BEADS, BONES & SUSPECTS: CELEBRATE MARDI GRAS WITH NEW ORLEANS SUSPECTS AND BONERAMA AT ARDMORE MUSIC HALL!
New Orleans Suspects brings
together some of the best, most highly respected players in New Orleans,
including: “Mean” Willie Green on
drums (Neville Bros.); Jeff Watkins on saxophone (James Brown Band, Joss Stone Band); Jake Eckert on guitar/vocals (Dirty Dozen Brass Band); CR Gruver on keyboards and vocals
(Polytoxic, Outformation) and Charlie Wooton (Royal Southern Brotherhood) on bass
Known for their blazing live performances, New Orleans Suspects continue to
excite audiences around the country and are revered in their hometown of New
Orleans. New Orleans Suspects released
their third full-length studio recording, Kaleidoscoped, in
September 2016 to rave reviews and substantial airplay on four stations on
Kaleidoscoped takes a variegated look at roots music, funk
and traditional New Orleans music through a colorfully distorted lens, creating
a sound described as “psychedelic funk." The 8 tracks
include a plethora of special guests including: Paul Barrere and Fred
Tackett of Little Feat;
Golden Commanche “Big Chief” Juan
Pardo; and more. The opening tracks, ”Let’s Get it Started“
and ”Cocaine Jane“
feature Jeff Watkins and Grammy Award ® winner Jake Eckert at the peak of their
powers of studio wizardry. On these tracks, they utilize Tower of Power horn veterans as
well as a Leslie speaker cabinet and newer, electronic effects to great
The album sequencing devolves into twisted looks at such traditional
Louisiana genres as Cajun swamp pop (”You Got the Fire“
and "Creole Hannah”), Mardi Gras Indian Funk (“Round Up Dem Suspects,”
with call and response led by Pardo), plus a trip through a pastiche of
Southern rock, Dr. John-style R&B and traditional jazz. A slight
outlier of a track, “Dixie Highway” was written by Paul Barrere for Little Feat; he and Fred Tackett add guitar/vocals and
mandolin, respectively, for a New Orleans feel the listener might imagine
Little Feat having searched for, but never located.
NEW ORLEANS SUSPECTS and BONERAMA will
perform at Ardmore Music Hall,
23 East Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA, on Friday, February
17th. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. This
event is open to patrons 21 and older. Tickets are $20.00 in advance, $25.00
day of show and $30.00 reserved. For more information, call 610-649-8389
or visit www.ardmoremusic.com.
1 SHORT STORY ABOUT THE DROPKICK MURPHYS AND AMH GLORY!
Last Wednesday was definitely a day that I would have never imagined happening at AMH. Since starting my internship here for almost a year now, I have seen many great shows at the Ardmore Music Hall. Recently we have hosted a special lunchtime series with 93.3 WMMR FM, titled “Pierre Presents.” These shows have included The Struts and Kaleo, but on January 4th the latest Pierre Presents starred the “Celtic punk” band The Dropkick Murphys. They played probably one of the coolest acoustic sets here and even to have the honor to witness it was great.
The Dropkick Murphys played a ton of different material from their new album that came out last week, called 11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory, hence the title of the blog post! One of my favorite parts about seeing them that day was the Dropkick Murphy’s energy. No matter if they are playing to a sold out show at the Electric Factory or a big show at the Susquehanna Bank Center, these guys embody the punk attitude they started with and they had a ton of energy and charisma. There were times during their set where Ken Casey would grab his microphone and put it right towards James Lynch while he played harmonica. That was one of the coolest moments of the afternoon.
You could also see that the Dropkick Murphy’s keep the crowd engaged. They kept the energy going by singing crowd favorites such as “Rose Tattoo” as well as doing a free signing after the concert. I really love bands that not only respond back to the crowd, but also give back to the crowd. That is a big deal for me about punk music, it’s all about unity and the bond that we all share. To be able to share that moment with friends of mine will definitely be a highlight during my time at AMH!
-Gabe Cavaliere, AMH Intern
Give the gift of AMH this holiday season!
I know the holidays are here and as you wander the halls of the mall, aimlessly trying to scramble what Grandma Jenkins might want to add to her ever growing collection of Santa pottery, why not just buy an Ardmore Music Hall membership, a gift that will provide a whole lot of fun all year round!
With our Friend level membership, you get a ton of great perks. First let’s start off that you get a free ticket to any show of your choosing. For some of you that really want a bang for your buck, this is a great perk; you can possibly get a free ticket to one of our highly anticipated shows, such as Voodoo Dead, Victor Wooten Trio, and Son Volt. You also receive a $35 voucher that can be used toward drinks at the bar as well as some food from our kitchen. So feel free to come in hungry!
We provide a monthly email that includes discounted ticket deals as well as some free ticket offers which is a great perk! Sometimes you’ll discover great music from a band you’ve never heard of, and our membership provides that special AMH experience. You will also receive sell out alerts to some of our shows, which can be extremely helpful to know what show you should buy sooner rather than later.
That’s not all: you get a ton of AMH swag such as a lighter, messenger bag, a USB with previous AMH shows, a bumper sticker as well as a ton of other perks.
With our Ambassador package, in addition to all the Friend level benefits you can purchase complimentary reserved seating upgrades on most GA tickets you buy, you also get NO ticket fees without traveling to our box office. You can also get autographed posters of some of your favorite bands that stop by AMH.
