Thursday, July 17, 2014

3rd Annual Liberty Musicfest - Podcast Vol 1 of 4 - Meet the artists

Wed. Aug. 20th through Sun. Aug 24th
at Finnigan's Wake - Philadelphia, PA.

This is the first of four blogs and podcasts that introduces you to the artists performing at this years Liberty Musicfest. The goal of LMF is to help expose their music to a your everyday music lover and build bigger fanbase.
Below click on the link for the PODCAST to listen to their music.
Each artist that is on the 1st Podcast is listed below with a photo, bio and links to their individual sites. Enjoy and hope to see you at this years festival.
Gifford's Lane (NY)
Grade School Kids Who Rock!!! They have been featured on WMMR's Preston and Steve's show a few times!

"Beautiful guitar work, delicately crafted vocals, and cool polyrhythmic bass and drums reign supreme in this four piece’s formula; it can be easily assessed as rock solid in nearly every aspect, with no facet falling flat."

Midnight Mob (NY)
"This group encompasses that old New York sleaze rock sound that we all grew up loving, but with the combination of the sexy, sultry rock vocals of Blackey Deathproof (I’m sure not her real name) are an absolute diamond in the ruff."
Rich Quick (Woodbury, NJ)
Who is Rich Quick? A Jersey bred true-skool lyrical emcee on the rize in the Philly Hip-Hop scene, bridging the gap between Bakkpakk+Street Rap one bar@a time. Outside of the local Philly music scene the MC isn’t well known. Despite working the game touch for over a decade, releasing albums and mixtapes and performing with The Roots, Freeway, and Reef the Lost Cauze

Cookie Rabinowitz (Philly)

a city with a long and rich recorded history with Cameo-Parkway, Philly International as well as vocal groups like the Soul Survivors, Stylistics and Hall and Oates emerges a new singer who mines the Blue Eyed Soul genre in a slightly different way. Cookie Rabinowitz has dubbed his music “Four Eyed Soul,” as a nod to Philly’s rich history of Blue Eyed Soul. This aesthetic encompasses funk, hip-hop, rock, and R&B.
Adam Travis and the Soul (Hatboro,PA)
Blues Rock and Reggae fused together to create both a positive vibe and outlook on life. My goal in my lyrics is to speak inspiring truth in a new and unique way that any listener can relate to. My optimistic mindset is greatly displayed in my music and I hope to bring this joy to anyone who hears it.
Montgomery Streets (Brooklyn, NY)
After their critically acclaimed band "The Vinyl Addicts" disbanded, Brian Murray and Anthony DeFeo began writing some new songs in an apartment on Montgomery St in Brooklyn's Crown Heights. The songs were catchy, unapologetically pop riddled with harmonies and introspective lyrics.


Survay Says! (Blairstown, NJ)

Survay Says! Is a 6-piece pop punk/ska band from New Jersey. Averaging 150+ shows a year for the past 3 years, Survay Says! Blends horn-driven ska music with a hard hitting and quick, catchy pop punk sound. The release of their new record “Observations Of The Human Condition” will be quickly followed by several North American tours in April through August, including a month-long run with ska legends Reel Big Fish. More tour dates are to come in the fall, including a return trip to the Fest.
Rowboat Casino (Philly)

Rowboat Casino is a high energy, content heavy, live band hip-hop powerhouse from Philly. Since their onset late 2012 they’ve already shared the stage with legends Black Thought (The Roots), Raekwon (Wu-tang), and Big Daddy Kane (Las Supper). While finishing up their debut EP “Boat Drinks” they’ve been gaining a lot of festival love starting with the Liberty Music Fest (Philly), Dewey Beach Music Conference (Delaware) and the CBGB Festival (NYC). Get on the Boat!!
Stephen Lyons (Brooklyn, NY)
“I am about to pay Stephen probably the best compliment that I can think of. He sounds a LOT like Elvis Costello, James Taylor, Bono and Bob Dylan donated their collective man juice and had a son that combined every single best quality that they have.”

 The Currys (Florida)

The Currys are a home-grown acoustic folk trio born and bred in the Florida panhandle. Incorporating elements of country, bluegrass, blues, and rock, the Currys music showcases tight vocal harmonies, thoughtful songwriting, and a strong emphasis on rollicking live performance. They've been featured on PBS, toured Ireland, guest starred during the headlining set of the 60th Florida Folk Fest, and collected a full back-up band.

The Blackfires

They are just coming off two huge gigs for us: one supporting Aerosmith in Moscow, and the other California Breed (Jason Bonham/Glen Hughes/ndrew Watt) in NYC.
“The perfect description of their musical style, however, was given by frontman Chegodaev himself – “Don’t think too much about it, just go crazy.” That we did. So if you’re starving for some ear-splitting rock ‘n’ roll badassery, look no further than The Blackfires.”
Revel 9 (Long Island, NY)
“The delivery on ‘The Razorblade Diaries’ is amazing.
- Hip Rock Magazine
“The intensity of opener ‘San Jose’ is palpable and Pearlman impresses with his perfect rock vocal tone and blistering guitar licks.”
- Now This ROCKS!
“They offer up a sound that is bound to catch on like crazy!
- Neufutur Magazine

Black Rue (Philly)
You can describe the music of BlackRue as Rock alt country with a twinge of Punk attitude. Since its release in November 2013 the band has sold hundreds of copies of its debut Ep “"The Likelihood of Confusion"” produced by Grammy nom...inated producer David Ivory leading to a sold out release party on Nov, 9. It has far exceeded expectations. Songs off the Ep such as “Last Chance”, “Confusion” and Baby Blue have been receiving airplay on 95.1 WZZO Allentown, PA, 93.7 WSTW Wilmington, DE, 104.9 WRKY Altoona, PA, 99.1 Johnstown, PA. and 91.7 WCUR West Chester College Radio.

