New Sweden, on tour in support of their first full length album, The Mountain, has been sharing their unique flavor of Americana, Folk, and Indie Rock with the greater Philadelphia region since forming in late 2009. The 6-piece outfit molds their sound using a blend of traditional folk instruments (violin, banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, pump organ, bass, percussion) with a modern twist, all backed by energetic live performances and lyrics that are sincere, complex, and powerful; sure to speak to any listener willing to lend an ear…
V I R G I N S is Saman Khoujinian and Gabriel Anderson, originally from Miami, FL but currently based out of Chapel Hill, NC
Gabe and Saman first met in Miami, Florida as seniors in high school. After a couple of bedroom EPs that year, they had to split up for college. Saman went to North Carolina while Gabe stayed in Florida. After sending musical ideas back and forth throughout the beginning of 2011 (which ultimately resulted in their debut album as VIRGINS and the first of three bicycle tours to date), Gabe moved up to NC. Virgins Family Band came together in its current formation after a series of shows with a changing cast of musicians and friends. The current lineup includes Patrick Terrell on bass, Nate Dierk on electric guitar/aux percussion, and Phil Hamilton on second drumkit. Gabriel Reynolds played keys in the band for a couple of months, but left after an at-capacity hometown show at the Local 506 and after the band finished recording Honeylion at Nightsound Studios in Carrboro. Just over a year after RGB, Virgins Family Band is looking forward to a busy 2013; regional tours and festivals, new music, and new videos are all in the works.
From Carrboro. Bevel Summers first came together in the Fall of 2010 after several late night impromptu jam sessions between David Hutcheson and Jeb Brinkley. The two were Seniors at UNC-Chapel Hill at the time, David an English/Creative Writing student and Jeb a Dramatic Art major. Both had gone through break-ups with long term girlfriends, both could carry a tune and wrote songs occasionally, and neither were the slightest interested in school anymore. The two began working on songs together at a break neck pace, staying up some nights until the sun rose writing and playing their tunes in Jeb’s living room (much to the chagrin of Jeb’s roommates). They’d skip class to sleep, or better yet, attend class and write lyrics rather than paying attention. Adopting the moniker “Reverend Bevel Summers” after a character from a Flannery O’Connor short story, the two worked on their technique, practicing obsessively, and began playing gigs at open mics and at local friends’ parties within weeks. By the start of 2011, they had recruited friends Alex Van Gils (upright bass) and Andrew Magill (fiddle) and were playing their first paying gig outside of Carrboro, NC at The Kraken Bar to a crowd of friends (one who biked 8 miles in the cold), and some local Rednecks. Their live performances caught on quick for their rolicking energy, charismatic onstage antics, and upbeat tunes.
Free! – In the Garage Bar
Doors @ 8:00 PM
Show @ 9:00 PM