Johnny Brenda's Presents
Merry Riffmas with Serpent Throne
Gondola, The Golden Grass
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:15 PM
This event is 21 and over
Say there was a heavy rock festival in 1972 where Black Sabbath, Wishbone Ash, the Scorpions, Budgie, and Cactus are supposed to play, but then, due to a series of plane crashes and natural disasters, only 1 surviving member from each band made it. In order to calm down the crowd of heavy rockers, Iommi grabs a couple dudes from the other bands and puts together an emergency band. And then Uli Roth says, "We don't need a singer because he'll just get in the way of the riffs." If you like riffs, they got 'em.
Gondola is a heavy acid-psych-rock trio with Rocky Rinaldi (guitar, vocals), Jordan Blumling (bass, vocals) and Tim Plunkett (Drums) from Philadelphia. Their sound is total sorcery. Snarling guitar soaring over sinister bass lines with lyrics conjured from the void, balanced with the attack, resonance and depth of the beat will leave you questioning this reality.
The Golden Grass
The glory of American hard rock music has returned! THE GOLDEN GRASS are here to bring that classic feel-good heavy boogie vibe, drenched with soulful vocals, psychedelic flourishes, progressive arrangements and deep improvisational interludes!
Formed in 2013, this Brooklyn power trio quickly signed to Finland’s Svart Records, before even playing their first gig, and have since released 1 full length LP and 2 EPs. UK’s Classic Rock Magazine gave their album an 8/10 calling it “A boogie-heavy anthem...This is rock at its most classic” and Shindig’s 4/5 review exclaimed “Rootsy psychedelia infused Southern country-rock that actually leaves you smiling!”. These boys are no strangers to the road either, as they’ve extensively toured the Northeast/Midwest US and embarked on 2 European Tours, earning them a devoted cult following, all in less than 2 years.
Their sound majestically encapsulates the timeless feel of 60’s/70’s influence. Taking a nod from legends like JAMES GANG, ALLMAN BROTHERS & GRAND FUNK, the soulful British psych/mod of THE MOVE, THE PRETTY THINGS & THE ACTION, and the heavy umph of BUDGIE, BLUE CHEER & BLACKFOOT to seal the deal, THE GOLDEN GRASS synthesize these influences into a seamless, memorable, and high-energy performance that screams from the past but is a welcome and much needed presence in the now! Hard rock lives! Keep on grassin’!