Angel Vivaldi (Princeton,NJ)

"If people don’t like instrumental music, I’m here to make them like it.”

In today’s music scene where countless bands are effortlessly duplicated, Angel Vivaldi stands out as a cutting edge and unprecedented up-and-coming artist. His blend of spell-binding guitar anthems, tasteful yet virtuosic playing and engaging song arrangements have captured the ears of many who would have never given instrumental music a listen.


Carfax Abbey (Philly)

Carfax Abbey is a fifteen year old electro industrial rock act out of Philadelphia PA, that embraces the darker side of everything. Loud, unique, edgy and downright scary is the band's method and madness.

Steve Foht (Pittsburgh, PA)

Steve Foht is a singer / songwriter from Pittsburgh, PA. He spent almost 8 years playing and touring with Music From Another Room. In that time, he has played Warped Tour, Bele Chere Festival, Dewey Beach Music Conference, Liberty Music Festival, Pittsburgh EQT Three Rivers Regatta, and toured over 30 cities in the eastern United States. He has shared the stage with acts like Big Time Rush, The Maine, Action Item, Before You Exit and Honor Society. He is currently writing for his upcoming solo recordings and pursuing collaborative writing with other musicians.
Messages of hope embedded in emotionally driven rock...
Much like Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom and sponsor of the arts from whom they take their name, Peg and Kevin combine both their passion for music with a desire to inspire and heal others.
Joie Kathos (Philly)

Joie Kathos, (Born Jordan Shannon) is a multifaceted recording artist from the city of Philadelphia. As a lyricist, singer, producer, songwriter, dancer, and actress, Joie is bringing something unique to the entertainment industry by delivering messages of optimism and hope through songs that talk about her everyday struggles in life. "I have nothing to prove to anyone. I want to share my gifts wit...h the world, and I hope to entertain and relate to people from all different backgrounds and walks of life. " -Joie

Core Wade (Philly) 
Cory is an American singer, actor, model, and spokesperson in the LGBT community. He was the third place reality show contestant on America's Next Top Model (ANTM), cycle 20 (Fall 2013).He and Chris Schellenger were the first openly gay male contestants on ANTM. According to interviews on the show he loves to sing, act, model and being a drag queen. He has been criticized for his feminine style and sexuality. During the ANTM cycle, he continuously got criticized by judge Rob for his feminine mentality and lack of masculine poses.
Those People (Philly)

Those People is a rock band from Philadelphia formed two years ago by Daniel DiFranco and Seth Carter. Their single “Black Swan” has recently been played on WMMR’s Jaxon’s Local Shots and WZZO’s Backyard Bands. After garnering some attention from a demo they recorded at Fresh Produce Studios, the band has been invited to play some of Philly’s more esteemed venues (Milkboy Philly, Northstar Bar, ...Bourbon and Branch, Kung Fu Necktie, to name a few.
Kid Felix (Philly)

 Kid Felix then went on to solidify there role in the music scene when they released their second EP, 'Young Luck' in October 2012. 'Young Luck' grabbed the attention of some very important figures in the music industry today, allowing them to play to huge crowds in venues such at the TLA, World Cafe, Susquehanna Bank Center, Electric Factory, House of Blues, Starland Ballroom and more. Now on the heels of their third release, 'Rivals', as well as a brand new music video for "I Am the River", Kid Felix finds themselves touring the East Coast, playing music festivals and growing their markets.
A Better Class Criminal (Philly/Queens)
While fusing together classic rock'n'roll and hip hop, A Better Class of Criminal brings a different element to the music scene. With influences ranging from Rage Against the Machine to Black Sabbath, from Beastie Boys to Iron Maiden, and from Cage The Elephant to Wild Cherry,
Terrible Friends (Mullica Hill, NJ)
Terrible Friends was started by childhood friends Dan Tumolo (drums) and Vin Dammann (vox/rhythm guitar) in early 2012. The duo crafted the first batch of songs and soon added the lead guitar work of Rich Ealer and Morgan Bartz on bass. The band has since evolved its sound into something that would satisfy fans of 90s-alternative and modern indie rock alike.
Vajra’s music is hauntingly dark and hypnotic weaving Eastern Indian themes with melodic, progressive rock creating foreboding and mysterious lullabies. Vajra was formed by composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Annamaria Pinna during her self-imposed exile in India. The child of a former monk and school teacher, Annamaria was encouraged to learn about the world around her and to question her assumptions. She believes there is divinity in creativity. Annamaria has a neurological condition called syne...sthesia, where she attaches color and shapes to sound.

Steve Haley (Philly)
Real Trash Rock n Roll!!!! Ripping guitars!!!!


  1. DVT you guys are definitely FRAUDS as your former Venue calls you. This lineup alone is what its all about music spanning all genres. Keep this shit up, you guys are the last of the real music bookers in the city. The PODcast is off the chain can't wait for the next three.

  2. WOW! truly a well thought out music listen. I can't believe that Giffords Lane is in grade school totally inspiring to see the youth carry the torch. All the songs were excellent so much better than Pandors, SiriusXM or regular radio to say the least. I will be attending several days to this, really looks like a music party.

  3. Thank you for helping people get the information they need. Great stuff as usual. Keep up the great work!!!
    Mack Benton