Jam out at Greenfest Philly’s Earth Jam II with Cheers Elephant and Abstract Verses

Greenfest Philly is a free annual event sponsored by the Clean Air Council to promote sustainable living. In addition to the local and organic food trucks, sustainably-brewed beer garden, eco-friendly vendors, electronics recycling, clothing swap, and raffles, this years festival also includes live music from local bands Cheers Elephant, Abstract Verses, Mountjoy, and You Do You as part of the festival’s Earth Jam II.

While planning for their 45th Anniversary this fall, Clean Air Council policy analyst Katie Feeney learned that in 1992, to celebrate its 25th year, the organization put on ‘Earth Jam’ in Chalfont, PA.

“We had a few acoustic musicians play at last year’s Greenfest ,” Feeney said. “But I thought it would be fun this year to really commit to reviving ‘Earth Jam’ 20 years later to celebrate the Council’s 45th anniversary. So we went all out!”

The eclectic bill of local artists for Earth Jam II came together, as Feeney put it, organically. “Personally, I don’t think there’s a more exciting band in Philadelphia right now than Cheers Elephant,” she said. “They’re so much fun to watch and they’re also wonderful people. Whether it’s true or not, I’ve convinced myself that their song ‘Jumbo Shrimp’ is about the BP oil spill. I think the message behind many of their lyrics is relevant and meaningful to those concerned for the planet.” Continue reading →


Philly hip-hop crew Abstract Verses to release debut album July 7th

Abstract Verses are a five piece experimental hip-hop group who come with a hearty side of sweet jazzy funk. Born and bred in Philadelphia’s music scene, they are releasing their debut album, Brane World Scenario, on Thursday, July 7th. Verses’ album is lush and smooth, full of clever guitar licks, complex lyrics and jazzy Tribe Called Quest-like vibes. Hints of vibrophone and Cowboy Bepop samples add a fun twist to the sounds running beneath front man Matt Dancis’ smooth flow.

Abstract Verses will play a record release show with long time Philly hip-hop group Philadelphia Slick (celebrating their new album The Way Things Work) at 9pm on Saturday, July 7th at Triumph Brewing Company in Old City. The show is 21+ and admission is $5. Go here for more information about the show. Below, stream “Crossings” from Abstract Verses’ Brane World Scenario.