beta hi-fi Emerging Music Festival 2014

beta hi-fi Emerging Music Festival 2014

Since its opening in 2011, World Cafe Live at the Queen in Delaware has continued the beta hi fi tradition started in Philadelphia eight years ago. The free week-long music festival held this year from August 25 - 29 features some of the region’s cream of the musical crop and provides a platform for the Wilmington area’s best emerging musicians and songwriters to be heard by local radio DJs, music bloggers and publications, show promoters, label reps and fans alike. Each year, 25 bands are selected from a batch of over 200 submissions and offered the opportunity to stand out among the rest by performing engaging original songs. A winning band is selected each night based on various judging criteria including showmanship, stage presence, professionalism, creativity, audience appeal, and ability to draw a crowd. These winners then progress to the finals held on August 29th to prove who’s got what it takes to win some tasty prize packages from Disc Makers, Rainbow Books and Music, the Dewey Beach Music Conference and way more. Submit your band here by June 6th!

Kind of Creatures

Kind of Creatures is a Wilmington based rock and roll outfit. Main influences can be detected from glam, garage, soul and lo-fi rock genres. Their especially danceable beats, clever riffs, and bewitching vocal melodies make for an arresting live performance with no shortage of raw energy.


Ton-Taun was conceived in 2007 in Lancaster, PA. Over the years, the group has lost and gained several members and relocated to Philadelphia, PA. In 2009, the band's original roster released 'Circus Court,' their first record, and quickly followed it the next year with 2010's 'Exporter.'

After the (amicable) departure of original bassist and drummer Mario and Louis Borgatta, Ton-Taun recruited Philadelphia drummer Alex Ocko and Lancaster bassist Josh Wood as permanent members. The group worked closely with co-producer Nick Curran (Selah.Selah, Missing Pilots) to record their third album, 'Get Well,' which was self-released in November of 2012.

Ton-Taun has become a strong live act, especially since the recent addition of Philly native Aaron Binder (Housecats, Cozy Galaxies) on keyboard and guitar. Ton-Taun has played with Future Islands, Buke and Gase, No Age, Lavender Diamond, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, the Apache Relay, and Ra Ra Riot. Their live sound is based around Jordan Capizzi's commanding vocals, the tight rhythm section of Ocko and Wood, and experimental guitar textures and tones. Doug Hynes' guitar work, constantly shifting between controlled and chaotic, is one of the band's greatest assets as a performing unit.

The Snails

The Snails are an eclectic act specializing in various forms of Jamaican music, blended with ragged 50's rock 'n' roll and the sweet sounds of American soul. The band is fronted by Todd Fausnacht on lead guitar, complemented by Tim Hildebrand on rhythm guitar. The driving beats spring from the rhythm section comprised of Josh Parry on drums, Ben Parry on bass, and Kyle Williams on organ. Though Fausnacht's vocals lead the group, it is not uncommon for the voices of all five members to come together in cascading harmony.

The Snails are no strangers to providing the musical backdrop for other acts. In early 2012 they toured the northeast U.S. with King Django as his backing band, as well as playing their own set each night. They performed with Stubborn Records artist Rocker T at the Stubborn Records 20th Anniversary Party, traveled the Midwest with Sammy K (formerly of the Brooklyn rocksteady band the Forthrights) in the summers of 2012 and 2013, and joined Vic Ruggiero of the Slackers on stage in Philadelphia last spring.

Last winter The Snails released their 4-song EP "The River," recorded at Version City Studios, on Stubborn Records. The release was commemorated by the Winter 2012-2013 Version City Tour. The Snails are releasing a brand new double EP, "Songs from the Hydrogen Jukebox Volumes 1 and 2," in May 2014 on Asbestos Records.



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All Upstairs tickets are General Admission. Dining is available at World Cafe Live at the Queen. To be assured of seating for an event, dining reservations are accepted for Upstairs Live, our full service restaurant. We recommend scheduling your reservation time 1½ to 2 hours before show time. For more information and to see menus, please read the Restaurant Info.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE SEATS are located on all seated levels of this theatre. For more information, please contact us at or call 302-994-1400.

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beta hi-fi Emerging Music Festival 2014 with Kind of Creatures, Ton-Taun, The Snails

Wednesday, August 28 · 7:00 PM at World Cafe Live - Wilmington Upstairs