New Sweden, The Lawsuits, Sean Hoots, The Kalob Griffin Band

New Sweden

Since forming in late 2009, the five-piece outfit New Sweden, comprised of William Dobies, Jimmy Dukenfield, Dan Weirauch, Zac Dukenfield, and Chuck Knott, has been entertaining fans in the greater Philadelphia region and beyond. With sincere lyrics characteristic of Americana folk combined with the intense melodies of Indie-Rock, New Sweden’s sound is a distinct and complex fusion of raw emotion wrapped up and presented in an artful array of musical flair. Voted best band in Delaware for three consecutive years at the Tri-State Indie Music Awards, New Sweden’s sound has been described by WXPN’s John Vetesse as “an instantly like-able blend: a little bit of Bright Eyes, a little bit of The Avett Brothers, a little bit of The Clash.” The band is eager to introduce audiences to their latest material from their new seven-song EP Fabric Room, produced by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man, Hoots & Hellmouth).

The Lawsuits

The Lawsuits have been described as a “schizophrenic mix of modern Americana that could very well bring traditionalists and the new generation of folk-rock fans together under one sun.” They play with an energy that’s infectious, charging through changeups and reveling in every solo, making the playing of each song look as enjoyable as it is to listen to. The songs are intricate and insightful in a way that recalls a time when music was more pure, but with a progressive and lighthearted style that seems natural for such a young group.

Sean Hoots

Sean Hoots is a maker of music from the land of Philadelphia. After many years on the road with his roots-rock band Hoots & Hellmouth, Sean is finally getting around to making that R&B record he's been talking about for years. Of course, true to form, his version of an "R&B record" will sound like both everything and nothing you'd expect. Sure, he's gonna sing his ass off. And yeah, the songs are gonna alternately soothe and excite you, body, mind and soul. But beyond that, he's dabbling in sonic collages, experimental soundscapes and consciousness expansion, all of which will invariably leave an imprint on what he brings to The Queen's stage this June. Expect soul-bubbling, mind-bending, genre-melding freshness from this wizened old boy backed by a band he's personally hand selected for the task.

The Kalob Griffin Band

The Kalob Griffin Band, better known to its devoted fans as the KGB, is a Pennsylvania bred, Philadelphia based outfit of Americana rock n’ rollers who strive to provide listeners on and off stage with an energetic and unique “KGB family” experience. Kalob Griffin (vocals/guitar), Rob Dwyer (guitar/mandolin/banjo), Eric Lawry (drums/vocals), John Hildenbrand (keyboards/vocals), and Jonathan Davenport (electric/upright bass) create a sound and live show that’s built around a variety of influences, tapping into multiple genres. The crew and their close knit team are centered in what the great pioneers stood for-hard work, good times, and building a community.



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