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October 15, 2021$30.00 – $40.00
Country singer/songwriter/guitarist Craig Bickhardt returns to The Living Room for a solo acoustic performance. Craig was born in Pennsylvania but a move to Nashville early in his career led to songwriting for top artists. He has written hits for Nicolette Larson, Kathy Mattea, and The Judds, and his songs have been covered by numerous other artists in multiple genres including Ray Charles, the Highwaymen, B.B. King, Marie Osmond and Trisha Yearwood.
When Craig steps onto a concert stage, he comes equipped with his trusty acoustic guitar. A side musician or two will frequently join him. He’s also accompanied by something invisible, yet ever-present: the stories of a lifetime, vividly translated into words and melody.
From the boisterous club scene of Philadelphia to the country-rock milieu of Los Angeles to the picking parlors of Nashville, Craig has immersed himself in the sights and sounds of American music. His music reflects a life lived as a rock band lead singer, a solo troubadour, a dedicated songwriter, a husband and father. Dreams, heartaches and hard-earned lessons have fed his creativity. There is no other way he could have written the eloquent, often bittersweet songs that have become his trademark.
“I start a lot of songs because I feel conflicted,” he explains. “I may begin from a point of darkness, but I usually end up writing towards the light because, for me, hope is the thing worth singing about. The characters in the stories I sing aren’t heroic; they’re very ordinary. But they’re reaching for something beyond themselves, and I find nobility in that.”
Craig is a singer/songwriter of the old school – you can hear echoes of such ’60s folk revival artists as Tom Rush, Gordon Lightfoot and Eric Andersen in his work. Added to this is the melodic sophistication of a Jimmy Webb or a Paul Simon, as well as a spare but telling lyrical approach.
“I admire songwriters like Woody Guthrie and poets like Robert Frost because they created functional art,” he says. “Too much music today is just for the singer, not for Everyman. I think of my work as a ‘Please Touch’ museum – I want my songs to be sung until they are worn out.”
Also crucial to Craig’s art is his virtuosic guitar work, interweaving folk, blues, country and ragtime influences into a unique whole.
“The guitar isn’t just an accompanying instrument for me, sometimes it’s the front man and my voice is the accompanist.”
Craig came to music as something of a family inheritance. His father Harry worked at WIP radio in Philadelphia and moonlighted as a big band musician. As a youngster, Craig absorbed everything from Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins to Stan Kenton and Duke Ellington. At 14, Craig found an old guitar in the family attic and taught himself to play. Soon he was writing songs and performing at venues like Philadelphia’s famed Main Point.
The Philly club scene shaped his emerging musical style. “I was lucky to grow up in a town that was a melting pot for musicians,” Craig says. “I got to hear lots of R&B as well as the great folk performers of the late ’60s and early ’70s. It taught me that nothing moves people like a great song sung with some passion.”
By the mid-’70s, Craig was co-lead singer/guitarist with Wire and Wood, an eclectic country-rock quintet that won a fervent east coast following. The group opened for the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Stephen Stills before relocating to L.A. in search of a record deal. Craig and his compadres succeeded in attracting the interest of Bob Dylan’s former manager Albert Grossman who signed them to his Bearsville/October Records label. Unfortunately, Wire and Wood’s album was never completed and the group called it quits soon after.
Craig went through another life-changing ordeal while living in L.A. One night, he awoke to find that the house he shared with his band mates was on fire. He barely managed to escape before the place collapsed in flames – and came away with a revelation: “At that moment, everything in the world felt luminous again, like it did when I was young. That experience made me realize that my happiness didn’t depend on possessions or status. I suddenly felt free and very grateful to be alive.”
This brush with mortality also re-motivated him as a musician. After Wire and Wood dissolved, Craig secured an assignment to write and sing songs for “Tender Mercies,” a country music-themed film starring Robert Duvall. This led to a lengthy residency in Nashville, where he saw his songs recorded by such legends as Ray Charles, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, The Judds, Tony Rice and Alison Krauss.
