Mason Porter (EP release show)

Mason Porter (EP release show)

Frog Holler, Chris Grunwald and The Slow Response

Jun 3 2016 · Fri

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

This event is 21 and over

Mason Porter (EP release show)
Mason Porter (EP release show)
“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 is unique in many ways; traveling in the borderlands of folk-rock, bluegrass and pop. They have 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 2015 release Key to the Skyway is their best effort yet. “…a leap forward in both confidence and sound for the band.” Says Mike Mannon of No Depression. A soundtrack for the days where you blow off work, turn up the radio and just head out on whatever open road you can find. A collection of fun songs delivered with a lively energy and finished in a summery sheen. The album shows the evolution of Mason Porter from its folk trio roots to a bigger and more refined sound. The success of the album has brought them national press and an increased touring schedule.

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 very first music and camping festival, the Midnight Mountain Music Show, which was met with great success and is set to become an annual September event. In addition the band led some very successful tributes, including several sold-out “Workingman’s Dead/American Beauty” shows and a 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 The Coffee House channel at SiriusXM as well as national AAA and Folk DJ support. Fred Knittel of WXPN’s Folkadelphia program 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 is in live performance, on record (like their latest Home For The Harvest). ” And 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 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 length CDs 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 staple favorite on the regional festival and club circuits and is constantly pushing itself into new places 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.
Frog Holler
Frog Holler
"Neo-hillbillies with a twist, Frog Holler plays mountain blues and country as accessible and modern as the most hummable pop" – (The Washington Post)

"Nineteen years after forming, the Berks County outfit have managed to stay together and procure scads of acclaim-from NPR, No Depression, The Washington Post and countless others-thanks largely to the down-home sweetness of their loose, melodic strain of alt-country. But it's also because the guys are genuine, playing what they like instead of burying their instincts in pretense or posturing". (Doug Wallen Philly Weekly)

"All this band has to offer is talent, great songs,
and consistency." — Andy Turner, No Depression
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.
Venue Information:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003