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Get on board with Gooch and the Motion’s bluesy debut

Gooch and the Motion / Photo courtesy of the artist.
Gooch and the Motion |  Photo courtesy of the artist.

There’s always roadblocks on the way to success. Resources. Location. Scheduling conflicts. Through these trials, many artists still enjoy a degree of freedom in their ability to break off and let the music do the healing.

For Ryan “Gooch” Nelson, music was the only way to recover, but the ability to play remained just out of reach.

In 2004, Gooch (who was 18 years old at the time) was injured in an accident that left him a C7 quadriplegic, unable to move at all below his neck. Continue reading →

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Watch In The Pocket rock out “I Ain’t Searching” by The American Dream (playing The Colonial Theater on 1/11)

Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen’s “Essential Songs of Philadelphia” project is unveiling its latest installment – a rendition of the The American Dream’s 1970 single “I Ain’t Searching” – this Friday, January 11, at The Colonial Theater. This lineup of his In The Pocket band features Hooters singer and guitarist Eric Bazilian, Steve Butler of Smash Palace and singer-songewriter Cliff Hillis. You can watch a video of the band performing the song below, download it here and get more information on Friday’s concert here.

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Photo Recap: In the Pocket at World Cafe Live

Last night David Uosikkinen’s Philadelphia music tribute In the Pocket played World Cafe Live. Check out a photo recap of the show in the gallery above.

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Tonight: XPN Welcomes David Uosikkinen’s “In The Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia” at World Cafe Live

Tonight at World Cafe Live, David Uosikkinen’s “In The Pocket: The Essential Songs Of Philadelphia” project will celebrate the release of the the fifth song in the series, a cover of the 1981 Robert Hazard And The Heroes song, “Change Reaction” (featuring Ben Arnold on lead vocals). In The Pocket features members of The Hooters including David Uosikkinen on drums along with Rob Hyman (keyboards and vocals) and John Lilley (guitar), Steve Butler from Smash Palace on guitar, bassist William Wittman and Ben Arnold on lead vocals. All five of the songs recorded by In The Pocket, including “Change Reaction” can be purchased here. Portions of the proceeds go to the Settlement Music School.

David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket performs at 7:30 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets to the show are $17 (a portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit Settlement Music School).

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: David Uosikkinen’s “In The Pocket: Essential Songs Of Philadelphia” at World Cafe Live

Tonight at World Cafe Live, David Uosikkinen’s “In The Pocket: Essential Songs Of Philadelphia” project will celebrate the official release of the fourth song in the series, “Soon You’ll Be Gone.” The single—which features appearances by brothers Richie and Charlie Ingui (of The Soul Survivors) as well as current Hooters members Rob Hyman and Fran Smith, Jr.—is a tribute to John Kuzma and Bobby Woods, two founding members of The Hooters who passed away earlier this year. ”Soon You’ll Be Gone” is available for 99 cents via songsinthepocket.org; below, you can watch the video. David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket performs at 7 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets to the show are $20–$30 (a portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit Settlement Music School).

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Watch the new video for “Soon You’ll Be Gone” by David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket (performing Oct. 3rd at World Cafe Live)

The fourth release in David Uosikkinen’s “In The Pocket: Essential Songs Of Philadelphia” singles series “Soon You’ll Be Gone.” The single—which features appearances by brothers Richie and Charlie Ingui (of The Soul Survivors) as well as current Hooters members Rob Hyman and Fran Smith, Jr.—is a tribute to John Kuzma and Bobby Woods, two founding members of The Hooters who passed away earlier this year. The official release for the single is at 7 p.m. Monday, October 3rd, at World Cafe Live. Tickets to the show are $20–$30 (a portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit Settlement Music School); you can purchase tickets here. “Soon You’ll Be Gone” is available for 99 cents via songsinthepocket.org; below, you can watch the video.

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Charlie and Richie Ingui to perform with David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket at XPoNential Music Festival

This just in! Charlie & Richie Ingui of the Soul Survivors will be joining David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket band this Saturday night at the XPoNential Music Festival. The set is at 7:55PM on the Marina Stage and will also be broadcast on WXPN as part of the festival live broadcast. The Soul Survivors had a 1967 top five hit song with “Expressway To Your Heart.” It was the first big hit song for songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Charlie and Richie are joining Hooters’ drummer David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket band, which also includes Rob Hyman and John Lilley of The Hooters, Richard Bush (formerly of The A’s and current leader of the Peace Creeps), Tommy Conwell, Steve Butler (Smash Palace), Jay Davidson on sax and Cliff Hillis on bass. Below, check out the classic “Expressway To Your Heart.”

It’s not too late to get your tickets to this year’s festival, which starts this Friday at 5:30. Ticket information is here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQpTEaPFHXQ

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Keb’ Mo’ playing a special solo acoustic set at the XPoNential Music Festival on Saturday July 23rd


Keb’ Mo’ has been added to the lineup for the XPoNential Music Festival the weekend of July 22nd-24th. Keb’ will be playing a special solo acoustic show on the River Stage on Saturday, July 23rd. Keb’ will be playing a full band show at at Longwood Gardens on September 17th, however you’ll be able to see him on the bill that day at XPo Fest with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Ted Leo and The Pharmacists, Booker T, Sun Airway, Dar Williams, Artist To Watch Givers, Hezekiah Jones & Andrew Lipke, and David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket. Keb’ has a new album called The Promise coming out on August 2nd. Tickets to the festival can be purchased here.

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David Uosikkinen releases the third single in his “In The Pocket: Essential Songs Of Philadelphia” series

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Left to right: Eric Bazilian, Graham Alexander, Rob Hyman, Jerry Blavat, Tommy Conwell, David Uosikkinen, Jay Davidson

The latest release in David Uosikkinen’s “In The Pocket: Essential Songs Of Philadelphia” singles series is a cover of The Dovells’ 1963 song, “You Can’t Sit Down.” The single—which features a guest appearance by The Geator With The Heater, The Boss With The Hot Sauce Jerry Blavat—gets its official release at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12th, at World Cafe Live; tickets to the show are $15 (a portion of the proceeds from this show will benefit Settlement Music School) which you can purchase here. Later this week the MP3 of “You Can’t Sit Down” will be available with the video here at Songs In The Pocket.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: David Uosikkinen’s “In The Pocket: Essential Songs Of Philadelphia” at World Cafe Live

In The PocketAs we mentioned last week, David Uosikkinen’s “In The Pocket: Essential Songs Of Philadelphia” project just released its second single, a cover of Todd Rundgren’s “Open My Eyes.” Tonight’s single-release performance features the rotating jam band The Pocket band; the lineup includes Uosikkinen as well as Eric Bazilian, Richard Bush, Greg Davis, Jeffrey Gaines, Rob Hyman, Jeff Thomas, William Wittman. A portion of the night’s proceeds will benefit the Settlement Music School. In The Pocket performs at 7 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets to the show are $13.