Hotlanta (12:15-1:15) – Capturing the creative spirit of the music created by one of the most prolific rock bands in American music history is not something one decides to do without inspiration. In fact, it is inspiration of the soul that has brought together the members of HOTLANTA. The grind of the every-day, the mundane if you will, is what causes this manifestation of energy and the desire to grab hold of music so special; soul music, bluesy, country, folk, funk, down-home gospel inspired music of one of the worlds greatest jam bands ever. “The” jam band it could be said. Experience the emergence of an inspired group of people joining together in a single, common cause. That being to recreate a feeling, a vibe, a spirit of music and love and passion. The music of an American icon, the music of The Allman Brothers Band.
Check out hotlantabandlive.com for more information about Hotlanta.
Tommy Froelich Trio (1:30-12:30) – This band is a high energy guitar driven power trio with a whole lot of soul! They deliver truly captivating performances you won’t soon forget. If you like soulful guitar playing with a rock’n blues flare, you’ll love the this Trio! They were Philadelphia’s 102.9 WMGK 2015/16 House Band!
Tommy got the trio together in Spring of 2014 with long time friends Dave Johnston on Drums and Kevin Kittredge on Bass. Each of them are talented well seasoned musicians who have been performing in various bands in the Philly area for over 25 years. They play a wide array of blues and classic rock favorites mixed in with Tommy’s rock’n original material.
Check out their Facebook page for more information about the Tommy Froelich Trio.
Deb Callahan (2:30 – 3:30) – Philadelphia’s blues and soul drenched vocalist and songwriter Deb Callahan grew up in the Boston area but has been a mainstay on the mid-Atlantic music scene since the late 90’s. During this time she has gained a reputation for writing creative blues, soul and roots influenced original music and using her powerful, expressive voice to deliver an exciting live show. Her 2002 debut CD “If the Blues Had Wings” was featured as the hot debut in the October/November 2004 issue of Blues Revue Magazine. Blues Revue referred to her as the next Bonnie Raitt and raved “Philly’s Deb Callahan has the pipes, the songs and the raw talent to graduate to the next level”. Deb released her fifth CD entitled “Sweet Soul” in the fall of 2015 on her own independent label, Blue Pearl Records. Deb and guitar player Allen James travelled to Los Angeles in February 2015 to record with renowned drummer and producer Tony Braunagel at Ultratone Studios. The all star studio line-up includes Johnny Lee Schell, engineering and slide guitar, Mike Finnigan on keyboards, Reggie McBride on bass, Braunagel on drums and James on guitar. Many of these players have recorded and toured with performers such as Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, and Etta James, so it was a truly wonderful experience to play with and learn from these musicians. “Sweet Soul” has received critical acclaim, great reviews, radio play around the world and made the top 50 contemporary blues albums for the 2016 Blues Music Report.
Check out www.debcallahanband.com for more information about Deb Callahan.
Paul Michael Band (3:30 – 4:45)
The Paul Michael Band: provides a unique style of modern, electric, blues based original music that goes beyond conventional blues.
Check out their Facebook Page for more information about the Paul Michael Band.
Greg Sover Band (5:15 – 6:15) – 2016 was a big year for Philadelphia rocker Greg Sover. He released his debut album Songs of a Renegade in August. Since then he has headlined at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, Puck in Doylestown, PA and Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville, PA. In addition he has had the opportunity to support noted touring acts Johnny A. and Garland Jeffreys at Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA and the Marcus King Band at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia in January, 2017. Sover got his first spin on WXPN in 2016. Philadelphia’s influential noncommercial Triple A radio station featured the song “Moment” from Songs of a Renegade. He also was invited by WXPN’s Helen Leicht to be a featured performer on the station’s annual Philly Local Home for the Holidays recording session that they aired. Sover’s early success is due in large part to his band of three Philly veterans with extensive resumes – bassist and album co-producer Garry Lee, guitarist Allen James and drummer Tom Walling. The three are best known as Deb Callahan’s solid backing band and their cohesiveness as a unit enabled Sover to develop as an artist and take his music to the next level. They recorded Songs of a Renegade with him and also perform with him live. In addition to the 4-piece band, which features Sover on electric guitar, Sover also plays acoustic guitar in a duo format with Lee and a trio format with Lee and James. This flexibility enables him to perform in almost any setting for various audiences and he looks forward to doing more shows and touring in 2017. “I’m looking forward to the new venues and the new places I’ll get to play promoting this album” said Sover. “I plan on going all over the place. I’m pretty excited about that.” Sover became fascinated with the guitar at age 13. His father taught him the French song “La Maladie d’Amour” and Sover took it from there, teaching himself guitar, songwriting and finally singing. He first gave notice that he is on track to be the next big thing out of Philly when he won the 2015 Hard Rock Rising competition at Philadelphia’s Hard Rock Cafe.
Check out gregsover.com for more information about Greg Sover.
