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October 09, 2021$40.00 – $50.00
As a songwriter, Phil Roy specializes in what you might call a kind of “bleak optimism”. — Steve Inskeep (Host), All Things Considered NPR Radio “An undercurrent of raw melancholy runs through his songs making him a kindred spirit to brooding types like Leonard Cohen, John Martyn, and Peter Gabriel. — Jon Pareles, THE NEW YORK TIMES
November 12, 2021$40.00 – $50.00Suzie Brown
“Bluesy, folky, achy, sweet-voiced Suzie Brown. A practicing cardiologist pursuing a career in singing (her own songs) and playing the guitar, she’s part Emmylou Harris, part Allison Krauss, and totally worth seeing.” -Philadelphia Magazine
“There’s nothing common about this rising talent.” -WXPNWanderlustNASHVILLE, Tenn. — The music industry was different in the 1990s. Rock ‘n’ roll ruled the roost. Spotify had yet to be invented. It was during this golden age — somewhere between Bill Clinton’s inauguration and the start of the New Millennium — that a rock band named Wanderlust made its stand.Wanderlust felt like a timeless band for the modern world, its songs rooted in electric guitars, classic pop hooks, percussive stomp, and the shared chemistry of four friends — frontman and principal songwriter Scot Sax, guitarist Rob Bonfiglio, bassist Mark Getten, and drummer Jim Cavanaugh — who’d finally gotten their shot at the brass ring. Decades after inking a major-label contract with RCA Records, opening for The Who, and touring America with Collective Soul, Wanderlust has reconvened to finish some unfinished business with 2021’s All A View, available on July 2, 2021.To understand Wanderlust’s present, it helps to look at the band’s past. The group formed in Philadelphia in 1993, signed a record deal in 1994, and released the debut album Prize in 1995. Championed by publications like The Sunday London Times (“Wanderlust‘s album Prize is one of the greatest rock albums ever made”) and MOJO (“power pop at its best ”), Wanderlust burned brightly and briefly. Dropped from RCA before they could finish their second album, the musicians released a self-titled record in 1998 and soon went their separate ways. Sax established himself as a hit songwriter, solo artist, and sought-after filmmaker during the 21st century, co-writing the Grammy-winning “Like We Never Loved At All” for Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and serving as the hand-picked opening act for Robert Plant and Allison Krauss‘ Raising Sand tour. Meanwhile, Bonfiglio released a half-dozen solo albums, performed with the Beach Boys, produced an album for Wilson Phillips, and landed an ongoing spot in Brian Wilson’s band.Recently, in 2020, Sax came across a DAT tape featuring acoustic recordings of songs he’d written after Prize‘s release. These demos felt like a time capsule — a blast from the past, dreamt into existence during the band’s heyday and filled with the same sonic spirit that had once earned Wanderlust admittance into the big leagues. The songs would’ve made a great Wanderlust album … which is why Sax decided to get the band back together and finish the work he’d already started.“I feel like a young Cameron Crowe, with a story about a band that fell victim to its own insecurities in the bright lights — and with the big wigs — of the music business, circa 1995,” he says. “Now, the same four guys find an old cassette of songs never recorded, long forgotten in their fall from grace. So what do they do? They put on their big-boy pants and make the album that never was.”That album is All A View, and it bridges the gap between Wanderlust’s past and present. Sax’s original demos represent the record’s bedrock, with most of his performances from 1996 remaining intact. Nearly 25 years after he laid down his vocals and acoustic guitar, a reunited Wanderlust began turning those bare-boned recordings into full-blown rock anthems, with each bandmate overdubbing his contributions from home during the 2020 pandemic. Sax wrote new songs for the project, too, including several collaborations with Rob Bonfiglio. The album was then mixed in Philadelphia, the same city that Wanderlust once called home.“What began as a revisitation of older material became a kind of snapshot of our musical journeys in the present tense,” explains Bonfiglio.Removed from the forces that drove the band apart — including conflicts between bandmates, pressure from their record label, and the collective desperation of four 20 somethings to succeed — Wanderlust’s members have rediscovered the singular sound that turned them into radio darlings and cult favorites during the mid-’90s.“We’re all grown up now,” Sax says. “It’s so great to reconnect once again, after the dust settled. I’ve been in all kinds of bands, but when the four of us played together for the first time in 1993, something special happened. It’s exactly the same feeling we got when we started working on All A View. The four of us just have a connection. We’ll play a song, and it just sounds like Wanderlust. It’s been amazing to let go of the ego and paranoia I had as a younger person, and just realize how great this band is.”
