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@ The Grape Room 2/10/12

Midwinter’s chill didn’t hold back many folks from attending The Grape Room on Friday night.  There was a decent breeze in the night air with rain just changing over to snow. Lovely if you’re a driver. Me, I take the bus.  The bus I get goes from Center City down Ridge Avenue, about 30 minutes to beautiful downtown upper-class Manayunk.  Train is quicker but also more expensive.  I risked some time in getting to the first stop at the bus and missed it…and had to endure a 45 minute wait. Basically one bus totally blew off the schedule and didn’t arrive while the 2nd one did very shortly after.  I got in around 845pm and had just missed seeing local folk-rocker Matt Spitko.
Tonight included bands that I had seen earlier in 2011.  Andrew Jude, who opened for Song Dogs & The Nightjar in December, was second up.  Andrew has some solid guitar-oriented pop songs…think Del Amitri or the more accessible of Luna’s music. I had chatted with their drummer, Don Brown, who has a powerful technique and great fills. He mentioned that, on Thursday, the band played at his alma mater of Philadelphia University for a Relay for Life benefit. Andrew and band was a trio tonight; Alicia, their violinist was out of town. I recall Andrew saying that she’s with the band on some regional dates depending on the locale.  Andrew received debut airplay from me on Radio Crystal Blue earlier in the week.
The Tressels did their thing all over the Grape Room stage….a 5 piece band that I covered for you in a prior post when they played at Legendary Dobbs. Pretty much the same script as before, some of the same songs, and much of the same kinetic energy . One guy handles maracas and tambos, another stands tall and quiet on guitar, another handles flashy lead guitar, and a drummer tucked in the back who keeps an understated but steady hand with the backbeat.  Exciting band to see; that is, if you like to see bands that make like The Who with all their craftiness on stage. Possibly the best local band I’ve seen since beginning my coverage of local showcases last summer.  Before the last song, lead vox Butch Tressels asks a hardcore Sinatra trivia question “What was the last song that Sinatra sang in his final concert?” I did know the answer was “The Best Is Yet To Come” but waited for a response from the audience. No response came. Instead there was the constant chatter of hipsters and folks just standing around gawking or gabbing with each other. No matter. They did launch into that final song, climaxing with  Mickey Reds (percussion, 2nd vocalist) delivering a mighty roar that would do whatshisname in the Who proud.    Outside while I caught my breath from the slowly packing venue (where did all those young ladies come from), I had met most of the band in post-show smoke. A doe-eyed brunette was waxing eloquent about the band’s set and how they’ll make The Grape Room a place they’ll attend time and again. I love when that magic happens. The Tressels didn’t really have much of a challenge with the stage doing all their shtick.  One bandmember (I believe it was Bruce) was mentioning have to do “the Bruce thing” (Springsteen, perhaps?), crouching low on guitar and maintaining rhythm and control while the others cavorted. They were to play on 2/11 at The Alphabet Lounge in the East Village section of NYC, then another date with Dobbs in March.
The Tressels shared stages several times before with another local act, Johnny Action Figure, and did likewise on Friday. This regional 4-piece sing out loud and enjoy being in the moment on stage.  No stage antics beyond the norm for them; they have 2 keyboards to work plus guitar and drums, plus a great original pop aesthethic that will continue to attract fans in PA.
By midway through the set, yours truly was having the worst time getting good camera angles thanks to the teeming dozens that decide to populate every square inch of the room.  I hightailed out of there just as Johnny Action Figure wrapped up.  Apparently the headline band, Kalob Griffin Band by name (State College by place), brought in a huge amount there.
Waiting for the last bus out of Manayunk (again, forgoing the nearby train and extra expense), I glanced in admiration at the folks walking up and down Main Street, underdressed to the eights and nines. Same time every night, from what I’ve seen, seems to present this scene.   The cold rain was a bonus of sorts.
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So…how’m I doin’? Just fine.  Recovered very nicely from whatever was ailing me tho adhering to a better diet certainly doesn’t hurt.  Cutting out coffee and soda but getting back to some of my old ways soon enough.   I did skip one gig I wanted to go to, but am planning to go to one tonight; very shortly as a matter of fact. I’m covering a showcase at The Grape Room. Andrew Jude is on the bill. You’ve heard me debut him on RCB Novus Ordo. Johnny Action Figure also performing, another band I saw at Grape Room last time.     www.graperoommusic.com
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On RCB Novus Ordo: The aforementioned Andrew Jude with a song set in Philadelphia started this show. The Strange Heat had played a bill at The Grape Room and I debut them here.  Ditto for Glassboro, NJ’s own indie pop band Case Closed. Makar returns with newer material, slightly subduded, more piano than guitar on this disc than in previous ones.   Katie Pearlman, one of my very favorites, has a concept album “Girls Like Me” based on stories of the lives of women that touched her heart. The book referenced for her songs is “Note To Self: 30 Women on Hardship, Humiliation, Heartbreak, and Overcoming It All” by Andrea Buchanan.    The deep, dark, sultry bluesy voice of Lin McEwan closes out this show, Muzz Skillings producing her newest effort.

