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Hezekiah Jones

Vilebred Opening for Hezekiah Jones at JB’s Nov. 30

After spending a day with family and copious amounts of food, Sam Vile is following in the steps of his much-lauded brother Kurt. With his band Vilebred, Sam delivers thought-provoking, snarky-laced lyrics placed on an evolving musicality that varies from heavier down and dirty grunge-oriented space-rock to floating open-ended melodic rockers that are further elevated when his half-spoken/sung vocals reach smooth-yet-snarly peaks. Since the textured instrumentation provides an artful environment for the lyrics to reside, Vilebred doesn’t merely tell a story; it transports you to a place. They’ll be direct support this evening opening the for inventive folk explorations of Raphael Cutrufello, a.k.a. Hezekiah Jones. Johnny Brenda’s 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $12, 21+ (Photo by Sean Capuano) - Michael Colavita


WHYY’s 3rd Annual Connections Festival w/Sean Hoots Trio, Hezekiah Jones, Khari Mateen & More Opening for The Might Be Giants & Ben Kweller at the River Stage Sept. 7

Today, WHYY’s 3rd Annual Connections Festival lands at the River Stage at Penn’s Landing. The full-day free event boasts a litany of local musical talent including of the folky Americana stomp grooving Sean Hoots Trio. Hezekiah Jones, a.k.a. Raphael Cutrufello the ever-imaginative folk-baron gathers his ever-evolving ensemble of Joneses. Multi-instrumentalist Khari Mateen offers music that pulls from an array of genres. With an intermingling of classical, jazz, soul and hip hop creating a contagious vibrancy, developing a hybrid that isn’t forced; rather, smoothly woven together. They will be joined by Philly-bred singer/songwriter Jesse Ruben and headlined by pop folkster Ben Kweller and the legendary They Might Be Giants. Be sure to register for this excellent day and support WHYY - we love their programming! River Stage at Great Plaza, 201 S. Columbus Blvd., 3pm - 9:30pm, Free, All Ages - Michael Colavita

Free Download: "Shannon Rhodes" (Damien Jurado Cover) - Hezekiah Jones

Hezekiah Jones (a.k.a. Raph Cutrufello) recently got married, and recorded a song for Slowcoustic's Cover Project for Seattle singer-songwriter Damien Jurado (Secretly Canadian). Below is his version of Jurado's "Shannon Rhodes,"which is off the LP And Now That I'm In Your Shadow and is available for free download. Raph was accompanied by Kevin Killen, who also mixed the track. (Photo by Lisa Schaffer)


New Video: "Cannonball" (Sofar Philly) - Hezekiah Jones

Below is a live performance video featuring one of our favorite folk artists Hezekiah Jones performing "Cannonball" off his 2011 LP Have You Seen Our New Fort? (Yer Bird). The footage was captured by the kind folks at Sofar Sounds Philly on Novemeber 17, 2012. If you'd like to attend or host one of Sofar's intimate, secret showcases, feel free to get in touch with their local branch at phillysofar@gmail.com. (Photo by Lisa Schaffer)


Tuesday Tune-Out w/Hezekiah Jones at PhilaMOCA Aug. 21

Folkadelphia’s Fred Knittel continues his curation of this month’s Tuesday Tune-Out tonight at PhilaMOCA. Now, over the years as the name Hezekiah Jones has gained notoriety and come to be known as a folk outfit to some with a rotating cast of over thirty members. To me, it will always be the moniker of gifted singer-songwriter Raph Cutrufello, the guiding force that the constellation of talented local musicians has gravitated around. It’s usually unpredictable how many of his Jones family members will join him on stage, but as long as you have Raph’s earnest vocals, thought-provoking narratives and welcoming stage presence, you will leave the venue thoroughly entertained. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $5, All Ages - Q.D. Tran



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