Luke Wade – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Upstairs – Philadelphia, PA – January 19th, 2017

Luke Wade

Luke Wade

Matt McAndrew

Thu · January 19, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs

$14 + Fees

Luke Wade
Luke Wade
Luke Wade describes himself as a pop singer/songwriter with strong Americana influences.

He was born April 14, 1983 in the small rural town of Dublin, Texas. He is the youngest of four siblings born to Texas-based artists Bob Stuth-Wade and Wanda Wade. Wade says that growing up a “peculiar person in a peculiar place” gave him a distinct music experience with the sights and sounds of country music, but having out-of-the-box hippy parents made for something truly unique.

“I didn’t fit in and so I did a lot of soul searching as a kid, and that molded my song writing experience.”

His father is an artist known for his expansive Texas landscapes and his mother is a dancer, painter, yoga instructor, and natural healer. Wade was drawn to music at an early age and began dancing at his mother’s dance studio when he was 2 years old and continued dancing until he was 12. His early memories of musical influences go back to his mother’s dance studio where he listened to old records while cleaning up for his weekly allowance. He says he vividly remembers fashioning a radio antenna out of aluminum foil and a clothes hanger to get a radio signal strong enough to pick up one of his favorite stations, The Edge, out of Dallas/Ft. Worth.

While Wade says he lived a simple small town life, he is no stranger to the heartache he writes about in his music. As a teenager, Wade suffered a severe injury after being shot in his right eye with a paintball in May 1997. The injury left him with partial blindness and no depth perception, so he had to quit most of the sports he played at school. In high school, Wade picked up cross country track but suffered a heat stroke his junior year. That incident took him out of all sports in school, so he picked up the guitar and taught himself to play. “I started playing guitar and writing to find the common ground between myself and the people around me. The harder I worked to figure out who I was, the more alone I felt, and music was my way to connect.” But it’s obvious music was what he was meant to pursue. He persevered and began playing cover songs and writing his own music in 2000. He played his first open mic in 2001 and started finding small venues to play live shows in 2003.

During his time in college at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, he formed his first band, Hurt Street. His brother David was also a member of the band. After college, Wade formed Luke Wade and No Civilians, and the band released their first album, “Tomorrows Ghosts,” in 2010. Wade’s second album, “The River,” was released in April 2014 after Wade raised the money for the album through a successful Kickstarter campaign. His third studio full length album, “Only Ghosts,” is expected to be released January 2017.

Wade compares his sound to soulful crooners and songwriters like Ray LaMontagne, James Bay, Adele (to a certain extent) and Sam Smith, but a little more distinctly American.

While Wade continues to call himself a Texas-based musician, he gained national/international attention on Season 7 of NBC’s reality singing show, “The Voice.” He finished in the top eight with Team Pharrell.

Wade has headlined more than a thousand live shows and toured and performed with Train, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Rusted Root, Kris Allen, Casey Abrams, Patti LaBelle, Andy Grammer, MKTO, Train, Daughtry, Blue October, Green River Ordinance, Ingrid Michelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, OAR and David Cook. As the official 2015-16 Komen Artist, he released “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” with Mia Z to benefit Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer. Wade has also performed the halftime show of the Denver Broncos game at Mile High Stadium, AT&T Stadium during the Dallas Cowboy game and performed the National Anthem at Texas Motor Speedway, nationally televised on NBC. He has also been recognized by the City of Fort Worth for his charitable work with Cook Children’s Medical Center.
Matt McAndrew
Matt McAndrew
A tattoo can say a lot about a person. Matt McAndrew’s first ink speaks volumes about his dedication and passion for music.

“Since high school, my goal in life was to get signed to a record label, so I got an empty box tattooed on my wrist,” he explains. “When I got signed, the plan was to tattoo a check mark inside of it. It’s a reminder of what I’ve been working towards forever.”

Matt picked up his first guitar at the age of eleven. As a teen he found inspiration in the likes of Radiohead and Modest Mouse, and he began pursuing his goal to become a musician. Off the strength of his dynamic voice, he was accepted into University of the Arts in Philadelphia, majoring in vocal performance. As soon as he graduated, he increased that momentum, independently releasing his debut full-length, View of the Pines, in spring 2014. NBC’s The Voice scouted him shortly thereafter. He chose Adam Levine as a coach, and he vaulted to international stardom over the course of season seven.

“At the beginning of the show, I was so nervous,” he admits. “By the time the finale came around, I became completely comfortable. I learned how to adapt into any environment and feel like I had a place there. You can be a big fish in whatever pond you’re in. I thrived under pressure. I feel prepared for anything now because of that experience.”

Matt emerged in second place, but he won the love and support of audiences everywhere. His cover of Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” landed in the Top 5 of the iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart, while his original single “Wasted Love” not only debuted Top 5, but immediately clinched the #1 spot upon release. The track would go on to sell over 100,000 digital downloads in less than 24 hours, making a seismic impact on the industry on par with that of the year’s other massive hit Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.”

With its elegant piano, distinct melody, and impassioned performance, “Wasted Love” [Republic Records] formally announces Matt’s arrival as a striking singer and powerful pop presence.

“On the surface, it’s about a relationship that didn’t work out,” he goes on. “I like to think of things in terms of how they relate to my musical journey though. In that sense, the song is about not having your dreams come to fruition the way you want them to. Love, talent, and passion are wasted. It really strikes a chord with me.”

In addition to getting that “check mark,” Matt’s in the midst of preparing new music for 2015 and beyond.

“I have a vision and direction for my songs,” he leaves off. “I know who I am as a person and a musician, and everything has helped me expand the definitions of both of those things. My dream hasn’t changed. It’s just gotten bigger.”
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104