Chris Kasper is an American songwriter with a style rooted in folk, rock and blues. His music has been compared to everything from Paul Simon to Beck, and draws on inspiration from musical greats such as Bill Withers and Levon Helm. With years of playing under his belt, Chris’s unique storytelling and lush arrangements, combined with his studio artistry, set him apart as a standout artist of this generation.
A prolific songwriter, natural performer and “hope enthusiast,” John Beacher has built his decade-long career not only with talent but a genuine spirit and kind heart. John’s music is a homecoming for the soul, timeless and sincere, and taps
into a source that runs far deeper than the songwriter himself. Rooted in rhythm and blues yet unbound by genre, each song is a musical tapestry woven with soulful threads. Whether he’s singing songs of social justice, belting out blues or funk, or serenading the audience with a love ballad, there is no doubt that John is completely one with the music. He is a seasoned musician whose ability to improvise both on guitar and with his voice makes each performance an entirely unique reflection of the audience and his surroundings.
Since receiving his first guitar at age 11, writing, singing and playing became John’s all-consuming passion, and by age 17 he was performing his own compositions professionally. Throughout his 20s, John’s love for people and music led him to travel the US and abroad, collecting stories, writing songs and building friendships until he finally settled in Boulder, Colorado. There he spent several years honing his craft, playing in various music projects and performing in venues all over the Boulder/Denver area.
In 2011 John made the decision to move back to his hometown of New Hope, Pennsylvania, and give his music career 100% of his attention. Since then he has become a full-time singer-songwriter, a community keystone in Bucks County and a regular name on WXPN 88.5 FM Philadelphia. His weekly “Community Stage at Karla’s” in New Hope has become a staple in the local music community, drawing talent from all over Bucks County and beyond for more than five years. During that time, John released a live self-titled solo acoustic album, collaborated on multiple music video projects with his friend Louis Sparre of Tweed Video and developed a sustainable career as what he calls a “blue collar musician.”
John has organized concerts; played countless venues, weddings, private events and fundraisers; and has shared the stage with accomplished national acts such as Leon Russell, Rusted Root, Cheryl Wheeler, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Dean Ween Group and Elephant Revival, to name a few. In 2015 he had the honor of performing at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Live at the World Café in Philadelphia and The Musicfest Café at Steelstacks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In addition to being a live performer, John has a sideline composing music for Tweed Video, working on projects for clients such as The American Lung Association, NBC, Comcast, and Mural Arts Philadelphia.
John recently released Rise Up, a self-produced album engineered by John Fachett and recorded at Sweet Creek Studios in Ottsville, Pennsylvania. It includes 10 new songs unlike anything he has previously released and features 13 other accomplished musicians.
These days John calls Point Pleasant PA home, where he has been
developing the John Beacher and The Common Ground, consisting of Mike Ruhl (bass), and George Flayer (violin). With a new album, new band, and new opportunities on the horizon, John has set his sights on Philadelphia and beyond, looking toward traveling and playing his way across the country, building family and continually promoting a
message of unity and hope.
THE GET RIGHT BAND is “hip-shaking, earthquaking pure funk fun” (The Alternate Root). They are one of Relix Magazine’s “On The Verge” picks, Home Grown Music Network’s 2015 “Best New Band of the Year,” and were voted “Best Progressive Band” in Western North Carolina by Mountain Xpress readers. They have performed on the famed World Cafe, a nationally syndicated NPR show, and have brought their unique sound to major festivals and venues such as FloydFest, The Orange Peel, Music City Roots TV Show, The Green Parrot, Arlene’s Grocery, and Riverbend Fest. Combining catchy, clever, honest songwriting with musical expertise and fearless improvisation, the live show promises to move your head, heart, and hips.
“An ass shaking good time.”