November 07, 2021$65.00 – $85.00
John Waite is an English musician. As a solo artist, he has released ten studio albums and is best known for the 1984 hit single “Missing You”, which reached No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the top ten on the UK Singles Chart. He was also the lead vocalist for the successful rock bands The Babys and Bad English.
He will be performing a special acoustic show with his band.
November 06, 2021$35.00 – $45.00
When it comes to the troubadour lifestyle, Ian is no novice. For the last decade Ian has toured his whiskey-soaked voice and evocative lyrics across America, with a country sound reminiscent of Joe Cocker and Chris Stapleton. His rubber-meets-the-road approach to his 10-year career in music is reflected in the way his singing, songwriting and guitar playing resonate with his audience. As with a bonfire on a crisp autumn night, Ian Flanigan is known to roar, and everyone around him responds.
Singer, songwriter, and professional nomad Ian Flanigan launched a new chapter of his life in the fall of 2019, when he and his partner Ayla sold their belongings, bought a Winnebago, and with their daughter hit the road in the lovingly-named Flanivan performing and writing as they traveled. Most recently a celebrated finalist on NBC’s The Voice, the world has since tapped him as an up-and-coming artist to watch. Following a year of milestones Flanigan is overwhelmingly grateful for the response to his most recent single, “Grow Up” released under Reviver Music.
Flanigan also keeps his eye on life’s bigger picture. Celebrating 5 years of sobriety and commitment to being there for others, he serves on the advisory board of Hope Rocks, the New York organization that supports those who are struggling with addiction, depression and social isolation. Today you’ll still find Ian and his family on the road in the Flanivan, navigating the backroads and boulevards of the American dream. Through it all, his faith in his family, his faith in himself and the faith he maintains in the path set out before him knows no boundary
September 17, 2021$35.00 – $45.00
Lauren is a Philadelphia based singer/songwriter and composer. Always known for her introspective lyrics and soaring vocals, Lauren’s music has been heard all over the world. Her voice and songs have been heard in film, television series and even soap operas including “Joan of Arcadia,” “Party of Five,” “All My Children” “One Life to Live, “Dawsons Creek” and her critically acclaimed National Anthem is featured in the Disney feature film “Miracle”. Lauren sings the National Anthem before every Philadelphia Flyers home game, a tribute to her late father, legendary National Hockey League Hall of Fame announcer Gene Hart, known for 30 years as “The Voice of the Flyers.”
Lauren began her career by soaking up the sounds of Philadelphia and studying jazz and musical theater. All of that changed when she got a guitar into her hands and she forged her career in rock and pop music. Lauren was first signed to Columbia Records and later joined
RedAnt/BMG. 6 albums later, 2020 Lauren released 2 singles from her 7th studio album, American Woman. She will begin releasing the rest of the music throughout 2021/22.
The latest record is a collection of songs that address social injustice, racism, pride and love. It is a diary of what its like to be a woman (girl) in America right now. Lauren calls it a love letter to her children that is not only about the here and now but about the dream of what we will become.
In addition to her own music in 2020, she also sang on the track
“Raise Em Up” written by Jethro Sheeran and performed by Jethro,
Ed Sheeran and Lauren to support 2020 school graduates.
Lauren’s talent has allowed her to cross into multiple genres giving her the chance to share some unique stages. She has performed at the Presidential Inauguration, where she shared the stage with Bill and Hillary Clinton, and on the French Riviera, where she lived for several years, performing with such artists as Stan Getz, the Gipsy Kings, Harry Belafonte and Frank Sinatra.
Lauren has performed on the CBS Morning Show National, as well as NBC, ABC, & Fox’s national broadcasts. During her career she has had the opportunity to be the opener for artists like Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Train and 10,000 Maniacs.
