The Menzingers - Philly Music Fest 2021 at Ardmore Music Hall
Saturday, October 9, 2021 [SOLD OUT] at 8:00 PM
w/ Control Top & Highnoon
Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM
w/ Queen of Jeans & West Philadelphia Orchestra
#punkrock #poppunk #philly
About Philly Music Fest:
The Philadelphia Music & Arts Festival is a non-profit endeavor – founded, produced and curated by Greg Seltzer. Our mission is to encourage the citizens of Philadelphia to SUPPORT YOUR SCENE. The Festival is both a testament and celebration of the exploding music scene in Philadelphia and a showcase of up-and-coming artists. Most importantly, Philly Music Fest benefits the musicians living and making music in Philadelphia and local music education programs that are educating the next generation about the importance of music. By structuring Philly Music Fest as a non-profit, we are able to pay musicians well, while still donating money to local music education programs. The beauty of Philly Music Fest is that in an effort to benefit musicians and education programs, we all come together and enjoy a massive dose of live music, celebrating many of the hottest bands in Philadelphia.
About The Menzingers (10/9 & 10/10):
Since forming as teenagers in 2006, The Menzingers have shown their strength as rough-and-tumble storytellers, turning out songs equally rooted in frenetic energy and lifelike detail. On their new album Hello Exile, the Philadelphia-based punk band take their lyrical narrative to a whole new level and share their reflections on moments from the past and present: high-school hellraising, troubled relationships, aging and alcohol and political ennui. And while their songs often reveal certain painful truths, Hello Exile ultimately maintains the irrepressible spirit that’s always defined the band.
About Control Top (10/9):
Control Top—singer/bassist Ali Carter with guitarist Al Creedon and drummer Alex Lichtenauer—rip open space for catharsis. Their explosive songs are a synthesis of varied interests and backgrounds: Carter’s innate sense of new wave melodies, Creedon’s sirening noise guitars, Lichtenauer’s feverish hardcore drumming.
About Highnoon (10/9):
Blooming from within the Philadelphia DIY scene, Highnoon began as the solo indie-rock project of songwriter, Kennedy Freeman. It has since evolved into a four piece effort joined by Justin Roth, Nathan Avila, and Brendan Simpson. Drawing inspiration from dream pop and alternative rock, the band effortlessly conjures a soft summer dreamscape out of bitter cold internal winters. Freeman’s warm vocals guide us through hazy guitars, with self-reflective lyrics that are relatable and heartfelt.
About Queen of Jeans (10/10):
On If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid, their latest release, Queen of Jeans paired with prominent producer Will Yip to enter into a new sonic era. It marks a decided turn to more tightly knit songwriting that emphasizes Queen of Jeans’s most alluring strengths. Vocals shine through as the sun through clouds, drenching twangy, western-reminiscent guitar in evocative light, illuminating the album’s vast and serene crockpot soundscapes. If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid demonstrates Queen of Jeans’s deliberate evolution into its own incomparable entity.
About West Philadelphia Orchestra (10/10):
With a line-up of Philadelphia musicians whose influences range from Sun Ra to Bulgarian brass bands, West Philadelphia Orchestra is a unique live ensemble in today’s auto-tuned musical world. They began playing Romanian ballads, Macedonian folk-dance songs, Bulgarian wedding music, and Klezmer in late 2006, and have continued expanding their repertoire of Eastern European music. The band also plays original tunes which blend other sounds, like jazz and classical, together with traditional Balkan sounds. As much a community as a band, WPO’s performances are celebratory events. With blistering beats and walls of brass, they inspire audiences to hold hands, gyrate, howl, and otherwise slip the yoke of the homogenized culture industry.