Once upon a time a man moved from New Orleans to the Philadelphia-area and started a record label. He released the first Dr. Dog albums and they went on to be rock stars. He released albums by The Teeth (Philadelphia), The Capitol Years, Deleted Scenes,The High Strung, Generationals, and a shit ton of other successful indie bands. Then he moved to California to manage some of the biggest acts in the world.
Fast forward five years...
Friendship Fever is a new label operated out of Sacramento by husband and wife, Chris and Sabrina Watson. The label will release Tess & Dave's (featuring David Vandervelde who released two albums on Secretly Canadian in the late-’00s) debut EP on August 24 via Friendship Fever. Brooklyn Vegan, who recently debuted their single, says, "The EP’s opening cut, Holding My Own Hand, is a great example of what’s to come, with melting harmonies, swoony strings, a light twang, and what sounds to be the voice of some omnipotent being."
This weekend is all about Friendship Fever's other acts though... Minihorse hails from an unpronounceable place in Michigan, while Imaginary Tricks (aka Mike Visser) are based in Brooklyn. Both artists are a MUST SEE this Saturday at 9 PM at The Pick!
...and whatever you do, don't click on this Minihorse video below.
Jackie Hripto's design tallied the most votes in 2016 Firebird Festival t-shirt design contest.
"It was exciting to have the T-shirt contest," said festival director Henrik Stubbe Teglbjaerg. "152 people voted. From the very beginning Jackie's design took a considerable lead, which she kept the whole month. She deserves it, it is a great design, and we will get the process started of producing them."
Congrats on creating an awesome design, Jackie!
Progressive Electronic Rock band CATULLUS will perform live at The Pickering Creek Inn on Friday, August 5th at 8 PM. The band was nominated last year for "Indie Jamband of the Year" at the 4th Annual TriStateIndie Awards.
CATULLUS is building a reputation up and down the East coast for their deep grooving and sweat inducing sets. The ecstatic and energetic music that exudes from the five talented musicians effortlessly oscillates between progressive funk-rock, and electronic untz. Steeped in the improvisational tradition, each set carries with it the potential of 1,000 different paths forged only at the moment of inspiration. The powerful vocal harmonies and lyrics truly makes Catullus a unique experience that is not to be missed.
CATULLUS has been blessed to share the stage with such acts as Lotus, Dopapod, Papadosio, Consider the Source, Moon Hooch, The Mantras, The Heavy Pets, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Tauk, Big Something, Brother's Past, Suckerpunch, Jimkata, Out of the Beardspace, Native Maze and Big Something just to name a few. Catullus has just completed their first album entitled "A Maze In Life". It's currently available to download and on CD HERE.
The Jameson Sisters will be performing at Molly Maguire's this Sunday July 23rd at 4 PM. The lively duo, consisting of Ellen Tepper and Terry Kane, combines harp, mandolin, and guitar with soaring vocals resulting in ultimate Celtic musical experience.
Tepper has a performance degree in Harp. She grew up in Vienna, Austria and began taking harp lessons when she was 8 yrs. old. She has performed with many ensembles and now is a solo performer and harp teacher. She loves history and weaves historical information about the harp and songs throughout her performances. These stories are never told without a good laugh thrown in.
Kane is immersed in her families Irish culture, dancing, playing and singing. Terry has studied Gaelic for over a decade. This duo plays many styles of Celtic music from ancient tunes on the Irish wire-strung harp or Gaelic sean nós songs to lively jigs and reels on the Celtic harp or contemporary Irish songs.
GCGC (239 Bridge Street), a fresh organic Greek yogurt cafe, recently opened its doors to offer folks a wide range of sweet and savory yogurt combinations. Owners, Justin & Ashley Hartman are a husband and wife duo who believe in using business as a force for good and that businesses should operate not just with profit in mind, but with society and the natural environment as well. "Love all and benefit all" is the motto which drives them to find a bigger purpose in everything they do.
That’s why they decided to start GCGC Greek Yogurt. GCGC stands for “Get a Cup, Give a Cup”. This means that for every cup of yogurt purchased, GCGC gives one away to local food banks. It’s a one for one model similar to that of Tom’s shoes which donates a pair of shoes for each shoe purchased. GCGC works closely with food banks in Phoenixville to provide them with yogurt donations that help feed the local community.
