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Kensington Picnic

Weekend Warrior, August 8 - 10

It’s going to be beautiful weather for a picnic this weekend so luckily, Kensington Picnic II is back with a stellar lineup all-day Saturday at the Liberty Vintage Motorcycles yard. One of my favorite bands, Spacin’, is slated for an earlier set in the day so make sure not to miss them, because you never know when you’ll get a chance again. The band recently finished recording their new album, which (I was told) will be released via Richie Records. Some more rad psych rock news, Birds of Maya, who are performing later in the day, will also be returning with a new album that they recorded in the woods of New York. So excited to hear some new tunes from both crews! Filling out the jam-packed bill of local area talent will be Strapping Fieldhands, Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler, Fursaxa, Laura Baird, Randall of Nazareth (Randy Huth of Pearls & Brass), and Hohlraum (Joe Winters of Pearls & Brass and Sean McGuiness of Pissed Jeans). Yup, it’s definitely where you want to be this weekend! Liberty Vintage Motorcycles Yard, Frankford Ave. (between Susquehanna & Dauphin), 12pm-8pm, Free, All Ages - Q.D. Tran
More places to enjoy yourself this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Haethen, Death Orbit, Sadgiqacea, Vektor, SAT Tygerstrype, Dream Safari, Worshyper
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI The Bailey Hounds, Levee Drivers, Katie Frank & The Pheromones, SAT Son Little
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St) SAT Philly Summer Fest: Cassilis (Record Release), Dogs on Acid, Bubonic Bear, Ape Up!, Amanda X, The Weaks, Mike Bell & the Movies, QUIT
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Roof Doctor, Mock Suns Big Tusk / 10 Million, Lapses, Nearest / Illian Village, The Outhouse, The White Cheddar Boys, SAT We Are Fauna / Mumblr, Vivre Sa Vie, Legs Like Tree Trunks (solo set), SUN Rosetta, Maniacs on Wheels
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Mad Decent Block Party After Party: Swizzymack, Noah Breakfast
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI West Philadelphia Orchestra, SAT Mason Porter
Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing (601 N. Columbus Blvd.) Mad Decent Block Party
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) Foxtrot & The Get Down, Ten Cent Days, SAT (Early) Girls Rock Philly Showcase (Evening) Wizard Eye, Heavy Temple, Brontide
TLA (334 South St.)  FRI The Snails
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Philly BLOCO, New Sound Brass Band
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Giovanna Kline SAT (Early) In Writing, Plainview
(Late) Fishtown Beats, Bleu Velvet, ialive, Sky System SUN Dizzy Santana, Lil Benji
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Joey Sweeney Sat Kuf Knotz, The Rosemary Fiki Band
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Mercury Radio Theater, A Brood of Vipers, Josh Jones, SAT In Place, A Day Without Love, Willow Talk, SUN  Blank Stare: Katie K|Rex
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Reed Streets, SAT DJ DEEJAY
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Lydia Rene, Lloyd Alexander
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.)  SAT Dave Steel Blues Band SUN (Early) Rustic Music Service
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI McRad / Testosteroso, Stellarscope, SAT Black Sun Rising, The Madeleine Haze, Fate 88, Heather Heather, Suns Of Krypton, Jay Skull In Spades
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI I Yahn I Arkestra
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SUN Mista Heard, L.E.O, SefLuv
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Dave Joyce, The Tetis, Jason Reed, Sailing Sweater, SAT No Outlet, Morningside One and a Quarter, Natalie Chapkis
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells, The Flashing Thoughts, Paul Hocynec, SAT Palm Ghosts, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, On The Cooling Board
Ardmore Music Hall  FRI The Wallace Brothers Band, SAT Splintered Sunlight
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI Matpat, SAT Pink Skull
The Pharmacy (1300-1302 S. 18th St.) FRI Torito, Frankie Vado, ASPCP, Rhetoric Wallace, Silly Mane
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Lantern, Laser Background
Duff Gardens (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Future
The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Cranes are Flying, Beer Breakfast Dungeness Crab
Mt. Thrashmore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)  SAT Katahajime, Satyagraha
Whatsitsname House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) Twin Pines, Robins, Brokehead
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN The Ambulars, Allison Crutchfield
Mile High House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Limits, Blankbook
4074 Spring Garden St. SUN The Backyard Show Series: The Chairman Dances, Reform Spelling
Little Berlin Annex (2430 Coral St.) SUN Mike Bruno & the Black Magic  Family Band, Elkhorn

Kensington Picnic II Announced

Fire Museum and Mild Time just announced the lineup and more info for Kensington Picnic II. The event will be held on Saturday, August 9th (12pm - 8pm) at the lot of Liberty Vintage Motorcycles (Frankford Ave. between Susquehanna & Dauphin). It features a stacked lineup of Philly/neighborhood acts such as Spacin', Mary Lattimore, Birds of Maya, The Strapping Fieldhands, Laura Baird, and Hohlraum (Joel Winter of Pearls & Brass and Sean McGuiness of Pissed Jeans. Picnic starts at noon, and music will kick off at 2pm. Cheers!

