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Ali Wadsworth





Weekend Warrior, December 22 - 24

Meshing a traditional country-blues feel, anchored on an accessible storytelling foundation, there’s a spectrum of gut-wrenching, emotional outpouring and simultaneous threads of tenderness in the music of the Levee Drivers. Those familiarly worn, vital vocals of August John Lutz II roar in a rabble-rousing fashion, as each spirited song is on the verge of tearing the listener to piece. Surrounded by an incendiary, dusk-light, dusty-road stomp, the band is hardwired to a heart-aching but optimistic duality, stinging with sincerity, as evidenced by their latest album Motel City HoneyTonight, as part of the Big Damn Holiday Brawl at Ortlieb’s, they’ll be joined by the soul-grasping, country rock of Ali Wadsworth, the melodic, energy-infused garage rock of Scantron, and silky-serenading, retrofitted country-folk of Dirty Dollhouse. Get rowdy this holiday weekend! – Michael Colavita

More places to wet your whistle at this Christmas weekend…

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Levee Drivers, Ali Wadsworth, Scantron, Dirty Dollhouse, SAT Thunderbird, Gibbous Moon

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Southwork, Circadian Rhythms, Miss Cantaloupe

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Frost Giant, Corpse Hoarder, Wolves Attack /It’s a King Thing, Joy Riding, The Classic Brown/DJSC/Trieves: Jesse Tyler, Sean Hearn, SAT Slingshot Dakota/Solomonic Sound System

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Voltheque, Cheap Dinosaurs

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Mars Parker, Harvey Cash, KilConfirmed, Juso O, Sodacanman, Corey Lee, Re.ye

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Annabelle Kempf, The Soundcheck, The Disapproved, Julia Kenyon, The Brandywine Fiddlers/(Downstairs) Steal Your Peach, The Whiskeyhickon Boys, SAT GTS Presents: 3rd Annual Rockmare Before Christmas

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Tweed, Agent Zero

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Behind The Grandstand, La Capitaña/Reed Streets, SAT Kingfisher, Tucker Hill Band, Sitting In Cars

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Ed Christof, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Jersey Corn Pickers, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI The Plibmen. Mr. Unloved, KMX Band

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SAT Brian Toll

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI FV

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Something Divine, Slow Voice, Judah Kim & The Assassination, Kevin Cox Band, SAT Apple Juice Jones

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Kings & Comrades, SAT Electron, Eat Your Beats





Break-In Fundraiser Show at Underground Arts May 3

When Mat Burke set out to record his new album at the end of the holidays, things took a turn for the worse when a robber broke into his house and stole $10000+ worth of equipment, including several pieces that he borrowed from the studio that he was recording at. Underground Arts were quick to help by offering up their space and staff for him to host a fundraiser, and tonight Burke and several of his friends from the Philly music community will attempt to recoup some of the money that's needed to replace the stolen items. The multi-talented and vivacious Ali Wadsworth will be performing with her backing band as of late, Satellite Hearts. They are currently having a serious music love affair. Levee Drivers will be providing their patented booze-tinged, rural-boy swagger with a heart of gold for the evening, and Dan Bruskewicz, a.k.a. TJ Kong, minus the Atomic Bomb, will be crooning the audience with Tom Waits songs and music from his latest album KONG. The evening will also feature the Philly return of the Brothers Murphy of Penrose, who recently relocated to Brooklyn. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 9pm, $10 21+ - Bill McThrill





Weekend Warrior, April 18-20

There’s a battle-tested, charred aspect in Dan Bruskewicz ‘s singing ; as if his vocal chords have been marinated in whiskey, and touched with smoke giving the words he sings an experienced time-tested appeal.  His voice is coupled with heavy, heart-thumping bass, guitar that picks opportune moments to demonstrate force, but knows when to lay back and play with flow, and harmonica that lets out a charging run when called upon.  TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb blend traditional folk with an untamed country-blues revealing their internal core in the process. Tonight, they celebrate the release of their new Bill Moriarty produced EP Kong. Joining in on the festivities is Pine Barons whose exploratory folk wrap its roots around you and the ever-interesting combination of soulful siren Alison Wadsworth and the heavy blues-rocking Satellite Hearts- Johnny Brenda’s 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm., $10, 21+ -Michael Colavita
 
Other things about town this weekend…
 
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Philly Loves Def Jam w. Chilly Moody
 
The Boot & Saddle(1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Kewsi K (Album Release), Maitland SUN DRGN
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Satellite Hearts, Cold Roses – Mumblr SAT No Other, Hurry
    
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Kate Faust, Elegant Animals SUN Harsh Vibes, Village
  
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT Black Horse Motel, Sydney Joseph and The Organic Reverb
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI New Sound Brass, The Wayside Shakeup SAT Desoto Jones
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI The Late Saints, Full Carbon Get Up SUN The Glitch Tape ft. Jack Deezl, Architekt
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Todd Fausnacht & The Well Whiskey SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Smoke, Sacred Cube SAT Those People, Angela Everwood
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E Lancaster Ave.) FRI David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket SAT The Great Socio, Kid Felix, Bong Hits for Jesus
 
Great Indoors (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI The Breathing Light, Trophy Wife, Mighty Paradocs, Alex Smith, Atruth Anarchopunk
 
Hong Kong Garden (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)  SAT Abi Reimold, Cold Foamers, Grim Sleeper, Slippertails 
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Weed, Gunk, Amanda X, Marge
 
Dog Morgue (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Ted Nguyent, Denzell, Speed Trials, Hoser
 

Rock Bottom (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Pill Friends, Soda Bomb, Besting Tensions, Boss Logic 

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