Stolen Rhodes, The Quixote Project
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
"I usually describe us as American or Americana Rock to most folks," explains Stolen Rhodes' singer/multi-instrumentalist Matt Pillion. "If folk music were turned up to eleven and included guitar solos, I think you would get in the ballpark of what we are. Our music pulls no punches, and we always speak from the heart while in verse."
Upon hearing the group's new EP, 'Slow Horse,' you're sure to agree with Pillion's assessment. Listing such renowned/respected acts as Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Pearl Jam as their main influences, the group (which also includes guitarist Kevin Cunningham, bassist Dan Haase, and drummer Eric Skye) has already garnered rave reviews from the press, including the following blurbs:
"Stolen Rhodes' songs easily could have existed in 1975; there are lots of infectious melodies, rousing choruses and juicy guitar solos." -- phillyburbs.com
"I was swept away by their romantic notions; of big dreams, endless love, and freedom. I could also get lost in the neverending choruses just as much as the guitars and drums and keys that make this album a long jam session that I didn’t want to end." -- relatemag.com
Originally formed during 2008 in Monmouth County, New Jersey, Stolen Rhodes has a total of three releases to their credit thus far, 2009's 'From the Dark Side of 88' EP, 2011's 'Falling Off the Edge' full length, and this year, the aforementioned 'Slow Horse' EP.
"The major memory I will take away from 'Slow Horse' is working with David Ivory," recalls Haase. "Personally, I learned a lot about not necessarily how to write songs, but how to craft what I have written into a song. There are a lot of little things in the songs that we have written that the band never thought twice about, but after Dave heard them, he was coming back at us with new ideas. New arrangements. New, and most times more effective ways of delivering our music. Then I would go home and listen to a song on the radio, and I could hear some of the ideas that Dave was coming up with in music I would hear on MMR or XPN. It was really awesome to work with someone who challenged us like Dave did." And as heard by such standout tracks as "Keeps Me Alive," "50 Miles," and "Life Was Never Finer," the team of Ivory and the band worked wonders.
And judging by the acts that the quartet has already opened shows for (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jackyl, Blackberry Smoke, etc.), the lads can bring it live, as well. As Pillion points out, "Expect to see a live show that will knock you on your ass, and keep you in the moment from start to finish. Playing live is what it’s all about for me, there’s nothing like it. When we go on that stage, we give the audience everything we have, and we have a great time doing it. We hope that energy and excitement translates to our audience."
Lastly, what lays ahead for Stolen Rhodes? "Just keep hitting the road, and playing music for anyone who cares to hear," predicts Haase. "The only way to grow is to get in front of people, and the more people we get in front of, and the more people that enjoy us, the more likely they are going to bring a friend next time we roll into town. We just gotta keep on truckin', and keep putting in all the hard work it takes to be a rock and roll band in 2014."
The Quixote Project
The Quixote Project is 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 album "BONE SHAKER" and are currently touring to support it. Most recently we were 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 9th annual Homey Awards.
From the moment the audience sees her on stage, Alexis makes instant fans as she draws you in with her uniquely haunting voice and long mermaid’s tresses, then holds you mesmerized with the wit and power of her words. You find yourself singing along, even if you are hearing her for the very first time. Her songs express a natural curiousity into the human spirit of relationships, their aspirations, successes and failures - from a young woman’s perspective. Her lyrical insights and catchy hooks exemplify singer-songwriting at its very best. “I’d like to inspire others and help them realize their potential. I want to change the world, one song at a time,” says Alexis. Lucky for us, she might do just that. This chanteuse has been singing and following a variety of musical styles since she was a child. Although she received her first guitar at the age of ten, Alexis did not become motivated to teach herself to play it until she was inspired by the music of Jewel at the age of fifteen. Since then, she’s made quite an impact in her short time on the music scene. She wrote and recorded her album, Love at the End of the World, released in January 2011 by Invisible Earth Records. Most recently, she was the featured artist at the Grammy Convention in Atlantic City (October 2011) with recognition for her cutting edge use of social media, such as YouTube and Facebook, to promote her music in the digital climate of her generation. Jeff Schwachter, of Atlantic City Weekly, described her as “the extraordinary talented Alexis Cunningham” and called her performance “chilling.” In June 2011, Alexis opened for Nashville singer-songwriter, Rick Ferrell at Shawnee State University. Ferrell, who has written hit songs for Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Martina McBride, has been enormously complimentary of this young woman’s talent and potential. She has been interviewed twice for Marshall University’s “Up Late Show,” as well as “Up Close and Acoustic” with Charlie Sylvestri on Pottstown, PA radio. She played the Huntington Music Festival in August 2011, and made her radio debut in 2010 on Huntington Radio 106.3, to the delight of her growing fan-base, and continues to be one of their frequently played artists.