John and Brittany, The Parsnip Revolt, Dining option 2
500 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE, 19801
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
In late 80’s Gin Blossoms started to grow a huge following as the #1 local music draw in Phoenix and certainly were the hometown hero’s of their favorite hang, Tempe, Arizona. Gin Blossoms indelible jangle-pop sound was evolving during radio’s diverse mix of hair bands and grunge music superstars like Nirvana. After the Phoenix New Times chose them the cities best rock band, they qualified to play at the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin Texas in 1989.
Taking their name from a caption on a W.C. Fields photo, Gin Blossoms signed a record deal with A&M and recorded their first EP “Up And Crumbling” in 1991. But, it was not until their breakout record “New Miserable Experience” in 1992 that their rise to fame began. “New Miserable Experience” kept the band on the charts for almost 3 years with singles “Hey Jealousy,” “Allison Road,” “Until I Fall Away,” “Mrs Rita,” and “Found Out About You.” The album took the airwaves by siege and held MTV hostage with multi cross-over hits in 4 different radio formats. It was this record that rocketed the band into the mainstream going on to sell over 4 million copies making the band a 90’s radio mainstay. In 1995, Robin Wilson, Jesse Valenzuela and veteran composer Marshall Crenshaw wrote the bands 4th of 9 sound track inclusions; “Til I Hear It From You.” The smash hit was released as a Gin Blossoms single and it appeared on the platinum sound track for the film Empire Records.
1996 saw the final record of the decade for Gin Blossoms “Congratulations I’m Sorry.” The album brought two more hits; "Follow You Down" which spent ten weeks in the Top Ten and "As Long As It Matters" which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Duo or Group. “It was pretty cool to lose a Grammy to the Beatles. Who else would you want to lose out to” say’s Jesse. The album rocketed into Billboard's Top Ten and a year of touring helped push the record past 1,500,000 in sales. In 5 years, the band released 2 EP’s, two LP’s and over 12 singles that fueled record sales to over 7 million. Their blend of Pop & Rock, now known as Jangle-Pop, became a musical force that helped define the sound of 90’s radio.
In 1997, while at peak success and after numerous appearances on late night TV such as Letterman, Leno, Arsenio Hall, Saturday Night Live, The Grammy’s, and endless touring, the group disbanded and began a four year hiatus. It was not until a 2001 New Years Eve performance in Tempe that the members reformed and began touring and recording again. In 2005, former A&M president Al Cafaro resigned the band and partnered to record their 3rd full length album in over 10 years. “Major Lodge Victory” landed on Billboards 200 and was the # 10 Indie album of the year. Released on August 8th, 2006, it included hits “Learning The Hard Way” and the appropriately titled “Long Time Gone.” Billboard magazine called this gem “an effortless triumph of melodic perfection.” “This was a really fun record to make” say’s Scotty. “We assembled some of the old team together and recorded at Ardent Studios with John Hampton again. Ardent is a legendary studio, and were comfortable there – it was a lot of fun.” Back in chart bloom, Entertainment Weekly reviewed “Major Lodge Victory” by saying; “Hardly a half-hearted cash-in, this comeback LP marks a solid addendum to Gin Blossoms multi-platinum peak output.”
Their most recent album, 2010’s “No Chocolate Cake”, lands Gin’s back on the singles chart again with “Miss Disarray” and the album shot straight to # 1 on Amazon, hitting Billboard’s top 200 at # 73 and the Indie chart at #14. 2013 will bring the band to over 100 cities, a 5 Artist rock cruise, international shows and perhaps a brand new album – stay tuned!
John and Brittany
John & Brittany are a songwriting duo hailing from Philadelphia, PA, comprised of guitarists John Faye and Brittany Rotondo. Faye, the frontman of IKE, one of the city's best-known rock bands, met Rotondo in late December of 2008. The two struck up an immediate musical kinship, with a mutual love of the Beatles and the Ramones, and within a couple months the pair were writing songs together, one of which ("Last Act") would end up on IKE's 2010 release "Tie The Knot With All That You Got." Never having performed live or seriously played an instrument before, Rotondo received her first guitar in June of 2009 and by December was performing "Last Act" onstage with IKE at their sold out album release show at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Over the course of the following year, Faye and Rotondo hit their creative stride with a string of memorable, quirky songs, snapshots of damaged nicotine addicts, angry middle managers, and close encounters with whiskey-swilling devils. Anchored by Rotondo's simultaneously blunt and poetic lyricism and elevated by Faye's knack for creating unforgettable melodies, John & Brittany's music is a true partnership of youth and experience, order and chaos, escape and reality. In addition to their duo performances, John & Brittany also work with a full band, featuring Jay Miraglia on drums and Mike Vivas on bass. In July of 2011, John & Brittany release their self-titled debut EP, the first official release on IT KEEPS EVOLVING!
The Parsnip Revolt
Striving for perfection can be a detailed and hard earned journey. The biggest critic of any musical group is usually themselves. The Parsnip Revolt is that very scenario in motion; many times starting a project from scratch in an effort to steer it into the proper lane. With their new album, A Sunshine Report, The Parsnip Revolt has found their own open highway to successful longevity.
This is the story of an American rock band and their solidarity through seemingly insurmountable creative struggles. This is the tale of a band that has dodged common pitfalls to challenge the status quo of Philly’s alternative rock clique and win a place in Philadelphia culture.
The new and exciting album, A Sunshine Report, represents the band’s continued commitment to their craft, their sound, and most importantly, their fans.
The Parsnip Revolt is rooted in melodic alternative rock, utilizing the compositional punch of Geremiah Giampa, Jake Williams, Matt Ensminger and Tom Mellon in sonically diverse ways well beyond the reach of most bands.
Whether you see them live or drop your hard-earned money on A Sunshine Report, you’ll become a quick and cherished member of the family, and in the end, part of the revolt against mediocrity.
Dining option 2
Chicken Wings $11
Choice of buffalo or barbeque sauce served with carrots, celery & blue cheese dressing
Garlic Hummus $10
Served with cucumbers, carrots, olives, pita & naan breads
Fish Tacos $9
Cajun spiced tilapia, jicama slaw & sweet corn with a side of salsa roja & guacamole
House Salad $8
Mixed greens, chick peas, avocado, cucumber, grape tomatoes,
red onions & enoki mushrooms tossed with aged balsamic vinaigrette
-Add chicken or spicy chili fried tofu $4 –Add shrimp $9
Caesar Salad $9
Crisp romaine lettuce, brioche croutons & grated parmesan cheese with a creamy Caesar dressing
-Add chicken or spicy chili fried tofu $4 –Add shrimp $9
WCL Burger $11
Grilled Angus beef with bourbon bacon, apple wood smoked cheddar, shredded iceberg lettuce, tomato & red onion on a croissant bun
Served with a side of french fries
Falafel Sandwich $11
Fried falafel nuggets with feta, shredded cucumbers, garlic hummus & tzatziki sauce on naan bread - Served with a side of french fries
Braised Pork Sandwich $10
Shredded braised pork, balsamic onion jam, barbeque sauce & slaw on a brioche bun - Served with a side of french fries
Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Fillet $16
Marinated & grilled rare served with pineapple relish, pickled ginger, teriyaki glazed & finished with fried wontons
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