Tuesday, April 11, 2017

2017 South St. Spring Festival - meet the 2nd Street Artists

2017 South St. Spring Festival
Saturday, May 6th, 2017 - 11am to 8pm

Event Page:

South Street kicks off Philly's summer festival season with a totally free, all day, all-ages celebration of the city's best sights, sounds, tastes and sips. Festivities will take over South Street between Front and 8th Streets. All activities are FREE and open to the public. Food and drink are pay-as-you-go. Rain or shine! #SouthStFest

* 40+ bands rocking three stages and seven performance areas
* 30+ restaurants/bars serving outside
* 125+ boutiques and businesses catering to your style and shopping needs
* Dozens of artists selling their handmade wares
* Free family fun and entertainment
* Free Comic Book Day
* Maifest and Philly's largest Maypole 

for the 5th Street Performers goto: 

2nd Street Stage - Meet the Performers

Adam Travis and the Soul - 7:10 PM   

Adam Travis is a songwriter and performer currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Adam has always had the dream of creating music that is unique, powerful, and straight from the heart. His constant mindset is optimistic and he approaches all of the ups and downs of life as a chance to learn and grow. He believes in having an open mind to every style of music and mixes a wide range of genres into his songwriting. Influences from artists like Bob Marley, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, and Zac Brown have made Adam the writer and musician that he is today.

Adam's heart, soul, and performing roots can be found in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Thanks to middle school jazz band, high school marching band, weekly open mics, and garage rock bands, Adam realized that pursuing a career in music was the only route to go. Along the way, he learned to play saxophone, bass, drums, guitar, and piano. Growing up, his parents were divorced, but each house was always filled with music. His father would blast the Grateful Dead as he did yard work around the house, while his mother would come home from work to play piano and give Adam lessons. Both parents gave him an infinite amount of love and attention, but going back and forth between homes took it's toll on Adam. At times, it was hard to find something constant to comfort him. Songwriting became his balance. No matter what house he was at, you could find Adam sitting in the basement with a pen, a piece of paper, and his guitar, singing and smiling.

The summer of 2015 was the first time that Adam went on a full east coat tour with "The Soul." The adventure started with a sold out show in his hometown of Doylestown, PA at his favorite venue, Puck. After that, Adam loaded up his SUV with instruments and band mates and traveled to New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Vermont, Delaware, and Maryland. After graduating from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor's Degree in songwriting, he felt it was time to take his skills and experience to the city of opportunity. This big decision came easy when his band mates and best  friends were doing the same and he was accepted to an internship in music publishing. Upon arriving in Brooklyn, one of the first things Adam did was head into the studio to record his third record, "What This Love Can Be EP." The album features four brand new originals to be released in the winter of 2016.

Blind Spots - 6:10 PM

This all original, five-piece moxy rock band steered by magnetic songstress and force of nature Maddy Walsh has been actively touring the country after the release of its third studio album, RHIZOMATIC, which was accompanied by several music videos released at two sold-out premieres in their hometown of Ithaca, NY.

The Blind Spots have shared festival bills with Lake Street Dive, Amy Helm, Rubblebucket, Donna the Buffalo, Sharon Jones, John Brown's Body, The Punch Brothers, Brett Dennen, Jim Lauderdale, Steve Earle, Anders Osborne, etc. and have shared city event bills with Blues Traveller at Blue Cross Arena, Rochester; Eddie Money in Albany, NY; and Rusted Root both at Tussey Mountain, PA and in Friendsville, PA. The band has played the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance the past six years; Virginia Key Grassroots Festival in Miami, FL; Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival in Pittsboro, NC; Corning Glass Museum; Rochester Lilac Festival (119 years running) alongside Dr. Dog, the Psychedelic Furs, and Ana Popovich among others.; several colleges including the University of Vermont, Cornell University, SUNY Brockport, and Elmira College; the State Theatre of Ithaca; The Basement in Nashville, TN; Johnny D's in Somerville, MA; both The Bowery Electric and Rockwood Music Hall in New York City; the Florida Music Festival and Conference in Orlando, FL; Dewey Beach Music Conference in Dewey Beach, DE, etc.

