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Hezekiah Jones

New Video: "Spare the Wicked" (Live) - Hezekiah Jones

Hezekiah Jones, a.k.a. Raph Cutrufello, is preparing to release his next album, In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw, this fall. Cutrufello stopped by Caimbridge Sounds Studio to record a session for Root Down In The Show's Cover Club series. He and the Joneses also shared a new song off the forthcoming record called "Spare the Wicked," which you can watch a performance of below. (Photo by Lisa Schaffer)


Longtime Friends & Fire Alums Hezekiah Jones, Mutlu & Sean Hoots at Ardmore Music Hall Nov. 22

Beloved indie-folk artist Hezekiah Jones and the cavalcade of “Jones” Family members that act as his band are working on their most ambitious project to date. They have been laying out the groundwork for the follow-up album to the well-received Have You Seen Our New Fort? for months, and come December - they'll be hitting the studio to lay it down. The band will also be attempting to release the album without label support, and to do so, they've launched a Pledge Music campaign that will crowdfund the album and support Mighty Writers, a Philly organization that helps young writers hone their skills. Before they hit the studio, the Jones Family will be throwing a preview party at Ardmore Music Hall tonight, and they’ll be joined by their longtime friend and acclaimed singer-songwriter Mutlu. The singer of Turkish descent most recently released the five-song EP, The Dream Book, which is a vibrant blend of world music, soul, reggae, and folk rock. Rounding out the lineup will be the charismatic frontman of folk institution Hoots & Hellmouth, Sean Hoots. Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., 7PM, $14 21+ - Bill McThrill

Weekend Warrior, September 12 - 14

Non-profit youth music education program, Rock to the Future, hosts its 2nd annual Rally For Rock Fest fundraiser today. Last year, it took Liberty Lands Park by storm with sweet sets by The Dead Milkmen, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Break It Up, and more. And this year, it looks to do the same at Franklin Square with an interactive kids area, craft vendors, and a Yards Brewing Company-operated beer garden. It will also feature a great lineup of music that will include beloved folk crooner Hezekiah Jones, a.k.a. Raph Cutrufello. Ever since releasing instrumental tracks for the multimedia book Slice of Life over the spring, it’s been business as usual for Cutrufello as he has started performing out with a new lineup that features the likes of Brad Hinton and Kevin Killen. He’ll be in his element inside one of Philadelphia’s oldest squares, and will be joined by dynamic emcee and songwriter Kuf Knotz, who is getting ready to release his next album, A Positive Light. Rounding out the lineup will be Philebrity’s Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra, along with a performance by the Rock to the Future house band. Franklin Square, 6th & Race Sts., 12pm-4pm, Free, All Ages - Bill McThrill
More places to hang this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Bikini Spiders
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Pete Donnelly
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Andra Taylor & Nate Dodge (Record Release)/The Flashing Thoughts, Syrrah, Golden Dorado, SAT Siamese Sundown, Jesus’ Older Brother, Drunkenesia/Eclectic
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Gang Age, Willow Talk, Mo Lowda & The Humble, Weekender, Roof Doctor, Midwestern Exposure
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.)
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Barakka SAT (Late) Weird Hot SUN Tygaton, The Roddenberries
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT The Indefatigables, Omnivox, Furthermore, Vine Street, Justin Depaola band, SUN Admit Nothing, Hate to Say It
TLA (334 South St.)  FRI Bold As Love - the Ultimate Tribute To Jimi Hendrix, SUN Quilly & Dollarboyz, CRMC, City Rominiecki, Natebuckkzz, Zuri Reed, Amel
The Mann Center (5201 Parkside Ave.) SAT Dr. Dog, Hop Along
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Jackie Paper
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Final Showcase, Could’ve Kings, Liberty Tribe, SAT Burke the Jurke, 30 And Over League, J.O. The Last Man
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Orange Drop, Drone Ranger, SAT Basstrap (20th Anniversary Show), Cardinal Arms
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Heat Thunder
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.)  FRI Working Class Villains, Paulette Branson & Mixed People/The Hvddle, Cardigan Terrace, The Strange Heat, Eastside Vibe, SAT Benefit Show for Tina Schwartz: Under The Influence, Mach22, Tony Mecca & The Heavy Metal Gypsies, The Ozzman Cometh/Wiggz and Wooten, Blake Winters, Scott C, Jamall Anthony, Stephon Amir, Wonder and Fury, SUN (Early) Mike Liberatore/ Fame Black, Iona Lake, Loretta Allen/ Whole Kids Benefit Show; 9 Crown Monarch, American Evil, Corners of Sanctuary
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Dylan McGuire Band, SAT Pissgrave Sun Please, Ghost Ghang, XXSTIANBEAUTY
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI CassAnova Wanzel SAT BlackCarpetMusic/BCM/DEZZY SUN RC
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) SAT Jenkem, Incisor, Crack House
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) Fri No Outlet, SAT Electric Who?, Terra Voz, Dirt Dirt, The Good Mess, Man Full of Trouble
Ardmore Music Hall SAT Splintered Sunlight, The Royal Noise
Grays Ferry Skatepark SAT NO
The Gentlemansion (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Moroder, Kralizeec, Leg Boy
Chill Collins Art Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Robins, Vivre Sa Vie
Golden Tea House (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) SAT Outer Heaven, Manbeast, Hell to Pay, Wet Fetish

Lovers League Album Release Show at JB's June 26

Head on over to Johnny Brenda’s this evening to celebrate the debut release and witness the collaborative musical union of Reverend TJ McGlinchey and Dani Mari with Christopher Davis-Shannon and Dean Gorfti completing the quartet known as Lovers League. Melding their vocals, McGlinchey and Mari create a smooth yet earthy, enriching texture with a folk-oriented acoustic country-blues foundation that provides a natural heartfelt penetrating sound on their promising self-titled debut LP. However, the lineup tonight is chock full of excellent local talent. In fact, the Raph Cutrufello-led creative folk collaborative known as Hezekiah Jones will headline the bill, taking the concepts of folk and reshaping them via unexpected, slightly twisted maneuvers, generating an excitement and energy in the process. The Spinning Leaves, whose members share strong ties within the bill, help to make it a family & friends affair. Wilmington-based indie folk-rock five-piece New Sweden, whose latest EP Fabric Room is due out July 15, will kick off the festivities that is presented by the Philadelphia Folksong Society. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

New Tracks: "The Mermaid Song" & "Skeleton Army" - Hezekiah Jones

Hezekiah Jones (a.k.a. Raph Cutrufello) wrote and produced a couple of new tracks, "The Mermaid Song," an ethereal siren call, and "Skeleton Army," an instrumental old-world, Eastern European waltz, for a project entitled Slice of Life, "a multi-media adventure about a princess who must team up with her unfaithful lover in order to stop the Queen from destroying the earth's life force." He was also assisted in production by Kevin Killen and Philip D'Agostino. Ease yourself into the workday this morning. (Photo by Lisa Schaffer)


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