Following up last week’s session with Ron Gallo, Root Down in the Shadow has shared their newest Cover Club session with Sean Hoots. The local singer-songwriter doesn’t usually come to mind when thinking about Philadelphia R&B, but his soulful, acoustic version of Boyz II Men’s “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” taps in to what makes his own music so enjoyable. Watch the video below and check out previous Cover Club sessions here.
Two new Philly Sings Philly cover songs have been released, recorded at Turtle Studios. The latest releases of Philly artists covering and recording songs by other Philly musicians includes Sean Hoots, covering “Aubergine” by mewithoutYou and Divers covering the classic “Me and Mrs. Jones” by Billy Paul. Stream them both below.
Starting tomorrow evening, Tuesday, November 5th and every Tuesday night throughout November, The Fire presents the Philly Sings Philly, a series of residencies featuring a who’s who of the Philly local singer-songwriter scene including Brad Hinton, Hezekiah Jones, Ali Wadsworth, Kevin Killen, Marc Silver, Andrew Lipke, Phillip D’Agostino, Mason Porter, Sean Hoots, Divers and many more. Check out the exact lineups for each show here.
Hat-tip to The Deli for picking up this On the Hill Series from Sean Hoots for Kettle Pot Tracks. The local musician performed five songs at the video-session curators’ Layfayette Hill studio, all tracks Hoots says are in his current “couch repertoire.” ”Borderlines” is an emotional ride of a song that puts the lyrics out front with subtle support from an acoustic guitar. The session is available for streaming and name-your-own-price downloading on Bandcamp here. Catch Hoots in trio form at the Brandywine Folk Festival on August 23rd and stay tuned for record release info regarding his upcoming Raise the Dead Language Vol. 2.
Sean Hoots of Philly indie roots/folk band Hoots & Hellmouth will be collaborating with the 8th annual Shakespeare in Clark Park. He’s creating original music for this year’s rendition of The Tempest, and it’s the first time the indie rocker has worked on a theater project. His last work was a two-song release by Hoots & Hellmouth titled “Repeat Myself / Off to Sea,” which you can stream on Bandcamp.
Director Adrienne Mackey says Hoots is giving music a larger role in the play and that they’re “creating moments in which the actors are suddenly possessed by the island through specific musical motifs.” The play is free, and will run from July 24th to July 28th at 7 p.m. in West Philly’s Clark Park. It takes place in the open air (so bring a blanket), and promises to be a “risk-taking” interpretation of the great playwright’s work. You can check out more information on the event here.
Philadelphia and WXPN’s buddy Sean Hoots will be playing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight, celebrating the propulsion of his solo career. His show tonight will spotlight solo material to be released sometime within this year, as his website says, “2013 is ours for the taking. Join me!” For those who want to listen to Mr Hoots immediately can enjoy his solo Bandcamp where has an atmospheric / soundscape album entitled Volume 1 under the name Raise The Dead! Language, or check out Hoots & Hellmouth’s Bandcamp to peruse their many releases. Tickets and information for the 21 and over show with Water Liars and Small Houses can be found here. Below, watch Sean Hoots play his song “Off to Sea I Go”.
The Key kicks off its month of curating Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA with a special solo performance by local multi-instrumentalist Eric Slick. Best known as the drummer for Dr. Dog and Norwegian Arms, Slick will be improvising a set to his new short film Primal Essence, filmed specifically for this event. Opening up the night will be short sets by Jonathan Pfeffer (Capillary Action) and Michael Johnson (Ape School). Admission is a suggested $5 donation at the door; more information can be found here. Below, watch Slick show off his drumming skills in a Madoff Productions promo video.
One of the many wonderful things about the Philadelphia music community is its desire to rally around causes and make a difference in the city. As cliched as that sounds, its true – the latest example being hometown musician John Francis‘ new City of Love Festival, benefiting Broad Street Ministry and their “Breaking Bread” hospitality initiative. Amidst debate over whether or not outdoor meal services for the homeless should be allowed in Philadelphia, the Broad Street Ministry has created its own safe haven for the city’s homeless men and women where they can receive a hot meal and a variety of services (including medical attention, art therapy and assistance for veterans) every Thursday afternoon. Continue reading →