The John Ginty Band

John Ginty has literally covered a lot of ground. Fresh off playing Hammond B-3 for the Dixie Chicks on their MMXVI World Tour, Ginty and his band went immediately into the studio to record the Billboard Top 10 Blues album "Rockers", followed by an east coast US Tour. Ginty has spent years as a successful sideman, playing keys with legendary artists such as Citizen Cope, Santana, Jewel, Charlie Mars and many more. John was also a founding member of Robert Randolph & the Family Band, where he received two Grammy nominations.  

In the past few years, Ginty has solidified himself as a solo artist. His first offering on the American Showplace Music Label, Bad News Travels, features A-List artists such as Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule), Albert Castiglia and Neal Casal. The sophomore album, "No Filter" was named RMR’s #1 Blues/Rock album of 2015 featuring a ground breaking performance by hip hop legend, Redman. Both studio albums, along with the Live CD/DVD receive regular air play on Sirius/XM’s “Bluesville” channel as well as 300 FM radio stations.

Known for his fiery live performances and groundbreaking sound, Ginty has often been referred to as the Hendrix of the Hammond. This unique style and sound along with Ginty's signature solo playing is highlighted on the current single "Lucky 13".

JD Malone & The Experts

Dad, husband, son, brother, friend, singer/songwriter, recovering philosopher. J.D Malone writes and sings songs about love and hate, angels and demons and the universal struggle to feel safe under the stars.

J.D Malone and The Experts will be showcasing songs from the 2016 release “ Town and Country “ as well as favorites from 2011’s “ Avalon “ and 2014’s “ Astor’s Pet Horse“. The Experts will are : Avery Coffee on guitar, Jim Miades on bass, Tommy Geddes on drums and Nate Gonzalez on keys.

J.D Malone writes songs that grab you right away and then resonate deeply. - Nick Cristiano (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Lisa Bouchelle

Lisa Bouchelle has sung backup for Bruce Springsteen, dueted with Jon Bon Jovi, and done national tours and/or opened for Blues Traveler, Meat Loaf, Bryan Adams, Ted Nugent, Train, Ingrid Michaelson, and many others. Her releases have reached #1 on two indie charts, and #4 on the college charts. Her new release, "Lipstick Tomboy," has received airplay on stations such WXPN in Philadelphia, KSCN in LA, and on Little Steven's Underground Garage on SiriusXM. She has been compared to artists such as Sheryl Crow and Jason Mraz, but what sets her apart is an edge comparable to classic artists such as Tom Petty and Neil Young. Lisa also hosts the TV show "Rock Star Kitchen," the top-rated original content show on The Comcast Network in the mid-Atlantic region, which has featured guests such as Foreigner, Eddie Money, Chubby Checker, and Lita Ford. It airs on Sunday nights at 8 PM and on Tuesdays at 5:30 PM.

Tom Tallitsch

Tom Tallitsch is a saxophonist, composer, and Posi-Tone Records artist. He has seven albums to his name and has on the Jazzweek Radio Chart top 30 with his last three albums. His bands tour jazz venues throughout the country, with regular performances on the east coast at Birdland Jazz Club, Smalls Jazz Club, Minton's Harlem, The Sidedoor Jazz Club, 55 Bar, Bar Next Door, Chris' Jazz Cafe, Paris Jazz Bistro, and others.

Russell Norkevich

With soulful vocals and 88 keys, New Jersey Songwriter, Russell Norkevich, offers his own brand of piano driven song. His musical influences include: Elton John, Nina Simone, Rufus Wainwright and the Beatles. Evan Toth of WFDU 89.1 describes Russell’s music as having “a hazy, nostalgic, dreamy quality that is devoid of time or space: Eltonesque.”

Karl Dietel 5

Karl Dietel Five plays urgent, melodic songs that draw from the years Dietel spent traveling the country in the Horde-era jam band, The Samples. Drummer Jim Ruffi, guitarist Derek Davadowich, bassist Luke Kessel and multi-instrumentalist Perry Andrews meld their talents and experiences into a sound that is larger than the sum of its parts. Fresh out of the recording studio, these Central Jersey veterans bring their blend of Americana and The Stranger-era classic songwriting to a place they call home. Listen close, and you may find someone you know in these songs. Listen closer, and, you realize that someone may be you.

The High Hearts


High Hearts is a band of working folks who sing about working folks: their headaches and heartaches, their anxieties and aspirations. Recasting the traditional bluegrass instrument lineup (guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, violin) in the service of the varying styles of four unique songwriters, a typical High Hearts set will run through rip-roaring hootenannies to spacious, heart-felt ballads, all laden with the band’s trademark harmonies.

On their debut full-length, Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist, the band showcased the strengths of founding songwriters Matt Pillischer (guitar, vocals) and Shaun Ellis (mandolin, vocals): “Together” and “Jump Rope” capture Pillischer’s activist spirit, while Ellis’ wide-eyed romanticism infects bluegrass romp “No Moon” and the album’s opener, “Gypsy Girl.” Featuring eight original songs backed by John Coursey on violin and Justin Pope on bass, the album drew praise from local media, while their audience grew from front porches and backyards to stages at venues across the Philadelphia region.

With Pope and newest member Dan Manchester—both solo performers and prolific songwriters in their own right—bringing their own tunes to the mix, their forthcoming second album represents a further sonic departure from the traditional constraints of the bluegrass lineup, influenced by the jangle-pop of early REM, the progressive, gothic folk of The Handsome Family, and the punk spirit of the Clash.

Come on out and join in the fun!

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