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@ Connie’s Ric Rac 2/22/13

Ron Bauman (The Discount Heroes) hosted a Yards-sponsored music showcase at Connie’s Ric Rac on Friday. Along with the local beer special there was a BBQ food truck for the occasion. There was also much chugging of the “Ron Bomb”, the house manager’s own take on the Irish Car Bomb drink (Yards substituted for Guinness, thereby keeping it Philly).

First up on the showcase around 10pm were The Resonators. The girl-guitar duo of Maura Mullen and Alex Berenson  present themselves rather alternatively, building their style on strong counterpoint harmonies, wrapping their voices inventively around their guitar chords. Alex performed on a classic Les Paul guitar along with ukulele. Maura was on acoustic. They included 2 Jack White-penned songs and a short Animal Collective medley along with their original songs. Fans of NYC songwriters Robin Aigner and Lorraine Leckie will enjoy The Resonators. The audience was very attentive to their sound. The duo are preparing to release their first singles both digitally and on disc shortly.


The Looseleaf Trio brought in and captured much of the audience. This young local power trio kept a strong insistent pace throughout their 45 minute set. Their music is original and danceable in the vein of rock and blues. It was bassist Andrew’s birthday, and the audience promptly serenaded him, followed by Ron with guest vocal on one song. They included a few covers at the end (I vaguely recall The Beatles and Sublime among choice songs). This trio has passion for days and are a hit with those who appreciate great underground-based local music. It’s difficult not to like a band with such youthful energy on stage playing their hearts out.


North Jersey band Dan Sheehan Conspiracy finished up this showcase with a guitar-drum duo set, Dan on acoustic/electric, James Venezia on drums (bassist Gian wasn’t able to attend this one). This was the band’s debut performance in Philly. Dan’s tunes are solid, rooted in classic rock, a new brand of classic to be sure. My favorite in the set was “See Kay”, which Dan says is about The Meat Puppets.
Next up for the band is the venerable Mexicali Live in Teaneck NJ on April 5.

The Looseleaf Trio returned with a second and shorter set, mainly doing covers, plus a song called “Psychosis” with a long jam in the beginning.
Lots more photos where this comes from in my latest Facebook gallery.

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I attended the Midsommar Day celebration at the Swedish American museum close to home in South Philly. Lots of good food and Swedish music filled the afternoon. I’m one-fourth Swedish-American, tho most of the customs from the homeland were left behind there when my great-grandmom’s family emigrated to New England and thence to NYC. With a hearty dose of smorgastotar and Bordeaux I took in most of the celebration, inclduing singing in Swedish. Not as easy as I thought it would be! But fun? Oh yes.
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Last night I was at the nearby Italian Market to lose myself in the masses of locals sampling all sorts of food (mainly Mexican, Vietnamese, Italian and the classic summer treats). I also hung out at the Ellsworth Street stage to see The Discount Heroes, with members that own Connie’s Ric-Rac, within the vicinity of the big Night Market Philly event.
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Right now here’s what I’ve planned to see:
Greta Gertler presents her band The Universal Thump at the Green Line Cafe,
7/19. www.theuniversalthump.com
One of the great Canadian bands ever, The Trews, play at The Grape Room on
7/25. www.thetrewsmusic.com
Seeking another showcase in or around Philly to cover, dated between 7/1 and 7/10.
RCB REVIEW: The annotated version of the shows.
RCB Novus Ordo: Among the standout tracks from this edition is Annie Gallup’s “Poets”, spoken-word with programming filling out the background. Joy Mills (The Starlings) embarks on her first solo album. A return to RCB airwaves by Tall Tall Trees. The Harmonious Five, a quartet (!) with mucho live performance experience, present rare oldies gems. I included one by Andre Williams that I guarantee you never heard before, original or cover.

RCB proper: Longest show in terms of songs spun this year. The collection of festival gigs in the near future seems to be the big influence. I certainly don’t mind, so long as I know you’re listening. Even better, if you’re attending a few of the shows that I mention with the airplay. Segment 1 includes a new song by Jessie Kilguss & Radio Gold, along with Justin Levinson & The Valcours. Mood was rather sunshiny for this segment. 2nd segment focused on artists performing the New Bedford (MA) Summerfest. Mood here went from dreams to alcohol (and morphine, as Peter Mulvey sings a Jolie Holland cover). Then a rather long segment which I divided into 2 on paper but actually it was one segment. 4 artists sharing bills and festival duties, all in Canada (Calgary Stampede, Ottawa Bluesfest in particular). Then the Caramoor American Roots Festival was in focus in the next segment. Segment 4 includes a new song from a new EP by Churchill. My Pet Dragon, Vintage Blue and Avi Wisnia all perform at the Milwaukee Summerfest on 7/6. Segment 5 kicked off songs with similar vibes by Steven Graves and Roger Silverberg, and a new song from Patricia Silverberg. Final segment started off with a heart-rendering tune by Dan May.

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