Events

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Friday, May 27th 6-9pm
$7-$10 suggested donation
J.R. Bohannon (Ancient Ocean)
 
J.R. Bohannon is a 6 and 12 string fingerstyle guitarist from Louisville, Kentucky, now residing in Brooklyn, NY. Rooted in the deep traditions of the American south, Bohannon has been honing his craft behind the scenes of his drone/ambient project, Ancient Ocean. No longer hiding behind pedals and synthesizers, his informative style is based in the tradition of American Primitive guitar but reaches out with nods to influences like Ry Cooder and Steve Cropper. Having opened for Pharoah Sanders, Steve Gunn, Ryley Walker, Jim White, and other luminaries in the short year-long existence of the project, the beginning tracks of a long trail ahead have been laid.
 
 
Gabriel Birnbaum is a multi-instrumentalist and composer living in Brooklyn, New York. He has performed on stage and on record with artists such as Sharon Van Etten, Rodriguez, Jens Lekman and Lady Lamb the Beekeeper at venues like Lincoln Center, the Bonnaroo Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. He is a full time member of the Ethiopian pop ensemble Debo Band, and the cosmic Americana of Wilder Maker is the latest in a series of vessels for his own writing. In 2015 he launched Genius Loci, the first in a series of curatorial projects, and was selected as an artist in residence at both the ISLAND Hill House and Wildacres Retreat.
 
sound:
wildermaker.bandcamp.com
video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmqzPvaU8xg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf3YUEc8-nU
Philly based guitar/drone artist.
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Koof and Vessna are going to Switzerland Send Off Show!

Saturday May 28th 7-10pm

As you may have heard, Koof and I are taking our instruments on the road (…to the airport, to the roads in Switzerland :D) for the month of June! We are excited to celebrate the start of this adventure in a showcase of some of our extrememly talented friends here in Philly!! They melt hearts and tantilize the ear buds with words, rhyme and rythmn.

The event is taking place at the coziest of spots- the Random Tea Room- perfect for this string light lit line up. Come join us for the moving and soothing sounds of these extremely talented artists concluding with the upbeat and uplifting latin getyoursalsaon music of De Tierra Caliente!

We are stoked to share this night of music with you before we take flight!

Here’s the lineup:
George Engel Brooks
Lauren Scott
Teef aka (Lateefius Maximus III)
Vessna & Koof
De Tierra Caliente (duo)

This is a free show but in support of these truely amazing live local musicians, we are asking for a donation of anything between $5 – $500. Also, bring some cash to purchase their recordings and merchandise!

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Saturday May 29th 4-7pm

The United States Supreme Court will hear the most important reproductive rights case in almost 25 years. The decision will determine whether Texas can shut down nearly all abortion care providers in the state and prevent 5.4 million women of reproductive age from accessing the healthcare they need.

Using craft as activism, artist Chi Nguyen — in partnership with the Textile Arts Center and the Center for Reproductive Rights — is holding a series of stitch-ins to make physical the number of women whose right to safe and legal abortion is currently at risk. With each line representing an individual woman, the 5.4 Million and Counting project is only finished when all 5.4 million lines are embroidered.

The public is invited to Draw the Line by joining the embroidery process at the stitch-ins, or by sending in their own 10×10” swatches with as many tally marks (卌) as they would like to embroider. All swatches will be patched onto a larger quilt to be used at the Supreme Court rally.

