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.