HR of Bad Brains + Hezekiah Jones + Mason Porter

WXPN Welcomes Philly Phinefest: A Local Original Showcase

HR of Bad Brains + Hezekiah Jones + Mason Porter

High Kick (Album Release), Chris Grunwald and The Slow Response, West Philadelphia Orchestra

July 15 · Saturday

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

$18 Advance / $22 Day of Show / $25 Reserved

This event is 21 and over

HR of Bad Brains w/ Kingsound Vibration
HR of Bad Brains w/ Kingsound Vibration
Paul "HR" Hudson is best known as the front man for the iconic punk band Bad Brains, formed in 1979. With unprecedented speed and precision, Bad Brains took the Washington, DC music storm and quickly became the most influential band in American punk history. They create emotionally-charged music that centers on the message of maintaining a positive mental attitude (PMA). This concept of PMA continues to inspire fans to this day.

Early in his career, HR became interested in reggae and the Rastafarian movement. These pursuits transformed him and he began to focus more on the spiritual nature of reggae than the fast lifestyle of the punk scene. HR formed his reggae band Human Rights in 1984 and it has continued in various incarnations throughout his career. Recently, in 2016, HR joined with Philadelphia reggae group Kingsound Vibration (Ezekiel Zagar, Josh Freshy, and Adam Williams) to form HR and Kingsound: New Gospel. Each member of the band brings experience in multiple genres to recreate classic Human Rights songs, as well as new compositions.
Hezekiah Jones
Hezekiah Jones
Hezekiah Jones is a seasoned genre-defying band rooted in writing finely crafted songs and performed by a stellar line-up of Philadelphia’s best musicians. Through their 9 years they have coalesced into a band that effectively blends Americana with infusions of an eclectic mix of New Orleans style Jazz, Harmonic Folk and Beatles-like Pop-Rock. Raph Cutrufello is the one constant over the 8 years of existence and the man responsible for starting Hezekiah Jones. Bruce Warren, Assistant Manager of WXPN in Philadelphia says, “Hezekiah Jones are phenomenally talented. I think Raph is one of the most creative, one of the most unique, and has a real singular voice and vision for his music.” Only in the last few years did Cutrufello find a group of musicians that he has clicked with, and those six players became steady band mates. Cutrufello, borrowing from the Ramones, adopted pseudonyms ending with the surname "Jones."

Hezekiah Jones is the name Raph Cutrufello uses as his nickname and the other members of the band include Kiley Ryan(Kiwi Jones), Phil D’Agostino(Pepe Jones), Daniel Bower(Roy G. Biv Jones), Matt Helm(Schuylkill Jones), and Brad Hinton(Poconos Jones). For Cutrufello, playing with the current group has cemented what he feels his songs are supposed to sound like. While getting material together for the next album, band members have also spent time fronting their own musical ventures and working with other notable artists from Philadelphia and beyond. Each member having his own side project amplifies the talent in Hezekiah Jones as a whole; it is a musical synergy that grows exponentially when they play together.

Hezekiah Jones were nominated two consecutive years as Best Indie Rock Band / Americana Band by Tri-State Indie Awards. They have played nearly all of the key venues in Philadelphia and have also performed at WXPN’s always sold out Xponential Festival. Hezekiah Jones has a much-anticipated album slated for release in 2015 and looks forward to a busy year.

“Hezekiah Jones is a superb singer-songwriter, with a very talented group of musical friends, and music that ranges from toe-tapping fun to glued-to-your-seat awe-inspiring moments.”
- One Fan at a Time

Hezekiah Jones is the musical nom de plume for Raphael Cutrufello and a band of like-minded musicians crafting alternative folk music. His catalog of songs sometimes sounds like a post-apocalyptic White Album, as covered by Sufjan Stevens. The biting, sometimes campy vibe only serves to intensify the blow of his sucker-punch ballads. Songs are filled with outlandish characters, imagined landscapes, ringing harmonies, and baroque instrumental flourishes, but never disconnect from the tangible feelings at their center. -Peter Marinari, CBS Philadelphia
Mason Porter
Mason Porter
“Pennsylvania’s Mason Porter is a perfect example of a successful 21st century bluegrass-folk-rock band, a close-knit group of buds hitting traditional folk-bluegrass buttons while also tossing in a hit of country rock energy and power for good measure.” Steve Houk, Mid-life Rocker. It’s that positive energy that connects them with their audience every time. They play a style of American music that’s unique in many ways; traveling in the borderlands of folk-rock, bluegrass, jam and pop. The band has the ability to combine the earthy, Appalachian instruments with a more edgy urban appeal. With a danceable vibe, an energetic live show and fresh approach to improvisation, Mason Porter and its growing community finds itself at home everywhere they go.

Mason Porter’s Heart of the Mountains, their second EP in two years, showcases the band’s rapid growth and momentum. The album was produced by Brian McTear at Philadelphia’s Miner Street and musically is the band’s most far-reaching effort to date. A fine companion to 2015’s Key to the Skyway, the band builds on the themes of traveling and adventure, this time with an emphasis on nature and personal discovery. The title track “Heart of the Mountains” draws inspiration from the writings of John Muir, American naturalist and early advocate of US wilderness preservation.

