Philly native Dave Hause ended his North American tour the best way he knows how: with a packed hometown show at World Cafe Live. The venue was filled on Sunday night with fans who sang along to his songs back passionately. Hause’s performance was energetic and powerful, he even hopped into the crowd for the set-closing “The Shine.” For an added surprise, Hause brought Eric Bazilian of Philly-based 80s rock band The Hooters out for the encore to cover their hit “And We Danced.” Opening the show was Canadian singer/songwriter Northcote, whose acoustic performance was stripped down and made for an intimate start to the night. Check out the photo recap of the show below and watch videos of Hause and Bazilian playing together, as well as a performance of “We Could Be Kings.”
With the fall lineup at the new Ardmore Music Hall taking shape, the opening weekend bash was announced this morning, and it features a full-band hometown set from Philly 80s hitmakers The Hooters on Saturday, September 21st. On opening night proper – Friday the 20th – the new venue will be broken in with sets from singer-songwriter (and Keystone Rhythm Band alum) Billy Price and gospel rock crew The Holmes Brothers. Tickets and information on both shows can be found at the venue’s website. Below, check out videos from each of the artists on the bill.
MTV launched this day back in 1981 with the airing of The Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star”. One of the original VJ’s was Mark Goodman, who was on WMMR in the Seventies, before he moved to New York to take a job at WPLJ, which led to his becoming a part of the original on-air team. A nice batch of Philly bands showed up in the playlist of MTV’s golden era; watch six of our most favorite selections from local artists below. Gosh, some of these videos were really cheesy in a good way.
They don’t call it “The Legendary Dobbs” for nothing; back in the day, the South Street haunt JC Dobbs was the place to see live music in town, and Robert Hazard and the Heroes filmed their 1983 video “Change Reaction” there. Note the framed 8×10 glossies all over the wood-panel walls, and the way they make the matchbook-sized club look massive.
Okay, technically it’s Chester County, but we’ll forgive The Hooters for going outside city limits. The “And We Danced” video is delightfully retro-50s, with convertible muscle cars pulling up to a party at the Exton Drive-In.
XPN welcomes California band Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) to The Blockley tonight. SIgned to Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records, ALO create a laidback, jammy brand of surf rock / pop that has bound them to other Johnson-fan favorites Donavon Frankenreiter, Matt Costa and G. Love. In 2012 ALO released their seventh studio album Sounds Like This. Tickets and information for tonight’s 18+ show with Ryan Montbleau Band can be found here. Watch an acoustic performance of “Storms & Hurricanes” from the new album below.
Denison Witmer celebrates his album release at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The self-titled record is Witmer’s ninth and most personal effort since the start of his career fifteen years ago. Recorded at his Brooklyn studio The Honey Jar (co-run by Philly native Devin Greenwood), the Lancaster-born musician called in friends Sufjan Stevens and Greenwood for creative collaboration, though the stories told on the album’s ten tracks are purely Witmer’s. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Soporus can be found here. Below, stream and download “Asa,” a song named for Witmer’s young son.
New Sweden head down to Phoenixville for a show at Steel City Coffeehouse. The Wilmington five-piece enthralled a Saturday morning audience at the 2011 Noncommvention with their rootsy, robust folk rock and they’ve been climbing the proverbial ladder ever since. With two Tri-State Indie awards on the shelf and a buzzy appearance at SXSW earlier this year, the local band hasn’t slowed down one bit after the release of their debut LP The Mountain. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with The Turnips can be found here. Watch New Sweden perform “Frying Pan” below.
The Hooters and Good Old War play a hometown show at The Electric Factory tonight. An institution in the Philadelphia musical cannon, The Hooters got their start in the 80s with hits like “All You Zombies” and “And We Danced.” In recent years, members of the band have sparked their own projects, with drummer David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket and vocalist / keyboardist Rob Hyman’s Elm Street Studios in Conshohocken. Good Old War, a trio that is becoming a local institution in their own right, returns to the stage in support of 2012′s Come Back As Rain while working on material for a new album. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Below, watch The Hooters’ video for “And We Danced” followed by Good Old War’s “Amazing Eyes.”
To continue Helen Leicht’s Valentine’s Day countdown, we’re bringing you “Amore” by The Hooters. Each day until Valentine’s Day, we’ll post a new track from our With Love from WXPN playlist, courtesy of XPN Philly Local’s Helen Leicht. In compiling a list of love songs we love from Philly locals, it was clear that the playlist would have been incomplete without “Amore” by the Hooters, it’s arguable that “Amore” is one of the biggest love songs to come out of the City of Brotherly Love. Frontman Eric Bazilian performs a solo set at Steel City Coffeehouse this Saturday, February 9th.
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.
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.
The Sugarhouse Casino is turning one year old and to celebrate the anniversary Sugarhouse is having an open house block party next Saturday, September 24th from Noon to 10 p.m. The Hooters and the Soul Survivors are performing and five other bands are on the bill. According to Sugarhouse’s web site:
Join us for an all-day outdoor event with live music, food and drink, including an outdoor beer garden, fireworks, and a special appearance by the Philadelphia Mummers!
For more information about the Sugarhouse Anniversary Party with The Hooters click here. Below, watch a video of The Hooters performing “All You Zombies” from a show at the Tower Theatre in 1986.