The band is built on the musical brotherhood that guitarist/vocalist Silas Durocher and bassist Jesse Gentry have formed playing music together since middle school. Durocher, who is a trained composer and has been commissioned to write for symphonies and chamber groups, possesses guitar chops that can soothe or rage and a charismatic swagger as a frontman and a singer. “Durocher has an impressive range and rich clarity to his vocals—think a more soulful Dan Auerbach” (Connect Savannah). Gentry’s virtuosic bass playing “catapults from elastic to nasty” (The Mountain Xpress). With the addition of Jian-Claude Mears, a drummer with “precision, passion, and an inescapable momentum” (Live For Live Music), the group’s sound has become an unstoppable force. They have been wowing audiences around the country and the Caribbean since their inception in 2011 with an unparalleled live show and a
Founded in 1998 and based in the Central NJ/Philly area, Dave Orban & the Mojo Gypsies are a high-energy quartet that play a unique blend of up-tempo blues and old-school R&B. At a Gypsies gig, you’re likely to hear songs by such classic blues artists as T-Bone Walker, Ray Charles, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Louis Jordan, Freddie King and Albert Collins, as well as music from contemporary blues performers including Rick Estrin, Rod Piazza, Kid Ramos, Paul DeLay, and James Harman, along with original material in the same vein.
Active since 1998, Orban has performed with or supported such national acts as James Harman, Debbie Davies, Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, Murali Coryell, Lucky Peterson, Jimmy Burns, and Selwyn Birchwood.
Led by founder – and International Blues Hall of Fame inductee – DAVE ORBAN on guitar and vocals, the Gypsies feature MIKE SCOTT on tenor sax and vocals, along with DAVE YOUNG on the upright and electric bass, while MARK SHEWCHUK keeps the groove goin’, on drums and percussion.
The band’s music integrates many influences from the greater blues tradition – from Chicago and West Coast electric blues to southern country blues and even New Orleans-styled marches. With a repertoire that shines a light on lesser-known but compelling tunes from the pioneers of the blues form, the band looks to impart a contemporary feel to a traditional form, while not departing drastically from the foundational elements of this type of music.
Influences ranging from Willie Dixon to Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones and even Norah Jones can be heard in Orban’s original tunes. His songs are self-contained stories in their own right, and cover a variety of topics that can be both humorous as well as more serious.
I am a Knoxville, Tennessee based songwriter who spends a hell of a lot of time driving all over bringing my songs to anyone who cares to listen. Some folks call what I do Outlaw Country or Americana, but I have a hard time putting a label on things like that. A lot of my songs are very much based in classic Country music while others are grounded in straight forward and greasy rock’n’roll. I write what is ready to come out and try to be as honest as I can about it. Give ’em a listen and call ’em what you want then get your ass out to a show!
Sutton James Papanikolas has recently embarked on his first official solo endeavor. The San Diego Music Award-nominated singer/songwriter recently relocated from the sunny beaches of San Diego to the eclectic and scenic mountain town of Flagstaff, Arizona. SJP — known for fronting groups including Shaggin Wagon, Help I’m Alive, and most recently, Neighbors To The North — is a lover of all periods and styles of music. Even though his most recent efforts fit quite nicely within the indie-folk/alt-country genres, the spirit of rock n’ roll will always be alive and well in his songwriting, as well as his engagingly energetic live shows.
NORTH X NEW HOPE
The 4th time for this event, organized by our friend Guy Heller, featuring the best of all our local bands. These events are the seeds for what will hopefully become a town-wide music festival.
Guy has been a part of our family for more than 25 years and shares our vision that New Hope is not just a place to see bands, but a place where bands want to play.
Stop in and see what you’ve been missing!
