AMH Friends & Fam Jam: Swwik, Heaven Man, Souls on Fire, Birdwatcher, Dylan Hepner, FKA Gus Finna, & more!

AMH Friends & Fam Jam

AMH Friends & Fam Jam: Swwik, Heaven Man, Souls on Fire, Birdwatcher, Dylan Hepner, FKA Gus Finna, & more!

Nov 25 2018 · Sun

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

$5 GA

This event is 21 and over

Swwik
Swwik
Based in West Philadelphia, Swwik has carved out a niche in the diverse and thriving local music scene. The four-piece rock band excels at live improvisation and has a penchant for storytelling. They pull equal influences from the jam band scene as they do 80’s and 90’s pop music to create their unique rock fusion blend. Their honest songwriting, combined with a goofy sense of humor and love of cats, sets them apart from their contemporaries.

Swwik came to life inside the walls of the Ardmore Music Hall, an independent music venue located in the Philadelphia Main Line. Inspired by the constant presence of live music, AMH employees Joseph Pasternack and Ethan Tauber discovered a songwriting chemistry that laid the groundwork for what Swwik would become. The duo, who both play guitar and sing, recruited AMH sound engineer Ed Moman and his roommate Ben Kutner-Duff for keys/bass and drums respectively. After a few jam sessions, they realized that they had an innate collaborative spirit and could bring out the best in each others’ abilities. They recorded an EP in April that showcases their dynamic energy and range: from the southern-tinged slow burner version of Scissor Sisters’ “Take Your Mama Out” to the moody original composition “Chemical Reggae.”

Drawing equal comparisons to Ween's humorous take on rock & roll and the sonic exploration of Umphrey's McGee, Swwik is more of a rock band that jams than a rock influenced jam band. At the heart of Swwik's sound is the anything goes approach to songwriting and a refusal to be confined by genre. The dual lead guitar work of Joseph Pasternack and Ethan Tauber effortlessly weaves through the complex yet accessible rhythm section anchored in place by Ed Moman and Ben Kutner-Duff, crafting catchy songs that are focused on story arc and structure but leave plenty of room for improvisation.

In their short existence as a band, Swwik already has performed throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. Their energetic live shows run the gamut of 4 minute infectious rockers and dance numbers to 17 minute-plus sonic adventures, weaving knockout original material with unpredictable covers. Their ever-evolving sound influences their eclectic setlist, and promises any concertgoer a different experience each time.
Heaven Man
Heaven Man
Heaven Man is a psychedelic entity born from the slums of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We create music based on love and the mindbending mythologies of humanoid ape creatures that may or may not roam the Pacific Northwest and Canadian Wilderness.
Bird Watcher
Bird Watcher
Bird Watcher is a live recording and performance project begun by singer/songwriter (and host of WXPN's "Sleepy Hollow") Julian Booker and producer Jesse Soifer in 2013. In the early months of the following year, they enlisted guitarists Andrew Ciampa and Dan Wisniewski, bassist Ben Rosen, drummer Mark Rybaltowski, and vocalist Ashley Cubbler. They have since recorded a series of singles and released their first full length album in October, 2015; they have performed at many venues in and around Philadelphia including World Cafe Live, Johnny Brenda's, Ardmore Music Hall, the Live on Vine Festival in Lancaster, PA, and Boot & Saddle.

Like Booker's Sunday morning playlists, Bird Watcher's songs reflect a wide array of musical influence and interests, ranging from Indie/Classic Rock to Americana/Country and even insinuations of Jazz and Blues. Often those influences are directly discussed within the song's lyrics, with references to Neil Young, "Champion" Jack Dupree, and John Coltrane being a few of many to show themselves on Bird Watcher's upcoming debut. These disparate styles conveyed within a mostly traditional instrumental structure make Bird Watcher's music simultaneously exciting and familiar.
Souls On Fire
Souls On Fire
Souls On Fire from the suburbs of Philadelphia ready to get funky.
Dylan Hepner
Dylan Hepner
"Dylan Hepner is a singer/song writer from Cecil County, MD who has led and supported acts across a variety of genres since he was a child. From blues to rap, and hard rock to bluegrass, this multi-instrumentalist is truly influenced by all forms of music and produces a genuinely unique performance thats exciting for all! Whether it's a solo acoustic performance or his full band "Hepner's Rebellion", Dylan always aims to bring high energy and raw emotion to the stage every time.
FKA Gus Finna (special appearance)
FKA Gus Finna (special appearance)
Find Known Answers. Tears in your eyes, dancing at your best friend's birthday party.
Venue Information:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003
http://www.ardmoremusic.com