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Since moving to Philadelphia from Boston, Katie Barbato has been cultivating her unique style of heartfelt, socially aware folk rock and growing her audience. 2016 is turning out to be an exciting year. Katie’s unique angelic voice and soulful songwriting garnered the attention of Grammy award winning producer Obie O’Brien. Along with engineer Matt Teacher, they have teamed up to record her full-length album at Blackbird Studios and The Sound Emporium in Nashville. Her solo album “Times Have Changed” features 9 original songs and a cover of the Irma Thomas single “Times Have Changed”.
Katie was a finalist in the 2015 International Songwriting Competition and also writes for television and film including the theme to the movie “Sugar” starring Shenae Grimes and Marshall Allman.
Katie and her Philly based band Dirty Holiday released their debut EP “Nobody’s Sober” on January 1, 2016. It is available on ITUNES and at www.dirtyholiday.bandcamp.com. The EP layers psychedelic keys and guitars over an upbeat and driving rhythm section providing the landscape for Katie’s powerful and haunting melodies. Dirty Holiday is Mike Lawson on keys, Matt Teacher on bass, Georg Beck on drums, and features Rogers Stevens of Blind Melon on guitar.
Charlie Bell will be opening for Katie. Charlie has been playing professionally since 1965 and teaching full time since 1978. He studied at Granoff School of Music in Philadelphia and has taken lessons from masters such as Charles Hansen, Tony DaDonna and Jim Zaleski. He played in some foremost local bands: Majic Bus from 1970-1975 and Eazy Street from 1976-1978. He performed with Joe Cerisano, who has played with the Trans Siberian Orchestra.
Charlie teaches and plays all styles of music. Students range in age from six years to octogenarians. He teaches proficiently the guitar, bass, and mandolin. Over the years Charlie has taught hundreds of students. Recently he as taught music lessons at Ursuline Academy.
“I believe music lessons should be fun. I gear lessons toward the student’s personal goals, and at the pace the student would like to take.”
Take a moment to listen to these tunes played by Charlie Bell:
Charlie plays all instruments on Amazing Grace. Demonstrates bass skills in a Jam session
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Ev Reheard (Every Heard) is an Asian American singer-songwriter who performs solo or with a backup band. She came to Philadelphia to earn a master’s degree in speech language pathology, and she stayed to explore her inner creativity through the inspiring local music scene. Beyond her soulful vocals and heartfelt original tunes, Every Heard’s performances engage her audience with a flair for genuine storytelling. As a cast member and continuing contributor of the mental health awareness nonprofit, This is My Brave (Thisismybrave.org), Every prides herself in sharing her tales of personal growth as well as the soundtrack that flowed through her in the process.
“After decades of trying to fit in, I realized what a gift it is to feel compelled to express myself and be noticed… The way in which it frees others in response,” says Every, “That’s a gift I want to share with everyone.”
A recent poll of her fans responded with these descriptive words: “Timeless,” “Fresh,” “Intimate,” “Deeply emotional and relatable,” “Healing,” “Magical”.
Alyssa Dodge is a young musician. Her musical journey started when she asked for a guitar for Christmas soon after she turned six years old. Now, seven years later, she performs a wide variety of classic rock and modern pop at several locations every month.
Her facebook music page is https://www.facebook.com/AlyssaDodgeMusic/
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Al Bien is the owner of Springfield Music Store and has been playing popular folk music since the late 60’s and 70’s. He began playing the guitar the summer before he started at Villanova University and helped make his way through college with some gigs and his part time job teaching guitar. . Citing such influences as James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, John Denver, he performed some of the songs of these artists as well as his original songs on the college circuit , and at coffeehouses and festivals throughout the east coast region. Notably opening shows for Bonnie Raitt, Dennis Doherty of the Mamas and the Papas and Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, at the legendary Main Point Coffee House in Bryn Mawr and with various other staples of the folk music scene, Dave Van Ronk and Spider John Koerner and many others in folk festivals and concerts. Al will be performing this evening with his wife Clara who sings and helps craft some of his original music. Expect some selections from his 2nd CD “I Wrote a Love Song”. Al will play guitar and sing and will be accompanied by another local songwriter and guitarist Chris Adams. Chris will open the show with a selection of classical guitar songs and some of his original songs with lyrics as well.
ReverbNation Page: https://www.reverbnation.com/albertbien
Facebook Page for CD: https://www.facebook.com/Albert-Bien-CD-I-Wrote-a-Love-Song-1430396957216887/
Facebook link for the store: https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldMusicStore/
Chris Adams brings a palpable energy and considerable skill to his music. Classically trained, this powerful performer fuses the precise agility of his traditional background and the soulfulness of the blues genre with his penchant for venturing past the confines of the ordinary. The songs he creates both borrow from existing musical modalities and extend beyond them. Listening to his music takes one on a journey that is at once melodic and extraordinary, satisfying and lulling, astonishing and invigorating. He creates with sound the visual equivalent of a painter’s colors and hues, varied textures and depth, and one is drawn in to the experience.
Chris’s voice is eloquent, expressive of both powerful feeling and subtle nuance. His voice intertwines around and through his guitar work, weaving a tapestry that rivets the listener. His lyrics draw on the rich depth of an expansive mind and a life lived with intensity and intention.
Chris studied classical guitar at the Philadelphia Musical Academy, teaches guitar, and is a seasoned performer.
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This summer concert Series is Jean Lenke and friends.
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Singer-songwriter, guitarist Dave Fiebert performs folk originals influenced by such artists as Guy Clark, Greg Brown, Dave Olney, and Bob Dylan. He also covers them, as well as Lucinda Williams, Tim Hardin, Woody and Arlo Guthrie, Tim Buckley, and John Prine, often mixing in Leon Russell, John Lennon, Blind Faith, Beatles, Bob Lind, and Lovin’ Spoonful.
You can find him playing at the Coffee Beanery in Media, PA on Tuesday Open Mics, and from May to November playing in rotation at The Swarthmore Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.
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