So give the gift of fun! Give the gift of live music and most importantly give the gift that will keep on giving! The AMH membership is a great gift for all music lovers, so don’t be a scrooge and make sure no ghosts visit you this year, buy a membership for the 2017 season today!
Gabe Cavaliere, Promotions Intern
YOU NEED MORE MUSIC IN JAH LIFE: A SNEAK PREVIEW OF UPCOMING REGGAE SHOWS AT AMH
Wata Gwaan bwoys and gyals, leave ya pickneys at homie and come dung ta AMH dis fall for a ragin fyah schedule of reggae. One Love to Jah and to Jah music!
But on a serious note, if you been keeping up to date with AMH, you’ll notice we have recently made a bunch of different upcoming show announcements, including some reggae and dancehall artists. Many people associate reggae with one of the Marley’s, but there is so much more to the Jamaican music scene than that. Toots & the Maytals, who arguably created the reggae genre, came to AMH last week for a sold out show, and we’re bringing some more reggae/dancehall legends to AMH this year.
This Thursday, November 10th “King Yellowman” makes his AMH debut. Yellowman was raised and born in a an orphanage house in Kingston, right outside of Jamaica. Born an albino, he was originally scorn from radio airplay due to his adversities. That all changed after he won a talent contest at Tastee Patties contest in Kingston. After the talent show, he became a dancehall legend and became the first dancehall artist to be nominated for a Grammy Award. He has worked with artists such as Run DMC, Doug-E-Fresh, NWA and Public Enemy. Grab your tickets and bring your dancing shoes!
Barrington Levy & Detour Posse are coming down to AMH on Wednesday, December 14th. Levy was born in 1964 in Claredon, Jamaica. With the help of his cousin Everton Dacres, he started The Mighty Multitude which led to his one of his first singles, “My Black Girl.” The following year he made his first solo single, “A Long Time Since We Had No Love.” After this he linked up with NY producer Hymen “Jah Life” Write as well as singer turned producer Junjo Lawes and produced a ton of well known dancehall hits such as “All Yah De Weh,” “Looking My Love,” “Englishmen” and “Wedding Ring Aside.” Songs such as “Collie Weed” and “Shine Eye Girl” established his name within the dancehall/reggae scene in the 80’s. If you missed Toots & The Maytals, here is another chance to catch another 80’s reggae legend!
Last but not least Badfish, a tribute to Sublime will be gracing the AMH stage on Friday, December 16th with Spiritual Rez and Reef’d as part of their 40 OZ to Xmas tour. They will be playing all of your favorite hits from Sublime as well as introducing some really strong opening bands. With hits like “Santeria,” “40oz to Freedom,” “What I Got,” “Doin’ Time,” and “Wrong Way,” you are sure to have a rocking good time! Last year Badfish sold out at the door so buy your tickets in advance so you don’t miss out!
As the story goes, Jah won’t pay the bills, but for a couple of dollar bills, Jah will give back to you! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you at a AMH show soon. One Love!
-Gabe Cavaliere, AMH Promotions Intern
IF YOU LIKE CONSIDER THE SOURCE, YOU MIGHT BE A METALHEAD
My name is Gabe Cavaliere, a promotional intern here at the Ardmore Music Hall. But today, you might as well call me Jeff Foxworthy, because I will tell you this, if you like Consider The Source, you may be a hidden metal head at heart. You might be wondering why I might be making such a wild accusation. While Consider the Source’s music is very groove based, a lot of these up and coming progressive funk and jam bands have many similarities to very well known progressive metal bands.
One reason that bring these two unlikely musical genres together is their intricate use of progressive rock elements. The term, “Prog-rock,” which is generally associated with bands such as King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Yes, Pink Floyd, The Beatles and Iron Butterfly, is used towards bands whose members has a wide range of skill with their instrument as well as using that instrument to create innovative riffs and licks and including influences from other countries. Bands in the Jazz Fusion music realm, such as The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report, and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, used these complex time signatures and incorporated them into different soothing melodies.
Now what does all this have to relate to metal music and Consider the Source you might ask? Well, one thing that Consider the Source brings to the table is this vibrant sound of funk mixed with heavy groove based riffs. Combined with their technical time signatures and Middle Eastern sound, you could categorize Consider the Source into the metal category, as well as funk, instrumental, and jam.
So maybe the next time you’re eating at dinner with your family, you may want to recommend some Bat head’s to go with your peas and carrots. If Ozzy Osbourne, The King of Darkness liked it, you just might too!
Consider The Source comes to AMH with Tweed on December 1st to sooth your heavy metal soul. Bonus: CTS will be playing a special Radiohead set first that night! I hope to see you there or at a future AMH show soon!
NIK GREELEY REFLECTS ON ALLEN STONE
Allen Stone played a show here a few weeks ago, and no one left the venue unimpressed with Stone’s talent and stage presence, especially our Social Media Coordinator, Nik Greeley. Read his thoughts below:
I saw my favorite show of the year right here at AMH this past Sunday, October 9th as Allen Stone rolled into town for his Favorite Songs, Favorite Stories Tour. I had discovered Stone while watching a video of him sitting in with Vulfpeck to perform their single “Back Pocket.” Stone sang it the way it was meant to be sang, with all his soul & rich falsetto. I was hearing a young Stevie Wonder, and I had to hear more.
What I would discover is a body of songs that really spoke to me, and I knew I was in for a special night seeing him in the intimacy of AMH with his band. Stone wasted no time in making the room feel like his very own home, even starting off with a personal story of getting busted with marijuana that inspired the song “The Bed I Made” that had the crowd of all ages in stitches laughing & smiling thanks to Stone’s charm & delivery.
He kept the crowd in the palm of his hand all night, telling story after story, the audience hanging on his every word, while captivating them with his incredible voice & stellar band. He spoke of the state of our country & the difficulties of being a minority in America with his song “American Privilege” followed by an emotional rendition of Sam Cooke’s classic “A Change is Gonna Come”. He closed out his set with a story about his song “I Know That I Wasn’t Right” that had everyone’s hair on the back of their neck standing up & many watery eyes in attendance.
It was a truly moving show, and refreshing to hear a singer talk about current affairs and speak about it in his music. We certainly need more that in our society today, and it was a true pleasure to witness & listen to the beautiful spirit that is Allen Stone.
Nik Greeley (third from left) hangs backstage with one of his new favorite artists, Allen Stone (second from left) and some friends.
Some lucky contest winners had the chance to hang out with Tom Hamilton’s American Babies in the artist green room before their performance here last Friday night. I’ve handled and also been a guest at quite a few meet and greets, and I have to say that I was so impressed with the way the American Babies treat their fans. They all introduced themselves and took the time to speak to the fans for a while, they offered them their food and even gave them some memorabilia! I love seeing bands treat their fans well, it makes me love the American Babies even more, not to mention they killed their Bruce Springsteen set!
Ardmore Music Hall Announces “Bluegrass Passport” Contest
The fast-approaching autumn concert season marks the launch of the first ever Bluegrass Passport Contest sponsored by the Ardmore Music Hall (AMH) and PhillyBluegrass.com. Through September 30, fans can enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets AMH’s upcoming bluegrass shows at phillybluegrass.com/passport. Nationally touring acts including Sam Bush, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, Jeff Austin Band, Anderson East will be passing through Ardmore, Pa this fall, as will local favorites Mason Porter and Hezekiah Jones.
Inherent in music is the constant reinvention of genres from one generation of musicians to the next. Bluegrass is no exception, as evidenced by the advent of the progressive bluegrass wave. Artists are now open to the inclusion of electronic instruments and drum kits, as well as elements of rock, jazz, funk and more. While most facets of bluegrass remain intact with tradition — namely virtuosic performances on the mandolin, fiddle and other acoustic instruments, per — the addition of auxiliary influences, instrumentation, and improvisation has given this music new life, so to speak.
GRAMMY winning newgrass artist and revered mandolin player Sam Bush kicks off AMH’s slate of bluegrass shows on October 7th. Sam, most known for the innovative work with his New Grass Revival band, expanded the strict structural limits of bluegrass music by fusing it with jazz, rock, blues, funk and other styles. Additionally, he is a frequent headliner at the annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado, earning him the nickname of the “King of Telluride.” With as many laurels Sam has to rest on over the course of his decorated career, he remains humble and in touch with the youthful version of himself that propelled his ingenuity and creative drive. In his acceptance speech for his AMA lifetime achievement award in 2009, he stated “It goes along with the title cut of my new album, Circles Around Me, which basically says, how in the hell did we get this far? In my brain I’m still 17, but I look in the mirror and I’m 57.”
Next on the lineup comes Yonder Mountain String Band, the quintessential progressive bluegrass quintet that, though it has gone through some reshuffling since the departure of Jeff Austin, has proven itself to be name to be remembered within the bluegrass genre. Despite the changes, there has been no sign of slowed growth within the band. Their live shows remain ever changing and in constant renovation. This however, shouldn’t be taken as a negative. What is rendered is music that is always progressing and groundbreaking. Longtime fans of the group are keen on the band’s instrumental prowess, something to which violinist Allie Kral and mandolin expertise Jacob Jolliff have only added to. “At the end of the day, Yonder is a band with almost two decades of music under its belt, but we’re always a bit restless,” banjoist Dave Johnston had to say. “We want to move the music forward to new places, which keeps us on our musical toes.” YMSB will make their AMH debut on October 16th.
October 22nd will feature a doubleheader of newgrass as AMH hosts the Grateful Ball, featuring The Travelin’ McCourys and Jeff Austin Band. Both acts will be performing one set of their own tunes and then joining forces to share their own renditions of Grateful Dead songs. Jeff Austin of course got his big break with YMSB. But after twenty-plus years with the band, Austin has returned to the scene with a newfound sense of passion. Celebrated for his fleet fingers and penchant for improvisation on stage, he has cultivated his natural musical abilities and allowed himself to be driven by his boldest instincts. Partner that with the ultra-talented Danny Barnes on the banjo, as well as other renowned musical talents, and fans receive a completely revitalized live experience when seeing Austin on stage.
One would be hard pressed to find a band with the more credibility to play in both traditional and progressive bluegrass spheres than the boys of The Travelin’ McCourys. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue to carry their father’s luminary torch by bringing bluegrass music that is uniquely their own to a new generation of listeners. Ronnie says, “We like to go in and play traditional bluegrass music the way we do it with Dad, but we also like to be able to step into situations where we can really stretch out. If we need to plug in, we’ll plug in. We’re open to anything.”
Then comes white hot rising star Anderson East on November 13th. The 27 year-old’s Soul-Americana outfit gained massive acclaim in 2015 after the release of his first full-length album, Delilah. Layered with triumphant brass sections, soulful textures of smokey organ riffs, and East’s fervid vocal performances, Delilah stirred the pot for things to come. His voice and aesthetic has drawn Ray LaMontagne and Joe Cocker comparisons and his high-energy shows have enthralled live audiences nation-wide. With the start of the U.S leg of his tour coming up, it will be exciting for fans to see just how much this budding talent has matured since the release of his first studio effort almost exactly a year ago.
