Beyond the Bars Fundraiser with The Districts, Frances Quinlan (of Hop Along), Ben Arnold, Milton, Queen of Jeans and The Bul Bey – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA – April 17th, 2016

Beyond the Bars Fundraiser with The Districts, Frances Quinlan (of Hop Along), Ben Arnold, Milton, Queen of Jeans and The Bul Bey

Beyond the Bars Fundraiser with The Districts, Frances Quinlan (of Hop Along), Ben Arnold, Milton, Queen of Jeans and The Bul Bey

Sun · April 17, 2016

Doors: 4:00 pm / Show: 5:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia

$20 Floor - $40 Mezz + Fees

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Beyond the Bars
Beyond the Bars
Beyond The Bars is a program that benefits music education for incarcerated youth in Philadelphia. Their programs consist of providing instruments and music lessons to “empower young men and women as they navigate the criminal justice system.” Beyond The Bars was founded by Matthew Kerr, Eric Ammon, Brian Thomas, and Christopher Thornton. The organization has been gaining momentum and was recently featured on WHYY.

Ticket proceeds from this show will go to benefit the Beyond The Bars organization.

Lushlife‘s Raj Haldar will be DJing in between sets.
The Districts
The Districts
Whether they’re tearing it up in a basement, rocking a festival crowd or hard at work in a studio, The Districts are a band that exists in the moment.

The Pennsylvania four-piece channels its long-forged bonds into visceral, explosive rock and roll. You’ll hear hints of Americana, moments of the blues and folk, but written into songs so expressive that those labels are transcended. Their second LP, A Flourish and a Spoil, is out on Fat Possum Records in February of 2015.

Founding members Rob Grote (guitar, vocals) Connor Jacobus (bass) and Braden Lawrence (drums) have been friends since childhood and formed The Districts in high school. You can hear that closeness in their effortless chemistry onstage and off, the way their songs build and grow, the way instrumental bits intertwine and the compelling command they have of whatever square footage they occupy behind microphones and a PA.

The band self-recorded and self-released its Kitchen Songs EP in 2012, followed that summer by their full-length debut Telephone (also a self-release, and all the more impressive for it). By their senior year, the band had already begun to make inroads beyond their small Lancaster County hometown of Lititz, and were performing on the regular in Philadelphia, Delaware and New York (“4th and Roebling” from Flourish is named after the intersection in Brooklyn where they parked their car for their first New York gig at the now-defunct Big Snow Buffalo Lounge).

In 2013, they were being played in regular rotation at WXPN in Philadelphia and were a featured performer at the station’s XPoNential Music Festival. That fall they signed to Fat Possum, which released their self-titled EP in January of 2014; the five-song 10” contained two new songs – “Rocking Chair” and “Lyla” – along with three tracks from their self-releases.

With the momentum behind the EP and their buzzed-about live show, The Districts had a tremendous showing in Austin for SXSW 2014, named “the band who owned SXSW” by the NME. They’ve since taken the show to Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Reading / Leeds, Outside Lands, Haldern Pop Festival and many more fests in the U.S. and Europe.

That’s not to say the band hasn’t experienced its share of setbacks. In early summer of 2014, its van was broken into during a tour stop in St. Louis and all of its gear was stolen. Shortly after, founding guitarist Mark Larson left the band to pursue college, performing as a District for the last time at the 2014 XPoNential Music Festival (where they shared the stage with Band of Horses and Beck). But the band persevered, recruiting new guitarist Pat Cassidy and recording their second full length with producer John Congleton in the fall.

A Flourish and a Spoil is built about those ideas of transition. As Rob puts it, it’s a record about “change and loss, the fact that everything sours in time, but also the beauty that can be found in that.” It’s reflected in the cover art the band made in collaboration with photographer Joanna Ference: a halved grapefruit, dried and decaying, but still attached to a bright green stem.

Sonically, Flourish is a vibrant, eclectic rock record, collecting sounds from toe-tapping fuzz-pop (“Peaches”) to contemplative folk (“Suburban Smell”) and driving, impressionistic soundscapes (“Young Blood” is well worth 9 minutes of your time) into a whirlwind 45 minute set. The Districts credit John Congleton with shaping their sound on this outing. While the band is used to writing and producing on its own, Congleton “gave us an objective ear that helped us find and refine what we were trying to accomplish with this album.”

Rob recalls that, toward the end of the recording process, he had a song stuck in his head: the old Doris Day tune “A Bushel and a Peck,” which his mother used to sing to him as a childhood lullaby. “The title was born from that,” he says. “A Flourish and a Spoil is our attempt to reconcile lullabies with reality.”

It also announces the arrival of The Districts as a captivating voice in contemporary rock: a young band crafting heartfelt music that’s honest, raw, energetic and unforgettable.
Ben Arnold
Ben Arnold
Ben Arnold has an effectively grizzled, cobwebbed voice and a jones for stories linking underdogs to top dogs. As a singer, the Philadelphia resident slid, stabbed and pleaded. As a pianist, he bounded, shadowboxed and threatened to break into boogie woogie… Arnold looks like Rick Danko, sings somewhere between Levon Helm and Richard Manuel, rollicks like Garth Hudson and testifies like Robbie Robertson.”
I’ve spent a good part of my life in the library, a good part of my life in music venues and a good part of my life next to the record player. I grew up like most American suburban kids in the 1980’s, watching MTV and listening to top 40 radio. I also raided my friends’ parents’ record collections for all of the cool old stuff they had.

“The Harder They Come” was one of the first albums I loved and it’s still one of my favorites. My songwriting heroes have always been the really smart ones who write great poetry over great tunes: Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Hank Williams, Bob Marley.

My favorite singers were always the real churchy ones: Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack, Ralph Stanley, Dolly Parton, Toots Hibbert, The Staples. I also love raspy, intimate rock singers like Rod Stewart and Paul Westerberg. More than just about anything in life, I love a tune that you can’t wait to hear again, a story that takes you somewhere and a singer that you can feel in your heart.
Queen Of Jeans
Queen of Jeans is a band that makes me sick, which can be described using various adjectives; Miriam's favorite is made up sexless. She and her friends, best buds Matheson & Nina, like to combine their love for shitty petals and delicate vocal harmonies to develop their take on 60s crockpot pop. Quinn of Dreams has never been featured on the radio of on TV, nor have they ever been reviewed by any websites or magazines. You've probably never heard of Clean of James 'cause they're nothings, but to hear them is memorable. ***documented using iPhone voice memo, may not be accurate***
The Bul Bey
Modest, unassuming, and low-key are some of the many adjectives that describe the young emcee Bey, however his lyrics are anything but. Intelligent, layered, and hard-hitting human qualities lie throughout his music. It is this human element that enables him to connect with audiences well beyond his hometown of Philadelphia
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104