1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Why Great Peacock? 'Because it’s GREAT!’ There’s a sense of humor that
comes across right out of the gate when speaking with Andrew Nelson
and Blount Floyd. It’s rock and roll after all, and they want to be big,
and bold, and beautiful so the name makes perfect sense. The pair
began their accidental collaboration over a decade ago when they
were left together with a case of beer. And while the humor is refresh
ing, the intent is serious - to write and perform solid songs that reect
the world from their lens.
Blount Floyd was born in southern Alabama; Andrew Nelson grew up
just outside Birmingham. They carry a particular sound as a result, and
they embrace the deep roots of that sound while broadening their
perspective, as musicians always do. Greil Marcus once said that The
Allman Brothers single handedly reclaimed rock and roll from the
British, but when you dig under the surface one can nd an intricate
system of cross-pollination that exists in every music scene. From
Muscle Shoals to Sun Studios, from The Bakerseld sound to The
Eagles - artists are always recreating the root in their own style, and
Great Peacock reference Son Volt, Radiohead, John Lee Hooker, and
George Jones as inuences. A swirling mix indeed, yet the common
thread is steady.
Andrew Nelson is a craftsman - a rough hewn spill of words and music
is carefully tweaked and polished to become a song, with every vowel
in place. The band carries the songs with the pride and clear delivery
that they deserve.
It seems the subjects of the blues are always love (lost) and God - and
Andrew points out that Great Peacock songs are often existential
questions about life and death. The parallels between the road and life,
the tension of human existence are carefully balanced in both the
instrumentation and the lyrics.
Andrew states it atly - 'It’s just 12 notes and the human condition’
Call it rock, call it alt-country, call it the blues, or call it pop - an important
element of this music is its self-reection. While the songs transform the
human condition to a positive assimilation of sounds, the lyrics speak of
real life and feelings with a certain lament about the destiny of it all. This
is the challenge that Great Peacock accepts with songs like ‘Begging To
Stay’ and ‘Hideaway’. You will hear fragments of reference for a moment,
from Dispatch to Ryan Adams, but the sound always comes right back to
being distinctly Great Peacock.
And so we present Gran Pavo Real, the next album from Great Peacock.
Set for release on March 30, 2018.
Sparkle Pony is fun, refreshing, creative and difficult not to love. This little Bluegrass, Newgrass and Folk quartet has quickly earned the reputation for being one of the most well-polished, high quality bands on the Philly Folk scene right now. Super tight harmonies, ripping solos, great arrangements over well-crafted original songs is what to expect when you hear Sparkle Pony play live. A guaranteed crowd pleaser!
Lead singer Valentina Raffaelli, from Tuscany, Italy is a true vocal powerhouse and brings a unique take on an old familiar style.
Lewin Barringer on guitar, the "well-seasoned" pro has played with everyone from Randy Travis, to Peter Rowan, Blues Traveler and G. Love & Special Sauce and is one of the best rhythm guitar players in the area.
Nick Salcido on bass, is one of the finest and hardest working upright players on the Philadelphia music scene today.
There's a rotating cast of players like Sarah Larsen (Hurricane Hoss) and Rob Dwyer (Kalob Griffin Band)… you never know when they'll show up, so you better come to ALL the shows to find out!