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Joe Robinson (AU/Nashville), Modern Colour, Riley Road and Working Class Villains
The M Room
Philadelphia, PA
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Joe Robinson (AU/Nashville), Modern Colour, Riley Road and Working Class Villains
City Wide Drink Special $4 (PBR pounder and shot of Bourbon), Select draft specials, best venue food in the city!

*JOE ROBINSON* As Joe Robinson himself puts it, "I've basically played guitar for as long as I can remember. I don't think of myself as being self-taught as the influence of so many greats is what fueled my obsession with this instrument. From Jimi Hendrix to Django Reinhardt to Jason Becker; I learned from the best. Since day one, I always found it easier and more intriguing to create songs rather than learn existing ones, so the compositional element of my music is somewhat deep rooted. I've released 3 albums of original material and performed all over the world in some radically different musical situations and environments. I love to adapt. In the early days I was playing my own kind of weird amalgam of blues, rock and funk, later resorting to a solo acoustic format to facilitate the touring I wanted to do. In recent years I've toured predominantly with my own trio featuring drum and bass players I connected with in Nashville, TN. My latest release is an EP called ToeJam and with this project I decided to simply write, produce and release 4 songs as a kind of taste of where I may go next. Rather than worry about the repercussions of the music I was creating, I simply followed my instincts and ensured that I was heavily involved in the production by writing as well as playing almost all the instruments. For me the most absolute thrill is to share my music with an audience. The musical stratosphere has an incredibly rich and vast library of music, and my highest goal as an artist and performer is to make some kind of significant contribution to it. Am a rocker? ...kind of I guess. Am I a jazzer? some maybe. Am I a pop singer? um, not exactly... I just live for that moment when you stumble on some kind of musical germ that could infect its way onto a stage in some far flung corner of the world. And that's what I get to do for a job. Not bad for an Australian bush kid".

*MODERN COLOUR* Although they first presented themselves as Philadelphia's answer to the deconstructed blues-rock sounds pioneered by Jack White and The Black Keys, Modern Colour expanded their sound by listening to hip-hop, neo-soul, Americana, and funk. They embraced these genres by working and performing with artists' representative of each one. By the time they recorded their debut EP 'Rally at the Summit' in the spring of 2012 they had already established themselves as a powerhouse band in the Philadelphia music scene. They did this by becoming one of the house bands for the Legendary Dobbs open jam sessions, as wells as opening for national touring acts. Their constant collaboration with other artists has led to a live sound that is full of sonic experimentation and the melding of genres. The band is fronted by guitarist/vocalist Stephan Sirochman, a native of Philadelphia. After going on tour with Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam as Davy's guitar-tech, Stephan knew he had to find his way back on the road. Weeks after he returned from tour he met drummer Thomas Weir and Bassist Chris Boyle, a pair that started writing music together at Penn State while earning their Bachelor's degrees. The trio has been relentlessly rehearsing, writing, and touring since their genesis three years ago. The band released their debut EP 'Rally at the Summit', produced by Dave Clauss (U2, Shakira, Wyclef Jean) in the Fall of 2012. They just recorded their first full-length album, which is slated to drop soon. Produced by Philadelphia based producer Anthony Tidd, the inside word that is being thrown around is simply "wow!" Modern Colour thrives on the live stage and no two shows are ever the same. Philadelphia Musician Kevin Frank had this to say about them, "I witnessed Modern Colour destroy the stage with high-energy, youthful, positive Rock-n-Roll. Good stage presence, lyrics, song arrangements, and most importantly, a ton of originality!"

*RILEY ROAD* What started as an experiment has developed into the area's most dynamic blues rock trio. By skillfully weaving point and counter-point into "off measure" time signatures, Nick Cianci, Brandon Walker and Isaiah Weatherspoon make up the band known as RILEY ROAD. From three different school districts, RILEY ROAD's members were brought together through the efforts of Erin Riley, founder of Phoenixville's Rock and Roll After School (RRAS) program. Drummer Isaiah Weatherspoon and bassist Brandon Walker joined with Nick Cianci, a long time student of the Downingtown School of Rock, in Fall 2010 to form a blues rock based trio. The diversity of these three students is their greatest strength, with each one bringing a different skill and perspective to the band. On lead guitar and vocals, Nick Cianci channels the spirit of many of the great blues artists of the past. Close your eyes and you will hear Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, B.B. King and Buddy Guy. From a blistering fury of guitar riffs to the controlled patience of a single sustained note, Nick combines his many influences into his own unique sound. Building the foundation to support this energy is the rock solid rhythm section held together by bassist Brandon Walker and Isaiah Weatherspoon on the drums. Isaiah's proficiently executed, syncopated fills reminiscent of the likes of Simon Phillips or Steve Gadd, are complimented by the thunderous bass line of Brandon Walker, ala the great Jack Bruce. RILEY ROAD has successfully broken into the suburban Philadelphia music circuit with their masterful combination of original music and carefully selected cover material. Be prepared to be "blown away" by this energetic trio.

*WORKING CLASS VILLIANS* Working Class Villains is a new four piece rock band from Philly. Originally started in the summer of 2011, they made their M Room AND stage debut in December of last year for us, and we couldn't wait to get them back. To pin a genre on their sound would do it an injustice. Let's just say Working Class Villains has created and invented a sound that they were looking for. And what a great sound it is! You will be pleasantly surprised!



The M Room (View)
15 W Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19123
United States

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Arts > Performance
Music > Blues
Music > Rock

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!



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