Philly Music and Arts Fest – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA – September 22nd, 2017

Philly Music and Arts Fest

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Philly Music and Arts Fest


Fri · September 22, 2017 - Sat · September 23, 2017

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia

Fri Single Day $30 / Sat Single Day $40 / Two Day Pass $65 / VIP Pass Single Day $125

Fri Door Time: 5:30pm

Fri Show Time: 6pm

Sat Door Time: 2pm

Sat Show Time: 2:30pm

Philly Music Fest
Philly Music Fest
Philly Music Fest is a non-profit endeavor focused exclusively on local bands, with all proceeds donated to local music education charities. Philly Music Fest features both established and up and coming artists, showcasing the diversity of the Philadelphia music scene in the genres of Rock, Hip Hop, Bluegrass and Jazz.
> In its second year, Philly Music Fest has expanded from two nights in 2017 to four nights in 2018 - at three independent venues in Philadelphia (September 27 - September 30). The beauty of Philly Music Fest is that in an effort to benefit local musicians and education programs, we all come together and enjoy a massive dose of live music, celebrating some of the hottest bands in Philadelphia.

Low Cut Connie
Vita and the Woolf
Louie Louie
The Mysteries
Secret American
The Whips

The Districts
Ruby the Hatchet
Hardwork Movement
Man About a Horse
Levee Drivers
Kingsley Ibeneche
Orion Sun
End of America

Set times and stage location to be announced the week before the Festival.
Work Drugs
Work Drugs
Work Drugs is an American dream pop duo from Philadelphia, founded by Thomas Crystal and Benjamin Louisiana.
Eric Slick
Eric Slick
Eric Slick play drums for Dr. Dog. He’s also one-third of the Philly noise punk band Lithuania. Eric has also performed/recorded with Adrian Belew, Nels Cline (Wilco), Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear), R. Stevie Moore, Cass McCombs, Gordon Gano, and Ween. In his free time, he runs and operates the short run vinyl label Least Records.
Abi Reimold
Abi Reimold
Abi Reimold of Philadelphia writes dynamic, cathartic songs that are darkly colorful. Rough around the edges in a way that is more honest than careless, Reimold's music has a distinctly human quality about it. Unpredictable yet natural, Reimold's songwriting style builds tension using dissonance both harmonically and lyrically. Her voice rides a range of octaves and emotions, exploring dark inner worlds, adeptly contouring melodies to starkly vivid lyrics. Reimold has honed her songwriting ability and chops into an amalgam of rock influences – huge riffs are countered by thoughtful phrases and lyrics that are firmly rooted an introspective tradition. Her debut full-length Wriggling was released January 26th on Sad Cactus Records.
Ceramic Animal
Ceramic Animal
Four good boys in their fresh-pressed Sunday best. That’s how many a wholesome mom have described Ceramic Animal, though if the true story of Ceramic Animal was a tall, safety-first cyclist, that description would only be touching the helmet.

You see, suits aren’t the only things the CA boys press--their first album, The Cart, was pressed and released on vinyl in early 2017. Ceramic Animal wrote, recorded, mixed, and produced The Cart in-house at Daddy’s Basement Studios. The CD release came later in 2017, and both are available at the Ceramic Animal web store.

It sounds like a recipe for disaster, but the good boys of Ceramic Animal are professionals. You can find them everywhere you’d expect, just ask the tens of thousands who’ve already found them on Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, and the like. No doubt the extra support will speed Ceramic Animal along on the journey to the second album--Which, if you can keep a secret, is well under way.

Warren - guitar, vox
Elliott - keys, vox
Erik - drums
Dallas - bass
Philadelphia, PA.
Chris Kasper
Chris Kasper
"Nothing cuts to the core like a simple song," says Chris Kasper. More than a dozen years into his acclaimed career, the singer/songwriter gets back to the bluesy basics with his fifth album,O, the Fool.

Inspired by Delta blues, folk music, and the string arrangements of Hollywood film scores, O, the Fool was recorded on both ends of an 800-mile move that took Kasper from Philadelphia to
Nashville. He'd already spent much of his adulthood on the road, traveling from city to city, building his fanbase one show at a time. Meanwhile, back at home, his friends were putting down
roots and starting families of their own. Kasper couldn't help but question his own choices, and it's that swirl of contrasting feelings — uncertainty, determination, and wanderlust — that fuels O, the Fool.

"It's about traveling," he says of the 13-song, self-produced album, "and then second-guessing your travels once you've arrived at your destination. It's about coming to terms with the thing that makes you think, 'Ok, maybe this isn't the right place for me, but I am here, so I should make it work. This is where life has brought me.'"

The album's title was born during a coffee shop meeting with a friend, who spilled a pack of tarot cards across the table. The first card was the Fool: a traveler with a bag slung over his shoulder,
headed toward some unknown destination. The illustration reminded Kasper of himself. Weeks later, another friend found the same card and brought it to Kasper, saying the two troubadours resembled one another. Kasper agreed. "The card embodies that feeling of wandering," he explains.
"It reminded me of the journey that music takes you on, and you can't predict where it's gonna take you."

From a songwriting perspective, O, the Fool is a simple, straightforward album. The chord progressions
are basic, influenced by the no-frills approach of blues musicians and early 20th century folksingers. The arrangements, on the other hand, are downright lush, with Kasper taking
inspiration from the epic, sweeping scores of old western movies. He engineered the string parts himself, working with multi-instrumentalist Kiley Ryan — who contributions to the album include viola, cello, and violin — to create orchestral swells. Cinematic and beautiful, the songs on O, the Fool show Kasper's capabilities not only as a songwriter and evocative vocalist, but as a producer, too.

"This is a realization album," says the songwriter, whose past travels have included opening gigs with the Wood Brothers, Amos Lee, and G Love. "It's almost like a soundtrack — a blues
album meets a western movie. When your songs are simple and direct, you can go nuts with the presentation. You can strip away the fat from your writing, but still turn the entire arrangement
into something bigger. That way, the punches hit harder."
Come to think of it, that doesn't sound so foolish after all.
Harmony Woods
Slomo Sapiens
Slomo Sapiens are a garage/psyche rock band from Philadelphia. WXPN’s Dan Reed describes them as “Nice and loud.” Their debut EP titled ‘Hot Milk’ will be out in early 2018.
West Philadelphia Orchestra
West Philadelphia Orchestra
With a line-up of Philadelphia musicians whose influences range from Sun Ra to Bulgarian brass bands, West Philadelphia Orchestra is a unique live ensemble in today’s auto-tuned musical world. They began playing Romanian ballads, Macedonian folk-dance songs, Bulgarian wedding music, and Klezmer in late 2006, and have continued expanding their repertoire of Eastern European music. The band also plays original tunes which blend other sounds, like jazz and classical, together with traditional Balkan sounds. As much a community as a band, WPO’s performances are celebratory events. With blistering beats and walls of brass, they inspire audiences to hold hands, gyrate, howl, and otherwise slip the yoke of the homogenized culture industry.

“‘Zla S’dba’ is a joyful Balkan dance number that gets everyone in the room swaying. Bulgarian language skills not required; the song’s irresistibly celebratory spirit needs no translation.” – Rachel, NPR Tiny Desk Contest

“Despite a sizeable portion of the crowd likely not understanding the various languages of the southeastern Europe region, there always seems to be a supernatural synergy between them and the band.” – JUMP Philly

“– this is by far one of the most energetic acts in the city. Check them out, they host the Balkan Dance party at Underground Arts [now at Franky Bradley’s].” – Get Lucid
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104