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For years, Walla Fest has brought local music fans consistent joy with their knack for putting together eclectic shows which are able to capture the sheer awesomeness of the Philly local music and art scene. During their time, they have given bands and artists like Alex G., Pine Barons, Mannequin Pussy, Vita and the Woolf and countless others the chance to shine and this December the folks at Walla Fest will be putting on their final event, this time at The Pharmacy, making it one you won’t want to miss out on.
As always, it is an event for art to thrive and will feature some truly rad performances. Headlining are punk-rockers Straw Hats, a side project for a couple of the guys from The Districts – who also headline the Tinseled Shut show last night. Joining them are singer-songwriter Abi Reimold, indie-pop up-and-comers Roof Doctor and many more. Continue reading →
“We actually never really call it a ‘festival.’ It’s in the name, but I think the word ‘fest’ is more about the vibe of many things happening at once over a longer period of time.”
That statement from co-founder Keba Robinson pinpoints the underlying motivation of annual music, art and film event Walla Fest.
“We prefer calling it something along the lines of a ‘gathering.’ It’s a gathering of people but also a gathering of art and experiences.”
Now in its third year, Walla Fest is breaking away from its suburban roots in Norristown to take up residence at PhilaMOCA on August 8th and 9th. And with that venue’s alternative approach to showcasing art, this seems like a match made in heaven.
Local singer-songwriter Abi Reimold (and contributing photographer for The Key) has curated an 8-track mixtape for the Walla Fest blog, a Norristown-based art and music showcase that Reimold performed at this past July. Everything’s Gonna Be Super Duper is one of the most eclectic 30-minutes your ears could experience, opening with Angel Olsen’s “Acrobat” and hitting tracks from Usher and Chief Keef between songs by fellow Philadelphia musicians Alex G and Emily Yacina. Listen to the mixtape below, followed by a video of Reimold performing “Morning” at Walla Fest. You can catch her live this weekend at Kung Fu Necktie on Friday and at a house show on Saturday.
Walla Fest continues at the Centre Theater in Norristown today with a dozen more acts, capped off by a performance from Alex G. The Philadelphia bandleader / songwriter, who has been an Internet sensation for several years, released a brand new LP called DSU just a few weeks ago that caught the attention of Pitchfork and Rolling Stone. His instantly memorable guitar melodies are paired with relatable lyrics that fans scream back at him from the crowd, whether he’s playing in a basement or on a stage. More information for Walla Fest can be found here. Listen to “After Ur Gone” below.
Norristown’s weekend Walla Fest is back for its fourth year with a stacked line-up of local music including Pine Barons and Vita and the Wolf. Pine Barons recently went up to Lafayette Hill’s Kettle Pot Tracks studio to record an On the Hill Session, which you can check out here. Meanwhile, Vita and Wolf have released two singles on their Bandcamp – listen to “Mary” below. More information for the festival, which takes place at the Centre Theater in Norristown today and tomorrow, can be found here.
Finally! The moment we’ve all been waiting for. This year’s Walla Fest lineup has been released, and it features some of the best local musicians the Philadelphia and surrounding metropolitan area has to offer including reggae group The Snails (who are back for their second year in a row), bedroom pop musician Alex G, folkish alt-rockers Pine Barons, cathartic singer-songwriter Abi Reimold mellow rock band Free Cake for Every Creature. The festival will be held inside of Norristown’s Centre Theater. If you’re looking for more information about the fest, including the full lineup and ticket information, you can head right here to the festival’s website. Also, you can check out some tunes by Alex G below.
Walla Fest has announced the line-up for its first two-day music and arts show, taking place at The Centre Theater in Norristown, PA on July 6th and 7th. The local music showcase began as a school project in 2011 and has since grown to include several events each year. July’s festival will feature sets by local bands including heavy rock duo Rasputin’s Secret Police, reggae / soul outfit The Snails, psych-rock quartet Satellite Hearts, electronic producer Moon Bounce and several more, alongside an art show on the 6th and a film screening on the 7th. More information can be found on the Facebook event page here. View the full line-up here and watch a few videos of the bands below.
Philly rock band Satellite Hearts will release their new single “Cost of Living” on March 21st ahead of a mini spring tour. The single comes after the four-piece’s debut full-length Imperial Green (released last November) and proves that the band is still on their game of creating catchy rock & roll tunes that cross the decades from classic rock to indie psych / rock. Tickets and information for their all-ages show at World Cafe Live on Sunday, March 24th with Black Stars and Early Ape can be found here. Watch the live video of “Cost of Living” from January’s Walla Fest in Norristown below.
Philly rockers Satellite Hearts played a set at Norristown’s Walla Fest recently, psyching out to songs from their recent Imperial Green LP and sharing two new songs with the enthusiastic crowd, “Fearless Freaks” and “Fools Gold.” The tracks highlight the best of Satellite Hearts, with a rousing instrumental jam, anchored by bassist Lucas Rinz’s driving groove, threading the two songs together. Watch a video of the band performing “Fearless Freaks” and “Fools Gold” at Walla Fest below. Tickets and information for their show at World Cafe Live upstairs with Black Stars and Early Ape on March 24th can be found here.