High Kick, Chris "Griz" Grunwald, Droppin Deuce, Swift Technique, Blue Apple Groove, Hunter's Cannon

Music for The Arts Fundraiser

High Kick, Chris "Griz" Grunwald, Droppin Deuce, Swift Technique, Blue Apple Groove, Hunter's Cannon

Sat, January 11, 2014

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

The Ardmore Music Hall

Ardmore, PA

$20 at the door night of the event as a donation

This event is 21 and over

We ask for a $20 donation the night of the event at the door to go back to Music for the Arts.

High Kick
High Kick
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 "Griz" Grunwald
Chris "Griz" Grunwald
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.

“You might call it the mark of a good songwriter – every song is different, but they somehow all sound like they were written by the same person. In this case, the person is Chris Grunwald.” (John Vettese, WXPN)

Riding the wave of a successful release year, Griz is planning to record his second album at Turtle Studios (Philadelphia) in 2012. After recording with producer and friend Andrew Lipke, Griz wrapped up his first full studio album, The Secret in the Garden, in 2011 with anticipation and accolades. While most of the instruments and vocals on the album were laid by Chris himself, he occasionally called to his peers for help. In addition to significant contributions from bassist Steve Ciannavei and drummer Dean Gorfti, guests on the album include Andrew Jay Keenan and Fred Berman (Amos Lee) and Susan Rosetti (Stargazer Lily), as well as Lipke. The 14 songs encompass the collection of skills Griz possesses as a master craftsman of his art. From a rosy calypso beach song to a wailing reggae hymn and back to a heartbreaking civil war folk ballad, this album takes the listener on a monumental journey of sentiment and truth. 2011 also brought recognition by way of the Philadelphia Songwriters Project Contest, where Griz was voted one of four winners and took the highest honors and grand prize, the Producers Choice Award for the song Already Been Down This Road Before. The release and contest began a whirlwind of engagements including a performance at Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, as well as appearances at Bethlehem Musikfest, Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival, an opening slot for New Riders of the Purple Sage, and a WXPN Key Studio Session.

"His melodic folk-tinged tunes are warm, introspective works of self-discovery that gives a feeling of hope to its listeners." H.M. Kauffman - the deli magazine

Born in the Northeast section of Philadelphia, raised in King of Prussia, and a graduate of Villanova University College of Engineering, Chris’ musical roots grow deep in the City of Brotherly Love. From the moment Chris picked up a guitar at a young age, he realized music connected people and he’s been running with it ever since. The overwhelming sense of community within the Philly music scene appeals to a spiritual value system within him. His musical style reflects these beliefs, as many different genres will bring together many different kinds of people and fans. Even greater than a collection of sounds, music can at its very core be a collection of people coming together. Although Grunwald draws influence from everything he hears, many of his greatest inspirations come from artists that engage and create the same sense of community and togetherness that Griz so strongly advocates with his life and lyrics, such as the Grateful Dead, Bob Marley, The Beatles, Paul Simon, and Morrissey. Locally, Griz helps to manifest this vision by playing intimate venues, neighborhood bars, house concerts and through his involvement in the Philly Folk Parade, a collective of over 40 musicians and bands that includes The Spinning Leaves, Hezekiah Jones, Chris Kasper, The Great Unknown, Birdie Busch, Andrew Lipke, Cowmuddy, Jim Boggia, Ben Arnold, Mason Porter, Marc Silver,Toy Soldiers, and many others.

"Griz's lyrics have a socially conscious streak and a philosophical bent. Down with violence. Up with love." Pat Rapa (Philadelphia City Paper)

Throughout his life in Philadelphia, 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.
Droppin Deuce
Droppin Deuce
The force behind the annual Music For The Arts Benefit Concert as they remember their sister Christina. Droppin Deuce are two brothers from the burbs of Philly that formed a punk band in their parents basement in early 2000's. No lessons taken, just a set of drums and a bass guitar. The goal- to make loud noises and make it original with no sleeves, a pair of shades and a completely raw sound. Over the years DD has played house parties, open mics, bars, pubs, concert venues, basically anywhere people would let them play. They've enlisted guitar, flute and horn players as well as guest MC's to join them on stage and keep it interesting. Songs about having fun, the beach, the ocean, bar fights, the drunk tank, traveling the world, friendships, and brotherhood are what you will hear from this duo. They're not looking to impress, just have a blast playing music.
Swift Technique
Swift Technique
Over the past five years, the eight piece Funk Ensemble has relentlessly toured, performed and recorded throughout the US. The extremely positive chemistry shared by the band is translated when performing live. Swift Technique brings an electric energy and party style atmosphere on stage. Although the group draws from many world influences, their genre is uniquely Philadelphia.

Throughout their short history, Swift Technique has had the privilege to hold direct support slots for The Meters, Wu-Tang Clan, Soulive, Kermit Ruffins, Page Mconnell, Wale, Questlove of the Roots, Keri Hilson, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Orgone, Kung Fu, Mr. Lif, The Fela! Band and others. Swift Technique has also performed at the Philadelphia Experiment PEX Festival, The Northeast Kingdom Music Festival, The Muddy River Jam Festival and others. The band has just completed back to back tours throughout Chicago, New Orleans, North and South Carolina, Nashville, Los Angeles, San Diego, Venice Beach and San Francisco to name a few.
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Hunter's Cannon
Hunter's Cannon
It's like The Clash kicking the shit out of Elvis, who's on his way to make music with Johnny Cash, while Tom Waits leans up against a pink Cadillac, smoking a red, and laughing at the whole shabang: it's like punk music to which you can dance with your shoes off. Hunter's Cannon is a stripped-down, three-piece rock outfit: an acoustic guitar going through an old Vox amp, a bass, and a simple drum kit.

Biography
Hunter's Cannon originally formed in the Fall of 2005 as a mere two piece band called "Chico and the Band," and consisted of current bassist, Cicco Prevails (Michael Ciccaglione), and current guitarist/singer, Dr. Tommy Thunder (T.C. Cole). In the Spring of 2006, Chico and the Band changed its name to Hunter's Cannon, in tribute to the late Hunter S. Thompson, and added current drummer Buck 90 (Chris Grunwald).

Hunter's Cannon calls Philadelphia and its suburbs home. They burst onto the Philly music scene like a shotgun blast, playing several weekly gigs for their first two years. Legend holds that the band has only had two "official" practices; they prefer to work out their songs live. Thus, it took over two years before the band even sat down in a studio to record their raucous blend of folk lyrics, acoustic-punk guitar work, and down-home, no frills back-beats. Their first studio offering, Explodes!, was recorded in a way to match the energy exuded during their live shows. It captures a music scene that makes you want to get drunk, break something, fight walls, and dance in your socks. Hunter's Cannon is a band that will blow you away with a 45 minute set or a 4 hour gig. They put the same amount of energy and passion in all of their shows and are never afraid of fingers bleeding if it pleases the crowd.

Check them out before they self destruct via a DIY Tesla Coil.
Venue Information:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003
http://www.ardmoremusic.com