Events

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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 23rd 7-10pm
$5-$10 suggested donation
The Impermanent Society of Philadelphia presents an evening of freely improvised live performance at the Random Tea Room. Performers include Bhob Rainey, Ben Bennett , and special guest visiting from Chicago Aaron Zarzutzki. Additional performers TBA
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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.

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Pre Fringe: femme. collective at the Tea Room

femme. collective wants to meet YOU!
 
Gearing up for their Philadelphia Fringe Show in September, the ladies would like to invite the neighborhood to meet the artists and learn more about their initiatives and upcoming events at a happy hour event from 4-7 p.m. on August 20th.
 
femme. collective is is a group of female-centric artists based in Philadelphia, PA. They aim to bring more art and artist collaborations to the city through networking, showcase opportunities, and a sprinkling of lady power.