Matt Santry wants you to know that you’re not alone. A line from the chorus of his song, “Change of Scene” sums up his mission as a songwriter…
“When your troubles keep you reaching, but you don’t know what you need
Let me be, let me be, let me be your change of scene”
Matt began his career as a social worker. While working with children with Autism, he started using music in an intuitive way. “Whether we’d bang on a drum or sing a song or I would just play the guitar, music was part of every day.”
Then one moment changed the way Matt looked at music. His client, mostly nonverbal, sang an entire Christmas song, line for line, by himself. In awe of this interaction, Matt was inspired to begin writing his own songs.
15 years later, Matt continues to search for that human connection through his own music. His journey has taken him across the country performing at over 100 colleges, on festival bills with the acts like The Lumineers and Counting Crows, and sharing stages with Joshua Radin, Brett Young, and Delta Rae to name a few.
Unsigned Only Music Competition (2021) – Semi Finalist, “Illusion”
Dollar Shave Club Commercial (2021) – Featured Voice Actor
International Acoustic Music Awards (2020) – Finalist, “Sand on the Dashboard”
International SongWriting Competition (2018) – Semi Finalist, “Overthinking”
Billboard’s Mid Atlantic Heatseekers Charts (2018) “In The Moment” – EP
NBC’s “The Voice, Season 14 “Porch Commercial ” (2018) – Featured Vocalist
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November 20, 2021$35.00 – $50.00
“NRBQ are that rare group that’s eclectic, stylistically innovative, and creatively ambitious while also sounding thoroughly unpretentious and accessible. At its best, NRBQ‘s music casually mixes up barrelhouse R&B, British Invasion pop, fourth-gear rockabilly, exploratory free jazz, and dozens of other flavors while giving it all a stomp-down rhythm that makes fans want to dance and expressing a sense of joy and easy good humor that comes straight from the heart.”
September 10, 2021$35.00 – $55.00
— After a number of years away from the stage, Andy King is back! Andy makes his first visit to The Living Room as a solo artist.
Andy began his musical career while attending the University of Delaware, playing coffee shops and small clubs. After graduation he landed a gig as the bass player for the popular local band Jack of Diamonds. When that band broke up, he was asked to be a temporary bass player for the biggest band in the region, The Hooters.
Temporary turned into touring the country and the world from 1984 to 1988 as The Hooters sold millions of records. Andy co-wrote the song “Karla with a K” and sang a popular version of The Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Andy also produced local blues guitarist Tommy Conwell’s debut album, which helped Conwell get signed to Columbia Records.
Andy left The Hooters to play his own music and was named Most Promising New Artist by the Philadelphia Music Alliance in 1989. After slugging away for a couple years, Andy stepped away from the music business. He ended up working in reality TV, producing shows and doing soundtrack music. He never stopped playing and recording, and recently he joined The Hooters’ drummer David Uosikkinen’s project In the Pocket.
Andy’s show at The Living Room will be the first time in quite a while that he has performed solo acoustic where he will do originals and some cover songs that he wishes he had written.
October 16, 2021$40.00 – $50.00
— Marshall Howard Crenshaw is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist best known for hit songs such as “Someday, Someway,” a US Top 40 hit in 1982, “Cynical Girl,” and “Whenever You’re on My Mind.” His music has roots in classic soul music and Buddy Holly, to whom Crenshaw was often compared in the early days of his career, and whom he portrayed in the 1987 film La Bamba.
October 29, 2021$25.00 – $35.00
Better Than Bacon Improv is a short-form improv comedy troupe based in West Chester, PA. BTB does short skits and games based on audience suggestions and sometimes invites audience members on stage. Improv comedy, as we say in our show openers, is a one-time-only performance. We work without a script or a net. What you see in one show will never be seen again. The spontaneity of improv makes improvisational comedy one of the hardest forms of comedy to perform.
For those not familiar with the BTB origin story, a few crazy folks decided that a local improv comedy
class sounded like fun. Those same folks kept taking improv comedy classes until there were no more
classes to take. In 2010, after finding a director and a few more performers, Better Than Bacon was
born. We had our first professional gig in 2011 and look forward to celebrating our 10th anniversary in June!