Mason Porter will be releasing the new EP in conjunction with the National Park Service’s Centennial celebration and will be collaborating with the NPS on several events this year.

Heart of the Mountains adds to the excitement of an already hot year which started in January with the release of “The Tell-Tale Heart”, a single based on Edgar Allen Poe’s short story. In March the band produced Porter Fest, a collaboration with Sly Fox Brewery, and the first release of their custom craft beer “Mason Porter Porter”.

Mason Porter’s 2015 release Key to the Skyway was called “…a leap forward in both confidence and sound for the band.” by Mike Mannon of No Depression. 2015 also showed the band’s willingness to work hard and follow their own vision. With the help of their community, they were able to host their first annual music and camping festival, the Midnight Mountain Music Show, which was met with great success. In addition the band organized some very successful tributes, including several sold-out Workingman’s Dead/American Beauty shows and the much talked about “Folk Roots of the Grateful Dead” set that landed them two main stage sets at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Mason Porter’s 2014 release Home For The Harvest was met with great enthusiasm and helped usher in the next wave of growth for the band. The album, which drew comparisons to the Grateful Dead’s American Beauty and Neil Young’s Harvest, received significant airplay from SirusXM’s The Coffee House as well as national AAA and Folk DJ support. Fred Knittel of Folkadelphia says: “What continues to make West Chester, PA’s Mason Porter a force to be reckoned with in the Americana and roots community, especially regionally, is the intimacy that they bring to each song. Whether it’s in live performance, or on record (like their latest, Home For The Harvest)”. He also notes the band’s “uncanny ability to draw the listener in and keep them close. I can only think that this magical power is the result of a strong and long-standing chemistry between the members.”

Mason Porter got its start in late 2006 informally as friends playing folk songs together at parties in West Chester, PA. The band released their debut EP Mason Porter (2008) resulting in immediate praise. Les McIntyre of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine wrote of this inaugural recording “The music of Mason Porter could be best described as alternative bluegrass…in this debut recording, the eclectic trio show musical prowess that is difficult to overlook.” Following up with full lengths Thunder In The Valley (2009) and a collection of traditional folk and covers Story Of the Rifle (2011), the band became a fixture on the regional scene. Through the process of writing, recording and constant gigging, the band developed its original sound blending folk, bluegrass, blues, country and rock influences into the unique personality that is Mason Porter. The band consists of founding members Joe D’Amico (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Tim Celfo (upright bass, vocals), Paul Wilkinson (guitar, vocals) with Evan Smoker (drums) and Sarah Larsen (violin).

Mason Porter has become a favorite on the regional festival and club circuits and is constantly pushing itself into new musical ground and making new friends. They have shared the stage with acts such as Ralph Stanley, Greensky Bluegrass, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Charlie Daniels, Spirit Family Reunion, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Black Lillies, Will Hoge, American Babies and more.
High Kick (Album Release)
High Kick (Album Release)
Founding members of the band, Matt Miceli (Vocals/ Guitar), Kevin Mairs (Keyboards/ Guitar/ Vocals), Mike Ianecce (Bass Guitar/ Vocals), and Rob Matthews (Drums) have been friends for many years, all crossing paths in the immediate suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. Each with their own unique musical interests and backgrounds, the band-mates joined together to create HighKick. With a vast diversity of musical influences spanning from classical to techno, HighKick has created their own blend of styles which incorporates a unique, honest approach to songwriting. Working during the weeks and playing gigs on the weekend Highkick has managed to infiltrate the underground music scene of West Philadelphia.

Known for their high energy shows and on stage antics the quartet utilizes vocal harmonies and overdriven guitars to captivate audiences.

" (HighKick) captured my attention through their stage humor ", says Tristateindie.com." HighKick put on a hell of a show. Being a stickler for folk-punk influenced music, I warmed up to these guys quick
Chris Grunwald and The Slow Response
Chris Grunwald and The Slow Response
Affectionately known by all who love him as Griz (and currently performing under that pseudonym), singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Chris Grunwald, is a maverick in the Philadelphia music community. Loosely described as an Americana-Folk artist, his work defies an easy pigeonhole as it effortlessly pushes the boundaries of compatible genres including reggae, rock, alternative and country, while still maintaining his unique and recognizable signature sounds. Throughout his life in Philly, Grunwald quietly and unassumingly grew himself as an artist while working with other bands of local and national acclaim, until blossoming as an entity all his own. Now constantly adding to his creative resume, he continues to explore different musical avenues as a solo performer, with his full band and with several other projects.
West Philadelphia Orchestra
West Philadelphia Orchestra
West Philadelphia Orchestra plays music that is mostly rooted in Eastern European folk music traditions, but we do it with our own voices, Philadelphia voices nourished by our jazz heritage, tinged with punk rock, soul, and cheesesteaks, and blended with the voices of our community. As a village band, we aim to uplift, inspire, and unify the Philadelphia community by playing music that renders boundaries obsolete and represents excellence.

We play concerts on big stages, concerts in tiny corners; we play house parties and block parties; benefits and protest rallies; weddings and any occasion for celebration; and everywhere we play, feet stomp, hands clap, hips sway, people grab hold of one another, lift their glasses, and celebrate life, absurdity, and what is best in us.
Venue Information:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003
http://www.ardmoremusic.com