All the while, Craig continued playing his music live at the Bluebird Café and other clubs in the Nashville area. The call to the stage grew stronger after he released his first solo album, “Easy Fires,” in 2001. Five years later, he returned to his Pennsylvania roots and fully came into his own as a solo performer. By the end of the decade, Craig had won a new legion of fans on the east coast and beyond through opening gigs for the likes of Judy Collins, Kathy Mattea and Billy Joe Shaver and club dates on his own.
A Craig Bickhardt live set is a mix of absurd anecdotes and personal confessions, accompanying a well-stocked bag of original tunes and the occasional choice cover. His decades in music have given his performances the depth of experience his love songs seem sweeter and more poignant, his story-song narratives more true-to-life than they could have in the past.
“I think people come to my shows to be reminded that there’s something profound in the small stuff we experience every day. My goal is to get an audience to look deeper at the things we all take for granted.”
Craig Bickhardt travels light to his gigs – but he brings a great deal to the stage. He combines a seasoned troubadour’s easy command of his art with a beginner’s passion to win over his next audience and top his next song. The stories of his lifetime are simply too good not to share.
For more information visit www.craigbickhardt.com.
Lizanne Knott is a native Pennsylvania singer-songwriter/guitarist whose colorful life narrative creates songs that are both deeply personal and universal in appeal. While she prides herself on lyrical prowess, she also has the innate ability to write melodies that captivate and stay in your head long after first listen. Her voice, sometimes sweet and soulful, can also rock out with a gravel and grit the most seasoned performers champion. She is as much at home in an intimate listening venue as she is rocking out with her band (composed of some of the most sought after session players around) on festival stages and the like. As a solo act she has opened for mainstream artists including Shawn Colvin, Joan Osborne, Josh Ritter and many more, and has headlined at some of the most prestigious theaters, concert halls and festivals throughout the UK and Spain. Her ability to connect and engage with her audience makes her a repeat favorite in her local town and up and down the east coast.
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 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
November 26, 2021$30.00 – $40.00Formed in January 2019, One man Dog is a tribute to James Taylor, with performances of classic songs and deeper cuts spanning decades of James Taylor’s catalog of music. The band members also come from various musical back rounds of supportive roles with the artists like James Taylor, Tom Jones, Brian Wilson, The Voice (TV show)Ray Adkins on the main vocal and acoustic guitar (formally of The Mighty Manatees) Chico Huff on Bass, Frank Strauss on Keyboards, Jim Hines on Drums, Brian Herder on multiple instruments, Background vocals: Josh Howard & Emily Drinker.
December 10, 2021$35.00 – $45.00
Rated one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 years of age by Acoustic Guitar magazine, Trevor is an instrumentalist from Philadelphia whose style ranges from edgy, driving rhythms to delicate, melodic themes. Exploring the guitar’s full creative potential, his blending of sounds weave together textures into grand yet intimate and lyrical compositions. While leaving no physical aspect of the guitar untouched, Trevor navigates audiences through an igniting experience of music that isn’t just heard but felt. Aside from being featured on NPR, NBC, PBS and countless international media outlets, Trevor’s tour calendar has taken him to 14 countries and counting performing at many historic places including Carnegie Hall in New York City, Union Chapel in London, Music History Museum in Bologna, Adolfo Mejia Theater in Colombia, and more. He has also had the opportunity to share the stage with some of the most trusted and legendary names in the music business prompting high praise from Will Ackerman, Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Hackett, Stanley Jordan, Phil Keaggy, Pat Martino, John Mayer, Andy McKee, Steve Miller, Graham Nash, Dar Williams, and more.
December 17, 2021$25.00 – $35.00
Phil Nicolo returns to The Living Room to present an evening that will be all about one of America’s most beloved bands – The Beatles. Phil will present an evening of Beatles’ rarities from all eras of their legendary career, including music that is not commercially available as well as rare photos and video.