Our current troupe of 11 members hail from all over the SE Philly suburbs, Malvern, West
Chester, Kennett Square, Ambler, Phoenixville, Swarthmore, and Wilmington DE. Some have done
improv before, some are new to the art, some are standup comedians, some are actors.
When the pandemic isn’t in full swing, we are excited to perform regularly at great venues like the Kennett Flash (Kennett Square) and the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center (West Chester). We also perform at other venues and do private, corporate, and fundraising gigs.
Bacon Gives Back
In 2017, Better Than Bacon started its “Bacon Gives Back” program that provides non-profit
organizations in our region have the opportunity to raise funds based on ticket sales from our performances.
Some groups that have taken advantage of Bacon Gives Back are Act in Faith (West Chester), After the
Bell (Kennett Square), Family Promise of Southern Chester County, and Big Brother/Big Sisters of Chester County. We look forward to helping these organizations and other organizations make a difference in our communities!
July 31, 2021$30.00Craig BickhardtCountry singer/songwriter/guitarist Craig Bickhardt was born in Pennsylvania and got his big break when he wrote and sang two songs on the soundtrack to the 1983 film “Tender Mercies.” That prompted a move to Nashville, where he began playing sessions, starting with background vocals on Reba McEntire’s 1984 album “My Kind of Country,” and pitching his songs. As is usual in Nashville, most of those songs were collaborations with other writers.“That’s How You Know When Love’s Right,” written with Wendy Waldman, was a Top Ten country hit for Nicolette Larson with Steve Wariner in 1986. In 1987, Bickhardt wrote two country Top Fives, “You’re the Power” (with F.C. Collins) for Kathy Mattea and the chart-topper “I Know Where I’m Going” (with Brent Maher and Don Schlitz) for The Judds.
November 19, 2021$35.00 – $55.00Dan Navarro, who wrote Pat Benatar’s hit “We Belong,” has written, sung, played and acted his way through a rich and varied career. Half of the renowned duo Lowen & Navarro with Eric Lowen, Navarro transitioned smoothly into a busy solo career over the past decade, touring almost constantly since Lowen’s retirement in 2009. We look forward to his return to The Living Room. Laura will join her longtime collaborator on the songs that they wrote together. For more information visit www.dannavarro.com.Laura Mann is a singer-songwriter /producer and guitarist from the Philadelphia area and the curator/owner of the award winning boutique music venue called The Living Room at 35 East
July 24, 2021$30.00
April Mae & The June Bugs are Americana under the influence of jump blues, rockabilly and swing with a dab of N’awlins for extra spice. With smoke and honey vocals, washboard, upright bass, cigar-box guitar, banjo, and mandolin, serving up high energy and deep vintage vibes their specialty. As their biodiesel Boogie Bus proclaims it really is “All About The Boogie!”
Philly’s blues-soul singer Deb Callahan recently celebrated 20 years of performing, touring, recording and entertaining music fans both regionally and around the United States.
“Deb Callahan is a shouter, a crooner, a soul-belter and above all a gifted lyrical interpreter. She could sing the phone book and make it sound good.”
Living Blues Magazine
June 13, 2021$30.00
Scot SaxCareer in 60 WordsFormed Wanderlust (RCA), opened for The Who,wrote/performed song in film American Pie (Gold Record),formed FEEL (Curb),co-wrote Grammy-winning Faith Hill/Tim McGraw duet ,toured with Robert Plant/Alison Krauss,worked with Don Was, released documentary “Platinum Rush”starring Lisa Loeb and Oliver Wood,created videos for Lucinda Williams“Car Wheels On A Gravel Road” 20th Anniversary Tour.
