Johnny Brenda's Presents
Pete Donnelly & the Wise Easy, Ross Bellenoit
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:15 PM
This event is 21 and over
Most people know Marc Silver as a bluegrass musician because of his band The Stonethrowers, but perhaps it is time to open your eyes to some other sides of Marc’s influences. Marc’s new record, A Miners’ Town is dark, lurid, and electric. Its solicitous tales are gritty, prowling, and scathing adventures into betrayal, deception, lies, and false convictions. It is conceived of loud, angry, and layered guitars, peppered with acoustic ballads, haunting instrumental interludes, and even a bluegrass hymn.
With A Miners’ Town, Marc tells of semi-fictional tales inspired by the sights, sounds, and testimonials of people who have been affected by the shale mining (extraction) industries. His stories are also personal, semi-biographical, and relate to the struggles of equal rights, coming out, and religious persecution of LGBTQ by religious leaders. The messages are subtle at times, direct at others, but all come from hours of introspection, research, and personal experiences. The sounds and message may be dark, but listen for the glimmers of hope too.
Pete Donnelly & the Wise Easy
Pete Donnelly is a Southern New Jersey/Philadelphia based musician. His latest record "Face the Bird" 2013, is a return to the exploratory side of "home" recording. The result is a wide ranging exposition of songs, unabashedly displaying some far reaching influences.
Densely hypnotic, Mod RnB, Swinging Pop; The music is moody with it's exuberance and desolation, childish romps and descriptive lyrics.
"Face the Bird" was recorded in an unused store front in Ocean City, NJ. Off season in Oct/2012. This city, a near desolate locale, offered the perfect place to retreat to and write/record. That was until Hurricane Sandy flooded the island and much of the North East. A harsh ending to a prolific month.
The current band is Fred Berman(Amos Lee), James Balga(The Excerpts, Botswanas) - Drums, Tony Reyes(TLC, Cee-Lo Green)-Bass, PD-Guitar/Vocals.
Going by the name The Wise Easy.
Pete Donnelly, who was a member of the legendary band NRBQ, is also a founding member of The Figgs, which has a world-wide fan base, a hearty discography, and has toured and recorded several times with Graham Parker.
As the ever active bass player and song writer in The Figgs, founded in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. in 1987, Donnelly has spent the better part of the past 25 years touring with the band, as well as a number of other artists such as Soul Asylum, Mike Viola & The Candy Butchers and Tommy Stinson,
Living in the Philadelphia area for the past decade, when not on the road, Pete Donnelly has been performing, engineering and/or producing for a variety of artists, including G. Love, Death Vessel, Carsie Blanton, John Legend, The Capitol Years and Amos Lee.
Pete's Music is built upon sturdy pop melodies, and played with a genuine sense of care, Donnelly’s songs are testaments to his artistry.
The release of his debut record "Eight Track Mind" is a complete work of wonder. After touring with Amos Lee in 2007, Ross hunkered down with Amos' rhythm section (drummer Fred Berman and bassist Jaron Olevsky) and cut basics to eight track tape with audio engineering guru Rachel Russell in her South Philly home. Time passed, a door opened and consequently Bellenoit locked himself in Turtle Studios with Jeff Hiatt for six days to finish tracking, burying himself in tambourines, shakers, pianos, various six-stringed instruments, and other accoutrements. Having learned (and occasionally unlearned) his lessons, he is now setting out into the world on his very own ship made of song. Pay attention: you just might hear something worth hearing.
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