The band shows no signs of slowing as it continues to expand its touring radius, gaining new fans and momentum with each electrifying live performance.

Post War Dream - 5:10 PM

"The first track released off Philadelphia band Post War Dream‘s projected 2017 release We’ll Be Just Fine takes a heavy topic and starts a necessary conversation.  “Fading In” details the devastation of addiction, and is meant a beacon for those struggling with it, as well as those who care about them. Heavy percussion and guitar carry the track while delicate harmonies providing a compelling contrast. The lyrics “Started slowly fading in / This is really happening” help to paint a picture of the slippery slope of abuse and the mentality that it won’t happen to you. Rob Tomlinson’s haunting vocals effectively convey the earnest message that Post War Dream is trying to get across to listeners." - Erin Blewett, WXPN's The Key.  

"Indie-rock quartet Post War Dream posted the lead single to its upcoming full-length album, We'll Be Just Fine, which was recorded at Woodbrook Recording and produced by Paul Hocynec. "Fading In" tackles the often difficult topic of addiction, with Rob Tomlinson's weathered-sounding vocals poetically sharing the cautionary tale. Joined by Tiffany Adams, Justin Foley, and Jason Gooch, the group successfully balances warm, heartfelt melodies with instrumental bursts of welcomed release." - The Deli Magazine.

Ivory - 4:10 PM     

It was pure fate Frankie De Rosa and Robbie Simmons collided on a cold winter night in Boston when an inescapable snowstorm caught the two in Frankie’s room. The musical duo had sprung from that night forward creating their future musical collaborations under the name Ivory. Frankie who carves his sound through ukulele, Woodwinds, and lead vocals, while contributing an irreplaceable allure of Eastern influences, bled into Robbie’s productions. While also playing keyboard, Robbie acts as a producer, aiding the construction of the indie/folk fusion sound the two create. Personal experiences projected into fantasy develop their sound into a hopeful, narrative themed journey.


XPresidents - 2:10 PM

WE don't believe in rules…. Rules are limitations placed upon you by others through their own insecurities, fear, and lack of imagination. WE believe in learning the rules of your instrument so you are not bound by those rules, and you are free to create. If you were to ask the other guys in the band what this is to them, you'd probably get 5 different answers: and that's really the point. 
Music is singular to the individual: We each bring something to the table the others don't have, and together we create something that is unique. If you were to take a cross-section of who we are, and what we do, you'd find permutations of that which has already been done: At the core, we're a power trio, and an MC fronts the band. Growing up in the late 90s, early 2000's unfortunately I remember that era of bands categorized as 'rap-rock' (..and zero guitar!!); yet none of those bands were equipped with a neo-soul wizard on the keys. Conversely, there are many r&b outfits that dabble in hip hop and soul; yet, I've yet to see one with a lead guitar player blowing LA rock guitar through a Marshall stack. We deal in rock, jazz, funk, reggae, neo-soul, and we play live. We can take to any stage, in any circumstance and do what we do without the aid of a computer. It's real, and that in and of itself, I believes sets this band apart. Marv has a story to tell, we help him tell it. There are 4 different versions to this story, and what I've laid before you is simply how I see it….

The Quixote Project - 2:10 PM

We are a neo-roots music outfit. From Rock to Rockabilly, Bluegrass to Blues we like to pull from traditional genres to blur the fine lines of modern music. "Frontman Jeff Selby and a revolving cast of musicians have distilled the multi-genre sounds of a beachfront music festival into a remarkably cohesive live set, with hints of bluegrass, folk, and rock in a style that would be pigeonholed as “jam” if the songwriting wasn’t so explicitly pop-oriented" says Dave Fox of MUSIC WITHOUT LABELS.
We recently released our new record "Land of Plenty" produced at Cambridge Sound Studios which is now available at all major streaming/download services. Our last album "Bone Shaker" helped us get nominated as "NJ Indie Band Of The Year" by Tri State Indie, and our song "Tread Easy" was nominated for "Best Folk Song" by 93.7FM Hometown Heroes at the annual Homey Awards.