October 10, 2021$40.00 – $50.00
There’s a purity about Iain Matthews’ voice. And it’s mirrored by the integrity of his career.The singer-songwriter has never been seduced by fame. His focus has always been on creating music that captivates the ear, the mind and the heart. Born Ian Matthews McDonald, June 16, 1946, in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England, he soared to prominence in 1967, as a founding member of Fairport Convention. In that pioneering band, Matthews created exquisite harmonies with first Judy Dyble, then Sandy Denny. After two years, he left and formed Matthews Southern Comfort. They enjoyed a huge hit with their stirring version of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock.” One of the outstanding solo albums Matthews recorded during his years in Los Angeles was 1973’s “Valley Hi,” produced by Michael Nesmith. Matthews has fronted such bands as Plainsong, Hi-Fi, No Grey Faith, More Than a Song and a Dutch jazz combo, The Searing Quartet. After working for a while in A&R, in 1987 Matthews returned to performing and recording as a solo artist. Since returning to live in Europe in 2000, Matthews focuses mostly again on his now all Dutch ensemble, Matthews Southern Comfort. Since returning to live in Europe in 2000, Matthews focuses mostly again on his now all Dutch ensemble, Matthews Southern Comfort.Jim Fogarty Bio
Philadelphia Guitarist/Multi-instrumentalist Jim Fogarty has been touring and recording with Iain for 30+ years, in addition to his own solo and in-demand session and accompaniment work. Playing guitar, mandolin, dobro, pedal and lap steel, plus pretty much anything else he gets his hands on, Fogarty is known for his ability to back-up singer/songwriters and cover everything from folk, pop, rock to twangy roots, country and blues, convincingly, but with his own unique voice. With his wife Lindsay Gilmour, Jim has toured from Philly to New Zealand, and also currently works with power pop combo Travel Lanes, western swing mavens Beats Walkin’, and has a 25 year+ collaboration with underground legend Kenn Kweder……..plus a wide variety of singers and writers of all styles.
September 25, 2021$35.00 – $55.00
For more than 20 years, Jim Boggia has been winning over fans, critics, contemporaries and luminaries alike with his uncompromising devotion to the sort of winsomely nostalgic, emotionally direct songcraft that’s impervious to age. His sonically intelligent retro-pop manifesto informs three studio albums2001’s “Fidelity Is the Enemy,” 2005’s “Safe in Sound” and 2008’s “Misadventures in Stereo” and he’s worked with a startling array of artists, including Aimee Mann, Joan Osborne, David Byrne, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Bernadette Peters, NRBQ’s Big Al Anderson, famed Beach Boys lyricist Tony Asher, MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, Attractions drummer Pete Thomas, and countless others. Also an accomplished singer and guitarist, Boggia performs with the well-known New York Citybased Beatles tribute band, the Fab Faux, as well as Mad Dogs & Dominos, an 18-piece collective headed by a heavyweight roster that includes Blues Brothers alum Lou Marini and producer John Leventhal. Oh, and he plays a mean ukulele. For more information visit www.jimboggia.com.
October 23, 2021$30.00 – $40.00Kuf and Christine have a new album entitled ke` myoonede (Community) and was created during and inspired by the lockdown.MC/ Poet/Songwriter Kuf Knotz and classically trained Harpist/Guitarist/Vocalist Christine Elise have combined forces to create a new album. The unlikely pair connected and built the project with a similar vision, wanting to create positive, forward-thinking music driven by a strong message. Both individuals are intrinsically motivated to foster community growth through musical expression.Christine Elise has a strong background in music therapy having delivered music therapy services to children, adults, and seniors with developmental delays, special needs and those needing emotional support. Finding a passion for community music therapy, she has facilitated group sessions for professionals and clients in the USA, South Africa, Peru and Jamaica. She has presented at national and regional music therapy conferences, with a focus on her community music therapy work, as well as written three scholarly articles published by Music Therapy Perspectives.Kuf Knotz is one of today’s fastest emerging alternative artists which has led him to open for top acts – Ms Lauryn Hill, The Wailers, The Roots, Common, G-love, Wyclef Jean, Robert Randolph, Arrested Development, Robert Glasper, Inspectah Deck, Steel Pulse, Rising Appalachia, Zac Deputy, Josh Ritter, B.O.B, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Kabaka Pyramid, Yellowman , Soulive , Easy Star Allstars, & Bruce Springsteen, . In addition to his musical talent, Kuf has a strong passion for supporting the community by participating and facilitating fundraising events such as food drives, clothing drives, cancer benefits, and disaster reliefs. He is also a member of the WXPN program Musicians on Call, bringing live music to the bedsides of patients throughout Philadelphia.