beta hi-fi Emerging Music Festival 2014

beta hi-fi Emerging Music Festival 2014

Since its opening in 2011, World Cafe Live at the Queen in Delaware has continued the beta hi fi tradition started in Philadelphia eight years ago. The free week-long music festival held this year from August 25 - 29 features some of the region’s cream of the musical crop and provides a platform for the Wilmington area’s best emerging musicians and songwriters to be heard by local radio DJs, music bloggers and publications, show promoters, label reps and fans alike. Each year, 25 bands are selected from a batch of over 200 submissions and offered the opportunity to stand out among the rest by performing engaging original songs. A winning band is selected each night based on various judging criteria including showmanship, stage presence, professionalism, creativity, audience appeal, and ability to draw a crowd. These winners then progress to the finals held on August 29th to prove who’s got what it takes to win some tasty prize packages from Disc Makers, Rainbow Books and Music, the Dewey Beach Music Conference and way more. Submit your band here by June 6th!

Kind of Creatures

Kind of Creatures is a Wilmington based rock and roll outfit. Main influences can be detected from glam, garage, soul and lo-fi rock genres. Their especially danceable beats, clever riffs, and bewitching vocal melodies make for an arresting live performance with no shortage of raw energy.


Ton-Taun was conceived in 2007 in Lancaster, PA. Over the years, the group has lost and gained several members and relocated to Philadelphia, PA. In 2009, the band's original roster released 'Circus Court,' their first record, and quickly followed it the next year with 2010's 'Exporter.'

After the (amicable) departure of original bassist and drummer Mario and Louis Borgatta, Ton-Taun recruited Philadelphia drummer Alex Ocko and Lancaster bassist Josh Wood as permanent members. The group worked closely with co-producer Nick Curran (Selah.Selah, Missing Pilots) to record their third album, 'Get Well,' which was self-released in November of 2012.

Ton-Taun has become a strong live act, especially since the recent addition of Philly native Aaron Binder (Housecats, Cozy Galaxies) on keyboard and guitar. Ton-Taun has played with Future Islands, Buke and Gase, No Age, Lavender Diamond, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, the Apache Relay, and Ra Ra Riot. Their live sound is based around Jordan Capizzi's commanding vocals, the tight rhythm section of Ocko and Wood, and experimental guitar textures and tones. Doug Hynes' guitar work, constantly shifting between controlled and chaotic, is one of the band's greatest assets as a performing unit.

The Snails are an eclectic act whose work, though identifiable with definite genres, defies generalization. Having spent previous years exploring and writing in the style of mid-century Jamaican music (ska, rocksteady, reggae) the group now brings influences as various and distant from each other as American garage rock and rhythm ‘n’ blues to the forefront of their original sound. Their songs are lyrically poignant (“poetry dressed with tune”), their rhythms aggressive, and their performance electrifying. Catch the beat, and you’ll never be able to put it down.

The Snails are fronted by Todd Fausnacht on guitar and lead vocals, with Ben Parry on bass, Tim Hildebrand on guitar, Josh Parry on drums, and Matt MacLeod on organ.



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All Upstairs tickets are General Admission. Dining is available at World Cafe Live at the Queen. To be assured of seating for an event, dining reservations are accepted for Upstairs Live, our full service restaurant. We recommend scheduling your reservation time 1½ to 2 hours before show time. For more information and to see menus, please read the Restaurant Info.

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