We have shared the stage with notable artists such as Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Charlie Daniels, John Pardi, Ben Arnold, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, The Goddamn Gallows, Hoots & Hellmouth, and many other regional/locall bands. We sincerely appreciate the continued love and support. Cheers music. The QP

Calla Bere & the Attitude- 1:10 PM       

Buster - 12:10 PM 

Buster! is a Philadelphia Based band that creates a relaxing, groovy vibe for any event or private party. 

Specializing in their core instrumental trio, they have been known to include talented singers and a variety of other instrumentalists to enhance their sound. 

Walt Lafty- 11:10 AM   

Co-Founder, Songwriter, Lead Vocals1998 to 2016Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Published songwriter on both Major and independent Label releases spanning many genres from Straight Rock and even Hip-Hop to Grammy Nominated Christian Albums. 

I focus on Lyric writing as an art form pulling stories out of the artist' own experiences or even thin air if needed. Melodies are a wonderful delivery system.

2017 South St. Spring Festival - 5th Street Stage - Meet the Performers

2017 South St. Spring Festival
Saturday, May 6th, 2017 - 11am to 8pm

Event Page:

South Street kicks off Philly's summer festival season with a totally free, all day, all-ages celebration of the city's best sights, sounds, tastes and sips. Festivities will take over South Street between Front and 8th Streets. All activities are FREE and open to the public. Food and drink are pay-as-you-go. Rain or shine! #SouthStFest

* 40+ bands rocking three stages and seven performance areas
* 30+ restaurants/bars serving outside
* 125+ boutiques and businesses catering to your style and shopping needs
* Dozens of artists selling their handmade wares
* Free family fun and entertainment
* Free Comic Book Day
* Maifest and Philly's largest Maypole 

2nd Street Stage Performers

5th Street Stage - Meet the Performers

The Jawn  - 7:00 PM

The press has called them "hip hop funk jammers," "experimental," "poppy blues rock" and a mix of "funk, rock, pop and soul." They are all of this and more; they are The Jawn.

Taking their name from the swiss army knife-like, all purpose Philadelphia slang term, The Jawn have left audiences stunned with their high energy performances.

The Jawn combine tight, virtuosic musicianship and improvisation with catchy hooks and melody; while many acts excel at one realm or the other, The Jawn equally cultivate both skills, offering something for everyone. Guitarists Pat Durkin and Ricky Haldis trade lead guitar licks and provide vocals, while bassist Mike Novak and drummer Andrew Duffy lay a hard hitting groove underneath.

In their short time as a band, The Jawn have performed at festivals and shows around the East Coast with acts such as Cheers Elephant, Brother's Past, Splintered Sunlight, Screaming Headless Torsos, Turtle Soup, Moogatu, Teddy Midnight, Montoj, Nik Greeley And The Operators, Out Of The Beardspace, Racket Boys, Native Maze, Catullus, The Strange Heat, Bong Hits For Jesus and more. With an EP, several singles, and a music video under their belt, The Jawn continue to progress and evolve as a group.

Aviance6:00 PM     

These Philly-bred vocalists have a truly timeless voice that is undoubtedly authentic. The name Aviance says it all. “Aviance” comes from the word “Ambiance”; and they remove the “MB”, replace it with a “V” to signify their strong soulful voices. Aviance has captured the new-age flavor of soul while maintaining an old-school flair. Their swag is reminiscent of artists from the early '90s R&B era. Aviance combines the best of soul and hip hop. This all lead singing trio features, Dominique Nicole, Beyyond & Miss Jayy, and they get down and gritty with soulful voices. These ladies are known for creating a special vibe when they enter a room. Their performance is definitely memorable; in every way, which causes them to gain new, loyal and dedicated fans wherever they go. They’ve opened up for Artists such as Dru Hill, K-Ci & Jo Jo, Mali Music, Jon B, Mr. Cheeks, Mario, SWV, Sylenna Johnson, Slick Rick, Silento and many more. Aviance plans to make their mark on the industry by being known for the singing group that has brought back TRUE SINGING and REAL MUSIC to this industry. Their talents collectively and individually will definitely leave a mark on this industry and give them the type of staying power that legendary Artists had.

