Johnny Brenda's Presents
Foxtrot & The Get Down with special guest Brianna Judge (album release show)
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Foxtrot & The Get Down
Originating in Philadelphia, Foxtrot and the Get Down has developed a unique sound with blues-based Rock riffs, often jazzy drum fills, and a thick, booming bass. Fronted by songwriter Colin Budny on guitar/harmonica/lead vocals and Erica Ruiz providing soulful Background vocals, the band has an expansive sound that embodies the band's musical influences and reflected in the variety of tracks on the "black Coffee EP, releasing on June 3rd.
The band's first EP, titled "Sold The Soul," led to consistent airplay in their hometown on Radio 104.5 and sold out shows in nearly every live music venue in town. The success of the EP and the band's grass roots touring led to positive progress for the band which included signing with Nashville based, boutique indie record label American Echo Records in 2015.
BRIANNA JUDGE announces the release of her debut single “Decent
Excuse”, now available for download and on all major streaming
platforms. A video of for the track will follow on social media and
YouTube next week.
“Decent Excuse” is the first taste listeners will get of Judge’s debut
album Wide Eyes, set for an Oct. 24 release, when Judge will debut the
new songs and her live band at Johnny Brenda’s, sharing a bill with
headliner Foxtrot & the Get Down.
Brianna Judge is a native of Philadelphia’s Northeast and recent
Temple graduate. She grew up jamming on guitar with her Dad and is
still doing that now. Far from the “acoustic feelings” type of
singer-songwriter, Judge is a pure rocker in the mold of Sheryl Crow
or Grace Potter — delivering not only the songs and vocals but also on
“Decent Excuse” and Wide Eyes were produced by Ross Bellenoit, who
previously helmed radio breakthroughs for artists Ginger Coyle, Suzie
Brown and Sonja Sofya. Bellenoit will also be featured at the Oct. 24
Johnny Brenda’s show, promoted by Point Entertainment.
Having spent the better part of a decade touring with such international acts as The Sweetback Sisters, Amos Lee and Chris Kasper, Ross Bellenoit has been quietly pursuing a career as one of the Northeast’s most captivating songwriters. While based in Philadelphia, Bellenoit has been racking up an impressive discography: 4 LPs, 3 EPs, and 1 full length covers record since his debut came out in 2011. On top of that, Bellenoit has become a sought-after producer in the greater Philadelphia region, steering the ship for releases by Sonja Sofya, Ginger Coyle, Aaron & The Spell, Eavesdrop, and various Sweetback Sisters releases.
This coming Fall/Winter will see the release of his next full length album, entitled “Where Does The Light Go?”; a highly focused Americana effort that deals with some very messy feelings indeed (betrayal, fidelity, racism). Employing the work of some of his closest (and oldest) friends (various members from Amos Lee, Melody Gardot and The Stray Birds), and recorded at his home away from home, Turtle Studios, there is an easy and unhurried feel to the record, which leaves the room for some of Bellenoit’s most creative wordplay to sit right at the center of the frame.
Raised in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, Bellenoit trained on classical guitar for ten years (and viola for five) before studying jazz guitar at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. But while the momentum of his instrumental funk/fusion trio Muscle Tough continues to grow, Bellenoit hopes to balance out his love of guitar wizardry with his love for words. “When the elements are right, crafting a song can be just as electrifying and satisfying as instrumental improvisation”, Bellenoit says. “Both instances require a certain amount of surrender to the moment and riding a wave of inspiration in order to convey an emotion. That’s the highest of highs that any musician can hope to achieve, and when you get it right, the feeling lives on in that song for ages.”