Ardmore Pop: A 50th Anniversary Celebration of Monterey Pop Festival

Ardmore Pop: A 50th Anniversary Celebration of Monterey Pop Festival

Tributes from Indigenous (Jimi Hendrix), Johnny Showcase (Otis Redding), Dean & Company (The Grateful Dead), Zach Djanikian (Simon and Garfunkel), Ali Wadsworth (Janis Joplin), The End Of America (The Byrds)

June 17 · Saturday

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$18 Advance / $22 Day of Show / $28 Reserved

This event is 21 and over

Tributes from Indigenous (Jimi Hendrix)
Tributes from Indigenous (Jimi Hendrix)
As one of today’s premier guitarists, Indigenous front man Mato Nanji has captivated audiences with his Vaughan and Hendrix-like prowess since coming on the scene with his family band’s award-winning debut album Things We Do in 1998. The blues world immediately took notice of the young native musicians from the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota: a spot on the 1999 B.B. King Blues Tour; their 2000 sophomore release Circle produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan’s co-songwriter Doyle Bramhall; a 2002 invitation from the Hendrix Estate to join the Experience Hendrix Tour-of which Nanji is still a roster member of guitar legends paying tribute to the legacy of Jimi Hendrix. In 2006, however, the Indigenous siblings would choose to head in different musical directions with

Mato left to carry on with the band’s name and music. Several Indigenous discs and musical collaborations later, Indigenous’ 10th release, Time Is Coming (Blues Bureau International) was released in May 2014. Nanji dedicates the cd to ‘the indigenous youth and all young people on the indigenous reservations’.
Johnny Showcase (Otis Redding)
Johnny Showcase is an electrifying experience. An 10- piece absurdist soul outfit based in Philadelphia, it is an innovative, joyful tour-de-force that blissfully toes the line between performance art and a psychedelic soul revival. Carrying the torch of funk-rock pioneers like Funkadelic and Frank Zappa, they have gained a massive following and propelled Johnny to something that of a funky Philly folk hero legend.

The brain-child of theater artist/ musician David Sweeny, Johnny Showcase is a sweaty, charismatic showman from Rhode Island who is equal parts Andy Kaufman and Prince. Surrounding him is a rag tag group of performers, including a spiritual adviser named Rumi Kitchen, two vacuous vocalists collectively named The Truth and knife sharp backing band the Mystic Ticket.

In 2009, they staged a sold out run of a fantastical, unauthorized Prince inspired odyssey Purr, Pull, Reign as part of the 2009 Philadelphia Live Arts/ Fringe Festival. 2011 saw the release of their debut album Love is the Message, co-produced with Henry Hirsch (Lenny Kravitz, Mick Jagger), followed up in 2012 with the self-produced EP Mystic Ticket I: The Pump Fake.

Their 2015 album THE OCTOPUS! was hailed by Philadelphia Magazine as a "thick, sweaty psychedelic masterpiece".

-- One of "8 Philly Bands You Should Be Listening to Right Now" - Philadelphia Magazine

-- “Johnny Showcase is a soul train back to the '70s…" -Lindsay Lazarski, NewsWorks.org

-- "...the juxtaposition of timeless, sexcentric suavity with neurotically smarmy charm is so sublimely absurd as to be almost perfect." - Philadelphia City Paper
Dean & Company (The Grateful Dead)
A tribute to the Good Ol' Grateful Dead!
Ali Wadsworth (Janis Joplin)
The End Of America (The Byrds)
The End of America is a band of friends, singers and travelers who blend three-part harmony with rock and Americana. The Philadelphia-based outfit masters a style that resonates with fans of Ryan Adams, CSNY and Dawes.

All frontmen of previous bands, Brendon Thomas, James Downes and Trevor Leonard met on tour in 2005. They went on to form a trio that highlights their vocal chemistry and captures the raw honesty of their performances. TEOA recently released their debut LP (self-titled), a follow-up to their previous EPs, Shakey and Steep Bay.

The new album was written in the wake of a series of close calls: one involving a van accident on tour, and the other when drummer Jarrod Pedone was involved in a hit-and-run that left him in a coma for months. Fortunately the band walked away unscathed, and Jarrod made a stunning recovery. The following winter all members relocated to Philadelphia to write and hone their new sound. Joining forces with longtime friend and engineer Dave Downham in the producer’s chair, the band tracked 11 new songs at nearby Gradwell House Recordings in Haddon Heights, NJ.

With the album released, the band is gearing up for a full year of touring. Anyone who has seen TEOA can attest to their powerful harmonies and stage presence.

The End of America has performed at SXSW, Savannah Stopover and the Baltimore Folk Fest. They have shared the stage with Larry Campbell, David Bromberg, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers) and joined Beck in Los Angeles to perform for his Song Reader sheet music release show. The trio's appearance at the show aired live on KCRW and received praise from Spin, Filter and The Hollywood Reporter.
Venue Information:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003
http://www.ardmoremusic.com