Topping off the bluegrass bonanza with some local flavor, Philly favorites Mason Porter and Hezekiah Jones return to the AMH stage on December 3rd. On Rolling Stone’s September list of 10 Country Artists You Need To Know, Mason Porter’s sound is described as “Bluegrass musicianship meets jam-band exploration, delivered with a self-confident Philly attitude.” With the ability to blend earthy, Appalachian instruments with more contemporary, urban-inspired rhythms, Mason Porter puts on an energetic and danceable live show night after night.
Hezekiah Jones cruises down a musical path paved with a wide range of inspirations. Incorporating Americana with infusions of an eclectic mix of NOLA jazz, harmonic folk and Beatles-like pop-rock, the band’s creative limits are only set by their imagination. Nominated twice for Best Indie Rock Band / Americana Band by Tri-State Indie Awards they’ve received a remarkable local exposure in their decade together. They also have played nearly all of the key venues in Philadelphia and have also performed at WXPN’s always sold out XPOnential Festival.
For more information about our bluegrass passport contest visit phillybluegrass.com/passport and to purchase tickets to all of these shows, visit www.ArdmoreMusic.com.
The Ardmore Music Hall has established itself as a premiere landing spot for many renowned local and national touring musical acts. Features include a state-of-the-art sound system, a wide dance space, and 20+ craft beers on draught. The venue is located at 23 East Lancaster Ave, and is easily accessible by public transportation with the R-5 regional line. Visit the AMH website for the most up-to-date information regarding the venue and a full listing of upcoming events.
Always Sunny In Ardmore// Episode 1: Fall Show Announcements Pt. 1
The hype has never been real since droves of moviegoers bull-rushed theaters during the opening weekend of Thunder Gun Express.
In this video short directed by our very own in-house film specialist, John Perko, we’ve enlisted Nik Greeley of Swift Technique to announce our upcoming shows for the Fall! This season is set to be our biggest ever with names like Melvin Seals & JGB, Chali 2na (of Jurassic Five), Naughty Professor, Roosevelt Collier, and Eric Krasno Band.
For Tickets & More Information, visit:
Ardmore Music Hall,
JPS Multimedia &
8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Dick Dale
Dick Dale, the undisputed “King of the
Surf Guitar,” among other things, is coming back to Philly this August. Dale
has achieved cult-like status from surf and rock aficionados alike, but there
still is an air of mystery surrounding this musician. Dale has accomplished so
much in his nearly 60-year career that it’s hard to keep up! Below are some facts
about him that may surprise you.
“King of the Surf Guitar” is not originally from California, but rather the
Born Richard Anthony Monsour in 1937 in
Boston, Massachusetts, Dick Dale moved to California as a teenager with his
family. He became an avid surfer, and it was his fellow surfers who crowned him
the “King of the Surf Guitar,” not his fellow musicians.
created surf music in the 50’s, not the 60’s as it is commonly believed.
Dick Dale started playing surf music
professionally in the late 50’s. Let’s Go
Trippin’ was released in 1961 and is widely regarded as the first surf
instrumental record. During this time he became a sensation in the Southern
California region for his performances at the Rendezvous Ballroom with his
backing band the Del-Tones. The Beach Boys even opened for him!
plays the guitar upside down.
Dick Dale taught himself how to play
guitar, and he learned to play it upside down and backward to accommodate his
left-handedness. These techniques helped Dale create a sound uniquely his own
that is very hard to copy. He also can play virtually any instrument, including
the drums, trumpet, piano, ukulele, accordion, and more.
created a new sound and new
technology with Leo Fender.
Dick Dale was known to play loud, so
loud that he regularly blew out his stage equipment. Nothing at the time could
handle Dale’s playing!
Dick Dale served as co-designer to Leo
Fender, the guitar and amplifier guru, and helped create and build the
super-powered electronics and equipment that would revolutionize musical
instruments in the 50’s and 60’s. Their partnership and efforts were
responsible for performance volume growing from a mere 15 watts to over 180
watts, as well as the signature “wet” sound of the Fender Tank Reverb.
It is for these achievements that Guitar Player Magazine dubbed Dick Dale
the “Father of Heavy Metal.” Without Dick Dale, there might have been no Black
music has appeared everywhere in pop culture.
One of Dick Dale’s biggest claims to
fame is having his iconic song “Miserlou” as the title track to the equally
iconic Pulp Fiction film by Quentin
Tarantino. However, Dick Dale’s music has been omnipresent in our culture for
some time. His music has appeared in other movies such as Space Jam, Beach Party, Muscle Beach Party, Back to the Beach, and others.
Dale also has recorded original
material for Disneyland’s Space Mountain roller coaster ride, and the
soundtrack for the History of NASA video shown in Space Mountain. He was chosen
to be the person to highlight the grand opening of Tomorrowland by performing
on top of Space Mountain – without any safety harness!
Like many performers of his era, Dick
Dale appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1963 for a legendary performance of
his hit “Miserlou.” Check out the video below!
was a friend of Jimi Hendrix.
