beta hi-fi Emerging Music Festival 2014

beta hi-fi Emerging Music Festival 2014

Join us at World Cafe Live for a FREE week-long music festival featuring some of the region's cream of the crop! From August 19th through August 24th, beta hi-fi will continue the tradition started at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live of providing a platform for the best of this region's finest emerging songwriters. Culminating in a line-up of over 25 performances throughout the week, beta hi fi serves as a showcase for industry professionals and for fans looking to discover new artists. Saturday night's show will feature the week's best performers chosen by a panel of expert judges, who will be rewarded with prizes galore! Submit your band now at

Underwater Country Club

The brain child of brothers Andrew and Skip Robinson, the group Underwater Country Club could most aptly be described as a shape shifting outfit of melodies, booming rock percussion's, and lyrically poignant songs.

Big Tusk

Commonwealth Choir

Indie rock outfit from Doylestown, Pennsylvania. A sea of boom chucks and ooo-la-la's, Commonwealth Choir crafts violently lush arrangements with bandmates Davis Jameson Howley (lead vocals, guitar), Jim Keifer (drums), Nick Cislak (lead guitar, vocals, keys), and William Christopher Chamuris (vocals, percussion, keys, guitar). With plans to release their debut EP September 2012, Commonwealth Choir is excited to share their music and explosive live presence with America, Germany, China, and Venezuela.

A fresh start for Derek and Nic sheehan means Tom Anthony, Emily Cahill, and Weekender. Born of patient minds, the project has survived several years, four names and a plethora of lineups. The most notable former group was called The Tweeds. After The Tweeds released their debut album in May of 2011 the band was well received getting recognition from The AV Club, Los Inrocks, 88.1 KDHX in St. Louis, the Deli Magazine, and others. They gigged from Montreal to DC and everywhere in between. Their endeavors won the hearts of many including producer Kyle "Slick" Johnson, and soon began recording new material with him in late 2011. Due to lack of funding the recording amounted to a few weekend sessions over the next year and a half resulting in an EP and a new band. Weekender has finally emerged from the depths of the Philadelphia music scene with a killer new lineup, their debut EP entitled Spanish Peaks, and a full length soon to follow.

Maiden Creek Lodge

Born in Ontario, Canada and raised in Pennsylvania, Matthew spent much of his youth joyously alongside his father in the Eastern Woodlands. A deep passion for music was always in him and when, at age 13, his father passed away, he delved into that love of music and began playing guitar, writing songs, and forming a band.

At age 19, O'Neill removed himself from the world of man and sought out the education of experience in the wilderness of the American West. Matthew lived 'alone' among nature's wild creation, baselining his mind and soul amongst the refined ecological systems and strong powers of the earth. He lived nomadically, sleeping in a tent or self made shelter, in National Forests and Reservations, and fasted often. He took seasonal jobs on remote ranches and farms. These jobs included sustainable logging with draft horses and working as a wrangler on the Western Slope of Colorado. All along, songs came to him while he developed his own guitar style, one in which the ancient past is tied to the future.

Years later, after moving to Santa Cruz, California, he began performing in small intimate venues. The response was enthusiastic and Matthew began to pursue his dream of a musical career. He soon left Santa Cruz, to the more affordable town of Prescott, Arizona. There, in that mile high misfit ponderosa, he formed the band ~ Maiden Creek Lodge. The group got a strong local buzz going on account their highly charged performances and combined songwriting talent. An album was self recorded at his cabin. With Matthew's adopted wolf-dog, Zumthor, as an audience, the album featured extended, passionate, trance induced song explorations.
Encouraged by the band's success, Matthew decided to move back East to Upstate New York in order to stay rural and be near New York City. Traveling to NYC, he played select shows, the first being an ARTHUR magazine CMJ showcase. Soon after he moved with his family to Los Angeles, living in Echo Park, then moving to an off the grid shack on the slopes of the Santa Monica Mountains. Up until recently he has been reclusive, preferring the company of natural places to create. O'Neill now lives in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia.



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