Flightschool5:00 PM

Since forming in 2008, Philadelphia rockers Flightschool have steadily earned larger venues up and down the east coast via their energetic live performances. The four-piece blends straight rock with blues and jam influences anchored by a two-headed guitar attack. Buckle up for a set of inspired originals with a wingspan from the 70s prog of ELO to the more current sounds of the Artic Monkeys.
Flightschool released its debut EP back in 2014 which  they recorded at the Red Planet Recording in Lansdowne, PA.  "City Limits", the first track on the EP, was featured in Relix Magazine along side Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's "Hypnotic Eye".

In August of 2014, Flightschool made its debut performance at the Allman Brother's Peach Music Festival in Scranton PA sharing in the festivities with Bob Weir & Ratdog, the Trey Anastasio Band, Victor Wooten, the Taj Mahal Trio, Warren Haynes, George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic, Lotus, Grey and Mofro, and many more amazing artists.

In 2015, the boys have been back at the Red Planet hard at work on their first full length album- release date to be determined.  

On November 25th 2015, the band collaborated with Dock Street Brewery for a single release party at the Theatre of Living Arts on South Street in Philadelphia.  Flightschool's "Review" and Dock Street brewed a pale ale titled"Little Chicken" the title of another single off their LP- yet to been released.

Dr Beardface and the Spacemen - 4:00 PM  

Dr. Beardfacé and the Spaceman is a high-energy rock band from Philadelphia, PA. Influenced by a variety of music ranging from punk and alternative to 50’s rockabilly, Beardfacé has received positive reviews from various blogs and music magazines and has been featured on Philadelphia's 93.3 WMMR, Delaware's 93.7 WSTW's Hometown Heroes, 99.3 FM Columbia, SC, 93.5 WZBH, Goldie's Garage Show on Sirius XM Radio, UK's Amazing Radio and many other FM and online radio stations.

Its members have been involved in music for a number of years, sharing the stage with a wide variety of performers such as Sublime w/ Rome, Pepper, The Expendables, Stick Figure, Deep Purple, Sponge, Tommy Conwell, Cypress Hill, Pasadena, Alien Ant Farm, Hed PE and more. Members of DBATS have also performed numerous festivals with acts such as Slightly Stoopid, Stephen Marley, G. Love and Special Sauce, B. B. King, Rebelution, Matisyahu, Collie Buddz, Zion I, moe., Keller Williams, Styx, Foreigner, Darius Rucker, and many more.

The band will be playing throughout the US in 2017 and will be releasing their first full-length album on May 5, 2017 via Altercation Records.

This year’s festivities will feature the festival’s first-ever “Philly Taco Challenge,” which pits 20 contestants against one another to see who can down the legendary street food fastest. For the uninitiated, that means gobbling down a Jim’s Steaks cheesesteak wrapped delicately in an enormous slice of pizza from Lorenzo & Sons.

The winner, however, will receive a year’s worth of cheesesteaks and pizza. A $10 entry fee gets you in to compete, but it's limited to 20 contestants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Proceeds from the event will benefit local school lunch programs.

The Wayside Shakeup2:00 PM  

The Wayside Shakeup began in 2003 in an apartment in Philadelphia, PA. Founding members Chris DʼAntonio and
Rob Volansky wrote a handful of original tunes that would eventually make up their self-titled debut album. After a hiatus and reunion in 2007, they began writing songs again with the intent of recording and playing live. In 2011, after several years of gigging as an acoustic duo, mutual friend and keyboardist Eric Raible was asked to record on The Wayside Shakeupʼs debut album (The Wayside Shakeup), and signed on as the full-time keyboardist shortly after. The lineup was filled out with John McLeod on bass and Mike Leger on drums. The group released its second album, Optimistic, in 2013, off which the title track received airplay on Philadelphiaʼs 88.5 WXPN and Radio 104.5, as well as on popular internet stations Gashouse Radio and XRP Radio.

The bandʼs diverse sound draws from a wide variety of influences of the members, from shades of groups like Pearl Jam to the Grateful Dead to Gaslight Anthem to Pink Floyd, and all points in between. Together, they form a melodic sound filled with soaring harmonies, compact jams, raucous blues romps, power-pop ballads and more – everything needed to get the crowd moving.

