Johnny Brenda's Presents
Hollis Brown, The Vernes
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
For years, Philadelphia's The Lawsuits have been known for a
sound that cannot be pigeonholed into one genre. There is something to
be said about a band that has been creating music together as long as
The Lawsuits have. With that longevity comes a sort of comfort and
understanding for both themselves, and the listener. "Moon Son", the
band's second full length release, and Randm Records debut, showcases
years of blending each other's influences and sounds to create
something wholly their own. They have spent their music careers up to
this point dipping their toes in multiple sounds and styles to create
this very identity. With a nostalgic nod to the greats of the past and
a dash of modern productions and self-awareness, laced with sweeping
harmonies: this is The Lawsuits.
Formed after songwriter Brian Dale Allen Strouse was introduced to
vocalist Vanessa Winters & bassist Brendan Cunningham through a mutual
friend, The Lawsuits then recruited fellow Temple alum, drummer Josh
Friedman. Their 2013 release, 'Cool Cool Cool', was produced by Bill
Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), and garnered attention from outlets such
as Rolling Stone, Spin, Paste & Philadelphia’s WXPN. The album's first
single, 'Onion', was chosen as #22 of Daytrotter's 300 Best Songs of
Hollis Brown is an American Rock ‘ n’ Roll band. Named after a Bob Dylan song (“The Ballad of Hollis Brown”), the band was formed byQueens-natives and songwriters Mike Montali (lead vocals/guitar) and Jonathan Bonilla (lead guitar). Both 2nd-generation immigrants (Italian-American and Puerto Rican-American, respectively), they soon found their musical brethren across America, recruiting Andrew Zehnal (drums) from Cleveland, Adam Bock (keyboard/vocals) from St. Louis, and Brian Courage (bass) from Long Island.
Hollis Brown’ s current single “Run Right To You”was released on 7”vinyl in October 2016 on Velvet Elk/One Little Indian records. Their song “Steady Ground”is a featured exclusive on Amazon’ s playlist Amazon Acoustics.The band’ s vinyl EP, Cluster of Pearls (Alive Naturalsound Records), was chosen as one of the 300 select releases throughout the world for Record Store Day 2016. Pressed on Starburst Vinyl, the record is limited to800 copies and features four previously unreleased tracks and two songs released on vinyl for the first time. It was released digitally on iTunes in August 2016. Cluster of Pearls follows up the 2015 release of Hollis Brown's third album 3 Shots (Jullian Records/RED), featuring the Bo Diddley collaboration “Rain Dance,”and the duet “Highway 1”with acclaimed alt-country songstress Nikki Lane.
The edgy, roots-rock indie band from Queens, NY, known for its adrenaline fueled performances, wrapped 40+ amphitheater shows across America supporting Counting Crows and Citizen Cope in 2015, followed by a month-long headline tour in the UK and Europe. This past summer/fall, the band embarked on a headlining tour across the US and Europe, including performances at Firefly Music Festival, WFPK “Live Lunch,”Audiotree, and Studio 10 Live.
The independent act has achieved a significant amount of success since their formation in 2009. They released their debut album Ride On The Train on Alive Naturalsound in 2013 (produced by Adam Landry), garnering song and video premieres from Rolling Stone, Paste, and American Songwriter, along with music placements in the worldwide trailer for the Michael Keaton film “The Founder,”the Willem Dafoe/Matt Dillon film “Bad Country,”Direct TV's "Kingdom," Showtime’ s “Shameless,”MTV’ s “Real World,” and an online ad campaign for Abercrombie & Fitch. Following a Lou Reed tribute concert in NYC, Alive Natural sound asked the band to record a tribute to the Velvet Under-ground’ s classic album Loaded, as a limited-edition vinyl release for Record Store Day 2014. Hollis Brown Gets Loaded took on a life of its own, with airplay on influential radio stations, resulting in a full CD & digital release.
The band has toured extensively in America and Europe, headlining and supporting such bands as The Zombies, Jackie Greene, Heartless Bastards, Rich Robinson of Black Crowes, and Jesse Malin, and building an impressive fan base on both continents.
Philadelphia indie rockers The Vernes began as a basement recording project for singer Mat Gragg. Joined by old friends from California, the five piece band is “part of the welcomed migration of talented, young artists continuing to flow into our City of Brotherly Love.” Gragg’s unique vocal style and introspective lyrics with just the right touches of fuzz pedals and trumpets, synths and drum machines provide a contrast between their chilled-out recordings and dynamic live performances. Their debut album, a collection of EPs and singles released throughout their first year, came out in March 2017.
All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission