Andy Frasco & The U.N.
Nik Greeley & The Operators, David Hoagie And His Heroes
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Andy Frasco & The U.N.
Averaging 250 shows per year, 10 countries, at least 10,000 hours playing music, countless satisfied fans, and about 1 million beers kicked, the past decade has been nothing short of an odyssey for Andy Frasco & The U.N. In 2016, this wild musical journey culminated with a three-hour headlining set in front of 15,000 people at Jazz & Blues Festival in Bamberg, Germany. The evening marked a handful of firsts. It would be the first time the band performed its entire catalog during one show, and it would be recorded for their first-ever live CD/DVD—2017’s Songs from the Road: Live in Bamberg. In many ways, Andy had been working towards this evening since he quit his record label job at 19, bought a van with his remaining Bar Mitzvah money, hit the road, and never looked back...͞I always wanted to do a live album,͟ he exclaims. ͞I didn’t want to play some cliché venue though. When I started booking shows for the band in Europe, Bamberg was actually the first place that threw us a bone. We decided to take over this town, throw a block party, showcase everything we’ve done, and see if anyone shows up. All of a sudden, the whole town is there. In this last decade, I’ve played every dive bar you can imagine. It was like we finally manifested all of the dreams I’ve had for my entire life.͟Songs from the Road captures the magic inherent in an Andy Frasco show. Throughout the set, the chemistry between the musicians and sonic unpredictability power every second. Among many standouts, the group slowed down ͞Main Squeeze͟ from 2014’s Half A Man into a sultry and seductive ͞Soul Version͟ highlighted by Andy’s bluesy delivery, hulking keys, and a virtuoso saxophone solo. ͞That was the first song I ever wrote as a kid,͟ he recalls. ͞It started as a slow ballad, but we sped it up over the years for festivals. We went back to the original incarnation here.͟Elsewhere, the group locks into a show-stopping 20-minute jam during ͞Struggle͟ spiraling into drum and guitar battles. Meanwhile, ͞Smoking Dope n Rock n Roll͟ and ͞Stop Fucking Around͟ incite raucous and rowdy singalongs between crowd surfing to a barrel of wine—you have to see it to believe it. These moments hint at something much bigger for Andy though. ͞It made me like I’m not just an entertainer, but I’m becoming a musician,͟ he admits. ͞To see all of these Germans who barely speak English singing my songs made me feel like I’m doing something bigger than me. I tell everyone, ͚Whatever͛s going on in your life, don͛t worry about it. I don͛t care how broke or tired you are, let͛s just come together and celebrate life.͛ If we can get the audience out of their heads for two or three hours, we’ve done our job to make this world happier.͟Stirring up a simmering stew of soul, funk, rock, roots, Americana, and blues, Andy continues to musically intoxicate listeners worldwide. Releasing five independent full-length albums to date, the boys have shared the stage with everyone from Leon Russell, Dr. Dog, Joe Walsh, and Gary Clark, Jr. to Snoop Dog, Galactic, Pepper, Foreigner and more. A festival favorite, they’ve ignited Firefly, SXSW, Wakarusa, Electric Forest, Backwoods Music Festival, Phases of the Moon, and beyond. Along the way, they earned acclaim from Relix, Pollstar, Live for Live Music, SoundFuse, and others in between cracking 2 million cumulative Spotify streams. As they begin recording album number six with producer David Schools of Widespread Panic, Songs from the Road confidently opens up the next chapter of Andy Frasco & The U.N.
͞At the end of the day, I want people to know we’re a band that can entertain, but we write good songs,͟ he leaves off. ͞We have fun, but we take this super seriously. We’ve dedicated our lives to this. This is my life destiny to make everyone feel good. That’s my job on this planet for the next thirty or one-hundred years that I’m alive. It’s what I plan on doing.͟
Nik Greeley & The Operators
Nik Greeley is known for being arguably the best frontman & performer in Philadelphia, and just in the last few years has established himself as one of the most entertaining & hard working musicians in the area. With his solo career set to launch, Greeley is looking forward to sharing his new songs & releasing his debut EP. He has played the best rooms in Philadelphia, and with his former band, Black Stars, has appeared live on Radio 104.5 and received airplay on regional radio stations such as 93.3 WMMR and 88.5 WXPN. In 2013 the band was named Artist of the Month by the Deli Magazine AND 93.3 WMMR respectively. The band was crowned champions of Had Rock Rising Philadelphia in 2014 and represented the City of Brotherly Love internationally. Greeley is looking to continue his success into 2016 and beyond, while touring extensively throughout the year.
David Hoagie And His Heroes
David Hoagie and His Heroes is an experimental, rock, jam band which consistently produces intuitive spasms of celestial vibration.
$10 Advance / $12 Day of Show