Playing live is a core tenet of the groupʼs ethos. Based in Philadelphia, The Wayside Shakeup has played some of
their home regionʼs most popular rooms, including World Café Live, the Trocodero Theatre, longtime indie-rock venue The Legendary Dobbs, Ardmore Music Hall, as well as a number of outdoor festivals and events.

The Sly Foxes - 1:00pm

The Sly Foxes are a funk/rock band from West Chester, Pa consisting of Doug Myers, (guitar/vocals), Arturo DiPietro (bass guitar/vocals), James Jorgensen (saxophone), Timmy Oakes (piano/keyboards) and Dennis Oakes (drums).

Guitarists Doug Myers and Arturo DiPietro met in 2013 while attending West Chester University. After finding they shared a passion for playing guitar and a love of R&B/funk artists Otis Redding, Ray Charles and James Brown, the two began playing acoustic guitar together. One jam session at Arturo’s house intrigued close friend and drummer Dennis Oakes and the three decided they would form a band.

The musicians started working together in an empty 9’ by 9’ chicken coop. They played local house parties under several names and pseudonyms, until they decided on "The Sly Foxes", after the fox which had eaten the chickens from the coop in which they practiced.To emulate the desired R&B/funk sound, Doug purchased a Kimball organ on craigslist, and kept it in the coop. Dennis' younger brother Timmy Oakes, wanting to be part of the band, joined as piano/keyboardist.
Sly Foxes' recorded material frequently involved horn lines, which were usually overdubbed by Doug. The Foxes completed their live sound by adding longtime friend and fan of the band, saxophonist James Jorgensen.

The band began to gig in and around Pennsylvania. This included festivals often requiring them to play a specific genre including blues, reggae, acoustic, and funk. By playing a diverse array of genres, the Foxes were able to develop a unique sound that is entirely their own. One such festival at the Moondancer Winery, the band was introduced to artist rep Lynda Bennett of world renown roots label Lanark records.

Lynda introduced the Foxes to rockabilly hall of famer/label owner Quentin Jones. The Foxes and Jones agreed to do a four song EP with Jones behind the board as producer as he has done with artists such as Robert Gordon, Lynda Gail Lewis, and Kenley Collins.

With the EP “Cooped Up” under their belt, the Foxes are setting up touring dates for 2017 in support of their EP and album.


iLLECTIVE is Philadelphia's newest Funk/RnB project. The creative trio combines multiple genres and styles into a original sound that brings together fans from all over. Their distinctive concept gathers attention from indie enthusiasts to rappers and their momentum continues to grow. With a style that can't be predicted, iLLECTIVE is a band that shakes up the genre and prove it at every show.

Bluebond Guitars School Band - 11:00am

Bluebond Guitars has been a vital part of the Philadelphia music scene since the 80's.  We started as a repair shop and custom guitar builders.  In 1989 the shop  moved  to the South Street area of Philadelphia.  Since then, we have grown into one of Philadelphia's best used and vintage stores.  Bluebond caters to the working musician.  We have everything you need to keep your guitar playing right. The shop has a great selection of used guitars, basses and amps.  We specialize in boutique and used effect pedals.   If you are tired of the same old pedals that every store carries, come check out some boutique pedals.  Take your time in our sound booth and find the sound that you have been looking for.   Bluebond Guitars is the antithesis of the mega guitar shops that have taken over the industry.  We are a small shop that takes the time to help you find your sound.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

5+1 Artists to Check out in February 2017

DVT Entertainment would like to introduce you to 5 Artists to check out and also a Flashback Artist. Each month we will be bringing you this series in our blog. Will feature National, regional and Local artists! One Hundred Thousand www.facebook.com/pg/OneHundredThousand
Friday 2/3/2017