GCGC is also unique in that they are selling fresh organic Greek yogurt made with locally sourced ingredients. Add-ons include fresh fruit, honey, granola, or one of their many jams, such as apple pie. In addition to sweet options, GCGC also offers savory combinations. For example, take Greek yogurt topped with hummus and olive oil, and served with pita chips. Sounds crazy at first, but it works. “Greek yogurt is so nutrient rich and low in fat that it makes perfect sense as a sour cream or cream cheese substitute,” Justin said. GCGC will also offer soups and sandwiches to compliment the Greek yogurt which gives customers the ability to make it a meal.
About a year and a half ago, Justin and Ashley traveled to Greece where they found an amazing, little Greek yogurt shop. Needless to say they love Greek yogurt and knew they needed something like this in the states. Throw in their passion for all things local and socially responsible and the idea was born.
The couple has lived in the Phoenixville area for over 4 years and loves the eclectic and active lifestyle and overwhelming sense of community. They want to represent this culture and provide Phoenixville with a product that is not only healthy and delicious, but one that makes a difference. “With each cup of Greek yogurt purchased, we will give a cup away to local food banks, so that families in need have a fresh and nutritious addition to their diet,” added Justin. This means you’re not just filling your tummy with something healthy and delicious, but providing a member of the local community with the same opportunity.
There will also be a focus on environmental sustainability. The goal is to have a zero waste facility by recycling, reusing, or composting all excess materials. A great example of this will be their compost-able yogurt containers.
GCGC opens as early as 7 AM for those that want to start their day with a cup of Greek yogurt and they stay open late enough (8 / 9 PM) for dessert. More information is available at www.GCGCGreekYogurt.com.
For more timely updates follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @gcgcgreekyogurt.
The Schuylkill Canal Association invites the community to its 34th annual Canal Day celebration at Lock 60 and St. Michael’s Park in Mont Clare. This day full of family-oriented fun along the Schuylkill Canal Park includes food, music, kids' games & crafts, competitive activities such as the Schuylkill River Trail Run/Denny Porrini Memorial Run, Horseshoe Tournament, the Canoe/Kayak 5-Miler Water Trail Race, Kayak Sprint Races, and the Canal Joust.
An entrance donation of $5 is requested for everyone over 12 years of age. Event parking is available at St. Mikes Park at the end of Jacobs Street in Mont Clare. Entrance gates will be set up on the Towpath and at St. Mike's. Please be advised, Towpath Road will be closed to vehicular traffic, starting at 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM, A handicap-accessible shuttle bus will bring people back and forth, free-of-charge, from the parking area all day.
To register for the events below go HERE. Registration will also be accepted the day of the event starting at 8 AM at St. Michael's Park. The registration will require you to provide your sex; M or F, and age to place you in the appropriate run categories.
Canal Joust – $10.00 (USD) - One of the highlights of the day! Knock your opponent off a narrow platform and into the Canal. Best two out three wins. Men's and Women's classes
Canoe / Kayak 5-Miler Water Trail Race – $20.00 (USD) - Canoe and/or Kayak 5-mile water trail loop race - paddling downstream in the river, a short portage, and paddling upstream in the canal. Start time 11 AM. Separate classes for canoes and kayaks.
Highland Games – $5.00 (USD) - A scaled down version of the traditional Scottish competition. Events include: Caber Toss, Hammer Throw, and Sheaf Toss. Men's and Women's classes.
Kayak Drag Race – $5.00 (USD)Sprint style race using identical kayaks. Held from 11 AM to 3PM
Schuylkill River Trail Run, Denny Porrini Memorial Run – $25.00 (USD) - The 5-mile trail run along the Schuylkill River and through the ravines. The run continues to be an annual memorial to Denny Porrini and all he's has done for the Association.
Kids Fishing Derby – Free
Beer enthusiasts from across the region will gather this Saturday at the inaugural Phoenixville Craft Beer Festival for an afternoon of unlimited sampling from over 75 different breweries.
The $45 General Admission pass gets you a commemorative sampling glass with unlimited sampling and normal admission to the event at 1 PM. The $65 VIP pass gets you the previously mentioned benefits PLUS early admission to the event at noon, access to the VIP area at Bistro on Bridge, and exclusive beer selections not available in the general admission area.
VIP breweries include Allagash, Bagby, Brooklyn Brewery, Captain Lawrence, Carton Brewing, Cigar City, Evil Twin, Goose Island, Haymaker, Ox Bow, Pizza Boy, and Russian River.
Below is list of what beers to expect, in alphabetical order by brewery...
