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Hallowed Bells, Nick Millevoi, Birdie Busch and more will play Double Decker Music Series 2018

Jo Nelson plays DDMS 2017 | photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com | courtesy of the artist

We have our fair share of unconventional music venues in Philadelphia, but this one may be the most innovative — and it also may be one of the Philly music scene’s best kept secrets.

Each summer for the last couple of summers, longtime Philadelphia tour guide Sebastian Petsu, in collaboration with Bowerbird, has hosted the Double Decker Music Series, which is pretty much just what it sounds like — a concert held on a double decker bus. These are the kind of buses you typically see toting tourists around Old City, but while you will see plenty of historic sites in this series, this is certainly not your everyday tour of the city. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The Double Decker Music Series 2017 Lineup is here

Weyes Blood | phot by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com | courtesy of the artist
Weyes Blood | phot by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com | courtesy of the artist

The Double Decker Music Series, in which musicians quite literally perform on top of an open-air double decker bus, is back for another season of its “unique, intimate mobile concert experience.” The evening features a live performance and city tour hosted by Sebastian Petsu in partnership with Bowerbird and is sure to be a memorable concert in a venue unlike any other that Philadelphia has to offer. Continue reading →

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Watch the latest Double Decker Music Series video; see Moor Mother on this weekend’s installment

Weyes Blood | phot by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com | courtesy of the artist
Weyes Blood | phot by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com | courtesy of the artist

The third annual season of the Double Decker Music Series has brought a lineup of off-center Philly artists to the roof deck of a moving sightseeing bus for unique and intimate performances. The latest video from the series, shot by Philly videographer Bob Sweeney, just came out this week. In it you can see the spoken word / electronic soundscape collaboration between Nyfolt and Karl Cooney, as well as experimental artist Neil Feather casting dream-like tones as the bus rides around Center City. There’s some scene-setting from tour guide / series curator Sebastian Petsu as well. Continue reading →

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Bowerbird and Sebastian Petsu’s Double Decker Music series announces Summer 2016 line-up

Weyes Blood | phot by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist
Weyes Blood | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist

Back in March, we shared Bowerbird and Sebastian Petsu‘s open call for artists to perform for their Double Decker Music Series, which involves musicians playing on a double decker bus that drives around Philadelphia. Very cool. Today, we have the organization’s line-up for the Summer of 2016. Continue reading →

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Watch Myrrias perform a stripped-down cover of Nico’s “60/40” on the Double Decker Music Series

 

Myrrias performing for the Double Decker Music Series
Myrrias performing for the Double Decker Music Series

Local psychadelic-rock group Myrrias recently found themselves in a strange place: playing a concert on top of a moving double-decker bus as it snaked its way through the streets of Philadelphia.

The reason for this was simple — the group performed in the 8th volume of the Double Decker Music Series, a mobile concert that combines live performances on top of a bus with a guided tour of Philadelphia.

Amazingly enough, Myrias, who were performing without drummer Casey Bell and bassist Emilly Robb, actually sounded quite good in their atmospheric cover of Nico’s “60/40.” As the wind shoots through their hair, Mikele Edwards and April Harkansan share a laugh, but manage to keep their composure and put on quite a compelling performance. Continue reading →

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Charles Cohen and Rosie Langabeer reimagine the movie Speed without dialogue or action.

Charles Cohen | photo via facebook.com/cbeepsandboops
Charles Cohen | photo via facebook.com/cbeepsandboops

In an interview conducted before his appearance at this year’s Présences électronique Festival, Charles Cohen gives a befuddling answer when pressed to describe his approach. “I improvise. I pack up and go home. I don’t think about it that much,” Cohen states matter-of-factly. Continue reading →

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Watch Double Decker Music Series vol. 5, featuring King Britt & Keir Neuringer

King Britt and Keir Neuringer | photo by Bob Sweeney
King Britt and Keir Neuringer | photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com

Last month’s Double Decker Music Series video showcased the performances of electronic composer King Britt and multi-instrumentalist/poet Keir Neuringer.

Double-decker buses normally zip around Philly every day, showing off the city’s rich history to tourists. Series founder Sebastian Petsu thought that since Philadelphia  has such an extensive music scene as well, why not combine the two in a one-of-a-kind tour experience? Thus, the Double Decker Music series was born. It’s an intimate mobile concert and a guided tour on an open-top bus. Continue reading →

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Double Decker Music Series returns on May 31 with Christopher Sean Powell and The Sun Flights

Gretchen Lohse | Photo via bowerbird.org/newsite/events/doubledecker/
Gretchen Lohse | Photo by Scott Troyan | via bowerbird.org

The beloved Double Decker Music Series, “an intimate mobile concert experience,” is returning on May 31 with Christopher Sean Powell and The Sun Flights on board.

You may have your favorite live-music venue in the city, but there’s debatably nothing like watching multitalented Philly musicians perform while basking in the changing scenery and afterglow of Philly.  Continue reading →