and Branch with Roots of a Rebellion and Wild Adriatic. Check out the details at the XPN Concert Calendar.Continue reading →
Philly friends Corey Bernhard, Steve McKie and Chris Turner have an impressive resume as producers and session musicians alone — they’ve worked with Bilal, Jill Scott, Estelle, Ed Sheeran, Snarky Puppy and a lot more over the past decade and change.
But like most creative folks, they had their own fires burning in the mix of the gigs that were paying their bills. Enter Killiam Shakespeare, the band that came as a result of these longtime side players collabing in the studio — the project, with debuted in 2015 with a self-titled release on Ropeadope Records, spans the worlds of hip-hop, jazz, R&B / pop grooves and rock.
“We said ‘There’s no point in letting it sit around on our hard drive,'” recalls Bernhard of the music they were making. “We had all these songs, some of them instrumentals, some with our friends we still make music with.”
“Having our own studio in West Philly really gave us that platform to create our own music,” adds McKie. “You have times when you play in a band, it’s set up for you to play the show, you leave, you rehearse. For us, we felt we were more artistic, we had more to offer not just as musicians but producers and composers.” Continue reading →