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Watch Todd Rundgren and David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket perform “Open My Eyes” at Philly Folk Fest

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
Todd Rundgren and David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket each performed a set at this year’s Philly Folk Festival on Saturday night, however, during the In The Pocket set, Rundgren came out to perform his classic “Open My Eyes,” which was one of the highlights of the night. Watch the video below, and check out our recap of the show here.

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The Key’s Week of Folk: Impressive Saturday sets from Spirit Family Reunion, Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars and The Mavericks

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Photo by John Vettese

This past Saturday at the Philadelphia Folk Festival was a breezy, sunny perfect summer day topped off with some excellent performances from some new names and familiar faces. XPN’s Helen Leicht curated and hosted the Camp Stage with performances from local musicians Ali Wadsworth, Juston Stens and The Get Reak Gang, Modern Inventors, Lile Mae, and Ginger Coyle. Over on the Lobby Stage, New York’s Spirit Family Reunion became everyone’s favorite new band, playing an upbeat set of folk-rock bluegrass Americana influenced stompers. On the Main Stage, the music got underway with local hero Ben Vaughn and his Quintet, and continued with excellent sets from Black Prairie(who were joined by Wesley Stace/John Wesley Harding), a high energy set from The Mavericks, and a gorgeous performance from the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars. Ending the evening’s Main Stage performances were sets by Todd Rundgren and David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket who were joined by Rundgren during their set. Photos by John Vettese and Abi Reimold.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Walkmen at Union Transfer, Grimace Federation at Kung Fu Necktie, The Cobbs at Johnny Brenda’s, David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket at The Colonial Theatre

Philly / New York rockers The Walkmen headline tonight at Union Transfer.  Replacing a canceled October show, the local favorites return to Philly in support of 2012′s Heaven.  In an effort to take the album in a new direction, the band brought in producer Phil Ek for a fresh sound.  The ambition paid off, with Heaven being named Magnet’s number one album of 2012 and the title track landing at spot #56 on XPN’s Top 200 Songs Countdown.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah can be found here.  Below, watch The Walkmen’s video for “Heaven.”

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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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Stream all of the Essential Songs of Philadelphia by David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket (playing The Colonial Theatre on 1/11)

Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen’s “Essential Songs of Philadelphia” project continues to revisit classic tracks from the city’s musical history – songs that were either written in Philadelphia, or recorded by Philadelphians – with In The Pocket, an all-star cast of Philly players. So far, the band has recorded “All My Mondays” by Youth Camp; “Open My Eyes” by Todd Rundgren and Nazz; “You Can’t Sit Down” by The Dovells; “Soon You’ll Be Gone” by The Hooters; “Change Reaction” by Robert Hazard & The Heros; “Disco Inferno” by The Trammps; and “I Ain’t Searchin” by The American Dream. With an appearance coming up at The Colonial Theatre on January 11, In the Pocket made the entire collection available as a Soundcloud set you can stream here. Download the songs at the In the Pocket website, and get more information about the show here.

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David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket announce release party for “I Ain’t Searchin” single 1/11 at The Colonial Theatre

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Rock out with The Hooters’ David Uosikkinen’s and his project In The Pocket as they take over the Colonial Theatre January 11th in celebration of their new single “I Ain’t Searchin.” The collaboration, which is a cover of the 1970 hit by The American Dream, features fellows Hooters’ member Eric Bazilian, Ike’s Cliff Hillis on bass, David Uosikkinen, and Steve Butler from Smash Palace. Tickets for the all-ages release party are available here; the performance starts at 8. Listen to the track on SoundCloud here or watch the video for “I Ain’t Searchin” below.

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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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Watch the new behind-the-scenes video for “Disco Inferno” from David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket (playing World Cafe Live on Tuesday)

If you enjoyed In the Pocket’s cover of The Trammps disco hit “Disco Inferno” last month (and how couldn’t you?) then you’ll love the behind-the-scenes documentary.  Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen’s Philadelphia-centric project hit up Studio 4 in Conshohocken to record their rock ‘n’ roll take of the track with Phil Nicolo of the Butcher Bros. production team.  Also making guest appearances with the In the Pocket collective are legendary rapper Schooly D and Gamble & Huff guitarist TJ Tindall, who played on the original recording.  Download In the Pocket’s version of “Disco Inferno” (and their other tracks) here.  They’ll bring the heat to World Cafe Live this coming Tuesday, October 2nd, at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $20 here, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Settlement Music School.

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Listen to “Disco Inferno” by David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket featuring Schoolly D

David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket is back again with a newly recorded version of the classic “Disco Inferno,” originally recorded by The Trammps in 1976. According to Deep Soul, the song was inspired by the movie The Towering Inferno. The song’s co-writers, “Trammps keyboardist Ron Kersey and Leroy Green, penned the song after viewing a scene where a disco on top a building catches on fire.” The rest, as they say, is disco history. The new version features drummer David Uosikkinen, Graham Alexander on lead vocals, Matt Cappy on trumpet, Jay Davidson on sax, Greg Davis on guitar, Rob Hyman on keyboards, Richie & Charlie Ingui (the Soul Survivors) on background vocals and Fran Smith, Jr on bass. TJ Tindall, who played guitar on The Trammp’s 1976 version also performs on the song along with the legendary Schoolly D who adds more fuel to the fire (pun intended). Listen to the new version below, and A/B it with the original classic version. The new version of “Disco Inferno” will be available for download from Songs In The Pocket in September.

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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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