Downtown Harvest

WMMR & Jaxon's Local Shots Present: The Winter Ender Bender

Downtown Harvest

Cold Roses, John the Conqueror, Black Stars

Fri, March 28, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Ardmore Music Hall

Ardmore, PA

$10 Advance / $13 at the door

This event is 21 and over

Downtown Harvest
Downtown Harvest
Drawing inspiration from a wide variety of musical styles, the harvest boys blend neo pop songs with big beat aggressive slam rock; tornado alley hiphop with new wave grunge. They owe as much to joe cocker and nirvana as they do to beck and the b52's. The band performs with an unparalleled raw energy, wowing crowds time and time again.

The foundation for the group was built in the winter of 2002 when former high school classmates Bobby Cahill and Tommy Moore ran into each other at the Temple University train station in Philadelphia. As another pair of high school friends; drummer Chris Wood, and multi-instrumentalist Frank Ewing entered the mix, it was clear that a fabulous chemistry was in existence, and that the group was something that should be pursued and taken to high heights. They moved to Los Angeles in the winter of 2005, and and inspired by the sun the gentlemen wrote and recorded their first self-titled album.

The Harvest has played over 400 shows since their return to the East Coast in 2006. They have established themselves as one of Philadelphia's premier rock acts with neighborhood shows packed with a wide variety of fans. Their single "Hurry Before Worry" was part of popular radio DJ, ‘Jaxon's 93.3 WMMR Local Shots series’, and received generous airplay throughout the region. 88.5 WXPN as well, have played their music and named them their featured local artist on several occasions. Half a dozen other songs continue to be played on college radio stations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The group has won national accolades as well, most recently winning Ralph Lauren’s “RalphRocks” music video contest.

Their second LP "Golden Dragon" was released in July 2007. Critics have described their sophomore album as “a warm aggressive adventure through the past musical decades, a matte start and a glossy finish", with "such versatility it listens as more of a mixtape rather than one band's album."
Cold Roses
Cold Roses
Possessed by the honesty and raw energy of yesteryear's rock and roll, Philly's Cold Roses "sound like they're straight out of a Texas roadhouse with their old-style country rock/blues combo" (WXPN). Their high-energy, eclectic live performances quickly led them to perform at some of their area's most premier music venues including World Cafe Live and Trocadero Theater. In June 2013, Philly's largest rock radio station 93.3 WMMR named them "Artist of the Month". With the help of Kickstarter (and working overtime hours at lousy day jobs) the band headed to Atlanta, GA to record their self-funded debut EP "The Georgia Fugue", released in January 2013. Cold Roses' distinctive blend of rock n' roll, soul, blues, punk, and americana delivered with genuine, thought-provoking lyrics and unique songwriting has made their sound a refreshing musical experience for a new generation. Whoever said rock and roll was dead must have just given up.
John the Conqueror
John the Conqueror
In December 2010, Mike sold his bass and bought a drum kit. Pierre bought a cheap microphone and plugged it into a practice amp. Like their good ol' days growing up in Jackson, Mississippi, they were playing the blues! Within weeks of forming their two-piece juke group, they met Ryan Lynn. The friendship came immediately and once Ryan picked up the bass, the music quickly followed. By combining musical elements from the genres they loved, the songs poured out in an inspired fury. Only three months after meeting, they chose the name of the folkloric slave hero, John the Conqueror, and took to the stage playing their own blend of the southern rock from their childhoods, the punk of their adolescence and the blues and soul they had always held closely. With a little help from the fabled John the Conqueror magical powers, Patrick Boiselle (Alive Naturalsound Records) signed the eleven-month-old group after seeing a video of the first song they'd written, "Ain't Comin Home."
With their October 2012 self-titled release, John the Conqueror resurrected a forgotten tale and added to that mythos. Blues Matters! Magazine (UK) says, 'This debut is dependable, solid and timeless.' About the lead single, Brian Mansfield of USA Today writes: 'Time To Go: This raw, bluesy old-school soul track is just one of many gems on this Philadelphia trio's debut album.' Vinyl Under Review adds, 'John the Conqueror's music is loaded with attitude, but not a speck of pretension. This is no frills, from the gut rock and roll and the impact is immediate.'
Recently, the three returned to Retrocity Studios to record their second album. "Once Upon A Time" will be released in 2014, and if they have a little magic left, the world may yet know the legend of John the Conqueror.
Venue Information:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003
http://www.ardmoremusic.com