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

The Snails

The Snails are an eclectic act whose work, though identifiable with definite genres, defies generalization. Having spent previous years exploring and writing in the style of mid-century Jamaican music (ska, rocksteady, reggae) the group now brings influences as various and distant from each other as American garage rock and rhythm ‘n’ blues to the forefront of their original sound. Their songs are lyrically poignant (“poetry dressed with tune”), their rhythms aggressive, and their performance electrifying. Catch the beat, and you’ll never be able to put it down.

The Snails are fronted by Todd Fausnacht on guitar and lead vocals, with Ben Parry on bass, Tim Hildebrand on guitar, Josh Parry on drums, and Matt MacLeod on organ.

Steve Cal' Band


Philadelphia-born iNFiNiEN combines eclectic musical personalities into a visionary, unified force. With rock, jazz, soul, world, and classical influences, the quartet plays intricately composed songs with a focus on improvisation. After playing together for four years, iNFiNiEN has discovered its own voice both live and in the studio. Their diverse influences are portrayed, but the sound produced is unique. iNFiNiEN has been compared to Bjork, Radiohead, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and John Zorn's Masada. Far from the typical rock band, they explore new territories of sound by using exotic scales, chords, and rhythms. The drums project driving tribal beats, mixing elements of hardcore, funk, and jazz. The bass moves through a complex and constantly changing web of deep grooves. The guitar and keyboard create a wash of texture and colorful melodies. The fluid female vocals add a strong emotional element through soulful poetry and deliberate dynamics. iNFiNiEN stirs listeners through a moving musical adventure.

"Calling it "fusion" isn't even entirely correct, since that smacks of cocktail parties and easy-listening boredom. This is the sublimation of styles, a group of highly trained players sacrificing their training for the sake of something more exciting." -Philadelphia City Paper. "iNFiNiEN's set is dynamic and energizing, with Loftus rolling her head and emoting like a languid seductress. The music is moody, jazzy, lounge-y and dramatic, with dissonant chords resolving into melody and tinkering Middle Eastern sounds. For most of their set, they're joined by New Orleans saxophonist Kyle Cripps, whose jazzy playing adds another layer to their sonic creations. Their last track, "Perpetual Twilight," is 10 minutes long, and devolves into a raucous, thrashing collage of sound. It's the perfect end to a long evening, and I leave feeling like the possibilities for music are truly infinite."


Ronald Reagan? The ACTOR?

Four piece post rock band coming out of the Manayunk area in Philadelphia. Instrumental rock music sampling pop culture audio clips.



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