Make Music Day
Mark Lanky, Commonwealth Choir, Chris Cardillo (The Bailey Hounds), Heyward Howkins, Arc In Round, Ang & the Damn Band
847 N Third Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
12:00 PM (event ends at 8:00 PM)
This event is 21 and over
Make Music Day
12pm Wild Hunt Vintage
1pm Mark Lanky
2pm Commonwealth Choir
3pm Chris Cardillo (The Bailey Hounds)
4pm Ang & The Damn Band
5pm Shorty Boy Boy
6pm Heyward Howkins (solo set)
7pm Arc In Round
On Friday June 21, 2013 Ortlieb's will be participating in the the first, city-wide, free “do it yourself” festival - including organized concerts and informal performances, by professionals and amateurs of all genres and ages. Everyone and anyone is encouraged to participate and attend, and anywhere in the city can become a backdrop for live music!
We'll have Vintage wares sold by Wild Hunt Vintage, live music inside and out, and $1 tacos from noon-8pm!
Golden age indie-rock from Doylestown, Pa. A sea of boom-chucks and ooo-la-la's, their violently lush arrangements blend towering harmonies over 60's garage rock & 90's alternative. Their debut EP Shirtless - recorded and produced by the band themselves - was released in late September 2013. Now heading back in the studio, the Choir is gearing up for a busy end to 2014.
“By the side of the sleepy canal . . .” and a beckoning bed of strings. So begins The Hale & Hearty, the debut release from Heyward Howkins. Produced by Chet Delcampo (an accomplished artist in his own right who has been linked with Smokey Robinson, Kid Congo Powers, David Lovering, and Fred Myrow). Like a patchwork suit, it’s equal parts British tweed (see Nick Drake, John Cale, The Smiths) and dusty American flannel (see Bon Iver, M. Ward, Damien Jurado). Heyward has crafted an album with diverse sounds and surprising arrangements that compliment, but never overwhelm, his evocative melodies and lyrics.
Paying tribute to his family’s long and storied history, Heyward takes his name from his five-times grandfather Thomas Heyward (dubbed “The Singing Signer”), founding father and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Other members of the Heyward family are called out in the song Spanish Moss, featuring the lyrics, “Brimmed hats on babes in waiting / Magnolia is housing / Heywards on cotton couches.” References to Savannah cotton magnate Jacob Guerard Heyward are contrasted with his middle-class Philadelphia existence, which Heyward sings about with love and empathy, “My city’s cold and naked / Who’ll wrap an arm around it?”
Heyward first garnered attention in the early 2000s as the lead guitarist for The Trouble With Sweeney, opening for My Morning Jacket and OK GO. The Trouble With Sweeney released three EPs and two LPs, including the widely praised I Know You Destroy and Fishtown Briefcase, and twice landed on Rollingstone.com’s Editor’s Top Picks of the Year before amicably disbanding in 2004.
Howkins is also a founding member of The Silver Ages, the critically acclaimed choral group featuring singers from a wide array of Philadelphia-based bands, including David Hartley (Nightlands, The War on Drugs, Buried Beds, BC Camplight), Charlie Hall (Jens Lekman, The War on Drugs, The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society), Gianmarco Cilli (National Eye), Shai Halperin (The Capitol Years, Sweet Lights), Todd Starlin (Like Moving Insects), Brandon Beaver (Buried Beds, Nightlands), Brian Christinzio (BC Camplight), Rick Flom (National Eye, Mitch Fiction), Dave Wayne Daniels (The Capitol Years), Josh Newman (Mitch Fiction), Zach Miller (Dr. Dog) and Dan Matz (Windsor for the Derby, Birdwatcher). Heyward often credits the group’s vocal workouts, hazy afternoon rehearsals, and rich catalog of traditional material as a catalyst for his own unique style of song writing and his distinctive voice.
The Hale & Hearty features songs grounded in local surroundings but also effortlessly ventures into more fanciful territory. “Young Bowerbird / He made an offer / Stacked high for a lady that’s wandering by,” Heyward sings in Plume and Orange, a mournful but ultimately hopeful tale of the last two birds on Earth. “She’s through with talking / They’re the last two with a body still walking.” Even when faced with the apocalypse, the pair still find time to bicker about daily life.
The title song pulls together the album’s recurring theme of feeling a deep connection to a time and place but simultaneously remaining on the outside. “Go on, have another bump ’til it all feels right,” Heyward sings. “Look at your crowd / They are so hale and hearty.”
Arc In Round
Arc in Round's self-titled debut LP reflects a sensibility garnered from endless hours of studio tracking and hypnotic experimentation. The album is a re-invention of influence, ranging from melodic gems (think Stereolab meets Broadcast) to epic prog jams, tied securely yet ever so loosely together by haunting male and female vocals.
The LP brims with layered dissonance and experimentation à la Disco Inferno & This Heat being driven by the Motorik Kraut rhythms of Neu and Can. This is carefully crafted dark pop – taut yet spacey, noisy yet melodic; it's a smart experiment in sonic evolution. There is a sweet contradiction in the intricate metamorphosis of sound and song; each track feeding from one another until the sum of its parts breaks free.
The album was tracked and mixed at Zeigler's own studio (Uniform Recording) and features guest appearances by members of Kurt Vile and the Violators and Pattern is Movement. Arc In Round has also enlisted the talents of A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Our Brother the Native, Ape School and Benoit Pioulard in remixing select tracks.
Ang & the Damn Band
Ang and the Damn Band is a music project that started with Ang Bocca (a solo artist) of South Philadelphia. Ang is a singer/songwriter who had a hard time finding a band to back her up. Being a singer in Philadelphia who is constantly surrounded by musicians…you’d think this would not be a hard task. Ang decided to make it her goal to take advantage of any opportunity to jam with friends
from the area. Because of the variety in music her friends played, she was free to play around with different genres and writing styles. Ang started to get gigs for certain events because she’d sing her original music acapella at open mic nights. About a month before each gig, she’d have to call up anyone she knew to rehearse that could and would play with her. She noticed that she had a few of the same musicians for some gigs and different musicians for other shows. After having this realization, she then decided to call herself “Ang & the Damn Band.” What solidified the name was the fact that when she had this realization she was in her car listening to Justin Timberlake's future/sex/love record and coinsidentley his track "Damn Girl" was on. She loved the song and the fact that he uses the "swear word" with a positive inflection. A lot of contemporary entertainer’s from the past have said “Give it up for the damn band!” and she felt it fit perfectly because her songs can be any damn genre, her band can have any damn member in it on any damn night, and because she just frankly wanted to use the word Damn. Her music is inspired by contemporary jazz standards,grunge rock, rockabilly,blues, and early 1960’s good old-fashioned rock ‘n roll. Her objective is to put on a great show by making people laugh, dance, shake, clap, sing, feel, and to be one of the up and coming artists contributing towards keeping timeless music alive. Because it don’t get any better than that, Damn’it!