9PM- SALOKO- WILL PARKER & JOANNE RACCIATTI-PARKER
10PM- ROOM FOR MOJO
11PM- ESSIE & THE BIG CHILL
12AM- TRIBUTE TO RAYMOND DANIEL MANZAREK AND THE DOORS
6PM- BRENT BOWMANG BOWMANG
8PM- VISUALIZE INDUSTRIAL COLLAPSE
9PM- SAINT BIBIANA
10PM- KEITH KENNY
11PM- FALSE FRONT
12PM- ST. JAMES & THE APOSTLES
8PM-322 FEATURING CHRIS BULY AND GUY HELLER
10PM- SICMAN OF VIRGINIA
The Asylum Wind Band is coming off the release of their 2nd EP of original music, entitled “Lookin’ Up”. The band continues gigging throughout the southeastern Pennsylvania and south Jersey areas, bringing an uncompromising blend of catchy original tunes and carefully crafted versions of their most-loved cover songs to very receptive audiences. The band continues to write and perform new material and is scheduled to go back into the studio later this year (2017) to begin laying down tracks for their 3rd record of original material. All members of the band play multiple instruments and sing lead and backup vocals allowing for some stunning vocal harmonies and innovative instrumentation.
The Asylum Wind Band loves performing for live audiences– wherever the venue! Whether it’s a concert hall, festival, club, restaurant, bar, public event, or private party. A typical performance finds the band effortlessly switching gears from one musical genre to another. Enthusiastic audiences are treated to a wide variety of music as represented on the band’s latest CD, entitled “Lookin’ Up,” available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Spotify, Pandora, or wherever you source great music.
There’s the rockin’ harmonica infused “You Can Only Control (What You Can Control)”, mixed in with the socially conscious “Cheaters”, followed by the artful and alternative “Why”, succeeded by the whimsical and hard driving “Not My Fault”, and rounded out by the tender ballad, “I’ve Never Loved No One (Like I Love You).” Few bands offer such diversity!
AWB has the versatility to perform powerful rock sets, quieter acoustic sets, or anything in between, depending on the mood or venue. With such a varied set of musical influences among the 5 band members, you never know what type of song will pop up next! One thing we’ve learned is that our fans like it hard, soft, fast, and slow!
The Asylum Wind Band was established in 2011 and features “The Best Music Ever!”
Jayne Jacobs- Lead/Backing Vocals; Flute, Sax, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar, and Keyboards.
Jim Padilla- Lead/Backing Vocals; Rhythm/Lead Acoustic/Electric Guitars, Bass, Harmonica, and Keyboards.
Scott Cooper – Lead/Backing Vocals; Piano, Organ, Keyboards, Trombone, and Bass Guitar.
Rich Heim – Lead/Backing Vocals; Lead & Rhythm, Acoustic & Electric Guitars.
Elvis Jendy – Lead/Backing Vocals; Drums & Percussion.
The Porchistas started as a bunch of friends writing and singing songs late into summer nights, on their rickety porch on Forest Street in Montclair, New Jersey. That evolved to DIY house concerts and block parties that continue today. Their songs navigate through the rock genre; Folk, swing, surf, reggae, blues, psychedelic, punk – always rock and roll. The Porchistas have developed friendships with musicians throughout The U.S. that shape the identity of who they are as a band. They see music and art as community building endeavors.
The Porchistas have performed at the WNTI Stage Festival, The Jersey Shore Music Festival, The Wellmont Theater and The Hoboken Arts & Music Festival, just to name a few. They’ve shared stages with Nicole Atkins, Willie Nile, Brick & Mortar, PineGrove, Thomas Wesley Stern, The Grand Slambovians, Billy Hector and countless others. They also performed at and were the primary organizers of Tierneys Tavern Music Festival, an event that drew 4,000 + people.
With the recent release of their 5th CD, “Shoot it at the Sun” The Porchistas build upon their ever-growing reputation throughout the metropolitan area as a band known for deft songwriting and musicianship. Although all previous Porchistas releases have received notable reviews, Shoot it at the Sun continues to receive shining feedback from NJarts.net, The Aquarian Weekly, The Asbury Park Press, NJ Stage Magazine, The Montclair Times, Northjersey.com, JerseyBeat Magazine and many more – “Combining an honest simplicity with a wicked talent for arrangement and construction, The Porchistas’ great new CD, Shoot It At The Sun, is the surefire money shot straight into that elusive, face turning solar plexus of musical success.” John Pfeifer The Aquarian Weekly