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Tuesday morning I was on the set of FYI Philly with hosts Adam and Karen. The show airs on 6ABC Saturday night at 7pm and Sunday night at 11:35pm. With the rolling format of a video newspaper, FYI Philly has delivered coverage on some of the hidden secrets of our great city. This week it has turned its Philly spotlight on the downtown Marriott’s hit Happy Hour restaurant, The Terrace at the Thirteen. After they highlighted chef Judson Branch’s refreshing summer cuisine I had a chance to do a few numbers for the rolling cameras.
If you’re like me and not currently in the Philadelphia area but would like to view the feature show, you can catch it on their website here.
Saturday Girard Avenue hosted its second annual Art & Soul Food Festival. The event was proof that I will play anywhere, rain or shine, as long as people are throwing me smiles (Starving artist? Yes…). Locking in at 92 degrees, it was 4 pm and I had barely rested my forearm on the guitar before my face was glistening. It’s not so glamorous but I had to clean the stickyness off of my guitar after the 45 min performance. Singing to an open street of passing cars and pedestrians I felt comfortable and played mostly Crystal Cheatham originals. I loved watching cars slow down to hear the music. Some even pulled off onto the curb to get an ear full. Now that was flattering!
I’m new to the Philly neighborhood so it was welcoming to participate in some neighborly fun. With food vendors and craft tables lining Girard Ave. the event was a hit amongst locals. The food alone was worth coming back for. It kind of felt like one giant, organized, block party. Most of the fun was in the meeting and greeting of new folks. Along with fellow artists I met Joseph Jurciukonis, a freelance photographer who came out to cover the event. Sweat and all I had a good time. I plan on sticking around the neighborhood another year to play there again.
Tuesday night I was one in a gathering of artists at Philly’s legendary Arts Garage. One of my favorite new artists is Lydia Rene. She’s another singer/songwriter but instead of the guitar she breaks it down like Alicia Keys on the piano. So inspiring! The event which takes place twice monthly was packed with musicians, tech guys, bar tenders, adoring fans, and probably the best guest ever. Sitting sneakily to the side were two representatives from Universal Records, which kept all of us on our toes. In their honor the house band covered some radio hits by Universal Records including “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5, and others by such artists as Lady Gaga and Brian McKnight.
United We Band has more fans than it can handle at the medium sized venue. Complete with that “we’re on TV so everyone be on your best behavior feel” it broadcasts live over the internet to hundreds of followers. Now it doesn’t matter where you are, if you’re wondering what’s new on the artist scene in Philly then you’ve got to tune into United We Band. With Universal Records in the house United We Band might have established itself as a “need to perform” venue right along side other Philly stages like World Cafe Live. If anything it has sent the message. Any Philadelphia artist who plans to get anywhere will at some point sweat music on their stage. Continue reading →
Saturday night I played at Ketas Lounge off of Rising Sun Ave here in Philly. The bar/restaurant was hosting “Battle of the Sexes” for its third repeat performance. The event has always sold out, with men and women packing the bar to both participate in the discussion and defend their sex. Pitting men against women it highlighted everything from “Are women smarter than men,” to “Who makes a better love?” There was even an advice quiz with questions such as “Do you think your game is tight, and how can you prove it?” You can’t imagine the hyped banter from a crowd provoked with questions, set against each other, and then told to share one mic. It was wild!
I have never played at such a sexually charged event, but I definitely had a good time. I hope it shows up on my venue reel again. If so, you won’t want to miss out on great discussion, big laughs, and of course some bangin’ acoustic music provided by yours truly.
Next up, United We Band at the Arts Garage tomorrow night. Don’t forget to come out and support!