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$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
$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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$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!
$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.
$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.
$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.
$40.00 – $75.00
US RAILS continues their journey into the next decade with a brand new record, “Mile By Mile” (Blue Rose). Ben Arnold, Scott Bricklin, Tom Gillam and Matt Muir have made a conscious effort to open the gates and let their rock n’ roll horses run free. This is not to say they’ve abandoned their trademark harmony vocal blend. It’s still there front and center, but with more musical muscle underneath. Drawn from their collective influences and takes on rock and vintage R&B, the good-time recording atmosphere of the recording sessions, during a summertime week in Philadelphia, is palpable on each and every track. These rapidly changing times in the U.S. and around the world, show them wearing some of their thoughts and beliefs, as well as their hearts on their well tattered sleeves. “Mile By Mile”, the bands 5th full length, original album, shows them growing even more comfortable and loose, diving into some of their ragged, rock roots in a collection of songs that have some of the feel of the past with an eye toward the future.
What was once just a one off, go-for-the-thrill experiment, has by now become a fixture in the lives of each member of US RAILS while they all continue to pursue thriving solo careers, producing, recording, and releasing countless albums on their own. It is their separate experience, spun together, which adds layer upon layer to the solid bedrock that forms the foundation of this band’s rare and exceptional sound.
US RAILS are now looking forward to taking it all out on the road throughout Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and The Netherlands again this year. Jackson Parten from Austin, Texas will be joining the band on bass guitar for the tour.
A well seasoned, veteran live act, this is a band who has shared the better part of their lives playing masterful, iconic sounding rock and roll in the shadows of the giants but continues to create, evolve, persist, and have a lot of laughs and fun along the way “Mile By Mile”!