A BIG YES AND A SMALL NO

After getting kidnapped in Colombia in 1997, Kevin Kendrick got back to the U.S. knowing one thing: Despite studying at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy and being on a full ride for classical percussion, a symphonic career was not for him.  He soon joined the “prodigiously talented” (Entertainment Weekly) Fat Mama.  However, being “critically acclaimed but ill-fated” (Relix), this band expired in 2001.  After finally getting clean from heroin in 2005, Kevin moved to NYC. Surrounded by all that talent, he called the best musicians he knew; the boys from Fat Mama.  It’s no wonder Blurt Magazine said, “like great pop music from Burt Bacharach or Brian Wilson, the virtuosity is hidden, and designed to seem effortless.”  Virtuosity indeed.  Their first album was “the 14th most-added band to college radio playlists for July 2008”, and the newest one is coming out on Royal Potato Family April 20th, 2018.

MIKE DIALTO’S STANDUP COMEDY NIGHT

As a touring comedian, Mike has met and performed with many local, regional, and national comics. Every month he invites a select few to perform on our stage. This is not a show for the sensitive, thin skinned, politically correct, or weak of heart. Come experience raw comedy from some of the best in the business!

ALSO SPECIAL THIS MONTH:

After the stands up comedy a Live Podcast Recording of the Nerds With Words Podcast.

THE STRANGE BREW CREW

  • The Strange Brew Crew are a Lambertville based band that plays a wide range of cover music that includes such diverse artists as Johnny Cash, Sublime, The Band, Jack Johnson, The Black Keys, the Stones and the Lumineers.

    The band features Mike MacManus on acoustic guitar, harmonica and lead vocals; Kenny Heller on lead guitar and backup vocals; Mike Cifelli on bass guitar and vocals; and Rick Kropp on drums.

NEW PONY

Philly born and bred, New Pony is an electrifying funk and soul band that will absolutely, without a doubt, unequivocally make you shake your groove ‘thang in ways that will scandalize the school board, make the preacher blush, and cause your mom and dad to wonder where they went wrong.  Musically, New Pony is a band that revels in a wide array of influences ranging from the classic sounds of Parliament-Funkadelic, The Isley Brothers, and Go-Go icon Chuck Brown, to the greasy, soulful New Orleans funk of The Meters, Galactic, and Dumsptaphunk.  But it’s the grit and grind of their beloved hometown – “Philly, yo'” – that provides the deepest influence.

New Pony’s live performances leave no doubt that they have enough energy to power a small fleet of motor vehicles, and the engine burns full-throttle.  The motor is ignited by the heat of lead singer and drummer Stephan “Butch” Young’s soulful voice, followed up by the power and passion of the supporting cast of Chris Devenney on guitar, Hadi Sumoro on keys, and Max Guerin on bass.  The Philadelphia City Paper recently said of them “they groove, they rock, they make you dance, and they throw one of the best parties around.”  ‘Word.

In their time together, New Pony has been tapped to open for a number of national acts including Bonerama, George Porter Jr., The Budos Band, Bernie Worrell, and Dumpstaphunk.  Their schedule also includes yearly visits to a variety of local and regional festivals, including Stir Fry Music Fest, Opple Topple, and the Cape May Music Festival, and they’ve been mainstays at Philly’s own Blocktober Fest since its inception.

New Pony released its second CD, “Make Your Move” in 2016.  Presently, they are touring and working on material for what they hope will be a return to the studio some time in 2018.

NAUGHTY CLOUDS

NAUGHTY CLOUDS IS…

…the meeting of the minds of two songwriters from different sides of the Hudson River.

Ray Kubian and Alexis Moon met doing a David Bowie tribute at Arlene’s Grocery in NYC (six months before the untimely death of the Thin White Duke.) They became fast friends on social media, “liking” each other’s posts on everything from Bernie to Buzzcocks.

At the time, Ray was playing drums with a few renowned NJ and PA bands (as great drummers who sing are wont to do) such as Dean Ween Group, Chris Forsyth’s Solar Motel Band, Chris Harford’s Band of Changes, and backing up Pulitzer prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon.

Alexis Moon, a native of NYC, had cut her teeth (a few times over) as a solo singer-songwriter performing at venues such as Wetlands Preserve and Knitting Factory in TriBeca, as well as having sung for Joe Gallant’s jazz-rock orchestra Illuminati.

In the month that our lord and savior, David Bowie, passed, Ray and Alexis happened to be rehearsing together again for the first time since the previous summer’s Bowie tribute. Commiseration was like a salve for both musicians and, that quartet, which featured guitarist Keith Hartel and bassist Tom Shad, eventually became an early incarnation of Naughty Clouds.

Duo chemistry prevailed, however, and Ray and Alexis began to play out on their own, having started to accumulate a set of co-written music. As a duo, they have now released their first full length album Everything’s Hard. Because everything IS hard.

Although, it’s a little easier with two…

BRIAN ROTHENBECK & THE ADVENTURING PARTY

Having spent the better part of a decade lugging a drum kit in and out of basements, Legion halls, and tiny, smelly clubs, Brian Rothenbeck walked away from music for a while to focus on his future. Then, one fateful October, he received a call from some old bandmates who had started a new project and were in need of a merch guy for a trip to Gainesville. It was there he realized that a future without music was no future worth living.

For some time, Brian was involved only from the audience and behind the merch table, but soon the desire to return to the stage grew too great, and he began performing again. This time, however, he had moved to the front of the stage.

Not long after returning to the scene, he released 2013’s “Secret Monsters” with the help of some friends, and continued to play, travel, and hone his craft. Shortly thereafter, he released a split 7″ with Joe Galuppo on New Jersey’s Combover Records, and continued to write, travel, and hone his craft.

In the winter of 2015, he joined a Dungeons and Dragons campaign with Jay, Rory, and Matt – fellow musicians whom he had met throughout the years. This lead to the formation of The Adventuring Party, who would go on to record their first record together, “Basilisk” which is slated for a late 2017 release.

“Basilisk” is a perfectly distilled representation of Brian Rothenbeck and the Adventuring Party: honest, occasionally heartbreaking songs played by music lovers who can’t imagine a life without it in the true spirit of creation and community.

Also, beer and pizza and D&D.