RCB proper:   Tony Mecca (and those Electric Heavy Mental Gypsys) playing a few shows while they ready a new album; I dug into their prior material for a tune.  Jeff Campbell and Megan Slankard  part of a songwriter-in-the-round 2/17 at Studio on 4th, Reno NV  Jeff and Megan composed and wrote the song I spun for you this week.  I spun Megan’s song directly after this one. I was moved by the depth and creativity of her songwriting. I’m actually reminded of Holly Figueroa (O’Reilly).  In fact I contacted Holly about Megan, and…well…I’ll let you read her response via Facebook.  Then a pair of CA-based songwriters (Giana Nguyen, Marina V) followed.    I did 2 segments of music featuring artists who are part of official showcases at this year’s Folk Alliance conference in Memphis. Heather Styka is a new name, gaining strong popularity in the folk category. I had used a quote from the matthew show and also the timely song “february” in posting the playist info.  Debuted a solo piano CD from Professor Louie, segued into West Coast Blues and then rockabilly (Rod Piazza, The Mad Tea),  Garrison Starr made a new EP for her fans; I took liberty of spinning from that one, following up with train-oriented songs (Vance Gilbert, The Nields). Closed out with songs by Lauren Adams and Ernest Troost. Ernest just released “Live at McCabe’s” recorded January 2011 at McCabe’s Guitar Shop.  Lauren reintroduces her Americana Music Circle at Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles.

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Andrew Jude “Love Washed Away” – Everybody Wants A Little More CD http://www.andrewjude.com

The Symbols “Be Here Now” – Be Here Now CD http://www.thesymbols.net

The Strange Heat “Back To You” – Wearing New Socks CD http://www.thestrangeheat.com

Case Closed “Bombshell” – Clouds CD http://www.facebook.com/caseclosednj

Makar “Show Me That Look In Your Eyes” – Funeral Genius CD http://www.makarmusic.com

Katie Pearlman “Tomorrow Will Be Better” – Girls Like Me CD http://www.katiepearlman.com

Deborah Lombardi “If You Only Knew” – Sweet Revenge CD http://www.deborahlombardi.com

Lin McEwan “Still” – When I Wake CD http://www.linmcewan.com

Running time: 62 minutos


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“February’s hard to revover from/It takes the most from me each time…”

Opening music: King Britt featuring Sylk 130 “When The Funk Hits The Fan”


Comic Tales Of Tragic Heartbreak “Baby Steps” – s/t CD http://www.comictalesoftragicheartbreak.com

Tony Mecca “Boy Meets Girl” – Hello, Goodbye & Everything in Between CD http://www.tonymeccamusic.com

Darlingside “The Catbird Seat” – s/t EP http://www.darlingside.com

*Jeff Campbell “It Stopped Raining” – Stop And Go CD http://www.jeffcampbellmusic.com

*Megan Slankard “You And Your Bright Ideas” – A Token Of The Wreckage CD http://www.meganslankard.com

Giana Nguyen “For Now” – For Now EP http://www.giananguyen.com

Marina V “Unbalanced” – My Star CD http://www.marinav.com


I spun music from artists who are performing at this year’s Folk Alliance International Conference later in February  http://www.folkalliance.org :

Heather Styka “Dragon Kite” – Lifeboats For Atlantis CD http://www.heather.styka.com

Liz Longley “Little White House” – hot loose wire CD http://www.lizlongley.com

The Boxcar Lilies “Feels Like Home” – heartwood CD http://www.boxcarlilies.com

Brother Sun “What Must Be Done” – s/t CD http://www.brothersunmusic.com

the matthew show “february” – february CD http://www.thematthewshow.com


Professor Louie “Daughters & Sons” – Rugged & Funky CD http://www.professorlouie.com

Rod Piazza & The All Mighty Flyers “Move Out Baby” – Almighty Dollar CD http://www.themightyflyers.com

The Mad Tea Party “I Went Out” – Found A Reason CD http://www.themadteaparty.com

The Trapps “Too Late To Play Games” – Cheap Seats CD http://www.thetrapps.net

Crown Point “Back To You” – Wolves EP http://www.crownpointband.com

Lisa Bianco “Low” – Momentum CD http://www.lisabianco.com

Christina LaRocca “Destiny” – I Stand Tall With My Eyes Wide Open CD http://www.christinalaroccamusic.com


CD FOCUS: Vermont: VT Artists for VT Relief  http://www.bluebirdpromotions.com http://www.mallettsbayrecords.comThis compilation of 18 songs are all from VT artists supporting the continuing relief efforts in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. Proceeds from this CD go to the Vermont Red Cross.

From this compilation I spun:Lowell Thompson “Pictures” – http://www.lowellthompson.com

Patti Casey “Spread Joy Over This Land” –  www.patticasey.com


More music from artists performing at the international Folk Alliance conference http://www.folkalliance.org :

Cary Cooper “Drop In The Bucket” – Pink Umbrella CD http://www.carycooper.com

Rebecca Loebe “Land & Sea” – Mystery Prize CD http://www.rebeccaloebe.com

Carrie Elkin “Landeth By Sea” – Call It My Garden CD http://www.carrieelkin.com

Danny Schmiddt “Almost Round The World” – man of many moons CD http://www.dannyschmidt.com

Phil Minissale “Fighting a Losing Battle” – Young Fool CD http://www.philminissalemusic.com

Putnam Smith “hush” – we could be beekeepers CD http://www.putnamsmith.com


Garrison Starr “Wanted For Anything” – Not For Nothing EP http://www.garrisonstarr.com

Kris Delmhorst “Midnight Ringer” – Shotgun Singer CD http://www.krisdelmhorst.com

Vance Gilbert “Boy On A Train” – old white men CD http://www.vancegilbert.com

Nerissa & Katryna Nields CD “This Train” – Sister Holler CD http://www.nields.com

*Lauren Adams ” Oklahoma, USA” – Secret Heart CD http://www.laurenadams.com

*Ernest Troost “Travelin’ Shoes” – Live At McCabe’s CD http://www.ernesttroost.com


Closing music: Robert Sadin “Comment” – Art Of Love: Music Of Machaut CD

Running time: 3 hours, 55 minutos


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