Waker – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Upstairs – Philadelphia, PA – April 7th, 2018

Waker

Waker

Stella Ruze

Sat · April 7, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs

Free

$4 Lager Drafts

Waker
Waker
Waker was founded by childhood friends and songwriting duo Chase Bader (vocals, acoustic) and Conor Kelly (electric guitar). The group mashes soul, rock & roll and funk into an eclectic, danceable sound, focusing on songs that aim for the heart, head… and feet.

Originally known as Koa, Waker was christened in late summer 2016 following the addition of drummer Dave Czuba and organist/pianist David Crutcher to the already talented lineup of Ryan Ladd (bass), Alex Mathews (sax) and Ryan McClanahan (percussion). With a name that stems from the line, “Getting close to bedtime, time to wake,” in their song, “Fever,” the intention has always been clear: to “wake people” with their music. In a short amount of time the band has already conquered festival stages at ACL, Hangout, SXSW, Firefly and Wakarusa. They’ve toured with JJ Grey & Mofro, Moon Taxi, Galactic and The Wailers, and recently recorded a session for Audiotree Live.

Since the release of their 2015 EP the band has continued their nonstop regiment of touring and writing. Look for new music in 2017.

Waker is an experience meant to be shared with others.
Stella Ruze
Stella Ruze
Folk/Americana band Stella Ruze was founded in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia in 2014. Bandleaders Brendan Johnson & Katie O’Donnell frequently played dive bars and open mic nights. The band wasn’t truly formed until the duo was introduced to keyboardist Mason Wallack and trumpet player Alex Styer. At that time, they began calling themselves ‘Stella Ruze’ as a way to embody Johnson’s underlying song themes of love lost/love found, while paying homage to Styer’s New Orleans horn style, O’Donnell’s vocal harmonies, and melodic piano hooks from Wallack.
As a 4-piece, the band released two studio recordings. In June 2016, the band released So Here-LP that featured 8 songs written by Johnson but modified to fit the Stella Ruze mold. In October 2017, Stella released a five-song, self-titled EP, in which they received assistance from renowned sound engineer & drummer, Matt Muir, and creative direction from Philly music legend Ben Arnold. Stella Ruze performed a SOLD-OUT EP release show on Friday, October 6th, 2017 at Milkboy Philadelphia with co-headliner Josiah Johnson from The Head and The Heart.
Since the EP’s release, Stella Ruze has since added accomplished blues drummer Sean McIntyre, bass guitar extraordinaire Ted Mayo, and a Philadelphia staple in saxophone player, Vince Gleason, who is a lifetime member of the legendary Mummer group – Ferko String Band. Completing the make-up of the band, Stella Ruze now comprises 7 musicians. The band has established an enthusiastic following, receiving moderate praise from WXPN hosts Dan Reed, Mike Vasilikos and Helen Leicht. The band has also played shows with nationally-touring acts like Pete Francis of Dispatch, Kuinka, Midnight North, and Blue Water Highway.
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
http://philly.worldcafelive.com/