1911: Original Cider & Raspberry Cider
4 Hands: Absence of Light & Send Help Summer Blonde
AleSmith Brewing: Anvil ESB & IPA
Allagash: White & Black
Angry Orchard: Crisp Apple, Summer Honey, Green Apple, Hop’n Mad, Stone Dry, Elderflower
Appalachian Brewing Company: Trail Blazer Maple Brown & Chocolate Ave Stout
Ballast Point: Big Eye IPA & Calm Before the Storm
Blue Moon: Belgian White & Table Pils
Brooklyn Brewery: Brown & I Wanna Rye-It
Captain Lawrence: Sun Block & Hop Commander
Coney Island: Orange & Root Beer
Coppertail Brewing: Free Dive IPA & Night Swin Porter
Deschutes: Black Butte & Armory
Dogfish Head: Namaste & Festina Peche
Double Nickel: Vienna Lager & IPA
Evil Genius: I Love Lamp & Stacy's Mom
Evolution: Pine'HOP'le & Summer Session
Fat Heads: Bumble Berry & Sunshine Day Dream
Flying Fish: Daylight Savings IPA & Farmhouse Summer
Free Will Brewing Company: Kolsch & Safeword
Goose Island: 4 Star Pils & Summertime Kolsch
Great Divide: Old Ruffian & Yeti Imperial
Green Flash: Passionfruit Kicker & Duet
Half Acre Beer: Daisy Cutter & Pony Pils
Harpoon: Wannamango & IPA
Ithaca: Cayuga Cruiser & Apricot Wheat
Iron Hill Brewery: Hoppopotamus, Iron Huell, Pils, Mahalo Apollo! & Ore House IPA
Knee Deep Brewing Company: Lupulin & Breaking Bud
Lancaster: Strawberry Wheat & 30 West
Left Hand: Extrovert IPA & Good Juju
Long Trail Brewing Company: Summer Ale & Mostly Cloudy
Lost Abbey: Red Barn Saison & Summer Pale Ale
Magic Hat: Single Chair & Low Key
McKenzie Brew House: Black Cherry & Green Apple
Narragansett: Lager & Del's Shandy
Neshaminy Creek: County Line IPA & Jawn Pale Ale
New Belgium Brewing: Heavy Melon & Fat Tire
Ninkasi Brewing: Hop Cooler & Helles Belles
Oskar Blues: Beerito & IPA
Old Dominion: Grapefruit Pale Ale & Double D
Old Forge: Enigma IPA & T-rail Pale Ale
Otter Creek: Steam Pipe & Overgrown
Peak Organic: Fresh Cut & Summer Session
Penn Brewery: Chocolate Meltdown & Tangerine Swirl
RiverHorse: Special Amber & Roly Poly Pilsner
Round Guys Brewery: Berliner & Kiss Off IPA
Roy Pitz: Summer Imperial Saison & Lovitz Watermelon Lager
Sam Adams: Lager, Porch Rocker & Rebel Grapefruit IPA
Saranac: Blueberry Blonde Ale & Legacy IPA
St Benjamin: Wit or Witout & Parley IPA
Shorts Brewing Company: Freedom of '78 & Soft Parade
Sly Fox: Grisette & SRT Ale
Small Town: Not Your Father's Root Beer
Stable 12: Chinook Session IPA, Razzle Dazzle & Kolsch
Starr Hill: Grateful & The Hook
Sterling Pig: Big Gunz & Shoat Pilsner
Stone Brewing: Delicious & Citrusy Wit
Sweet Water: Hop Hash & Festivale
Traveler: Curious Traveler & IPA Shandy
Troegs: Mad Elf & Perpetual
Two Roads: Road Jam & Hizzoner
Victory: Summer Love & Dirtwolf
Weyerbacher: Tarte Nouveau & Last Chance IPA
Wyndridge: Original Cider & Cranberrry Cider
Yards: Saison & Philly Pale Ale
Yuengling: Summer Wheat, Lord Chesterfield & Lager Light
Mere days after closing its doors for good, Steel City Coffeehouse has new owners and will re-open in 2-3 weeks. Local entrepreneurs and marketers Ed Simpson and Laura Vernola finalized a deal to take over the shop on Thursday, according to an interview with The Town Dish said.
The interview also notes that the pair have been involved in the food and music business for years and run Grassroots Marketer together. According to a Philly.com article, Vernola's background includes work with Jose Garces and Bart Blatstein, and she also owned Deuce Restaurant & Bar in Northern Liberties from 2004 to 2008.
Steel City, widely recognized as one of the best venues for local musicians, also hosts established national touring acts. The venue recently put on a concert to raise money to restore the Phoenixville mural on the side of their building.
Let's hope this is a re-birth worthy of our town's namesake!