Johnny Brenda's Presents
Birdie Busch & the Greatest Night
Dustbowl Revival, Billy Wylder
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Birdie Busch & the Greatest Night
Coming out of what could be called a veritable renaissance that has put Philadelphia back at the top of the list of America’s music capitals, Birdie Busch joins other talented locals and partners in crime in creating a tight-knit community that seeks to make great music, inspire people, and see what happens.
Critics from the Village Voice to American Songwriter have admiringly found her of kindred spirit to everyone from Syd Barrett to Eudora Welty and All Music Guide exclaimed that she is one of the “most affecting altos around”.
Her timeless approach and broad spectrum of influences has allowed her to play shows with everyone from iconics like Richard Thompson to one of her most recent stints, opening a short run for the rockin’ tour de force Dr. Dog in the spring of 2012. Encouraged by Scott Mcmicken of Dr. Dog, they recorded it at Meth Beach with Nathan Sabatino (Be the Void) and then Birdie laid down vocals at Saltlands in Dumbo, Brooklyn with her longtime partner in sonic adventures, Devin Greenwood, in his studio “The Honey Jar”.
The result is Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night,which gathers together what Birdie loves best: playing in a band with other like-minded folks where both melody, rhythm, dynamic, and songwriting are all getting their time to shine.
Birdie on the recording, “These guys are all my best friends and I admire them immensely for their lifelong dedication to making music and that’s really what binds us, that unspoken acknowledgment. While most of us have recorded alot together, this was the first project that allowed us to block off a week and cut it all mostly live. Everything was happening at once, the feeding off of each others energies, the guitar licks calling and responding, the eye contact, the instantaneous reactionary arrangements.”
The recording shows growth, maturity, and risk taking. It is lush, angular, and muscular. Many moments the band achieves a true rock and roll velocity, tranfiguration, and a reaching in, out, and up. There’s lots going on in these recordings and they only seem to reveal more with each listen.
The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice Beach, CA - based American roots orchestra with eight full-time members. Known for their free-flowing sets that often spill off the stage - they play it all - bluegrass, hot jazz, pre-war blues, southern soul and a good dose of New Orleans funk, mashing the sounds of traditional American music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal. It's a celebration of the sounds that have kept America moving for more than a century, performed with all the flair of a medicine show and rooted in the sweat and swagger of a juke joint song swap. Over the last five years the band has toured throughout North America and Europe as festival veterans, recently sharing stages with bands as diverse as Lake Street Dive, Rebirth Brass Band, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty. Perhaps the thing that inspired the band years ago was witnessing The Preservation Hall Jazz Band merging with Del McCoury’s seasoned bluegrass troupe from Nashville in a series of concerts. It was like a flashbulb going off. Maybe that's the secret ingredient in the Dustbowl Revival's sound: the bridge connecting two American genres that grew out of places more similar and entwined than people realize - but a century or so after they first became popular, couldn’t sound more different. Preservation Hall and The Grand Ole Opry rarely get mentioned in the same sentence. In Dustbowl’s first mostly-live record “With A Lampshade On” - released by Massachusetts based roots label Signature Sounds, these estranged folk traditions are reunited with songs that rely as heavily on bluegrass trombone breaks and jazz mandolin runs as funk fiddle solos and gospel sing-alongs. That unique middle ground — the place where jazz, folk, gospel and blues all intersect — is where the band shines brightest. With each show, The Dustbowl Revival isn't just paying tribute to the sounds of decades long past. Rather, the band is attempting to participate in the evolution of American roots music, tipping a hat to what's come before while looking ahead to what's on the horizon.
From the archaic streets of Jerusalem to the small towns of America and all along the way, music has been the thread and source of strength for Billy Wylder. The band features Avi Salloway from Hey Mama/Avi & Celia joined by a boot kick crew of musical vigilantes.
In the heat of the Arab Spring, Avi traveled to Israel and Palestine to work on an ethnographic music and dialogue project with young Arab and Jewish artists. Through his inspiration from the experience, new songs began to take form and the idea of Billy Wylder was born. The band recorded their debut album with the help of The Low Anthem in Providence, RI and is now touring America, building the “Wylder family” of fans from town to town. The new record, entitled “Sand & Gold,” is slated for release on April 30, 2013.
Billy Wylder, like their peers, the David Wax Museum and Vampire Weekend, bring sounds from around the globe to meld with their American roots, taking the listener on a journey from bayou to borough, desert to dreamland. Wylder’s a rebel on horseback, singing songs with the people he meets, songs of love and adventure, filled with the color of his journey.
The band has supported the legendary Taj Mahal and toured extensively throughout the northeastern United States. Billy Wylder includes Fred Kosak (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Michael Reese (drums, banjo, vocals), Paul Chase (bass), and Avi Salloway (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica). The members of Billy Wylder are all charismatic artists and educators who have taught and performed in the Middle East, China, the UK, North America and the Caribbean including concerts at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, NY.
“[Salloway’s] traveled the globe, teaching in the Middle East and absorbing myriad worldly musical influences. All of which inform his new project, Billy Wylder, which fuses disparate styles, from worldbeat to art rock, with his Americana roots.” –Seven Days
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