Dick Dale frequently claims that Jimi
Hendrix was a major fan of his, and that he taught Hendrix slide guitar. When
Hendrix heard of Dale’s cancer diagnosis he responded with “Then you’ll never
hear surf music again” (this can be heard on Hendrix’s song “Third Stone from
the Sun”). Once Dale was in remission, he covered “Third Stone from the Sun” as
a tribute to Hendrix.
philosophy on life is truly inspiring.
Dick Dale suffered from rectal cancer
when he was still in his 20’s, and battles colon cancer today. He has
experienced great success, but also significant losses, and at one point he was
evicted from his home.
Despite his health obstacles and career
ups and downs, Dick Dale has a remarkably resilient attitude towards his life.
He is quoted as saying, “It’s not wrong to become broke, but it’s a real bad
thing if you become poor. The difference between being broke and being poor is
that when you’re poor, you don’t have the mental ability to want something and
work hard enough to get it.”
He is candid about his health concerns
with the public, even making jokes on stage! He and his wife Lana share their
healthy lifestyle tips with his fans and fight against the stigma of illness. He
often claims that he tours to survive. Dale epitomizes the resilient artist in
the music industry.
is playing the Ardmore Music Hall on Monday, August 22nd.
Dick Dale is coming to the Ardmore
Music Hall for the first time this summer with the Billy Walton Band. Don’t
miss your chance to see this guitar legend in person for an intimate, unforgettable
performance! Tickets are only $30 in advance. The show is 21+ unless if a minor
is accompanied by a legal guardian. You can find more information and tickets
The Godfather of Funk: Hip-Hop’s Blessing In Disguise
At the crux of any movement, whether it be in music, politics or a disgruntled office staff lobbying for a top-shelf Keurig Coffee Maker in the breakroom, will emerge a trailblazer that sets it all in motion. He (or she) is one who operates with gravitas and fluorescent charisma, endowed with visionary’s predilection to chase whatever lies beyond the brink of the imagination - a godfather, if you will. For funk music, that epithet can only be dubbed to no one other than the funkadelic maestro himself, George Clinton.
Identified as the pioneer of funk’s maiden voyage during the early 70’s, Clinton has witnessed his everlasting groove-machine pervade and metamorphosize music over the last forty years. His work with sister bands Parliament and Funkadelic wedded sweeping psychedelic synthesizers and hip-swinging bass lines in an unholy union for dance-crazed audiences everywhere. Influencing a variety of genres, including Pop, Soul, R&B, and Hip-Hop, elements of funk became seamlessly ubiquitous over time, so much so that the average listeners would be unable to distinguish them amongst the whirlwind of sound surging through their speakers.
Funk’s deeply embedded roots in Hip-Hop music can be traced back to its inception. Afrika Bambaataa, one of the earliest Hip-Hop acts to rise to notoriety, was one of the first members of Funkadelic’s fan club as a kid. Out west, Dr. Dre and his G-Funk brand of Hip-Hop garnered substantial popularity in the early 90’s, sampling a number of Clinton tracks as well as other popular funk artists. Clinton had the masses dancing and grooving during his prime, and Hip-Hop kept his party going well into today with artists like Kendrick Lamar paying homage to legend in his universally acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly LP.
Let us shuffle through Hip-Hop’s funk-rich catalogue and take a look at some of the gems the Godfather of Funk has blessed.
De La Soul - Me, Myself and I
New York trio De La Soul rap over one of the hottest house party tracks of the 90′s. The Prince Paul-produced beat samples the infectious synth riff Funkadelic’s (Not Just) Knee Deep
Aaliyah - Back and Forth
R. Kelly flexed his writing and production chops on this Aaliyah jam, sampling the booty-bending bass line of Parliament’s Flashlight.
George Clinton Feat Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Ol’ Dirty Bastard & P-Funk - Flashlight (Groovemaster Remix)
Clinton and P-Funk enlisted three of New York’s legends on this Flashlight remix. Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, & Ol’ Dirty Bastard each lay a verse over the reworked cut of this classic P-Funk song.
Ice Cube Feat. George Clinton - Bop Gun
Funkadelic’s One Nation Under Groove is sampled in this song, appearing in Ice Cube’s “Lethal Injection” LP. Both Clinton and Cube tag-teamed the production of the G-Funk beat.
Snoop Dogg - Who Am I? (What’s My Name)
The G-Funk keeps on rolling on Snoop Dogg’s hit Who Am I? (What’s My Name). Dr. Dre lends his production credits, sampling Parliament’s Tear the Roof Off the Sucker (Give Up the Funk).
Jerry Week: The Boy Who Played Wolf, Among Other Guitars
Get ready fellow Deadheads and jam aficionados alike! For at long last, the week dedicated to the life and times of Jerry Garcia is the week upon us! Our excitement has no bounds here at AMH as we prepare to commence our extended celebration of Jerry’s illustrious music career.
To get into the spirit of things, hows about we peer into the vault of Jerry and his storied instruments of sonic benevolence.
Much like many great musicians, Jerry crafted his music with a certain felicity and earnestness foreign to anyone else but the artist himself. His Jerry-ness was molded by years of dedication off the stage to mastering the art of guitar playing, and shone through in colorful bursts of creative spontaneity on stage. He and his guitar were virtually inseparable. According to Steve Parish, a former equipment manager for the Grateful Dead, Jerry even slept with his instruments.
Jerry played an array of custom-made guitars throughout his days touring with both The Grateful Dead and the Jerry Garcia Band. While most guitar players would revel at the chance of having just one instrument made specially for them, Jerry had his pick of the litter and then some. While he played and rotated through around twenty-five guitars over the course of his career, six of them were absolute staples associated with him. Not to mention, their names are the stuff of legends.