Phil has been nominated for 4 Grammy awards, and won for mixing and mastering The Spanish Harlem Orchestra. While maintaining a busy stable of multi-platinum artists, he continues to work with cutting edge talent. Phil has worked with many renowned artists – too many to list them all – but they include Aerosmith, Cypress Hill, Bob Dylan, Amy Grant, The Hooters, Billy Joel, Diana Ross and Sting. He is also a primary force in the local collective David Uosikkinen “In the Pocket” and works with other local artists as well.
In addition to achieving long-lasting success in many different genres in the music business, he has attained renown as an educator. He received the 2003 Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Award, placing him in the Temple University Communication Hall of Fame, where he teaches as an adjunct professor. Phil received a Bachelor of Science from Temple University in 1977.
For more information visit www.philnicolo.com.
October 22, 2021$15.00
The Secret Cinema’s long-awaited, first local film screening since the
pandemic began will happen on Friday, October 22. It will be a
revisiting one of their favorite themes, called WEIRD CARTOONS, and
highlighting unusual and bizarre animation.
Secret Cinema founder Jay Schwartz says “We’ve now shown four unique “volumes” of this weird program, beginning eighteen years ago. This month’s show will gather highlights from
these, and add a few that we’ve never shown before (however, there
will be NO repetition from the WEIRD CARTOONS screening that we
presented in 2019). Most, but not all of what we’ll include in WEIRD
CARTOONS was made for general audiences by major studios; some were
made by independent animators, and some were sponsored films with
subtle advertising messages. Some (but not all) could be perceived as
offensive by today’s standards. What these films, which were made from
the 1920s through the 1950s, all share a fearless aesthetic that is
unafraid of the absurd; an often shocking sense of humor that is the
polar opposite of today’s sanitized, cross-marketed Pixar sensations.
As always, all films will be presented using real 16mm film projected
on a giant screen”
October 30, 2021$35.00 – $45.00
November 06, 2021
Saturday – 11/06/21 – An Evening with Ian Flanigan (The Voice, Blake Shelton’s team) with special guest Aaron Nathans$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
November 13, 2021$35.00 – $45.00
As a performer, Tim has entertained audiences internationally. He maintains an active performing schedule, appearing in a variety of concert venues such as the Kimmel Center, Montreal Jazz Festival, Carnegie Center, Hard Rock Live, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Memphis Acoustic Guitar Festival, Healdsburg Guitar Festival, Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase and many more…
Tim performs at benefit concerts, festivals, workshops, corporate events and television programs. Tim has performed live on many radio programs as a featured artist including Echoes and Kid’s Corner, both popular syndicated shows heard on hundreds of Public Radio stations nationwide.
Tim performs as a solo artist and also has shared the stage with such notable artists as Les Paul, George Benson, Jean Luc Ponty, Rick Wakeman, Alex DeGrassi, Jake Shimabukuru, California Guitar Trio, John Sebastian and many more … In addition to his solo performances, Tim offers several different concert programs such as StringSongs, a trio which includes Bass Player Magazine’s Player of the Year Michael Manring and Grammy Award winner Pat Robinson on keyboards.
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.”
December 11, 2021
Saturday – 12/11/21 – Movie Night! Adventures of a Secret Kidd: The Mass Hallucination of Kenn Kweder$35.00 – $45.00
Including a special Q and A following the movie.
The Living Room at 35 East presents this wonderful documentary on Kenn Kweder’s life. Questions and Answers will follow.
Adventures of a Secret Kidd: The Mass Hallucination of Kenn Kweder is a film by John Hutelmyer, a 27-year-old Coatesville native and longtime Kweder fan. Made with his subject’s complete cooperation, the 105-minute flick details Kweder’s childhood, including a mother with an outsize personality and a lifelong regret of not pursuing a show business career; his early days as a Rittenhouse Square busker; his mid- to late-’70s run as the city’s most buzzed-about rocker (backed by several generations of the explosive Secret Kidds); and his still-thriving, decadeslong career as a journeyman performer grinding out a living with gigs five or more nights a week at area taprooms and cafes. ~ Chuck Darrow
April 22, 2022$30.00 – $40.00
Maestro Ustad Shafaat Khan (Sitar/Vocal/Tabla)
Rishy Mehrotra : Tabla
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.