Jam on the River announces Memorial Day Weekend line-up with Lotus, Grimace Federation and more


Lotus | photo courtesy of the artist
Lotus | photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia’s riverside music festival Jam on the River returns to Penn’s Landing on May 25th, with a stacked line-up of electronic, rock and jam bands.  Headlined by Lotus, the Memorial Day Weekend event will include sets by GRiZ, Papadosio, Conspirator, Zoogma and locals Grimace Federation.   Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 21st at Noon and will be available here.  Check out videos of the performers below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Swearin’ at Golden Tea House, The Interest Group at Boot & Saddle, Vikesh Kapoor at Kung Fu Necktie, and more

Swearin’ | Photo by Jesse Riggins

Swearin’ is throwing its record release show for their new album Surfing Strange. Gaining popularity in the underground scene, the punk four piece is known for shout-along lyrics, multiple vocalists, and raging guitar hooks – something you also hear on its 2012 self-titled release. With the excitement building around their new album, which received a 7.6/10 on Pitchfork, Golden Tea House is hosting Philly’s punk show of the night. Pick up Surfing Strange here and get more information on the show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Les Professionnels at Milkboy, Tanlines at Union Transfer, Honeychurch at Puck, Other Lives at Johnny Brenda’s, Temple University ALS Benefit at the Palombaro

Tear up Milkboy Philly’s dance floor tonight with Philly electro-pop trio Les Professionnels. The group, whose hot new EP Move dropped earlier this month, is available here. The EP features remixes of their catchy single, “Move,” but you can check out the original track here. The 21+ show tonight starts at 9:30; go here for tickets and information. Below, check out Les Professionnels’ remix of fellow Philly electronic act City Rain’s “Watch Out.”

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Photo Recap: Friday at Philadelphia Folk Fest with Mason Porter, Pokey La Farge and more

Day two at the 51st annual Philadelphia Folk Festival brought an eclectic assortment of styles, including the mandolin-led local combo Mason Porter; Dante Bucci, a virtuoso of the hang drum; new singer-songwriter Zach Stock; Philly-area favorite Griz; buzzing old-timey combo Pokey La Farge and the South City Three; veteran country-folk singer Mary Chapin Carpenter; and the raging eclecticism of the Voice of the Wetland Allstars, who bounced from blues to zydeco to boogie and rock like it was their job. Which it pretty much was. Check out a gallery above.

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Meet the hosts of the FDR Park Summer Concert Series, Dani Mari and Reverend TJ McGlinchey

UPDATE: The show has been postponed due to the potential rain, rescheduled date TBA.

Poster designed by Ryan Psota

Local singer-songwriters Dani Mari and Reverend TJ McGlinchey have teamed up to host a monthly concert series in a popular South Philly park this summer. The FDR Park Summer Series kicked off on June 8th with performances by Griz and Kevin Killen, as well as sets from the hosts. The next concert in the series is this Friday featuring Toy Soldiers and Thom McCarthy. I sat down with Dani Mari and Reverend TJ McGlinchey to chat about the FDR Park Summer Series, what they’ve been up to, their new band, Lovers League, and the pair recorded a couple of acoustic songs for us.

McGlinchey and Mari first met about seven years ago through the local open mic scene and  reconnected in 2010 when Mari was the featured artist for Hezekiah Jones‘ open mic at JD Mc Gillicuddy’s in Ardmore. Since then, the pair have collaborated on recordings and performances: McGlinchey had Mari open for his CD release show at World Cafe Live in January. Now, in addition to hosting the FDR Park Summer Series, they are getting ready to record an album for their band, Lovers League.

Mari explains how the FDR Park Summer Series came about when she met Greg Jacovini, a member of the FDR Park Board. “He mentioned that they’re looking to have more live music there. I told him I had hosted a couple of festivals on the roof of Whole Foods a couple years ago. We were talking about it back and forth and finally decided to move forward and try to put something together for the summer.” They decided to put on a show once a month in the park. Mari contacted McGlinchey to co-host the concert series with her and he brought in his connections.

