Queen Kwong

As a young girl growing up in Denver Colorado, it was always clear that Carré Callaway aka Queen Kwong was going places, and getting there fast. Carré (pronounced “Car-ray”) taught herself to play guitar at the age of 13 and began performing in the local folk scene almost immediately afterwards. By the time she was 17, she was opening for Nine Inch Nails at their arena-sized shows for their 2005 With Teeth tour- at Trent Reznor’s personal behest.

In person, she’s polite, pleasant and mild-mannered Carré Callaway but on stage, the wild, uncontrollable Queen Kwong emerges and those two contrasting sides of her personality have always been in place since she was young.

What results is dangerously unpredictable blast of rock ‘n’ roll that sits in the lineage of such primal and visceral acts as The Stooges, Nirvana, early Hole, and even Queens Of The Stone Age. “I always associated with rock ‘n’ roll with not being square and wimpy but it seems like nobody wants to make noise or be loud or be aggressive right now,” states Carré, as that angry side begins to gently simmer under her surface. “I’d rather sound like shit and put on a great show than sound perfect but wimpy. There needs to be something more in your face and more aggressive.”

Having done a few soul-destroying laps around the music business matrix already, Queen Kwong is ready to forge her own autonomous path that goes from town-to-town and venue-to-venue. It’s the long way around to be sure but in the end, Queen Kwong is destined to finally end up in the right place, at the right time.

Mo Lowda and the Humble

Starting in the Philadelphia suburbs of Bucks County, PA, Philadelphia Alternative Rock band, Mo Lowda and The Humble became official once making their way to Temple University. Known for their dynamic musicianship, progressive songwriting, and energetic live performances, the band gained a strong following through Temple University’s house party and campus bar scene. After a few years of playing throughout the city with only a demo and EP under their belt, Mo Lowda and The Humble signed to Temple’s Bell Tower Records, releasing their first full length album, Curse The Weather, in the Fall of 2013. The album features Jordan Caiola’s soulful vocals and power songwriting, accentuated by a technical and dynamic rhythm section, made up of Shane Woods on drums, and Nate Matulis on bass. After the release of Curse the Weather, the trio found themselves becoming popular throughout the Philadelphia music scene, playing notable shows at top venues such as Underground Arts, Milkboy, and North Star Bar. With an abundance of new songs already in the works, Mo Lowda and The Humble's future plans include music videos, recording and releasing new material, and continuing to perform both locally and nationally.

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Queen Kwong with Mo Lowda and the Humble

Saturday, September 21 · 9:00 PM at Ortlieb's