Lilli Lewis Project
A 2019 soloist at the esteemed New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Lilli Lewis celebrates folk music from the African-American tradition, drawing inspiration from all of its forms from Odetta to Bill Withers and beyond. Said to bear “the power of Aretha with the style of Phoebe Snow,” David Kunian of New Orleans’ OffBeat Magazine says of her 2018 national debut The Henderson Sessions, “Lilli has a voice with depth and inspiration that takes the best of jazz, folk, and pop and simply soars.” Her latest recording We Belong features her ensemble “The Lilli Lewis Project” which professes itself to be a cult of radical decency, determined to encourage a vision of unconditional community wherever they go. As one listener puts it “Lilli Lewis is one of the best for pure emotional impact and sincerity in her artistry. If you haven’t heard her then do yourself a favor and become enthralled.” Demian Roberts, photojournalist
As featured on NPR’s Mountain Stage Radio Show, The Bluegrass Situation and Bluegrass Today, The Matchsellers’ Bluegrastronauts is the world’s first outer-space bluegrass odyssey. Mixing elements of tall tales, theater, science fiction and bluegrass, the Bluegrastonauts show isn’t quite like anything you’ve ever seen. Dressed as space travelers from the year 2437, the band takes audiences through a musical “history of the future”, including a first-hand account of the Apocalypse of 2137, the subsequent colonization of the moon, and the dangers of playing hopscotch in deep space. The show reaches the heights of absurdity while confronting deeply humanist issues of love, disillusionment, and mortality. Prepare to travel through space and old-time with one of the most unique and ambitious acts in acoustic music today.
Cobalt Blues Band
The group formed in 1984. The Cobalt Blues Band is one of Philadelphia’s best kept secrets. Playing their own pumped up version of Chicago and Delta Blues. They perform original tunes as well as classics. Their funky and very danceable sound has made them popular with music lovers everywhere and of every age. For four years Cobalt appeared in the South Street area at places like Zackery’s, J C Dobbs, Bachannal and others. The band plays an innovative style mixing blues, jazz, rock and funk. The group has opened for The Nighthawks, Sonny Rhodes and Johnny Copeland. This is a group whose time has arrived.