Here are Jerry Garcia’s six signature guitars:
PLAYED BETWEEN 1971-1973
GIFT FROM GRAHAM NASH
1957 Fender Stratocaster
PLAYED BETWEEN 1973-1993
DOUG IRWIN COMMISSION - $1,500
PLAYED BETWEEN 1979-1995
DOUG IRWIN COMMISSION - $5,800
PLAYED BETWEEN 1990-1995
DOUG IRWIN COMMISSION - $11,000
PLAYED BETWEEN 1993-1995
GIFT FROM ASPIRING LUTHIER STEPHEN CRIPE
DELIVERED IN APRIL 1995
STEPHEN CRIPE COMMISSION - $6,500
Check out Jerry’s official website for a more in-depth education about his iconic guitars and more!
And come celebrate his legacy with us and Splintered Sunlight at their July 30th and August 6th shows here at AMH!
The Band Is Bond kept it shaken, not stirred.
**takes sip of martini**
Happy Throwback Thursday! Our Live from the Lot 2016 festival seems both like yesterday and months ago. It was a great weekend and we still can’t get over the amazing performances. Check out this video that shows our Box Office Attendant and Social Media Coordinator (also member of LFTL band Swift Technique), Nik Greeley, interview members of AMH and the attendees. We can’t wait until next year!
I’m still on cloud nine from Monday’s “Pierre Presents: The Struts” afternoon show. The Struts are one of my favorite bands and they totally killed it, despite playing two sets at Firefly the day before and getting little sleep. Stay tuned for more special Pierre Presents events from WMMR and Ardmore Music Hall!
Alright one more video I need to share: for those familiar with Buckethead’s shows, you know it’s tradition for him to hand out gifts to the audience, like horror dolls, weird objects, etc. Here is Buckethead handing out some gifts to some special audience members at the AMH sold out show on Mother’s Day. Turns out this time guests received some rubber chickens and boxed dolls to take home! Maybe next time I’ll be able to squeeze up front to grab something.
-Lauren Silvestri, Box Office Manager and Promotions Assistant
This was my first time seeing Buckethead. It was a sold out show at Ardmore Music Hall, so I had to stand on a chair to see him! It’s not the best video but try to notice his fingers on the guitar - it’s almost inhuman how long and quick his fingers are. Maybe he isn’t even a human - none of the staff got to see Buckethead without his mask and bucket, and he was whisked away off stage before anyone could get a glimpse of anything. It was a fascinating night for sure, and I hope he returns to AMH!
-Lauren Silvestri, Box Office Manager and Promotions Coordinator
10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BUCKETHEAD
1. The man behind the mask is shy and soft-spoken, Brian
Created during a time of flashy guitarists, the Buckethead
character allowed the low-key Carroll to step into an entirely different
persona from himself, and jam without reservation.
2. He was raised by chickens.
The character Buckethead grew up in a chicken coop run by an
evil owner. One day, the owner
threw a bucket of fried chicken into the coop, and Buckethead realized that
they were killing the chickens for fast food.
3. He’s got a bone to pick with KFC.
Ever since the horrible revelation at the chicken coop, Buckethead
has donned the symbolic bucket and made it his mission in life to warn the
world of the “ongoing chicken holocaust in fast-food restaurants around the world.”
4. Musical ghost chickens fuel Buckethead’s guitar.
That amazing guitar shredding you’re hearing? That’s actually the power of all of
Buckethead’s slaughtered chicken friends being filtered through Buckethead’s
fingers—transforming into sweet, sweet tunes.
5. Herbie serves as his right-hand man. Literally.
Buckethead doesn’t speak, but don’t fret, his creepy hand
puppet named Herbie does. He
responds for Buckethead during interviews.
6. He’s a major Disney fan.
Carroll grew up near Disneyland, and spent a lot of his time
there. One of his favorite songs
is “When You Wish Upon A Star.” He
has also expressed hopes of creating his own Disney album. Include a guest Herbie appearance, and I
think it sounds just twisted enough to work.
7. He’s rocked out with some pretty high profile acts.
Buckethead has recorded with Guns N Roses, Viggo Mortensen
from Lord of the Rings, Bootsy
Collins, and Iggy Pop to name a few.
8. He played hard to get with Guns N Roses.
Axl Rose repeatedly asked Carrol to join the band, but to no
avail. It was not until Rose gave
Carroll a long-sought-after Leatherface doll for Christmas that Carroll agreed
to tour with GNR.
9. Slasher-flicks serve as his inspiration.
Michael Myers from Halloween
inspired the white mask that Buckethead wears. To up the eeriness factor even more, when asked about the
mask in an MTV interview, he replied with “what mask?”
10. He’s bringing his awesomely strange self to Ardmore.
Buckethead will be playing at The Ardmore Music Hall this Sunday, May 8th. Come
out to hear some epic guitar solos and experience the wonderful musical mystery
that is Buckethead. Only 10 tickets left!!
Megan Cooper, Marketing/Promotions
ELEPHANT REVIVAL’S “PETALS” PROVIDES THE PERFECT ESCAPISM
One of my favorite
things about music is its ability to remove listeners from the drudgery of
everyday life, and provide an escape to a different world—even if only for a
little while. Colorado-based progressive-folk
group, Elephant Revival, excels at this task in their newly released album, Petals. This eleven song album takes
listeners on a musical journey, traversing across lands of both lightness and
darkness, and hope and despair.
