Sunday, December 9, 2012
Looking to be uplifted by holiday music in the Delaware Valley? Here is Patch's guide to concerts in the area.
December is a month filled with beautiful music. Here is a list of top concerts we found in the greater Philadelphia Patch region. Musical Holiday Spectacular Christmas Vespers Vox Ama Deus Messiah Holiday Pipe Organ Concert The Keystone State Boychoir Angels from on High Chester County Choral Society's 'Sing Forth This Day' Concert Chester Children's Chorus Winter Concert Christmas with the Philadelphia Singers Lower Merion Symphony Concert Festival of Christmas Lessons and Carols The Brandywine Singers present Peace and Love at Christmas Service of Nine Lessons and Carols Vox Ama Deus presents Handel's Messiah The Brandywine Singers present Candlelight Christmas Friday Night Jazz: Jazzy Good Cheer Pennsylvania Symphonic Winds Holiday …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Traveling family band shares video at the Grape Room.
Touring of its debut, self-titled album, The Pinkerton Raid swung by the Grape Room in Manayunk earlier this month. The Durham, NC,-based band consists of lead singer/songwriter James DeConto with siblings Katie (keyboards) and Stephen (guitar) and husband-and-wife Tim and Laura Wooten on drums and keyboards, respectively. In a Patch interview, DeConto said the family feel led to an awesome rapport: "There's a level of trust that you can't manufacture. We, as brothers and sisters, can communicate in ways different than people who don't know each other so well." Watch the attached live Grape Room performance of "Lullaby, Butterfly" from YouTube. Read the Patch profile here. Like Roxborough-Manayunk Patch on Facebook.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Grape Room Thursday welcomes The Pinkerton Raid.
Brothers and sisters may sometimes struggle to endure long car rides together, but as The Pinkerton Raid sets to prove to Manayunk, there's no bond tighter than blood. "There's a level of trust that you can't manufacture. We, as brothers and sisters, can communicate in ways different than people who don't know each other so well," said Jesse James DeConto, singer, bassist and front man for the Durham, NC-based pop/rock band. Touring off its debut self-titled album, The Pinkerton Raid pops into Manayunk's The Grape Room Thursday night. DeConto, the lead singer and songwriter, formed the band in 2010 as a way to play songs he compiled over the last decade. After his sister Katie DeConto joined as a backup singer, the band took on a …
Monday, January 31, 2011
The Memorials and Just Like Vinyl combine fresh ideas with years of experience.
Second acts can be hard in rock ‘n’ roll. Then again, for The Memorials and Just Like Vinyl, who will be playing the Grape Room Feb 1 (7 p.m., $10), this is more like the umpteenth act. Memorials drummer Thomas Pridgen has played with Foxy Shazam, Juliette Lewis and, most famously, The Mars Volta. Guitarist Nick Brewers has done time with everything from reggae to metal. Just Like Vinyl’s Thomas Erak fronted prog-metal act Fall of Troy; bassist Henry Batts was on the road crew. Memorials frontwoman Viveca Hawkins is the one fresh face among the vets. Sure, she’s got plenty of experience with music, but rock was a new game for her. “(Pridgen) wanted it to be an original sound. I provided that with an ignorance,” she said. “I didn’t listen …
Friday, December 3, 2010
Music veterans Jeff Thomas and Hooter Eric Bazilian are having a party this weekend and you're invited.
Liberated from the record label game, Jeff Thomas (ex-Frogs/Mighty Head) does what he wants now. "The goal is to have fun. Last time at Grape Street I broke like 15 keys on my piano and threw it off the stage. I had to buy a new one," he said. Thomas has been playing music professionally in one way or another since 1991, and Saturday, he'll be playing two hours worth of music at the only consistently reliable music venue in Manayunk, the Grape Room with pop rock acts 28 North and Early Ape. Helping him out is fellow industry survivor and Philadelphia music icon Eric Bazilian of The Hooters. It's kind of a big deal to be backed up by the guy who wrote hits like "And We Danced," "Blood From a Stone" and "What If God Was One of Us," but …
Thursday, October 7, 2010
These Willy Wonka fans will play anywhere and everywhere—including Manayunk's Grape Room.
The members of indie act Turning violet Violet are busking along Main Street in Manayunk. It's about 8 p.m. on a Tuesday night, and they're trying to drum up interest in their show tonight at the Grape Room (105 Grape St.), where they've taken up a residency. It's also kind of cold and the passersby are kind of drunk. But the band gradually wins over a few converts, impressed with the group's stripped down version of its original song "When We Were Young." Maybe "stripped down" isn't the right phrase. Sarah Gulish normally handles vocals, keyboards, oboe and auxiliary percussion—actually everyone in the band handles auxiliary percussion when given the chance—but right now she rocks an accordion the size of her entire upper body and belts …