Thursday, July 21, 2016

5th Liberty Musicfest - Meet Artists - Saturday, August 20th (Daytime Indoor Stage) @ The Grape Room, Manayunk

The Liberty Musicfest (LMF) is Philadelphia's Premier Independent Music Festival. This year will feature 80+ Artists from 25 different States with diverse music styles ranging from Indie Rock, Hip Hop, Punk, Singer Songwriters, Rock, Alternative, Progressive, R&B, Experimental, etc.

What makes LMF special is our focus on Networking and building relationships between artists and Industry. We provide Workshops, Seminars, Mentor Sessions for Artists looking to talk to music industry professionals. This year we are adding street vendors and an outdoor stage on
Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 8pm FREE TO THE PUBLIC.
The whole event will be centered around THE GRAPE ROOM. Located at 105 Grape Street, Philadelphia, PA. 19127

These blog postings are to introduce you to the wide variety of Artists performing each day.
Below are Links to all the Artists Performing. Check them out, please share them and just maybe. You will discover your new favorite artist!

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Saturday, August 20th 
Indoor Stage Daytime

Performance at 7:20pm  / From Mechanicsburg, PA
 Style: Melodic Hard Rock

Observe the 93rd (OT93) is a high energy, melodic hard rock band from Harrisburg, PA. The band consists of guitarist/vocalist Derek Henry, bass player Tyler Davis, and drummer Dylan Zepp.
Their driving bottom end and slicing time signatures provided by bassist Tyler Davis and drummer Dylan Zepp are accentuated by the edge-laced melodies and unique vocal delivery stylings of Derek Henry. These dynamics create a sound that is at different times powerful, intimate, eerie, and aggressive and incredibly original.
Observe has played with bands such as Foxy Shazam, Three Days Grace, Seether, Stone Temple Pilots, Black Stone Cherry, Fuel, Hollywood Undead, Drowning Pool, and Flyleaf.

Performance at 6:30pm  / From Westchester County, NY 
Progressive Hard Rock

Valence is an up and coming instrumental band from New York that exists to push the boundaries of rock and roll and bring the highest level of energy possible in doing so. Fusing metal, progressive rock, and jam, Valence creates a unique sound that is intelligent and energetic, yet still accessible. Their focus is on expressiveness: their music can be at times aggressive or intense, at other times contemplative and introspective. Their compositions traverse different styles while their live show leaves audiences in awe.
Sea of Tranquility summarized this, saying the band doesn’t “go all out progressive metal all the time, instead they also inject some atmospheric prog and tasty jazz-fusion into their sound which makes for a well rounded listening experience” 

Performance at 5:40pm  / From Providence, RI 
xperimental, Electronica, Prog Rock, Psychedelic, Jazz

Experimental, multi-instrumentalist Indie duo, featuring Ian C. and M. Walshe has just debuted their first full-length record, “Something to Needle Over”. The album includes various styles and a unique approach to songwriting with dense layering of electronica, vocals, and live instrumentation. It features three instrumental tracks and branches into elements of World music and Progressive rock. The record emphasizes Ontologics’ unique genre blending sound.

"What’s really amazing about this debut record is that despite the cramming in of these myriads of styles, it never leaves you disoriented. Instead of a tedious maze that leaves one confused, Something To Needle Over is more like an exhilarating rollercoaster ride with lots of twists, turns, and jumps." - DAILYVAULT.COM

Performance at 4:50pm  / From New Jersey

Good Look, Sigourney is all about a good time. They fluidly combine in-your-face guitars with infectious dance rhythms along side conscience lyrics and heavy melodies. Their undeniable cuteness will surely stick with you.
D'you wanna know the truth? ... Well as legend has it, 100 years ago Good Look, Sigourney was making music far differently from how they're making it now. There is reason to assume this trend will continue. You see, 100 years ago planes didn't exist. Today planes do exist and they are used to fly both passengers and cargo. What this means is that GLS is the breath of a new age. One understood truth is with every living breath comes an exhale. The only difference is when Good Look, Sigourney exhales it smells of rock and roll.

Performance at 4:00pm  / From NYC
We're a band who believes in guitar riffs and solos, bass lines with groove, and hard-hitting drums. We're into writing songs that don't follow the plastic formula of popular modern music. We don't waste a whole lot of time singing about boyfriends and girlfriends and relationships.
We will rock you.
Dead Rocking Horse is a New York City blues-based hard rock band.
DRH began as a power trio founded by Singer/guitarist Marron Chaplin and bassist David Alva in 2011, with the recent addition of drummer Dave Brooks and guitarist Alex Gil. 
The band started at the bottom of the New York City food chain, and worked its way up through the ranks to play notable NYC venues such as the Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, Arlene's Grocery, the Bitter End, Bowery Electric, and the Gramercy Theatre. 
Dead Rocking Horse's second 3-song EP, "Triptych," was released to physical print last fall, and is available on iTunes along with their self-titled first release. All songs stream for free listening on Spotify and
The band is currently in the studio preparing fresh material, and gearing up to play more shows to new audiences in 2016.