This journey begins
with the opening track, “Hello You Who,” in which vocalist Bonnie Paine’s
ethereal, enchanting voice evokes the restless wanderlust buried deep down in
listeners, and beckons the audience to join her on her gypsy path. Once listeners are curiously entranced,
“Peace Tonight” eases listeners into the nomadic journey with a soothing duet featuring
Paine and Daniel Rodriguez’s beautifully, intertwining voices, before Paine steals
listeners back to magical otherworldliness in the haunting title track,
The album follows in
this consistent pattern of switching between peaceful, soft duets including “On
and On,” “Season Song,” and “Sea Monster,” to then conjuring
atmospheres of Celtic folklore mystery and enchantment in Paine’s solo tracks including
“Raindrops” and “Furthest Shore.”
The constant back and forth of these opposing tracks keeps listeners on
their toes through the musical journey, and culminates in the powerful song,
“When I Fall.” A personal favorite
of mine, this infectiously catchy, foot-stomping, chain-gang style track breaks
the previous pattern of the album with a bursting, full chorus of voices—imploring
listeners to chant along with them in their despairing, yet promising,
The final two tracks
on Petals perfectly close out the
album on a softer note, providing closure and effectively wrapping up the
musical journey. “Home in Your
Heart” is a testament to keeping the values of love and family to comfort you through
life’s wayward journeys, while “Close as Can Be” serves as a stripped down, bittersweet
parting song, ending the album on a simple, hopeful note with the promise of
meeting again soon.
Do not miss out on
this chance to experience Elephant Revival’s moving live performance of their
thoughtful, well-crafted album by coming down to The Ardmore Music Hall on
Wednesday, April 27th.
WOMEN IN ROCK
In some ways, the 2010s have been a great time for females in rock music. Last week I saw Wolf Alice at Union Transfer, and lead singer and guitarist Ellie Rowsell did an amazing job fronting one of the best bands to come out of the UK recently.
Lzzy Hale of Halestorm and Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless are other great examples of how a girl can lead a true hard rock band, and be accepted wholeheartedly in the rock community. As we’ve seen before in bands such as Jefferson Airplane, Heart, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and so many others, there’s a beautiful contrast that girls bring to a rock band; delicate vocals, feminine signifiers, but also a swagger and attitude that’s undeniably rock’n’roll.
Why, then, is an all-female rock band still such a novelty? It’s been over 40 years since The Runaways, but rock bands consisting of only women are still few and far between. Are women just not as interested in starting a hard rock band as men are, or is there an impenetrable glass ceiling in rock music? Do people still view an all-female band as a gimmick, or would they give them a fair listen?
These questions cannot be easily solved, but this issue is something the rock community should take seriously.
The Rocket Queens, an aptly titled all-female Guns n’ Roses tribute band, fights back any dated notion that women can’t rock out as hard as, or even more than, men. In their prime, GnR were known to be one of the most hard rocking, and hard partying, group in the LA scene. In fact, GnR helped build the coffin of 80′s hair metal (bleh) that grunge music would eventually nail in. The Rocket Queens faithfully recreate the attitude, talent, and chemistry of the original GnR lineup, all while balancing on stilettos.
As a huge GnR fan, I’m so excited that The Rocket Queens will be performing at Ardmore Music Hall this Friday, playing the seminal Appetite for Destruction album in its entirety and GnR’s other hits. While The Rocket Queens have the GnR swagger, they also are professional musicians and you can expect them to play on time ;)
Stop by AMH this Friday night and catch a great opportunity to relive GnR in their prime! Tickets will be only $13 at the door. I’ll be there rocking out, so come say hi!
Lauren Silvestri, Promotions Coordinator and Box Office Manager
CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEATLES’ REVOLVER ALBUM AT AMH
I may not have been around in 1966, but I still can’t believe that it’s been 50 years since the release of Revolver, The Beatles’ groundbreaking album. Revolver is my favorite album of The Beatles. Rubber Soul was when The Beatles matured their sound, but Revolver was when they took things to another psychedelic level.
Psychedelic Beatles is my favorite Beatles era, and I love the songs “I’m Only Sleeping,” “She Said, She Said,” and “Tomorrow Never Knows.” But Revolver also has the sweet “Here, There and Everywhere,” and thought-provoking “Eleanor Rigby.”
Philly has its share of Beatles tribute for fans of the Fab Four, but the Newspaper Taxis may be the best of the bunch. These guys sound just like Paul, John, George, and Ringo, but harken back to their lively, Cavern Club days. Instead of the gimmicks, these guys just jam out.
This Saturday, April 2nd, the Newspaper Taxis play with the equally talented Neil Young tribute band Broken Arrow. It’s a the perfect combination of a classic rock jam session.
I hope to see you there on the dance floor, I’ll be right up front! :) Until then, check out the Newspaper Taxis performing “She Said, She Said” last time they were at AMH.
-Lauren Silvestri, Promotions Assistant
ANDRA DAY VISITS AMH THIS WEEK
Andra Day, man.
She is one beautiful juxtaposition of all kinds of musical awesomeness.
The first song I heard by Andra Day was her acoustic cover
of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” Now this song is
already a jam, but Day completely blew me away with her spin on this throwback
track. Equal parts hauntingly
smooth and soulful, with a dash of raspy edginess, all wrapped up in a flawless
skatting-esque flow, Day transforms the song into her own.
