2017 South St. Spring Festival
Saturday, May 6th, 2017 - 11am to 8pm
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.
Aviance - 6:00 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.
Flightschool - 5:00 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.
PHILLY TACO EATING CONTEST - 3pm
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 Shakeup - 2:00 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 - 12:00pm
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.