beta hi-fi Emerging Music Festival 2014

beta hi-fi Emerging Music Festival 2014

Join us at World Cafe Live for a FREE week-long music festival featuring some of the region's cream of the crop! From August 19th through August 24th, beta hi-fi will continue the tradition started at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live of providing a platform for the best of this region's finest emerging songwriters. Culminating in a line-up of over 25 performances throughout the week, beta hi fi serves as a showcase for industry professionals and for fans looking to discover new artists. Saturday night's show will feature the week's best performers chosen by a panel of expert judges, who will be rewarded with prizes galore! Submit your band now at

Longtime friends and veteran local musicians have reunited to form the new band superfive. The band includes the singing/songwriting/guitar of Michael McLaughlin (Conrads, Turncoats), lead guitar of Brett Tomlinson (Turncoats), bass of Tom Szwech (Hogan's Goat, Spare Tire) and brother Doug Szwech (Conrads, Nervous Rex) on drums/percussion. They continue the tradition of high energy alternative guitar driven power pop. For those newer to the scene, comparisons have been made to such bands as the Replacements, Foo Fighters, Cheap Trick.
The band is excited to return to Philadelphia at the club they've called home for many years.

The Phoenix Bridge

The Phoenix Bridge is an American rock band that formed in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania in 2009. The band's original line-up consisted of Patrick Leaver (lead vocals/lead guitar/piano), Matt Leaver (Drums/backing vocals), and Hayden Lesko (Bass). In 2013, they added Lehigh Valley guitarist Brian Kibler (of KineticBlu, Beyond Eden, Brian Kibler Aftermath).

In 2010, The Phoenix Bridge released their debut album "From The Ashes". Unsatisfied with the sound, they reinvented themselves two years later with the release of "My Eyes Are Open", which seemed to solidify their stand-out status in the genre by creating a sound entirely their own. Their mix of hard rock, blues, grunge, alternative rock, and funk create a style that no one has ever heard before. The album features songs such as "Not in My Circle", "Gun Shy", "My Eyes Are Open", "Stand Up", and "Embryonic". In early 2013, they released an EP named "Dust", which features songs such as "Time" and "Silence".

Bloody Catholics

Black Stars

"Black Stars are proof that rock music is fun. Now is the time to catch this band at a live show — they are young and raw, and loud, and electrifying, and a little insane, and probably only going to get more popular. I think they are a band to keep an eye on."
-S.B. Hider

"Black Stars defy ordinary. Four young men from Marlton, NJ are devoted in starting their own renaissance in the Greater Philadelphia area. Here music can be upbeat, groovy, and sexy. Here, music still moves."
-Stefan Schultz

"These guys are good musicians and they clearly enjoy playing together in a supportive manner without a lot of interfering ego, and that combination is unusual, electric and compelling."
-S.B. Hider

"From surreal to animated, melancholy to gratifying, this Philadelphia-based funk-rock band creates music that displays all emotions of not just the human mind, but of the human soul."
-Angela Weeks

Black Stars is a band lead by singer/guitarist Nik Greeley and was formed in the late summer of 2010 with his good friend and bassist, Freshy. Black Stars have built a reputation for putting on a very exciting, high energy live show, with a style steeped in Rock, Funk, Soul, Psychedelic and Alternative.



All sales are final. Ticket prices do not include processing fees. There are no refunds or exchanges. Cameras & recording devices are not permitted. Showtime and supporting acts are subject to change.

All Upstairs tickets are General Admission. Dining is available at World Cafe Live. Reservations are accepted for Upstairs Live, our full service restaurant; we recommend scheduling a reservation time 1½ to 2 hours before show time. For more information and to see menus, please read the Restaurant Info and Dining FAQ.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE SEATS are located on all seated levels of this theatre. For more information, please contact us at or call 215-222-1400.

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beta hi-fi Emerging Music Festival 2014 with SuperFive, The Phoenix Bridge, Bloody Catholics, Black Stars

Wednesday, August 21 · Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM at World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs