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March 26, 2022$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.
December 11, 2021$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
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.
July 17, 2021$30.00
Smash Palace returns with their 12th CD (titled “Right As Rain”), with 5 rock ‘n roll tracks designed to be your soundtrack for the summer 2018. The Butler brothers do what they do best… 60′s jangle rock, 70′s rock swagger, 80′s power pop, 90′s Brit ROCK N ROLL BAND all rolled into a contemporary style that’s all their own. It’s like listening to songs you know but haven’t heard before. If this is your first Smash Palace listening experience, you’ve picked a great place to start because the band just keeps getting better with each release. It’s the sound of a band that’s the real deal; a dedicated band that’s paid its dues and continues to create some of the best melodic rock n roll you’ll ever hear. The Butler brothers were first discovered by Hilly Kristal at CBGB’s then signed to Columbia Records. The band then moved on to Epic Records and now records for Zip Records. They were rediscovered by label president Art Herman after playing a show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, 2005. This is the band’s eighth CD release for Zip Records.
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 05, 2021$35.00 – $80.00
Foley’s highly anticipated new album (currently untitled) was recorded live in the studio in San Marcos,
TX and produced by Mike Flanigin (Jimmie Vaughan, Billy F Gibbons). It features Chris “Whipper”
Layton (Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble) on drums and original Sue Foley Band bass
player, Jon Penner on bass. Foley’s new album is a raw, electric guitar-driven romp through the
backroads of Texas blues, with Foley’s signature pink paisley Fender Telecaster, “Pinky” at the
wheel. With this project we find Foley returning to her roots as the bandleader and guitar slinger in a
dynamic blues power trio.
Sue Foley has been riding a wave of success since The Ice Queen (2018). She won “Best Traditional
Female (Koko Taylor Award)” at the 2020 Blues Music Awards in Memphis, was nominated for a Juno
Award (Canadian Grammy), and she took home the award for “Best Guitar Player” at the Toronto
Maple Blues Awards.
For the last few years, Foley and her band have kept a rigorous touring schedule across the US,
Canada and Europe. Some highlights were appearances at The Beacon Theater (NYC), guesting with
Jimmie Vaughan (opening for Eric Clapton) at Royal Albert Hall in London, Montreal Jazz Fest, Ottawa
Blues Fest (w/ Buddy Guy), Utah Blues Fest, The Heights Theater (Houston), Moulin Blues (Holland),
NPR’s Mountain stage (w/Bela Fleck), Doheny Blues Fest, and the Jungle Show in Austin, TX.
“I’ve had a lot of time to think about what the next chapter is,” says Foley. “After being home for so
long, all I really want to do is turn up and play my guitar for as many folks as I can. I can’t wait to get
out on the road.”
Look for Sue Foley’s new album in Spring 2021. Tour info to
Stevie and the Bluescasters
Stevie and the Bluescasters is a 3-piece acoustic blues band from Philadelphia. The band members are Stevie Nolan (guitar and vocals), Paul Nolan (guitar and mandolin) and Seth Holzman (harmonica). The band plays unique arrangements of all kinds of blues – old country blues including Piedmont, Delta, Texas and Chicago blues; old Gospel; old country; and even some R&B. They also include a bit of International “Blues – Mourna” (Creole Portuguese from Cape Verde), Irish Sean Nos, Portuguese Fado and Ladino.
The band performs these many different styles with virtuosity and fluency while laying bare the emotional depths of a song. Over the course of one set the beauty and intensity of their music can elicit a range of audience reactions from “pin drop” silence to dancing and joyous shouting. The Bluescasters have played venues and festivals throughout the tri-state area and New York. They have opened for or shared the stage with Ana Popovic, Shemekia Copeland, David Bromberg, Bernard Allison, Tab Benoit and others. After opening for Ana Popovic, she stated, “You guys are the real deal!”
The band released the album “All Kinds of Blues” in 2017 and it has gotten airplay on The Blues Show on WXPN, Soundings on WDVR, Rhythm Breakdown 2 on WRDV-FM and Morning Feed on G’Town Radio.
For more information visit www.stevieandthebluescasters.com.
October 01, 2021$30.00 – $40.00The Hot Club of Philadelphia was started in 2001 by
guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig, [War-hof-tig]. They are an acoustic ensemble, dedicated to playing ‘Gypsy Jazz.’ That’s the term used to describe the music pioneered by the legendary original ‘Hot Club of France Quintet,’ which was led by guitarist Django Reinhardt and Violinist Stephane Grappelli. Django and Grappelli were attempting to do their own version of American ‘Hot Jazz,’ as played by artists like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. They used acoustic guitars, bass and violin, rather than horns and drums. Grappelli and Django added some French and Gypsy flavor and created a blend of music that is quite popular and accessible. The HCPhilly mixes the original style of the HCOF, along with their own modern influences.
Their current CD, ‘Gypsy – Americana’ was WRTI Jazz Radio’s ‘Album of The Week’ earlier this year.
Featuring Joseph Arnold -violin, Barry Wahrhaftig Guitar & Vocals, & Phyllis Chapell vocals. [Bass TBA].
The cheddar boys formed over the years busking around Philadelphia and playing open mics in and around the city. As a band, they’ve been playing in a few different incarnations since 2011. Traditional old time music is at their core, they also throw in other popular tunes from Johnny Cash to John Hartford to Caitlin Rose. With a handful of originals and more to come, they have a fun, jaunty, infectious stage presence that’ll get folks singing along and dancing. The cheddar boys have independently created four cds and sold them at gigs and while busking, their latest album is the most polished to date. They also have music available on Band Camp.
