Beth Hart Returns to the Blockley!!!!
Anjuli Josephine, Christine Santelli
3801 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
4:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is 21 and over
Last month, at the Kennedy Center Honors, Beth Hart delivered the most riveting performance of the evening with Jeff Beck where they paid tribute to blues legend Buddy Guy.
Beth's rendition of "I'd Rather Go Blind" marked her first U.S. TV appearance in more than a decade. She blew everyone away, and her performance was received with a rare non-honoree standing ovation.
No one expected to be so blown away by an artist they'd hardly or never heard of. As the Baltimore Sun put it, "Everyone was on their feet when [Beck and Hart's] soul-searing performance ended." In a pre-telecast Q&A with Entertainment Weekly, the show's producer Michael Stevens alerted readers to not miss the goose-bump-provoking performance: "There's a singer named Beth Hart...it's like the Bettye LaVette moment that we had four years ago - someone relatively unknown coming out of nowhere and the house falling apart and giving her a standing ovation."
A KILLER singer, Beth has been compared to Janis Joplin and Etta James and has one of the best "comeback" stories you've heard. In the late 90s, she had everything going for her and lost it all to drugs and alcohol abuse. Her label dropped her, she lost tours, TV appearances, everything. She hit bottom, and hard, but then she began to turn her life around. It's taken her about a decade to get back on her feet, but she's done it - she's sober, she's healthy, she's focused, and she's ready.
Beth has spent a great deal of the last several years working in Europe, slowly building back that buzz and fan base. Since getting clean, performers like Jeff Beck, Slash and Joe Bonamassa have recognized her talent and initiated collaborations with her. She's currently in the studio making her second album with Bonamassa. Moving forward, Beth is preparing for North America to take a fresh look at her with the April 2, 2013 release of Bang Bang Boom Boom, produced by Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Joe Bonamassa), who assembled some of the finest musicians playing today.
If you didn't see Beth's riveting performance she gave with Jeff Beck at the recent Kennedy Center Honors, check it out:
Anjuli Josephine, an emerging Philadelphia based artist, has released her
debut EP featuring catchy single "Can't Keep Up." John Vetesse of XPN's The Key writes "The soulful Canadian born singer-songwriter, who easily draws comparison to artists like Regina Spektor and KT Tunstall, has been enjoying success playing the local circuit over the last two months...” The Ontario native moved to the States as a child when her parents found work inPennsylvania. Anjuli began playing classical violin at age six but it wasn’t
until her teens and the introduction of guitar that her musical passion
shifted. “I was enjoying the guitar, an instrument that was not accompanied by the rigors of classical instruction, and growing so tired of the one and only song I knew, Bob Marley’s Redemption Song, that I took to writing my own songs”, Anjuli explains. Songwriting took over her musical pursuits but stage freight limited her reach. Aside from the sporadic open mic, her music was heard by a select few until she paired with childhood friend Karl Rieders, who was already a Philly music scene veteran. They quickly reunited with keyboardist and long time friend Al Daniels and drummer Nate Kowalski who had played in bands with Rieders in the past. The band was formed and work on her debut EP at Kawari Sound followed. The result is a sound that has intricate pop sensibilities, and establishes Anjuli as new powerful female voice on the scene.
"They maybe sitting on a powder keg when the world finds out ..."
David McGee, Bluegrassspecial.com
"This performer shines like a diamond polished by years of experience"
Mr Lucky, cede.ch
What a rarity it is to find an artist who can blend elements of blues, soul, country and folk into one unique expressive form of music they can call their own. The music of Christine Santelli is an art she can truly call her own.
Santelli's newest release, the mult-layered "Any Better Time", allows her dynamite voice to take center stage in the spotlight, as this musical and artistic master work gives a first-hand tour through the timeless American musical landscape. The album consists of 13 heartfelt original compositions with profound lyrics, infectious melodies and mainstream appeal.
$25 - $35
The Blockley has become Beth's East Cost home where she has performed before two sellout crowds since returning to playing live in the US. Last month, at the Kennedy Center Honors, Beth delivered the most riveting performance of the night w/ Jeff Beck where they paid tribute to blues legend Buddy Guy. Beth's rendition of "I'd Rather Go Blind" was her 1st US TV appearance in more than a decade. She blew everyone away and her performance was received w/ a thunderous standing ovation from a crowd that included President Obama and the First Lady, the Clintons, the members of Led Zeppelin and of course, Buddy guy himself. No one expected to be so blown away by an artist they'd never heard of. As the Baltimore Sun put it, "Everyone was on their feet when [Beck and Hart's] soul-searing performance ended." Producer Michael Stevens commented, "There's a singer named Beth Hart-someone relatively unknown coming out of nowhere and the house falling apart and giving her a standing ovation!"
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