A Great Big World: An Evening with Ian & Chad
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
A Great Big World
The magical journey of A Great Big World began in the music practice rooms of NYU (New York University) where the two were attending college. In 2012, after a few twists and turns of fate, the friends formed A Great Big World and released a six-song EP funded by Kickstarter. Soon after, they released “Say Something” as their first official single in 2013. Its terse, tearful piano and Axel’s heavenly hypnotic vocals tugged on heartstrings, and struck a chord. After hearing it during a pivotal segment of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance, Christina Aguilera fell in love with the song. She collaborated with AGBW on a new recording of the track that they subsequently performed together on NBC’s The Voice, which launched it to #1 on iTunes all around the world.
2015 saw the arrival of their second album When the Morning Comes, featuring singles “Hold Each Other," which celebrates love of all kinds, and "Won't Stop Running," which was King's powerful response to his experiences living with multiple sclerosis. Axel and King are currently writing brand new music for release later this year.
Emerging singer-songwriters Ian Axel, Allie Moss, and Bess Rogers have landed in your town, with a 20-city late summer tour that spans the East and West coasts. All three have had a past year many would describe as out-of-this-world, with their songs being featured in television shows like CW's One Tree Hill, ABC's Brothers & Sisters, and MTV's I Used to Be Fat.
Ian Axel began his career when his typical 20-something job working at a Manhattan Apple Store suddenly became not-so-typical as his bosses caught wind of his musical talents. They flew him around the country to perform at dozens of stores around the United States, and included his songs on the playlists of hundreds of their stores worldwide. Ian officially "touched down" in 2011 when he released his debut full-length, This Is the New Year. The title track received over 1 million YouTube views, he performed on the nationally syndicated Rachael Ray Show and on La Blogothéque's world-renown Take Away Shows, and his songs were featured on TV shows such as "One Tree Hill," and as the theme to the MTV documentary series I Used to Be Fat.
However, it's Ian's live show that shoots him to new frontiers. He has an energy that recalls the intimacy, energy and excitement of performers like Regina Spektor, Elton John and Randy Newman. NPR described him as "a voice that possesses the sweetness of youth, the stubbornness of a teenager and the swagger of a rock star." He is capable of captivating an audience as only the greatest performers do, an appeal that has not gone unnoticed, leading to opening gigs for Ingrid Michaelson, Evan Dando and, most recently, for Glee star Matthew Morrison's at the 2500-capacity Beacon Theater on August 1st.
Brooklynite Bess Rogers has created national recognition through her work as lead guitarist and backing vocalist for Ingrid Michaelson, and is quickly becoming a star in her own right. Her fan-funded album, Out Of The Ocean, will be released on September 20 with the first single, "Anchor," released to radio and iTunes in August. Bess has spent this summer as the singing voice of the nationally televised Mott's For Tots advertising campaign with her song, "We Believe In You," and has had other compositions featured on television shows such as Switched At Birth, One Tree Hill, and Pretty Little Liars. In recent months Bess has shared the stage with Ari Hest, Lelia Broussard, Jay Brannan, Rachel Platten, Caleb Hawley and others.
Allie Moss hails from New Jersey and, like Bess, also had her start in Ingrid Michaelson's band, handling rhythm guitar & backing vocals. She will be supporting her new LP Late Bloomer on this tour, a 10-song album produced by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Erin McKeown). The album's lead track "Corner" was a left-field hit in the UK last year, which racked up over a half-million views on YouTube after being featured on a British Telecom advertisement. Other songs of hers have been featured on Brothers & Sisters and the CW's Pretty Little Liars. Her new album also features the whimsical, bittersweet single, "Melancholy Astronautic Man" accompanied by a delightful stop-motion video comprised entirely of Legos.
Together these three emerging talents have joined forces to create an incredible tour. Landing on the scene together, this is the perfect opportunity to catch them at intimate venues before this constellation of singer-songwriters shoot to superstardom.
$25 + Fees
Mezzanine tickets are subject to a premium service fee that will be applied at checkout.
A Great Big World – An Evening with Ian & Chad VIP Package
One general admission ticket
Exclusive 20-minute Q&A session with Ian and Chad of A Great Big World
Personal photograph with Ian and Chad
Autographed tour poster
Official A Great Big World pin set (exclusive to VIP packages)
Official VIP laminate