Bent Knee Leaves Their Mark on Philly

By Rachel Meyers

On June 6, 2017, people from all walks of life piled into Kung Fu Necktie to experience and enjoy the truly unique music of Boston natives, Bent Knee. These six talented musicians pulled aspects from a vast of musical genres to create a vibrant, one of a kind experimental rock sound.

Kung Fu Necktie was packed from wall to wall as both fans and band members danced to the music. As fans were losing themselves to the music, Courtney Swain hit unbelievable notes while simultaneously playing the keyboard. Some other highlights of the night included Chris Baum completely letting the music take over while flawlessly playing the violin and Ben Levin playing guitar while keeping the audience energized. This eclectic group of musicians left the crowd in awe at the end of the night.

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Local Music Festival Helps Make Dreams Come True For Children With Special Needs

Written by Mario Corsaro, Photos by Rachel Meyers

It was another successful year at the Watering Hole in Mays Landing, New Jersey for promoter Jerry Ryan and the sixth annual Elephants for Autism Festival.

The weekend long music festival took place from May 19 to 21, with more than 60 local acts spanning all musical genres performing on the venue’s two outdoor stages. From solo acoustic artists to pounding heavy metal bands and everything in between, there was something for everyone to enjoy. Attendees were also treated to drink and food specials at the bar throughout each day.

Some highlights included a blistering performance by 14-year old guitarist Jacob Neugent and Corinne Podolski, accompanied by her father Matt on guitar and dedicating her set to her sister who was diagnosed with Autism and enjoys singing with her.  

For the past three years, Ryan has donated all proceeds of his event to the Archway School’s music program in Atco, providing children with special needs the opportunity to learn and play music. Having built up the school’s program and looking to branch out his support to the autism awareness cause, he turned to the Sunshine Foundation, an organization that has granted the wishes of 40,000 children who suffer from different illnesses and live in low income households over the past 42 years.

“They are like the original Make-a-Wish Foundation,” Ryan said. “They sent my son to Disney World and when I came back I wanted to do that. I want to help kids go to Disney World and I know how many families cannot afford to go.”

Ryan’s efforts raised over $9,000 and the total continues to grow as last minute donations pour in through the festival’s gofundme.com campaign. Thanks to his contribution, the Sunshine Foundation will be able to send two children and their families on the trip of their dreams.  

“Last year we sponsored Jeremy Ryan and Jerry was so impressed with that,” said Frank Pizzutilla of the Sunshine Foundation. “He said he was going to donate everything from his event and see if we can sponsor a couple of families this year.”

For more information on this great event and donation options, visit:
 www.gofundme.com/elephants-for-autism-fest-support

 

North Mississippi Allstars Rock Philly

By Rachel Meyers

On May 10, 2017, men and women of all ages piled into World Cafe Live in anticipation of North Mississippi Allstars. Philadelphia natives were blown away as brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson brought their southern rock/blues sound to the area on their Prayer for Peace tour.

This widespread tour features music from North Mississippi Allstars’ previous albums, as well as incredible music from their upcoming album, which was recorded while the brothers were on tour throughout 2016. Luther Dickinson’s enthusiastic and skillful vocals and guitar playing captivated every audience member as they danced along. Cody Dickinson rocked the drums and keyboard with some occasional vocals, without missing a single beat. Overall making for an absolutely masterful performance.

Don’t miss out on seeing this incredible band as they travel through the rest of their international tour. Find your tickets here.