Performance at 3:10pm  / From Philly
Psychedelic Swamp Rock

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication..

Performance at 2:20pm  / From NYC
Indie Pop Rock

"If Fellini had made beach movies, Supermajor would have been their elegiac, enchanted house band. “Cemetery Eyes” is an anthem pouring out from and then somehow all around the dashboard of some convertible that went off a too-sharp curve on the Pacific Coast Highway in 1966 and never returned to Earth, picking up alien angel doo-wops and Eno buzzes from the ether and the future along with its irresistible elysian guitar jingle and synth fizz while it was in the air with no interference. “Your Drift Is a Drug” has that motorcycle-kickstart rhythm, recoiling on itself as it chews up distance, wrapped up in sensations torn away from the disappearing landscape. Happier yet still wiser, Supermajor are pop prophets and sibyls who haunt a collective hit parade without ever having had to die, as rock and roll never does, because they know that youth only passes from soul to soul. There is no more radio but there’s still ritual, and Adam Swiderski’s headlining songs are testaments of movie-star confidence and morality-play caution while Brooke Tarnoff’s and Sarah Engelke’s are séances of ’70s arena-diva sorrow and transcendence, “I See You Clearing” a prayer for hearts put back together from each others’ pieces and “Shotgun” the proto-punk hall of fame B-side. Everything converges for “A Little Piece of the Sun,” the kind of half-album-length epic that whole societies of counterculture would collect around. Supermajor makes the music of the flattened spheres, orbiting eternally on black tracks and then shooting you into the day each time the needle has to lift off." -Adam McGovern

Performance at 1:30pm  / From Manchester, NJ.
Indie Rock
icked Hollow is a new South Jersey based Rock band. Their music stems from influences such as Kings of Leon, Cage the Elephant, Black Sabbath, Alabama Shakes and Arctic Monkeys. The band’s line-up consists of the timeless rock n’roll quartet.
The line-up includes front man Bryan Wood, intently delivering his message through the role of lead vocals and guitar; Tyler Veit, assisting with his raspy, soulful vocal style while also tapping into your psyche with his lead guitar playing; Anthony Marino, whose sleek bass lines make sure your seats rumble along to the stimulating tunes of Wicked Hollow; and lastly Andrew Lawler, the backbone and beat of the band that keeps it all together.
Bryan and Andrew have been playing together since they first met in 6th grade. They have played with a variety of alternate members under a few different names over the years before finding Anthony and Tyler. The line-up was complete in November 2015. “Having Anthony and Tyler in the band feels like we’ve finally found that lost puzzle piece that has been hiding under the couch” explains Bryan.

Performance at 12:40pm  / From Easton, PA.
Alt Rock

One part Elvis Costello, one Part Tom Petty, one part Nick Lowe-pour in highball glass over ice, add garnish. Shaken not stirred.
Renowned for their exciting live shows, Roi and the Secret People (RSP) features the mesmerizing voice of Mike Roi and the musical talents of Craig Martyn on drums, Jason Hedrington on Moog/Keys, Glen Radomski on bass and Ed Golden on Guitar. Roi, who hails from South Florida, set out to assemble a group of talented, experienced, and like-minded musicians to create the version of rock music he was raised with. Armed with all original music, RSP has played such renowned clubs as Rockwood Music Hall, Mercury Lounge and Arlene’s Grocery in New York City and The World Live Cafe,The Northstar Bar, The Tin Angel, and The Legendary Dobbs in Philadelphia. RSP's first album, Dog St., includes a variety of tunes from the stunning, haunting song, “Firefly,” to the balls-to-the- wall sound of the title track “Dog St.” Their newly released 2nd album, Phoenix, blends Roi’s pop sensibilities with an alternative rock twist mired in sounds from the likes of Nick Lowe to Tom Petty. Roi has been known to say that all he needs is a good bottle of bourbon, a good cigar, and a guitar to create the kind of true-blue, sexy, and salt-of-the earth music that has captivated audiences in up and down the Eastern seaboard. Eclectic, diverse, and thoroughly original, RSP is a band that combines a classic rock vibe with a lyrical, wholly unique sound.

Performance at 11:50am  / From Doylestown, PA.
Indie Rock


  1. Damn these bands are awesome, wasn't expecting this type level of music. This event sounds like a breath of fresh air, going to check out the other artists now. So glad its no the same old tired bands that seem to get a lot of the shows. Need to hear some fresh bands on the scene.

  2. I decided to checkout the bands for Liberty Musicfest from the post in the Roxnorough group, I real must say I am impressed by the quality and range of music styles. I really liked Supermajor, Observe the 93rd, Ontologics and Dead Rocking Horse. I will be checking out all the other bands. This is so cool that this is happening in Manayunk, the street needs a breath of fresh air.

  3. You’ve got some interesting points in this article. I would have never considered any of these if I didn’t come across this. Thanks!.
    Mack Benton