Balkun Brothers (6:15 – 7:30) – is an American rock n’ roll power duo hailing from Hartford, CT. Originally formed in 2010 by blood brothers Nick and Steve Balkun, the duo has been described as, “Spectacular torch-bearers for rockin’ American blues. The band brings a raw, soulful and energetic personality that is a fresh sound for blues and rock ’n roll.” –Theday.com.
Mixing heavy rock and funk grooves with traditional styles of delta and electric blues, the Balkun Brothers are crafting a unique sound and style all their own. Their distinct sound draws from a vast range of influences including The Black Keys, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Black Sabbath, Johnny Winter, Primus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muddy Waters, Motörhead and many more. The band’s live shows and in-studio recordings seamlessly transition between rock, blues, funk, jam, punk, psychedelia and everything in-between. Known for their explosive live shows, Balkun Brothers are quickly evolving into one of the USA’s premier duo acts and they are gaining followers rapidly across the world with their gritty hard-rockin’ attitude.
Check out https://www.balkunbrothers.com for more information about Balkun Brothers.
Vanessa Collier (7:30 – 8:45) is a captivating and multitalented blues vocalist, saxophonist, and songwriter, hailing from the world-renowned Berklee College of Music where she earned dual degrees in Performance and Music Production & Engineering. Prior to releasing her debut album in August 2014, Vanessa spent a year and a half touring in the U.S. and internationally with Grammy Award-winning, Blues Hall of Fame Artist Joe Louis Walker. Vanessa has also played alongside Annie Lennox, Kathy Mattea, Willie Nelson, and other notable artists.
Check out www.vanessacollier.com for more information about Vanessa Collier.
Billy The Kid (8:45 – 10:00) are a high powered, guitar driven, horn infused, rhythm and blues band based in Pittsburgh. Lead singer Billy Evanochko is widely-known across the Steel City for his impassioned lyrics, seductive vocals, and stinging guitar riffs. Together with his band, The Regulators, they deliver a well-balanced dose of funky rhythm and blues, with heart and soul being the main ingredient. Playing countless clubs and festivals throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, the band attracts fans with their fresh mix and interpretation of the iconic R&B experience.
Check out www.billythekidandtheregulators.com for more information about Billy the Kid.
Sunday, August 27th is the last Phoenixville Punk Rock Flea Market of the summer! Don't miss the August edition of this monthly occurring event at The Pickering Creek Inn, to fulfill all of your fantastic, hard-to-find shopping needs, while listening to good, loud music and enjoying some Sunday afternoon drinks.
There will be a wide variety of vendors inside and outside on the patio area, selling all sorts of amazing wares, including, but not limited to: clothing, vinyl records, comics, toys, books, movies, jewelry, art, taxidermy, housewares and so much more!
Tony Cadaver will be providing you with the soundtrack for the day with the finest in punk, new wave, ska, metal, garage, glam and more, accompanied by various guest vinyl DJs. This month, DJs Madame DuChamp & Critical, will be spinning a nonstop flurry of new wave hits.
There is FREE ADMISSION and drink/food specials all day. Be sure to catch happy Hour from 4-6, with 1/2 priced beers and 1/2 priced apps. It is 21+ to drink and anyone under 21+ must be accompanied by an adult.
Anyone interested in vending, please send a private message to Tony Cadaver or text/call 610-906-0674. Table space is limited, so get your requests in soon!
The Patch is reporting that a "Protest for Equality" will be held in Phoenixville in the wake of the violence at a white nationalist rally and counter-demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia. The event, scheduled for Friday, is aimed to condemn not only the violence and bigotry on display in Virginia, but also the hatred much closer to home, the organizer says.
"The issue is that racism exists," said Chris Brickhouse, the man behind the protest. "I see it every single day. I saw today. I think everyone sees it."
Demonstrators will gather at the corner of Main and Bridge Streets on Friday, Aug. 18, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
UPDATE FROM ORGANIZERS: "Due to the influx of people interested, we have moved to a larger venue, the Main St. Side of Reeves Park in Phoenixville. After speaking with the Police this would definitely be the best option. We want everyone to be safe and have plenty of room without having to impede cars and pedestrians, and hopefully all those pedestrians will join us anyway. I will be handing out fliers for the event on Bridge prior to it. SPREAD AND SHARE THIS PLEASE! THANKS IN ADVANCE! Also, this will be RAIN OR SHINE so please come dressed accordingly. Rain doesn't stop racism so it won't stop either. We hope to have members of the Pottstown NAACP say a few words about the current situation and stand in unity against racism, sexism, and homophobia in our community. If we cannot all live together, what is the point of this life."
"People need to stand up to the alt-right regardless of the political divisions imposed upon us," Brickhouse said. "We need to assemble under the flag of equality: Republicans, Democrats, independents."
The protest will not move into the street, but will stay on the corners, which are public property. Phoenixville Middle Ward Councilman Michael Kuznar said that no permits were needed for the event.