“Both my brothers are audio engineers,” he explained. “So it was easy to get sound. My little brother is doing the sound for it and bringing the PA. And just hanging out in the Philly scene I got to know some of the better musicians and had some connections to use there to get some good headliners.”

When asked about the vibe they were going for, McGlinchey laughed and responded, “Not heavy metal.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Hezekiah Jones w/ Griz and Cheers Elephant at World Cafe Live

Raphel Cutrufello and the collection of Philadelphia folk musicians who go by the nom de plume Hezekiah Jones play tonight at World Cafe Live. The jammin’ crew was part of Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through series in March of last year, curated by WXPN’s Bruce Warren, when they recorded their song “Borrowed Heart”; check out the episode below. Griz (who just played at Haddon Lake Park on Wednesday with Mike Doughty) is performing a set, and Philly favorites Cheers Elephant round out the bill. This phenomenal line-up of bands starts this evening at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. You can buy advance tickets to the show here.

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Listen to Hezekiah Jones and Griz recorded live on the Leicht Lunch

This afternoon, Helen Leicht welcomed Philly folk scene vets Griz (aka Chris Grunwald) and Hezekiah Jones (Rafe Cutrufello) on the air during the Leicht Lunch for an acoustic performance and a chat about their upcoming show at World Cafe Live. Below you can download the two songs they played on the air – Griz’s shuffling “Company Man,” and Hezekiah Jones’ contemplative “Cupcakes for the Army.” Griz and Hezekiah Jones perform with Cheers Elephant at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Friday July 13 at 8 p.m. Admission to the all-ages show is $15.

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Hezekiah Jones and Griz to perform on tomorrow’s Leicht Lunch on XPN

Photos by Lisa Schaffer |

Hezekiah Jones and Griz will be playing the World Cafe Live on July 13th. They’ll also be stopping by the Leicht Lunch at noon tomorrow (July 12th) to play a few songs together. Here’s a video of the two of them at Johnny Brenda’sperforming Hezekiah Jones’ song “Hildebrand.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: WXPN welcomes Mike Doughty w/ Griz, Alberta Cross, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, and Lantern

Mike Doughty recently released his new album The Question Jar Show, a two disc collection of 28 live recordings from his Question Jar tour in 2009. Also, earlier this spring he began releasing a song a week for 32 weeks to his fans from his subscription based album, Lo-Fi Lodge. Doughty plays tonight at Haddon Lake Park in Camden with special guest, Griz. The show begins at 7:30 PM and is totally FREE!

R5 Productions presents Alberta Cross tonight at Johnny Brenda’s in support of their new album, Songs of Patience; an album title with literal meaning to the process of its creation. Opening acts include Everest, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Mach 22. Tickets to this 21+ show are $12, show begins at 9PM.

The five-piece group, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister play tonight at World Cafe Live (Upstairs) at 8PM. This band is full of country rock intuition with a surge of fixated pop melodies. Check out their single “Escape Tonight” and download it for free below. Get your tickets to the all ages show here.

Last but not least, Philadelphia rock ‘n rollers, Lantern play tonight with fellow city friends, Dong Johnson and Streetwalkers at Kung Fu Necktie. This 21+ show is $8 and starts at 8PM, you can snag your tickets here.

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WXPN Welcomes Hezekiah Jones with Griz and Cheers Elephant to World Cafe Live on July 13th

Friday, July 13th WXPN welcomes local bands Hezekiah Jones, Griz, and Cheers Elephant to the downstairs stage at World Cafe Live. Headliner Hezekiah Jones is a folk band made up of a rotating bill of Philadelphia-area musicals centered around singer songwriter Raphael Cutrufello.  Cutrufello and Chris Grunwald of Griz are friends and contemporaries of the Philly folk scene who have collaborated on past projects, such as this cover of David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes” by Hezekiah Jones featuring Dow Jones (Chris Grunwald).

Rounding out the bill is psychedelic pop rock band Cheers Elephant who bring their unique flavor to the line-up. In case you missed their recent Free At Noon session at World Cafe Live, check out the link here. Tickets to the all-ages event are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. To purchase tickets click here.

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