Fusing transcendent musicianship with a kinetic live presence, One Hundred Thousand hammers its considerable progressive influences into a sharp, polished hard rock edge. But it’s not just the band’s live show that’s drawing in new fans. Their combination of heavy rock battery and prog rock intricacy is framed by impressive individual performances and an ultimate devotion to creating memorable songs. Elevating these songs even further is the vocal production and veteran finesse of Clint Lowery (Sevendust and Dark New Day).
While the band members impress on their own, proof of their musicianship is found in the collective polish of their sound. Unlike some debuting progressive acts, each member of One Hundred Thousand is playing only to serve the song.
“Creating something greater than the sum of its parts is a common goal for the band and of mine in general,” says drummer and chief songwriter Wubbenhorst. “Having outstanding individual parts are great, but when it comes together as something greater than yourself – that’s why we do what we do.” 
Wubbenhorst is also a co-owner of Architekt Music, in Butler, NJ, which is home to music education, a live venue, artist management and a recording studio under one roof. Architekt serves as a home base to One Hundred Thousand. It’s also where Sevendust’s three latest releases were recorded, as well as recent releases from bands like Three Years Hollow, Thank You Scientist, Call Me No One, Candlelight Red, and many more.

Trap Rabbit www.facebook.com/traprabbitmusic/ 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at the Grape Room Open Band jam
Checkout their write up in Atwood Magazine http://atwoodmagazine.com/party-trix-trap-rabbit-premiere/

X-Presidents http://xpresidentsband.com/
Thursday 2/2/2017 at the Grape Room

WE don’t believe in rules…. Rules are limitations placed upon you by others through their own insecurities, fear, and lack of imagination.  WE believe in learning the rules of your instrument so you are not bound by those rules, and you are free to create.  If you were to ask the other guys in the band what this is to them, you’d probably get 5 different answers: and that’s really the point.
Music is singular to the individual: We each bring something to the table the others don’t have, and together we create something that is unique.  If you were to take a cross-section of who we are, and what we do, you’d find permutations of that which has already been done: At the core, we’re a power trio, and an MC fronts the band.  Growing up in the late 90s, early 2000’s unfortunately I remember that era of bands categorized as ‘rap-rock’ (..and zero guitar!!); yet none of those bands were equipped with a neo-soul wizard on the keys.  Conversely, there are many r&b outfits that dabble in hip hop and soul; yet, I’ve yet to see one with a lead guitar player blowing LA rock guitar through a Marshall stack.  We deal in rock, hip-hop, jazz, funk, reggae, neo-soul, and we play live.  We can take to any stage, in any circumstance and do what we do without the aid of a computer.  It’s real, and that in and of itself, I believes sets this band apart.  Soul has a story to tell, we help him tell it.  There are 5 different versions to this story, and what I’ve laid before you is simply how I see it…
Da Rezarekt www.facebook.com/darezarektband
Friday 2/24/2017 at the Grape Room This is a REUNION SHOW!!!

Da Rezarekt is a one of a kind band on the scene. A scholar of Philly Old School Hip Hop, front man Supreem met up with the funkadelphia bass player Low B Puffy D to embark on a musical journey. Searching for a guitar player, in walks ‘Guitar Grrrl’ Marisa for an audition. Within minutes, the dynamic pair knew something special just arrived to the band known as Da Rezarekt. With the addition of funky ass drummer ‘Supa Star Dar’, Da Rezarekt has become the liveliest band on the planet.
Their live performances is a sight to be seen, heard and felt with a FunkRockHop sound and insane energy that hasn’t been experienced in a long time; with people dancing, laughing, grooving, rockin’ out and having a great ass time at each show.
During the past two years, the band has played the Vans Warped Tour 2009, SXSW 2009 & 2010, Dewey Beach Music Conference & Festivals, Red Gorilla Fest 2009 & 2010 and multiple supporting dates for Pyschostick. Da Rezarekt has embarked on several mini tours in the north and southeast corridors. They are constantly on tour and will be coming soon to a town near you.