September 24, 2021$30.00 – $40.00
Forged through iterations of original bands in Berlin, Germany, and The US since 2016 BetterDucks are an Indie Alt Rock band fronted by German born vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Dirk Externest. Dirk is backed by stalwart Philly area musicians Nick Voutsakis,lead guitar and backing vocals, Charlie Breuniger, bass and vocals, and James Evans on the drums and backing vocals. This is a musical exposé of the times, from the wide open to the intimate, with a bit of alt and vintage imagery.
Mark Evans Band’s 2018 debut release “Carousel” was critically acclaimed and led to their opening for international touring acts including Denny Laine and Micky Dolenz.
Spearheaded by Mark’s songwriting and vocals, MEB is driven by a rhythm section of Philly stalwarts Roy Fisher and Jeff Pancoast; with Grammy winner Pat Robinson on keys, Rob Brodie on lead guitar, and Bobby Michaels on sax. The band’s sound offers both a look back to a time when records were crafted with passionate abandon, and a look forward to what is still possible.
Mark started writing songs at an early age and has enjoyed success at every stop along the way. From his early days on the Philly scene, to his decades in NYC, and a “residency” in Nashville – he’s been a band member, solo artist, songwriter, producer, filmmaker and professional actor. He co-wrote the love ballad for the hit USA Films release “Never Again” starring Jeffrey Tambor and Jill Clayburgh. Most recently Mark was a finalist for 2020 Songwriter of the Year, awarded by Delaware Valley Hometown Heroes, 91.7 FM Wilmington.
October 02, 2021$35.00 – $45.00
The Peace Creeps is the current musical project featuring Bush. Bush and his A’s were the darlings of Philly in the ’70s and early 80s and had the hits “After Last Night” and “A Woman’s Got the Power,” which was later recorded by both Clarence Clemons and Jennifer Holliday. They released two albums on Arista Records and toured nationally, but they disbanded due to disputes with their record company. After that Bush had a few other bands and then took a long hiatus to write and record. Finally, along with guitarist John Marchiano, bassist Roy Fisher and drummer Jeff Pancoast, The Peace Creeps were born. Bush and songwriting partner AJay McLaughlin’s clever lyricism, along with their Elvis Costello-like wit, Faces-like looseness and the pop sensibilities of the Beatles are reasons for their appeal. Their second album, the backward looking/forward sounding, “Time Machine” is available at CD Baby.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/ThePeaceCreeps.
Rogers and Butler
Edward Rogers and Steve Butler (Smash Palace, David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket) have teamed up to record their debut EP “Diana Dors.” Join us at The Living Room to celebrate the release.
Zip Records announces the release of the debut CD from Rogers & Butler. The new EP “Diana Dors” features Edward Rogers on lead vocals and Steve Butler on lead vocals, guitar and organ. All the songs on “Diana Dors” were co-written by Rogers & Butler. The EP also features Sal Maida (Roxy Music, Sparks) on bass guitar, Dennis Diken (The Smithereens) on drums and the EP’s producer, Don Piper (Syd Straw), on guitar and backing vocals.
Rogers and Butler first met and bonded over a mutual love and respect for British singer-songwriter Duncan Browne. Their friendship turned into a songwriting partnership, resulting in the duo’s debut EP, “Diana Dors.”
Edward Rogers is a British-born, New York City-based singer/songwriter and DJ with seven solo albums and has been compared to Ray Davies and Kevin Ayers in his singing and songwriting style. Rogers has toured in the US, Europe and the UK on several occasions. He has been invited to open for artists such as The Zombies, Dave Davies (The Kinks), Colin Blunstone (The Zombies), Ian Hunter and Terry Reid and has also performed many solo shows. Most recently, he was on a US tour with Marty Willson-Piper (The Church, All About Eve, The Saints).
Steve Butler is an American singer, guitarist and songwriter. His career started in New York City after being discovered by Hilly Kristal, owner of CBGBs, who managed Butler and his band Quincy. They were signed to Columbia Records by Paul Atkinson (former guitarist with the Zombies). When Quincy broke up, Butler, with his new band Smash Palace, inked a deal with Epic Records. Smash Palace has recorded 12 records and has toured extensively over the years in the USA, Canada and the UK. Butler has opened for and toured with INXS, The Records, The Yachts, The Moody Blues, Peter Frampton, Van Morrison and numerous other acts during his career.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/RogersButlerMusic.
Smash Palace returns with their 13th CD (titled “21”), with 10 rock ‘n roll tracks designed to be your soundtrack for the summer 2021. The Butler brothers do what they do best… 60′s jangle rock, 70′s rock swagger, 80′s power pop, 90′s Brit ROCK N ROLL BAND all rolled into a contemporary style that’s all their own. It’s like listening to songs you know but haven’t heard before. If this is your first Smash Palace listening experience, you’ve picked a great place to start because the band just keeps getting better with each release. It’s the sound of a band that’s the real deal; a dedicated band that’s paid its dues and continues to create some of the best melodic rock n roll you’ll ever hear. The Butler brothers were first discovered by Hilly Kristal at CBGB’s then signed to Columbia Records. The band then moved on to Epic Records and now records for Zip Records. They were rediscovered by label president Art Herman after playing a show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, 2005. This new album is being released on In The Pocket Enterprises label, distributed by Amplified Distribution.
For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/SmashPalaceMusic.
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.