Mid Summer Classic 2013 w/ The Better Half & The Shakers

The Better Half

The Better Half are a straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll band from Philadelphia. With a melody-driven hard rock sound, The Better Half are classic rock and modern alternative all at the same time. In addition to headlining area venues like The North Start Bar (Philadelphia), Arlene’s Grocery (NYC), Crocodile Rock (Allentown, PA), The Trocadero (Philadelphia), House of Blues (Atlantic City), and The TLA (Philadelphia), the band has shared stages with the likes of Fuel, Halestorm, Cavo, ZO2, Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way, Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), Saves The Day, and more. Throughout their career, they have drawn comparisons to mainstream artists like Foo Fighters, 3 Doors Down, Pearl Jam, Shinedown, Daughtry, Fuel, and others.

While the band is known for it’s high-octane live shows, they are famous for their soft side as well, often playing intimate acoustic shows in smaller venues around the area. The band just recorded a live acoustic performance for a highly-anticipated early 2013 release. In 2009, the band released their first outing, the Equilibrium EP. After 2 years of writing and recording, the band released their self-titled debut album, The Better Half, which was recorded and produced by Grammy-Nominated producer Jim Salamone of Cambridge Studios. To celebrate, the band SOLD OUT the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia for their Album Release Show. The band has garnered a huge loyal East-Coast fan base and hopes to keep expanding it with every show.

The Shakers

Just when you thought every musical hybrid had been realized, LA’s THE SHAKERS have emerged as the missing link between soul and grit-rock. Previously described as “The Black Keys meets Heart” or even “AC/DC meets The Supremes,” The Shakers are able to peak potential listeners’ curiosity without even requiring the proverbial “listen.” All comparisons aside, the 4-piece outfit has created something truly original and charismatic – a brand of modern music that the ill-remaining music industry has been so desperately aching for. Loud, unapologetic, and masters of the stage domain.

The project started in 2009, when guitarist and musical catalyst Chris Lee relocated from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in hopes of igniting some inspiration via the rays and glitz of Southern California. On the evening of his arrival, Chris coincidently met Jodie Schell – a dynamic vocalist with unparalleled range and charm who immediately became the perfect fit. “The night we were introduced I didn’t realize it would only be a year or so before we’d be selling out that very room we were standing in,” Lee recalls. “A few short weeks later – when I saw Jodie perform as a back up singer and smash a tambourine on stage with the punk band she was in at the time – was when I knew we had to be in a project together.” A first writing session was quickly arranged, in which the duo wrote “Low Lights,” “Already Gone,” and put the finishing touches on “Distress Signal” – solidifying The Shakers’ core sound and three key tracks for both their debut EP and 2011’s appropriately titled Oh So Loud.

Fans can expect a shiny new record from The Shakers in spring of 2013. Until then, the band will continue to dominate the LA music arena, where a reputation of filling clubs like The Viper Room and Roxy Theatre keeps the lights on. The band has previously opened for such acts as Everclear, Our Lady Peace, The Motels, and Semi Precious Weapons.

Dime Street Joker

Dime Street Joker released their self-titled debut 8 song EP on September 10th, 2010. DSJ was started by Mike Graf, Brian Walsh, and Steve McGill in 2004. Originally named Catacult, they played for years, going through many members. Five years later, lead singer Natasha Kornegay joined the band after a two-year stint with Worst Case Scenario. Shortly after, DSJ picked up bassist Jason Sheck, who had been playing bass since 2000 and occasionally filling in for his brother's metal band Deluge. In 2012, Jason's brother Andrew Sheck replaced Brian Walsh on rhythm guitar. With their diverse backgrounds and appreciation for the classic rock sound they have stirred up a recipe for one of the best sounds to hit the Philly music scene in quite some time.

The Brett Talley Band

Brett Talley has been involved with music since the 3rd grade and it seems he will never stop. His musical career includes his two years as lead guitarist and producer for the Philly based pop-rock act, OutSet, his continuing status as lead guitarist for one of Philadelphia’s most popular rock outfits, IKE, and now as a solo artist accompanied by Susan Steen Talley (IKE) on bass and Jamie Briggs on drums.

In 2008, Brett released his first self-produced solo album, "LUSH," which featured more of Brett's pop sensibilities. The release of his most recent darker solo effort, the free digital download EP, “Emancipator,” earned him a 2009 Homey Award (of 93.7 WSTW’s Hometown Heroes hosted by Mark Rogers) for “Best EP,” along with “Best Rock Song of 2009,” for the song “The Future’s in the Rhythm Now,” as well as his third consecutive Homey Award for lead guitarist. Brett has won 14 Homey Awards in various categories since their inception in 2007, holding the record for most wins.

Brett’s music contains hard-driving pop-rock sounds with darker and more haunting elements which define his unique style. Brett remains committed to offering his skills as a recording engineer and producer to interested artists and bands along with continuing to write, record and produce new music of his own as well as with IKE.

The Quixote Project

We are a neo-roots music outfit. From Rock to Rockabilly, Bluegrass to Blues we like to pull from traditional genres to blur the fine lines of modern music. "Frontman Jeff Selby and a revolving cast of musicians have distilled the multi-genre sounds of a beachfront music festival into a remarkably cohesive live set, with hints of bluegrass, folk, and rock in a style that would be pigeonholed as “jam” if the songwriting wasn’t so explicitly pop-oriented" says Dave Fox of MUSIC WITHOUT LABELS.

We are honored to have most recently received "Americana/Folk band of the Year" "Musician of the Year" and "Instrumentalist of the year" for the 2017 Elephant Indie Music awards. We recently released our new record "Land of Plenty" produced at Cambridge Sound Studios. Our last album "Bone Shaker" helped us get nominated as "NJ Indie Band Of The Year" by Tri State Indie, and our song "Tread Easy" was nominated for "Best Folk Song" by 93.7FM Hometown Heroes at the annual Homey Awards.

We have shared the stage with notable artists such as Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Charlie Daniels, John Pardi, Ben Arnold, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, The Goddamn Gallows, Hoots & Hellmouth, and many other regional/locall bands. We sincerely appreciate the continued love and support. Cheers music. The QP

Rodger Delaney

Rodger celebrates small town South Jersey roots with emotionally charged lyrics and simple acoustic guitar.

After years as a lead guitarist, Rodger Delany put down the electric guitar and dusted off an old acoustic starting on a path to find his own voice. The journey began by performing at numerous open mics where he was mentored by many veterans and soon developed his own style. Rodger performed his first solo acoustic show at a sold-out Tin Angel in Philly in November 2010. By summer of 2011, Rodger had opened for many local bands at venues such as The World Café Live, The Legendary Dobbs and the Record Collector. His popularity continued to grow and by September 2011, Rodger showcased at the critically acclaimed Dewey Beach Music Conference.

In 2012, Rodger released his all-acoustic CD called “Moment of Truth.” Recorded at Philly Sound Studios, “Moment of Truth” includes sixteen songs performed with a single vocal and simple acoustic guitar or piano. Highlights include the title track Moment of Truth, Blind and Mischief. Late in 2012, Rodger Delany recorded "Alright to Love (Christmas Again)" for the WSTW 93.7 Hometown Heroes Holiday Album - a fundraiser benefiting the Toys for Tots foundation.



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