"I strongly question the ideological viewpoints of anybody that shows up to a protest making a Hitler salute or wearing a Nazi flag," Phoenixville Middle Ward Councilman Michael Kuznar said. "I don't know how they call themselves Americans. It's disgusting and needs to be denounced by everyone.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified 40 racist hate groups active in Pennsylvania, including four in the greater Philadelphia area. Brickhouse hopes the rally in Phoenixville will focus attention and get locals engaged in issues of race.
"Racism is everywhere, I'm not sure why people try to deny it," he said. "It's subtle. It's overt. It covers the entire spectrum...We can fight it, root it out."
It's not the first "Stand With Charlottesville" event in the area. On Sunday night, hundreds gathered in Gorgas Park in Roxborough to denounce the violence. And a vigil, organized by local chapters of the NAACP and YWCA, is planned on Thursday at Memorial Park in Pottstown.
A Facebook page for the Phoenixville event has been started here.
The SCA invites the community to its 35th annual Canal Day celebration at Lock 60 and St. Michael’s Park in Mont Clare, PA (right across the river from Phoenixville). This day full of fun along the Schuylkill Canal Park includes food, music, kids' games & crafts, competitive activities such as the Schuylkill River Trail Run, Horseshoe Tournament, the Canoe/Kayak 5-Miler Water Trail Race, the International and World Renowned Canal Joust. A parking donation will be charged instead of an entrance donation. But no donations will be refused. 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.
- Canal Joust – $15.00
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
- Kids Fishing Derby
Recreational Canoe / Kayak 5-Miler Water Trail Race – $20.00
- 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 racers and recreational.
- Schuylkill River Trail Run – $25.00
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.
- Sprint Canoe/Kayak Race – $20.00
5-mile loop on Schuylkill River and Canal. Portage required between river and canal.
Volunteer for Canal Day
Registrations will also be accepted the day of the event starting at 8 AM at St. Michael's Park, run starts at 9 AM at Lock 60. The registration will require you to provide your sex; M or F, and age to place you in the appropriate run categories.
The SCA is still looking for volunteers. The day starts around 7AM and goes until about 6PM. They can be contacted via website - schuylkillcanal.org
On Friday, June 9th, a celebration of the grand opening of Tchotchkes (4 Gay Street), Phoenixville's newest one stop shopping spot for all of your bizarre antique and collectible shopping needs, will take place at The Pickering Creek Inn. Tchotchkes offers a wide variety of vintage antiques, from the world of rock & roll, horror and much more.
The celebration will feature live music from The Undead, featuring Bobby Steele (formerly of The Misfits). Also, the Misfits tribute band Psycho '78 will be firing out a special selection of hits from hell. Metal fiends Already DeaD will also be joining in on the action. DJ Tony Cadaver will be providing the background soundtrack for the evening, along with mind-bending performances by the Sick Art Sideshow throughout the night and even a visit from The Crimson Ghost.
The annual Strawberry Festival, benefiting the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area, will take place on Saturday, June 10th from 10 AM - 3 PM. They will have a light lunch and plenty of ice cream and strawberries available, as well as a bake sale, balloon sculptures for the kids by Balloon Magic, and Ted the Fiddler. There's also a flea market that opens at 8 AM, so shop early and stay for some delicious strawberries!
The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area is located at the corner of Church and Main streets in Phoenixville, PA.
The Phoenixville Art & Street Festival 2017, on this Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM, was organized by Firebird Festival co-founder Henrik Stubbe Teglbjaerg. He says...
"Let’s feature our town with a Block Party. When we all put our efforts together, we have a lot to offer with our unique retail stores and restaurants.
Anybody from town are welcome to put up a booth. A $50 fee can help pay for performers, fee to the Borough and advertisements. A criterion for a booth is that you can offer a quality product or service that can add to the bigger picture. Advertisement is kept to a minimum. We want to inspire each other, so quality and creativity is the focus. We want colors, fun, inspiration and happy people.
We will have space for about 50 vendors, 18 of them from the 200 block. We can add out of town vendors if needed for $50 a vendor space.
Are you interested in supporting, participating, or otherwise getting involved? And if so, how do you see yourself participating? We will continue to share out event details here. Please send us your ideas and thoughts to: email@example.com, or call 610 933 9199. We welcome your interest and involvement!
So far, we have:
• Rich from Artisans Café is going to sit out on the sidewalk together with his potter college Nell Hazinski with their potter’s wheel
• Orion will have “Christmas in June”, gathering gift item, which they will give to those in need
• Steel City will have music from their stage for the duration of the festival.
• Zen Village Wellness center will offer chair massage
• Phoenix Village Art Center will also be present (details to come)
• Diving Cat Gallery and the Community Eco center (details to come)
For the Restaurants and Bars, we hope they will occupy the spaces in front of their establishments, to serve us all. We may add 2 food vendors, if deemed necessary. We will have music close to Gay street, and various street performers spread around town.
The stores and establishments outside the 200 block are also encouraged to have a larger presence, by moving out on the sidewalk, or having special events. Special events can be advertised on our program, poster, and with way finding signs.
Suggestions and questions welcome!"