WXPN and Turtle Studios welcomes the 6th annual
Winter Doldrums - Concert for Suicide Prevention
Kuf Knotz, Matt Duke, Andrea Nardello Band, Christine Havrilla, John Faye, Black Horse Motel, Tin Bird Choir, Everything Turned to Color, Lovers League, Michele Lynn's Vilomahad Project, Vilebred, Hannah Taylor & The Rekardo Lee Trio, Brian Flanagan Band, Sonja Sofya, Sweetbriar Rose, Episcopal Academy Middle School Singers (openers)
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003
Doors 2:30 PM / Show 3:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Kuf Knotz is one of todays fastest emerging alternative artists. No musical territory goes unexplored when it comes to Kuf, and it is this attitude that has led him to open for top acts - Ms Lauryn Hill, Robert Glasper, THE ROOTS, The Wailers, Common, Robert Randolph, Arrested Development, RED BARAAT, Inspectah Deck, Amos Lee, Steel Pulse, ZAC DEPUTY, Josh Ritter, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Soulive & RISING APPALCHIA to name a few.
The new album by Philadelphia- and Brooklyn-based artist Kuf Knotz — pushes the boundaries of hip-hop. “My music’s always had a pretty broad spectrum as far as influences go,” he says. “It feels really natural to blend genres. I’ve always just felt that music is music.”
Inspired to take his own indie-progressive style to the next level, Kuf began work on a collection of upbeat, feel-good music. “I felt like it was important and it was needed in hip-hop,” Kuf says. Armed with his songs, he headed for Amsterdam. The change of scenery allowed him to focus on A Positive Light — his first album in more than three years — Kuf teamed with artists like Hanyo van Oosterom, who added live production (NL), Omar Ka, Ntjam Rosie & Tess Garthe' who added vocals & and Mark Gademan(NL), who mixed the entire album.
Kuf volunteers his time for WXPN’s Musicians On Call program, bringing live music to the bedsides of patients through weekly programs at six area hospitals.
In late 2012 Kuf Knotz relocated and now resides in NYC.
Andrea Nardello Band
Christine is known for bringing her “well-built, catchy, smart tunes” (Upstage Magazine) to audiences everywhere, touring nationally as a solo act as well as with Gypsy Fuzz. After an inspirational time of being based in Portland, OR, Christine is once again back in the Philly area and frequenting such venues as Tin Angel, World Café Live, Steel City, Godfrey Daniels, Jammin’ Java, Burlap and Bean, Triumph Brewing Company, Rockwood Music Hall, Club Passim, to name a few.
Christine utilizes the soft gritty texture of her vocals to express warmth and honesty that listeners quickly embrace as well as her aggressive, raw, trash-style guitar playing. Mark Rogers from 93.7 WSTW raves, “…with Gypsy Fuzz (the album and the band), Christine takes especially that rock element and turns it to 11. Gypsy Fuzz fuses fantastic guitar work with Christine’s vocals, which can reach down inside and grab your heart. A very diverse album, showing elements of rock, blues and even country, among others, Gypsy Fuzz continues Christine’s string of fantastic albums. Buy it.” Named "One of the Top Ten Indie Artists" by The Advocate Magazine, The Washington Post writes, “(Havrilla’s) songs are intelligent and moving, the arrangements are incisive and colorful, and, best of all, Havrilla consistently comes across as a confident and seasoned performer.”
Gypsy Fuzz’s premier album titled “Searching. Finding. Living.”, co-produced by Larry Crane (Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, Cat Power), was listed on Advocate Magazine’s not to be missed “Best Overlooked Albums of 2011!” (Advocate -November 2011) and She Wired’s Top Ten Albums of the Year! Christine was nominated for About.com's 2013 Reader's Choice Awards, awarded the 2010 Garden State Film Festival’s “Best Contemporary Country Song” for “Blinders”, and is called "...raw, simple, wonderful!" by Curve Magazine. Inessa at 101.9 KINK.FM calls Gypsy Fuzz "Yet another fun late-year discover!" Michaela Majoun at 88.5 WXPN applauds her "terrific, big sound”, while Philadelphia Magazine states, “She rocks!” These Live Sessions help re-introduce the energetic musical career of Christine back to the east coast and beyond!
Black Horse Motel
Philadelphia-based Americana band Black Horse Motel conjures a sound that draws on traditional folk roots, along with many other influences, and ties it together with unifying vocal harmonies. Songs are built on the foundations of folk music, but are elevated by an infectious blend of the traditional banjo and mandolin, with guitars, strings, drums and voices. The resulting sound is dexterous, rich, accessible and toe-tapping. Black Horse Motel have performed at Musikfest, Philadelphia Folk Festival, and many of Philadelphia's popular venues, including World Cafe Live, Kung Fu Necktie, Tin Angel, Milkboy Coffee, Boot & Saddle, and Underground Arts. Black Horse Motel have been featured as live performers on several radio programs, including Gene Shay's Folk Show on WXPN, Folkadelphia on XPN2, and Y-Not Radio.
