Moon Palace, Bombadil, Mostly Maybe
2639 Poplar St
Philadelphia, PA, 19130
This event is 21 and over
Described as singers of “folk micro‐anthems” by Boston Band Crush, The Gallerist tell tales of hope despite often overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Pulling from a varied musical experience and executed with adept instrumentation, A Falling Waltz moves effortlessly between genres, from straightforward folk to haunting blues to foot‐stomping rock.
Moon Palace is the recording and performance name of Christopher Bohn.
With a sound all their own and a stage show to match, Bombadil is, if nothing else, one of the freshest bands to emerge in a long time. Formed by Duke University alumni Daniel Michalak, Bryan Rahija and Stuart Robinson, this band draws on a unique mélange of influences to create a sound that is unclassifiable. The group Magnet Magazine deemed "a drunker, circus-reared version of The Band," was born in Bolivia, where Michalak and Rahija first met. The folk music indigenous to the region lit a creative spark and inspired the two to begin writing songs that incorporated international instruments and styles. That influence, paired with their collective backgrounds in Piedmont blues, psychedelic rock and Robinson's background as a classical pianist, stands as the driving force behind the band's unique sound.
Their songs range from straightforward rock to Bolivian waltzes; from heartbreaking, piano-driven laments on loss of life to swashbuckling, raucus marches; and the appeal of their live show is undeniable. With a core of electric / acoustic guitars, bass, piano and drums and appearances by harmonica, xylophone, organ, synth, saxophone, trumpet, viola, charango, glockenspiel, accordion, recorder and even zampona, the show is unlike anything else. When even half of the instruments on stage are sounding at once, it creates a wall of sound that seems to transport the room to another place.
All of the instrumentation, however, does not detract at all from the core of Bombadil-anthemic, concrete songwriting. Much like Ramseur Records labelmates The Avett Brothers and the everybodyfields, the complicated, endearing character of their songs keeps Bombadil grounded and guides the show seamlessly along. It is what allows them to carry a room, whether there are one hundred instruments on stage or just a single guitar and voice. It is what people connect to-and why they keep coming back.
"Mostly Maybe carries your heart away in a smoke cloud of beautiful melodies and rich harmonies that get stuck in your head for weeks." Influences include Bon Iver, Iron & Wine, The Shins, CocoRosie, Modest Mouse, and Dr. Dog.
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