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The End

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Phoenixville, PA — The End debuted to a maximum capacity crowd at Steel City.

The End is newly formed band from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Their sound takes American rock music into the future. They are currently in the studio working on their first two albums.

For last evenings gig, they played an acoustic set with vocals, guitar, jimbei and piano. The show featured the songs “The End Of The End” and “A Million Things”.

Steal The Breeze

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Steal The Breeze is a band out of Montgomery County, PA that creates jam band music influenced by psychedelic and progressive rock.

The band has unveiled a new website at

Playing For Change

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Kewick Theater, Glenside, PA — Playing For Change performed a concert to an enthusiastic crowd at the Keswick Theater. The concept was created by producer and sound engineer Mark Johnson, a Philadelphia native, whose parents were in attendance.

“Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in our minds, we set out to share it with the world.”

The project was started in 2004. In 2005, they approached a New Orleans musician, Grandpa Eliott, to record his version of “Stand By Me”. Then, other musicians from around the world were asked to add tracks to the recording. It became an Internet and YouTube hit. Of course, this was the song most of the audience was waiting for, and it did not disappoint. The entire crowd was dancing in the aisles. However, the song that was even more moving was the cover of the Four Non Blondes, “What’s Up”.

“And I try, oh my God do I try
I try all the time
in this institution
And I pray, oh my God do I pray
I pray every single day
for a revolution”

Playing For Change Videos

Halloween Parties

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Friday and Saturday, October 30 and October 31, 2009

Steal The Breeze at Spring Mountain’s “Scream Mountain”
Friday at 7:00PM
Haunted adventures to the music of a great live band.

Pete Kranz & The WEMB this Friday @ Cedars Pub, Skippack PA and Saturday @ Pickering Creek Inn, Phoenixville, PA – Come out and get spooky with yer bad selves! — Jayar Bass

John and Peter’s, New Hope, Friday
North Star Bar, Philly, Saturday, Spookadelphic…..mwuuhahahahaha ;-)

Dirk Quinn
Friday, October 30th
100 W College Ave
State College, PA 16801

World famous beers. World famous bar. Rated as one of the Top 50 places to have a beer in America, Zeno’s sits directly above the center of the ear…th on the corner of College Avenue and Allen Street in downtown State College, PA.

Saturday, November 7th
Steel City

203 Bridge Street
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Price: $10 advance/$12 DOS

Steel City is a beautiful European-style coffee house and premiere music venue located in Phoenixville, PA (just west of Philadelphia). The FULL BAND will be headlining the night with a full set of original jazz/funk. Our good friends in Fusionhouse will be kicking off the night with some fantastic music! Come early… you don’t want to miss them.

Get your tix early and save money:

Steal The Breeze

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Montgomery County, PA — Steal The Breeze will be performing two dates.

Oct. 24, 10PM: Reeds in Center Square at Routes 73 and 202
Oct: 30, 7PM: Spring Mountain Haunted Adventures

The Great Unknown Release Party

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Exciting news – The new album, “Tonight Let’s Pretend” is ready to be released unto the world! Mark your calendars:

Friday, October 23
Studio 34
4522 Baltimore Avenue
8 pm doors / music at 8:30

More details to come, but may include such things as gourds, brews, peacocks, leaves, horns, hot ciders, fingerpaints, sunglasses, goats, digeridoos, strobe lights and much much more.

In other news:
Please request “I Can See Forever Up Here” on WXPN in Philadelphia!

“This is not our official “press release”, but it is kind of funny, so let’s run with it for now.”

Ottsville, PA Music Festival

Friday, September 25th, 2009

The film crew will be conducting interviews and recording performances at the Pet Zoo Music Festival September 25 and 26, 2009.

The line-up includes:
The Heavy Pets
The Heavy Pets are a traveling American Rock ‘n’ Jam band that are best known for their explosively challenging live performances.

Splintered Sunlight
The most popular Grateful Dead tribute band in the Philadelphia area with a playlist of over 200 songs.

The Happy Dog
A psychedelic rock band made out of people.

Prepare yourself for a mind melting explosion of sound from the one and only Drum n’ Bass extraordinaire!

The Fat Mannequins
An acoustic guitar duo from South Florida that will leave you mystified.

Long Miles
Self-described as “the old school and the new school and the school nobody knows”.

Slo-Mo blends a variety of influences, from rap, soul and gospel to pop, rock and jazz.

Wineskin deconstructs the American musical landscape and draws on it’s rich heritage and genres.

Mad-Sweet Pangs
Delivering high-energy performances and an eclectic mix of musical influences, ranging from folk to blues.

Original Funk Rock blending dynamic grooves with fresh intelligent lyrics and swinging guitar hooks.
Newton Crosby
This experiment in sound draws inspiration from from 80’s New Wave and Pop, to the early 90’s rave culture, contemporary jambands, and Hip-Hop.

The Mystery Cats
A dynamic, jam-oriented musical group based in Somerset, New Jersey that blends original material with some of the great rock n’ roll of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s

Steal the Breeze
Steal The Breeze plays Original New-Wave Rock N’ Roll, along with classic rock covers from Pink Floyd and The Grateful Dead.

DJ Tony D
Tony D’Amato is a DJ, producer and bassist from Wilmington, Delaware.

For tickets, information and directions:

Collective Soul Live At Philadelphia’s TLA

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Philadelphia, PA — Collective Soul brought their tour to the Theater Of The Living Arts (TLA) in Center City Philly. For those who have not been, South Street is a world unto its own. Make sure you visit in this lifetime and if you can see a concert it’s an extra bonus.

