Matt Roach CD Release Show – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Upstairs – Philadelphia, PA – February 10th, 2018

Matt Roach CD Release Show

Matt Roach CD Release Show

Emily Loscalzo

Sat · February 10, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs

$8 ADV - $10 DOS + Fees

Matt Roach
Matt Roach
“The Last Great Day” is the eighth studio release from Philadelphia Singer/Songwriter Matt Roach. The title comes from the idea Roach had to find significance to the number 8. In the bible “The Last Great Day” refers to putting behind the past and moving forward. With that in mind, Roach set out to write brand new songs for the album. With over 500 original songs written, during his 25 year career, Roach said “it would have been very easy for me to reach into the pack and grab ones I never recorded. But, I liked the idea of testing myself to write about where I am right now and where I am headed. I tried to say goodbye to the past on my last album “The Ghosts of Aldine St.” So, “The Last Great Day” is about moving forward”. The result is an album filled with things we grapple with as we reach the second part of our life.
Matt Roach began as a quasi-comedian. When he was 15 years old he started the sketch comedy group "Jim's Prom Picture Inc." It was like Saturday Night Live but, funny!!! During the next 8 years the group played all over the Philadelphia area. During this time Matt began writing comedy songs to perform, along with the sketches. After the sketch group ended, he started to concentrate on writing music that included “normal” songs along with the comedy. He kept writing and, now 25 years and 500 songs later, he is still going. He doesn’t play any cover songs. Matt says, “I never taught myself any because the original artist would perform the song much better than I ever could”.

So, fast, slow, happy, sad…possibly demented music. But, all original, all the time!! Matt has been fortunate enough to perform on a regular basis for many years, playing over 300 shows throughout the East Coast. He has received radio play in the U.S. and Europe. Matt has opened for Hamell on Trial, Steve Poltz (twice), Steve Forbert, Asylum Street Spankers, Peter Tork from the Monkees, UK legends The Alarm and opened three times for Marshall Crenshaw. His live shows are always fun and interactive. Matt says, “I love interacting with the audience. I like keeping them guessing by switching my songs from happy to sad and, then, back again”
Emily Loscalzo
Emily Loscalzo is an amateur musician who started off her musical career as a child playing the violin. After a few years, she developed an interest in singing and pursued both orchestral and choral opportunities throughout the duration of her pre-college schooling. Her greatest musical achievement was the opportunity to perform with the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra under Luis Biava at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia shortly before graduating high school. While college was mainly focused on the study of psychology, she continued to play violin and acted as concertmistress for the Instrumental Ensemble at Chestnut Hill College for three years and performed solo pieces at annual recitals including Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole and the first movement of Saint-Saens Concerto No. 3 in B minor. She has played in various community orchestras in Philadelphia, most notably the Chestnut Hill Community Orchestra and Orchestra Society of Philadelphia.

She is currently a first violinist in the Old York Road Symphony Orchestra in Abington, PA. She became more involved with solo vocal pursuits in graduate school, when long commutes between work and school allowed her to practice singing various pop songs in her car. She seized an opportunity in 2012 to sing an informal performance of Come Unto Him from Handel’s Messiah under Tim Ribchester, which was very well-received by an audience of professional musicians. After completing graduate school in 2013, her vocal talent was discovered by Robert Sterling, another amateur musician and songwriter who invited her to sing his pop songs, which he had been writing since the early 1980’s. Together, they have recorded about 20 songs and have played a handful of open mic performances, including a Philly Rising Open Mic event at World Café in 2015. Emily is thrilled to have the opportunity to open for and perform with Matt Roach, who has been extremely gracious in sharing his music with her since late 2017.
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
http://philly.worldcafelive.com/