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

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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.

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