I was immediately hooked. I audibly devoured the rest of her covers, including Muse’s “Uprising,” and Florence and the Machine’s “Cosmic Love,” both in which her versatility and mind-blowing vocal range
shines. The most important factor
in her slew of YouTube covers though, is her ability to make people forget she is doing a cover. Day exudes a unique style and
confidence that seeps into the music. She commands the lyrics with her obvious passion and heartfelt feeling
that makes her performances infectious to watch.
Often compared to music legend, Amy Winehouse, Day
does bear strong resemblances—but she proves she is not merely an imitation. More than just a cover expert or a
Winehouse impersonator, Day is entirely her own entity. She boasts a style and voice that is singular
to her—and people are taking notice. This past year, Day was featured in
Rolling Stone’s “10 Artists You Need to Know” in July 2015 and recently delivered an electrifying
live performance with Ellie Goulding at the 58th Annual
Grammy Awards, in which she was nominated for Best R&B
Performance for her single, “Rise Up” and Best R&B Album for Cheers to the Fall.
And on Thursday, March 24th, Andra Day will be gracing
the stage at The Ardmore Music Hall. If you were lucky enough to purchase a ticket before it sold out, I’ll see you there.
Megan Cooper, AMH Intern
MY EVENING WITH ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND
Over the last year, I’ve been
incredibly fortunate to play & share the stage with many of my musical
heroes, and a lot of those moments have been on the AMH stage. From Gene Ween
to George Clinton, Fishbone to Shuggie Otis, it really has been incredible, and
Robert Randolph may have been the cherry on top for me.
When I was 17, I got a call one night
from a friend with an extra ticket to see a guy named Robert Randolph at The
Electric Factory. He urged me that this was a guy I needed to see, and it
certainly helped that one of my other favorite guitar players, Luther
Dickinson, happened to be playing with him that night, too. I had no idea what
I was really in store for, and needless to say, by the shows end, drenched in
sweat from dancing like a maniac, and most of my face melted off with joy, I
became an instant fan of Robert Randolph & The Family Band.
Flash forward 8 years later, I’m at
sound check with my band, Nik Greeley & The Operators, as we get geared to
be the opening band for none other then RR & The Family Band. Robert had
just finished his sound check when I wandered over his way.
“Hey Mr. Randolph, just wanted
to say this is an honor & we’re happy to be here with you guys tonight. Do
you think it’s possible to sing a tune with you tonight, and if you’d be
interested in having our horn section sit in with you?”
I totally went for it, I had to put
it out there, would I ever get this chance again? Would he brush me off &
say no thanks? I just had to ask…
“Sure man! I’d love to, we’re
happy to be here with y'all tonight, too!”
Whoa, that just happened…
Part of me still didn’t believe it
though, maybe he’s just saying it to be nice. The Operators & I kicked off
the night with a bang, and we were feeling really good. RR & The Family
Band came on soon after, and by that point, AMH was on FIRE. The energy, the
music, the sold out crowd, everything was clicking, and the vibes could be felt
all around. And sure enough, before I knew it, there was the horn section on
stage with Robert, playing two classics, Bill Wither’s “Use Me” &
Sly Stone’s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf
Again).” My smile was about as big as my face; it was a very proud moment for
the band & I.
I still hadn’t gone up yet, I was
feeling a bit gun shy I suppose, even though he told me to play, I still
worried that maybe I came off too much as a fan boy, and should let him &
the horns bask in the moment. I was hanging backstage when Robert & the
band came offstage before the encore. As he came through the doors I looked his
way and said, "You’re killin’ it man, this crowd is going nuts.”
He fired back, “Man, when are
you coming up? Are you gonna sing or what?! Come up with us for the encore,
what do you wanna sing.”
WHOA, this is really happening…I
had no time to think, and spit out the first person that came to mind,
“How about Hendrix? Sound cool?!”
"Hell yeah man! Perfect, how
about ‘Hey Joe’ & ‘Voodoo Child’?
Okay, you’re kidding me right? Not
one, but TWO songs with Robert, and we’re gonna do Hendrix?!?!
"Hell yeah man, lets do
And just like that, I stepped back
onstage, this time rockin’ with The Family Band themselves, in front of an
electrifying crowd, and going toe to toe with the greatest pedal steel player
in the world, shredding away right next to me, as I howled right back.
Needless to say, it was one of the most exciting moments
of my life, and will be something I cherish for the rest of my life. From a 17
year old kid in the crowd at The Electric Factory, to singing on stage with the
band at Ardmore Music Hall, dreams really do come true, sometimes, all you
gotta do is ask.
Nik Greeley, Guest Blogger and member of Swift Technique
and Nik Greeley & The Operators
Our official lineup for AMH Presents and WXPN Welcomes Live From The Lot 2016 has been announced! Who are your favorite picks? Tickets go on sale TOMORROW (Wednesday 3/2) at noon on livefromthelot.com!!
JOE D’AMICO TOP PICKS FOR BEST JERRY GARCIA SOLO MOMENTS CONT.
6. Song: “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” (Bob Dylan)
Album: Jerry Garcia and John Kahn - Oregon State Penitentiary, 5-5-82 (unreleased)
Before YouTube and archive.org, I had this show on a hissy cassette tape. The show is a duo with bassist John Kahn. They ramble through much of Garcia’s acoustic repertoire. This version of Dylan’s tune is super chilled out and delivered only as Jerry can.
7. Song: “After Midnight > Eleanor Rigby > After Midnight” (JJ Cale/The Beatles)
Album: Jerry Garcia Band 3/8/80
Forget about work for the rest of the day…