Echoes recommends: Philadelphia Concerts

Coming up: Balmorhea, California Guitar Trio, and my strongest reccomendation: Jóhann Jóhannsson

I’ve been sending out concert recommendations to Philadelphia music heads I know lately, but I figured I might as well blog it out there.  These are under-the-radar shows that I think you don’t want to miss if you’re in the Philly area.

Friday June 19-Sunday June 21
If you don’t already have tickets to this sold out event, you really don’t want to know that you’re missing Van Der Graaf Generator, Steve Hillage and Gong.  Go to to find out how you can get tickets next year for a show that sells out in 30 minutes.

Saturday, June 20
@ Sellersville Theatre
Echoes For those who can’t get their Prog thing on at Nearfest, check out this Echoes Presents show with the California Guitar Trio.  These Robert Fripp disciples are sure to be playing music from their album, Echoes, including their cover of the Pink Floyd tune of the same name as well as Mike Oldfield‘s Tubular Bells and their own intricate originals.  Electric looping violinist Caryn Lin will open.  Jeff Towne from Echoes is hosting.  Say hello.

Tue June 23rd
@ The Chapel of The First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
All Is Wild, All Is Silent Balmorhea is one of our favorite bands.  Hailing from Texas they’re creating a delicate chamber rock sound with two guitars, violin and cello and rhythm section.  It’s a bit like Penguin Café Orchestra, but with a Paris, Texas twang. They really pull off this sound live. If they’ve escaped your attention, then you haven’t been listening to Echoes for the last two years. Rectify that with this podcast.
Opening for them are Tiny Vipers, a charming folk-rock group from Seattle and Goodnight Sir, Goodnight Air, who I know nothing about. This is in a small room that only seats about 50 and tix are only $10. Highly recommended

Weds, June 23rd

ALASNOAXIS Philadelphia Art Alliance
251 S. 18th Street
$12 General Admission

This one might slip you by.  A band headed up by drummer Jim Black playing a very edgy fusion with a bit of King Crimson energy and lots of chops.  The bass player is Skúli Sverrisson who has played with Mo Boma, Jamshied Sharifi Laurie Anderson and just about everybody on the New York edges.  I don’t know saxophonist Chris Speed or guitarist Hilmar Jensson, but judging from their playing on their myspace page, this could be the surprise find of the summer.  It also looks like the last show from Ars Nova Workshop for the season.

My strongest recommendation comes for this show next weekend.

Saturday, June 27th
The Gatherings
St. Mary’s Hamilton Village
3916 Locust Walk in Philadelphia, PA
Fordlandia Jóhann Jóhannsson is an Icelandic musician sharing a lineage with fellow Island mates Sigur Ros.  Jóhannsson creates a deep ambient chamber music with quirky keyboards and strings.  This is a rare US appearance for this acclaimed composer and he’ll be performing with the strings of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME).  If you like the Stars of the Lid show at the Gatherings a while back, this should provide an even more enveloping experience.  You can hear a very cool interview with him in this podcast
I don’t know much about Lichens, which is one guy playing cortical-twisting solo electric guitar.

John Diliberto ((( echoes )))

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