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Wednesday June 22nd 7-10pm
All Ages show, $7-$10 suggested donation for touring artists
Jaggery works the dreamy, dramatic edge of avant-garde chamber rock. Combining elements of jazz, classical, world, and pop sensibilities, the Boston band’s unique instrumentation (upright bass, viola, harp, piano, drumkit) and compelling frontwoman (“One of the most beautiful voices in modern music” – The Oedipus Project) have garnered a strong local following, national and international praise, and landed the group opening slots for Amanda Palmer and the Dresden Dolls, Wye Oak, and Esben and the Witch (UK). The band’s recent release, Crux, was hailed as “exquisite, lush . . . nearly impossible not to engage” by Stereogum.
Bryant Eugene Vazquez:
Raised in the Southwest. Fermented in Northern AZ. Living on the East Coast. You’ll doubtless hear nods to the masters in the songwriting of Bryant Eugene Vazquez: Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan. But this local rock and roll dude – who moved to Philadelphia in 2013 after growing up in Flagstaff, Arizona – has a strong and singular voice at the center of it all. It’s husky yet melodic, poppy yet vicious, the sound of celebration and desperation. Bryant was recently featured in WXPN’s The Key Studio Sessions. Come see this rising star play an intimate set at Philadelphia’s premier listening room!
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Thursday, June 30th 7:00 PM
$7-10 sliding scale
Larkin Grimm is a NYC based composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist who bridges the worlds of folk, rock – n – roll, noise, and free jazz. She was born in a commune in Memphis, Tennessee and studied sculpture at Yale University. Music is invisible sculpture.Larkin will be accompanied by Jesse Sparhawk
Jesse Sparhawk is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser whose instruments include harp, guitar, and electric bass. His harp study began at the age of 10 with then recently retired principal harpist of the New York Philharmonic, Myor Rosen, as well as with the head of the harp department of Eastman School of Music, Kathleen Bride.
Geb The Great Cackler (Philadelphia):
Justin Duerr (Northern Liberties, Hex Nine, et al) and Mandy Slipoj Katz (Invasive Species, Beware The Blunted Needle, Vulgar Remedies, etc) join together as Geb, The Great Cackler, an acoustic duo drawing upon their shared experiences of over a decade, personally, creatively, and both as one. “Geb was thought to represent the earth, he is often seen reclining beneath the sky goddess Nut. Geb was called ‘the Great Cackler’, and as such, was represented as a goose. It was in this form that he was said to have laid the egg from which the sun was hatched. He was believed to have been the third divine king of earth. The royal throne of Egypt was known as the ‘throne of Geb’ in honor of his great reign.” – Richard DeurerSherie Ruppersberger (Philadelphia):
SM-R is the mournful, beautiful solo folk songs of Philly-based singer/guitarist Sherie Ruppersberger. Her intricate and frenetic guitar-work suggests elements of Eastern European folk, with lyrics and vocals echoing a long line of homespun American song. Nuanced dissonances in the guitar-playing give SM-R a compelling asymmetrylinks at http://www.museumfire.com/events
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Random Concerts: Hoot and Holler & Lyle de Vitry

Tuesday, July 19th 7-10pm

$7-10 sliding scale

Fiddle-Guitar duo Hoot and Holler was born of a love of American folk music, nurtured in Boston’s burgeoning string band scene, and inspired by the authenticity and enduring spirit of traditional Appalachian mountain music. Their tender harmonizing and songwriting comes across as simple, honest, and fresh to the ears. Described as the perfect cross section of soulful grit and polished technique, you can expect the full range of dynamics when performing traditional and original old time fiddle tunes–pulsing with rhythm, and an impenetrable groove.
 
Hoot and Holler has shared a bill with the following acts: Ricky Skaggs, Red Tail Ring, The Revelers, Sam Moss, Roochie Roochie and The Ragtime Shepard Kings, Charm City Junction, Sarah Jane Scouten, Hannah Shira Naiman, Twisted Pine, Two Guys Named Ben and Lula Wiles
 
Multi-instrumentalist Lyle de Vitry grew up in Lancaster Pennsylvania, and has been surrounded by folk and Appalachian string music for much of his life. Though he spent most of his years studying classical cello and singing songs on guitar, recently he has taken up the fiddle and the banjo, primarily focusing on the art old-time fiddle. Both the rhythmic pulse of the upbeat tunes and the sweet melodies of the slower pieces have enlivened his passion for this style.