There are not that many bands that I want to see, yet have not seen. Collective Soul was one of those bands. I am not sure why it never worked out. After I fell in love with “Shine”, they were a band I longed to see on stage. Then, the years past, and I figured it was too late. Even if they came around, they would probably be past their prime?

As destiny would have it, I saw they were playing at a local venue. The beauty of it was they were playing at a small theater. Maybe their decline in popularity would work to my benefit? Wait! Not so fast. I refresh the webpage on my web browser, and it says the show is sold out. What? So, I call the box office. Yes. They tell me the show is sold out. Dag-nab-it! I can not accept this situation and drive down to see with my own two eyes. Indeed, it is sold out. There are a couple guys from 93.3 WMMR there doing a promo. Why not ask them if they can get me a ticket? No dice. How about a scalper? No tickets to be found. While I am standing by the line to get in, a fellow comes over and asks if it is the line for Collective Soul. After verifying that it was, I ask if he might have an extra ticket. YeeHa! He does… but, at what price? Ahhhh… he tells me a reasonable price. He had been stuck with an extra ticket by a friend who backed out. Perfect!

I explained that I was a writer and had wanted to review the show. He was an avid fan and told me how good of a show they put on. I explained how sometimes I interview bands, sometimes I review bands, and sometimes I do not write anything. He said, “because there is nothing to write.” Exactly. Nevertheless, he peeked my interest in how the show would rate. The adrenaline was pumped, now. First, I thought I was going home in disappointment. Next, I was thrilled at getting a pass through the door. Plus, I met a father and son that were just as excited to see the show.

It was with much pleasure that the “warm-up” band turned me on with an instant music fix. Black Stone Cherry rocked the house. Black Stone Cherry rocked my world. (See the
Black Stone Cherry Review and Photo Gallery)

Luckily, the next band, Safety Suit, was not that hot. If they were, I do not know how Collective Soul could have followed them.

When Collective Soul took the stage, the crowd was primed and pumped. It seemed fitting that they started off with “Welcome All Again”. They played a couple more new songs in the middle of the set. Before “You”, Ed Roland related that it was the first song they ever wrote as a band. There was quite a bit of interaction and audience participation throughout the show. Introducing “Gel”, Ed shared that he and his brother/guitarist Dean were the sons of a preacher. “Gel” is about what they grew up with on Sunday mornings:

Color me any color.
Speak to me in tongues and share.
Tell me how you’d love to hate me.
Tell me how you’d love to care.
Well I just want to shake us up.

Let’s mingle
And make it well.
Come together now.
Yeah let’s gel.

All in all, the lights, the sound, the audience, the songs and the band added up to a spectacular performance. On the way out the door, the fellow who had sold me the ticket caught up to me and said, “Write something good.” I replied, “Oh, yeah. I will.” For this was one show worth writing about. Make sure they are not always one of those bands you wished you had seen!

Ed Roland – vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
Dean Roland – rhythm guitar, vocals
Will Turpin – bass guitar, vocals
Joel Kosche – lead guitar
Cheney Brannon – drums, percussion

Welcome All Again
Why Part 2
World I Know
Anymore Friends
Better Now

Staring Down
River Flows

Collective Soul Concert Photo Gallery

Black Stone Cherry Live at the TLA

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Philadelphia, PA — The Collective Soul tour came to the Theater Of The Living Arts (TLA) in Philly. They brought with them two other bands, Safety Suit and Black Stone Cherry. Safety Suit did nothing for me; however, Black Stone Cherry rocked my world.

Not having heard of Black Stone Cherry before, they were a surprise attack of sound and movement. Black Stone Cherry has a heavy southern rock band sound coming from Edmonton, Kentucky. The band members are:
Chris Robertson — lead vocals, guitar
Ben Wells — guitar, backing vocals
John Lawhon — bass guitar, backing vocals
John Fred Young (son of The Kentucky Headhunters’ rhythm guitarist Richard Young) — drums, backing vocals

Their music is clean and hard. The band’s energy is through the roof with jumping and head banging. They are one of those bands you have to see live as their is no way to capture their sensual stimuli. The set included “Please Come In”, “Soul Creek”, “Lonely Train”, “We Are the Kings”.

Black Stone Cherry Photo Gallery

Get The Led Out

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Old Pool Farm, Schwenksville, PA — The Philadelphia Folk Festival is an interesting experience. You never know what you will see… or hear. This works both ways — from the audience looking toward the stage or from the stage looking at the audience. It probably has the largest ratio of musicians that are in the audience than any other concert venue.

Thus, my surprise to see Get The Led Out scheduled for the special Thursday evening “Exclusive Camp Concert” that is put on for the overnight campers. What the heck was a band that bills themselves as the American Led Zeppelin doing at the Folk Fest? The must have been intimidating for the band:
1) They play songs that people know, so they have to play flawlessly.
2) They are to perform heavy rock music to a folk crowd.
3) Many in the audience are talented musicians.
4) They followed two talented folk bands, Jill Sobule and Deer Tick.

You would think that they would go over like a lead balloon? No. Le contraire. As soon as they started playing, people began flocking to the stage. Before long, there was standing room only. The crowd joined in and sang every song. Looking at the people standing next to you would cause you to pause. A mother dancing next to her daughter. People of all ages having the time of their life. In fact, it’s the only Folk Fest performance that I can remember hurting my ears.

As the show progressed, it felt like the audience and performers were feeding off each other. The crowd’s energy feeding the band, and in return the band’s energy feeding the audience. Only at the Folk Fest could such a miracle take place.

Get The Led Out Concert Photo Gallery