Tin Bird Choir
Tin Bird Choir
Tin Bird Choir is a barn rock band from Chester County Pennsylvania. They write songs that are rooted in the rural world they grew up in, yet still pulse with urgency. Two songs off their latest album Homesteady were picked up by Starbucks and are played in their stores worldwide. Another song, “Cheaper, Less Painful,” earned the band a spot as one of the regional finalists in the Mountain Stage Newsong Contest. With lyrical integrity and driving melodies, Tin Bird Choir is fun, often quirky, and even a little haunting. Learn more about them at tinbirdchoir.com"
Everything Turned to Color
Michele Lynn's Vilomahad Project
Michele Lynn, bassist for Philly area musician Andrea Nardello, has played on many bands' albums over the years. Now Michele has put together her own album, which has the important focus of raising awareness for suicide prevention. Michele lost her son David to suicide in 2013. One of the ways she dealt with, and continues to deal with, her immense grief and loss is by writing poetry. The poems' themes encompass each phase of Michele's grief, from outright depression to coping and trying to find hope.
With the goal of bringing light to suicide awareness and prevention, Michele teamed up with 17 of her musician friends to co-write songs based on her works. Michele's poems became the songs' lyrics, with her friends providing voice and melody. Together with producer Ross Bellenoit, Michele and her friends created an album called “Vilomahed.” “Vilomah,” is a word taken from Sanskrit by Karla Holloway, of Duke University, which essentially means an unnatural loss, as in our children should not proceed their parents in death. If they do, we are “Vilomahed.”
Despite the album's diverse musical lineup, Michele and her collaborators have created a cohesive work that provides a beautiful glimpse into the pain and healing experienced by survivors of suicide, that is at times both heartbreaking and hopeful.
Michele Lynn plays bass on all of the tracks, with the featured artist of each song providing vocals and in some cases guitar. In addition to his production talents, Bellenoit plays most of the other instruments and percussion on the album; he also sings lead vocals on one of the tracks. The album was recorded in the late Summer/early Fall of 2016 at Turtle Studios in Philadelphia. The other artists involved in this emotional project are: Adrien Reju, Allison Polans, Andrea Nardello, Angela Burns, Annie Nardolilli, Autumn Walden, Christopher Davis-Shannon, Dani Mari, Galen Fitzpatrick (of Black Horse Motel), Ginger Coyle, Heather & Eric Hurlock (a/k/a Tin Bird Choir), Hezekiah Jones, Jeff Klemens (of Gavilan), John Galla, Tim Celfo (of Mason Porter), Valentina Raffaelli (of Valentina and Sunshine Superman).
“Vilomahed” was released on December 10th, her son David's birthday and is available for download on all of the music websites with the CD's also available on Bandcamp.com and CDBaby.com.
Michele Lynn hopes that this album, dedicated to her son David, helps not only raise awareness but also helps those grieving and/or considering suicide as a solution.
*** Multiple 11th Annual Homey Award Winner ***
- Artist of the Year: Michele Lynn
- Collaboration of the Year: Michele Lynn's Vilomahed Project
- Song of the Year: "Sundays (feat. Ginger Coyle" by Michele Lynn & Ginger Coyle
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Vilebred is a Philly-based experimental rock band, constantly churning out rich melodies, epic anthems and enough snark to make everyone a little uncomfortable. Following the footsteps of his brother Kurt Vile, Sam Vile is the musical architect that leads this circus, with influences ranging from The Violent Femmes to Radiohead. Band members include, Dug Gillan (bass/vocals) and Jeremy Dawson (Lead Guitar) of "The Nodd", Chelsea Sue Allen (keys/vocals) who is also a talented solo artist of the same name, and Will Donahue (drums/vocals) who, while members sometimes come and go, has been in the band since the very beginning.
Hannah Taylor & The Rekardo Lee Trio
Hannah Taylor was born a little orphan girl to a black bear in the woods of Upstate New York. She was raised on blackberries and moonshine. As an adult, she ventured to Philadelphia, home of the Citywide Special and Country Night at Bob & Barbara's Lounge, a place where she quickly found a home crooning old school country and breaking boy's hearts left and right. But she missed the bears.
“We couldn’t take it anymore, so we split,” says former Jesse Lundy Band drummer Alec Meltzer. Joining him were bassist Chris Bicksler and guitarist Rekardo Lee.
Formed almost 10 years ago, the Trio has gone through several formats focused on blues and rock. The initial plan was to act as the backing band for area artists for one-off shows, giving the trio the opportunity to find their own voice by constantly challenging themselves with new music. But then they met up with Hannah and were wooed by her sultry, yet sassy singing style and stage presence. Following her long stint as Aretha Franklin's backup singer, they called her up and the band instantly locked into a rockabilly/blues format that sat nicely among all their tastes.
Rockabilly, country and rock fans alike agree… Despite a lack of male pompadours, the band knows how to keep the dance floor hopping and the drinks flowing.
Brian Flanagan Band
$15 advance / $20 Day of Show / $25 Reserved
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