Chamomile and Whiskey www.facebook.com/pg/Chamomileandwhiskey
Saturday 2/25/17 at The Grape Room

Chamomile and Whiskey formed in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia in the late winter of 2011. Marie Borgman and Koda Kerl had been traveling the country playing as a duo and returned home to Nelson County with the idea of forming a full band. After a few shows of expirementing with different musicians they quickly settled in with Tim Deibler, Brenning Greenfield, and Ryan Lavin. From the beginning the group played dozens of shows in the local bar scene, with an emphasis on high energy and passionate performance. With each of the members coming from different musical backgrounds the songs melded into a new sound... with shades of rock, americana, irish, gypsy, and old-time sounds... all played with a punk rock ferocity.
After a year of playing the local bar scene, the band signed with County Wide Records... a Charlottesville based label that worked with many of the bands influences, including Bobby St. Ours, Pantherburn, and Mister Baby. The band recorded an EP produced by Jamal Milner, in a barn in Nelson County... aptly titled The Barn Sessions it was released at the Southern in downtown Charlottesville in April 2012. The band's second year proved fruitful and saw them open for Rusted Root, Railroad Earth, J Roddy Walston and the Business, and The Hackensaw Boys. They also played their first headlining show at the Jefferson Theater.
2013 was a big year for the band. On May 24th they released their debut LP Wandering Boots at the Jefferson Theater. The album was produced by Rob Evans and has gained significant radio play in the local market. The band has toured for much of the year with performances up and down the east coast, from Vermont and New York down to South Carolina. With infectious and ever-changing live performance, the band has devoleped a reputation for engaging shows full of rowdy dancing and incredible collaborations.
2014 continued on with Chamomile and Whiskey touring more extensively than ever... making debuts in Chicago, Nashville, and New Orleans. They recorded a Daytrotter session in the summer and joined the Infamous Stringdusters at the Festy in Nelson Coutny. The band logged well over 100 shows in 2014, constatnly improving their sound. The Chamomile and Whiskey family is growing with more and more talented people collaborating with the band both on and off the stage. The future looks bright for these vagabonds, with rumors of a new recording starting soon...

Grape Street History Flashback!!!
Halestorm in 2007

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Just Show Up in 2017: Insight on your Musical Career

DVT Entertainment wishes a great musical year!

2016 is in the books and first things are first. This year we lost so many great artists from David Bowie, Prince, Sharon Jones, Glen Frey, Bernie Worrell, Maurice White, Phife Dawg, Keith Emerson, and many more... Bowie,Prince and Sharon Jones really hit me hard because these artists represent "Legend" to me. The never compromised on there art, always pushed themselves no matter what people thought. These are qualities I current don't see in today's music industry mentality. For all artists. #neverdupicated

2016 Observations in the Scene / Touring Acts

This past year in the Philly Scene was interesting to say the least. I start off with there were a lot of great bands and performances I saw this year. I would say though really disappointed in they way bands/artists have been with their brand. The trend last year was a majority of bands are cramming so many local shows within two month periods. This so counter productive it drives me insane...lol This hurts you more than you know along with the venues and it effects better opportunities in the future. Artists really need to get to basics put together a realistic game plan to build your bands fan-base along with opportunities.
In my opinion about 90% of the artists on the scene  seem to be going through the motions and trying to mold into something there not instead of growing organically. These all genres across the board. it seams that the artists don't push limits of their abilities, are play it safe mode or afraid to try something different. I seen about 300+ live unsigned performances and probably listen to about 1000 artists. Like I said above, there were lots of great music last year but really nobody had that WOW factor!!! Nothing that moved me.

So in 2017 I put a challenge out there the you the Artists, create music that inspires, pushes the boundaries, WOW Factor and don't be afraid to try something out of the box!!!

2017 Artist Resolutions

Every artist wants to succeed in one capacity or another whether its better shows, branding, reviews, killer songs, etc. So I put together some goals for the artists for 2017

1. Music
Strive to make a great song first, don't worry about should I put out an EP or Record. Concentrate on one song and make it the best it can be then move on to the next. We are in the time where people are lucky to give you 30-60 secs. to determine if they will listen to more. So buckle down, and right some game changing music!!!!
2. Shows
Insanity = doing the same thing over and over with the same result. That is basically the local scenes across the USA. So lets start fresh and work on EVENTS instead of playing every possible show with in 2 month period in the local scene. I know its a great feeling playing different venues in the city, but artists must Hustle Smarter to benefit from each show. The question we get most is how do we get on the festivals that DVT and others put on. We look at bands that are trying hard to build their brand, write go music and work smart!
Challenge #2:
On your next show coming up, contact all the bands on the bill, work on a poster, combine your promotions and put a killer show/event together. When all the bands are working together you will be surprised what can happen!

3. BrandingBranding is another aspect that seem to be disappearing from the local artists. It is the one thing that does set you apart from other artists, more professional and attracts new fans. Branding is everything from logos, Artist photos, posters, live shows and merchandise. A comprehensive artist package create sets the tone and what you represent. 

DVT Entertainment in Review and the Future

Vince and myself first off would like to thank all the artists and venues that we worked with last year. Without you there would be not be DVT Entertainment. For people who don't know, we are probably the best music lovers on the planet especially the unsigned music scene. DVT was built on our passion of music and we will continue in 2017!!!!

The Grape Room

in 2016 we joined forces with the owner Scooter to put The Grape Room back in the eye of the scene and regional level as one of the best rooms to play at in Philly. We saw a resurgence in crowds at the Grape along with strong walk up crowds interested in what was going on! In 2017 we are going to be taking it up a few notches more this year. We have two national shows coming up

Wednesday 13/Bourbon Crow Acoustic - Saturday, January 21st - Get Tickets
Mack Myers Moore feat. Zach Myers of Shinedown Wed. March 8th - Get Tickets

South Street Spring Festival

This was the 4th year in which DVT booked the the two main stages and the street performers. Each this event keeps growing with 60,000+ people attended this year. We had over 40 artists perform this one day event. As like each year the music praise was hot topic and mostly talked about. Its so amazing that each artist kept on rising to the occasion by performing at such high levels.
We are back in 2017, booking artists for this great event. See Image below to submit your artist for consideration in performing!

2nd Street Festival
It great when you get the call to book a location that you always wanted to book. We were so honored to be apart of the 2nd St Festival in 2016 booking the Schmidt's Commons in  Northern Liberties. We had a blast booking this event bringing some of the best artists to center stage in the courtyard. It was a big undertaking for us but it turn out amazing and thanks to the artists who made it happen!!!

The Liberty Music Festival
This is DVT's biggest event each year and the best way to describe the 5th year is VIBE!!!
We held LMF at The Grape Room this year, closed down the street for out door performances and had over 80+ artists from all over the country attended. The only hiccup was the rain on Sunday but we brought as many acts to the inside. As I mentioned above "VIBE" is the best way to describe the atmosphere the entire 4 day event, from the first band on Thursday the tone was set that this was going to a real special LMF. In all my experiences with festivals and live shows I never have seen artists keep pushing each others performances to higher levels, artists talking to artists, etc. The Networking is what DVT preaches and we saw so many people meeting new people, discussing show swaps and just talking about music. It was definitely the most successful LMF to date.
The 6th Annual Liberty Musicfest will be back at The Grape Room this year, shutting down the street and also adding several venues and locations on Main St.  We also we be adding more Seminars and workshops. along with guest speakers! Stay tuned for more info!!!

This was the 1st year, it was a collaboration with the South Street Headhouse District and DVT Entertainment held at the TLA on South Street.
This was a gathering of friends. A DOBBS REUNION!!! Peers, musicians & travelers alike coming together to celebrate the contribution of Heshey Schlachterman, who has made and continues to make such an incredible impact on thousands upon thousands of burgeoning musicians and patrons of South Street, a place he calls home. A man with a kind heart and an endless catalog of stories. It was also a benefit for music education, all the proceeds this year went to Rock the Nation.
This is going to be a yearly event so stay tuned for information on 2017 event!!!

DVT in 2017

We have a lot going on in 2017, with all the festivals and bookings at The Grape Room.
 We are looking forward to continue to help consult artists with their career, help with tours and put on great shows!
We have teamed up with Broken Goblet Brewery to bring a new monthly music series with 2nd Acoustic Fridays and 2nd Saturday Lets Get Loud!
Again, thank you to everyone that helped our endeavors be successful. We look towards 2017 and want to help elevate MUSIC and the ARTISTS to New Levels!!!

 Jim - Vince - Erik

contact us at Dvtevents@gmail.com