Photo Recap: Kensington Picnic 2012

The Kensington Picnic probably had the coolest of locations compared to all of the other music gatherings in Philly this summer. The back lot of Liberty Vintage Motorcycles was the quarters of this multi-sensory music picnic, and went well beyond sundown, which was a plus for attendees. The brighter hours of the picnic housed some very easy-listening acts, with captivating guitar work by Chris Forsyth and Steve Gunn, a rad harp/synth combination from Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler, and Meg Baird wooing men and women alike with her siren songs. A pathetic fallacy vibe reflected from Blues Control’s set, having its trippy, futuristic psychedelia on the forefront of nightfall, and only seen by the picnic lot’s questionable light source - it kind of felt like something out of Ridley Scott’s 1982 Blade Runner. Birds of Maya started once the rain set in again, and it certainly didn’t hold them back. The crowd stood close and banged their heads to the monster jams, while an elderly woman, whose backyard conjoined with the lot, shook her fist at the frenzy. 

Liberty Vintage Motorcycles was a great host for the picnic, providing its plumbing for gatherer’s potty breaks, and plenty of dusty motorcycle and vintage car eye-candy during the wait. Plus, there was a lady dangling and artistically maneuvering from the ceiling via strands of satin. The Kensington Picnic was a great day of music and community, and you could measure its success on many levels - pushing through a hefty rain delay, positive crowd response, and segueing very different sounds in one place, to name a few. Mission accomplished. Check out some of our photos from the hang HERE!



Photo Recap: Kensington Picnic 2012

- by Brandi Lukas

Birds of Maya


Watery Love


Blues Control


Meg Baird


Steve Gunn


Daniel Bachman


Blood Like Mine


Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler


Chris Forsyth & Steve Gunn




More photos are available HERE.









Weekend Warrior, August 10 - 12

Professional secret: Writing show previews are much easier when there’s a ton of great artists in one place, which I admit is one of the reasons I’m stoked about the Kensington Picnic. The other, less selfish reason is that Saturday afternoon finds a bunch of the city’s illest talent gathered in one place. In an outdoor lot behind Liberty Vintage Motorcycles, you can see the genre-free instrumental prowess of Blues Control, the vintage garage kick of Birds of Maya, two experimental/psych duos in Chris Forsyth/Steve Gunn and Mary Lattimore/Jeff Ziegler, acclaimed singer-songwriter Meg Baird, young fingerpicking extraordinaire Daniel Bachman, and Watery Love, who Siltblog calls “Philadelphia’s best band at the moment,” and says sounds like “the gear shaft of a Kensington garbage truck,” which to me just sounds like fancy talk for kickass. It’s all good, all free, and goes from 2pm until whenever the sun goes down. The Lot behind Liberty Vintage Motorcycles, Frankford Ave. near E. Susquehanna Ave., 2pm, Free, All Ages (Illustration by Jason Killinger) - Adam Downer

More shows to hit this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Arrah and the Ferns, Former Belle, SAT Oldermost, D. Ryan Belski, Cape Wrath
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Vektor, Hessian, SAT Heyward Howkins, Resistor
PhilaMOCA (531 North 12th St.) FRI Salvation, SUN Liz and the Lost Boys, 2nd Opinion
Milkboy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Ditto Demi, Kensington Sound House, Boog, SAT Johnny Action Figure, Young Summers
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI (All Ages) Ripping X-Ray, (Late) Store Cats, Christian Bitto Band, Orbit to Leslie, Fast Car, SAT King Slugger, Sinking Ocean Gods, Vitamin Cheese, SUN Horace Mann, Betty Iron Thumbs
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Rodent Lord, Dead People Screaming, SAT The Scovilles, The GTVs
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI The Cold Roses, SAT (Early) Girls Rock Philly Showcase
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI MitiS
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. Third St.) FRI Voice & Barz, SUN The 9's
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Grind City, The Divine Lorraines
Triumph Brewery (117 Chestnut St.) FRI UZO, SAT Flux Capacitor
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI (Early) Aiden James, FRI (Late) Adam Web
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI (Early) Toy Soldiers, Thom McCarthy, Dani Mari, Reverend TJ McGlinchey, (Late) Toy Soldiers, El El, The Whiskey Holler
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Thee Shut Downs, Winston's Dog, SPiN, Dirty Rotten Liars, Atomic Age, Johnny Moskal
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Pete Groch, Early Ape, SAT The Matt Lyons Band, Wired to Fly, Platinum Moustache
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) SAT Empty Shapes, Time Hitler and the Assholes from Space, Dan Malloy
Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar (1200 E. Passyunk Ave.) SAT Ape!, Bandname, Bad Doctors
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Joshua Alvarez
Neighborhood Bike Works (508 S. 5th Street) FRI Bubonic Bear, Bardus, Tooth Decay
Little Berlin (2430 Coral St.) FRI Hott Tubb, New Hero
Brenda (1730 N. 5th St.) FRI Ghost Light, JRG
Glitoria (Please contact one of the acts or venue.) SUN Nothing Is Over, Nimbus Terrifix

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