On Stage: Davina & The Vagabonds, Jonny Wickersham & AMT’s ‘Deck the Halls’

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By DENNY DYROFF, Staff Writer, The Times


Davina Sowers is a performer who provides a conduit to the past for many people — of all ages.

She and her band the Vagabonds make music that hearkens back to a different era in America’s history of popular music. Sowers sings as if she were fronting the Glenn Miller Orchestra and frequently dresses like she’s from that era. The band also fits the mold — a raucous live combo that has no guitar.

According to the band’s bio, they mix a vaudevillesque, big band, old-time Chicago blues sound with New Orleans jazz and Memphis soul swagger, and have dark theatrical moments evoking Kurt Weill and tender gospel passages creating a dazzling klezmer vintage quintet.

It’s music from another era that has been brought into the current era and bridges generations of listeners with ease.

“Our younger audience is growing,” said Sowers, during a phone interview Tuesday afternoon from her home in St. Paul, Minnesota. “We have a huge demographic. Older audiences love our music and younger audiences get it when we’re in front of them. We put an edge to the older music.”

Sowers is a Pennsylvania native who has lived in a wide array of locations all over America — from Pennsylvania to Key West (FL) and from Santa Cruz (CA) to the Twin Cities (MN).

“I grew up in Altoona,” said Sowers. “I left when I was young but my mom still lives there. I was introduced to music at an early age. I was always open to music — and I’ve always been a sponge.

“My mom was a folksinger and my dad was a turn-of-the-century music lover — musicians like Sidney Bechet. We had a tube TV, a piano and an Edison phonograph with a lot of old-time music. I had piano lessons from the time I was six.

“When I was a teenager, I was really influenced by Melanie and other musicians like Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills, Nash &Young along with English blues bands.”

Sowers life as a musician kicked in when she moved to the southern tip of Florida.

“When I moved to Key West, I was a busker,” said Sowers. “In Key West, I met someone, fell in love and moved with him when he went to St. Paul. I put together my first band when I got to Minnesota. That was the first time I started trying  to make a living from music.

“When I was busking, it was folk music. I loved Melanie and music like that. I also played at a lot of coffee shops. When I came to Minnesota, I worked at an Applebee’s and also worked on my own teaching piano and vocals.

“The, I started doing the band stuff. We got a house gig at this place in Minneapolis called Whisky Junction. It just snowballed from there. I did my own booking and we had 300 dates a year for five years. That was around 2004.”

The band’s first two albums were “Songs from Thomas Avenue” in 2006 and “Under Lock and Key” in 2007.

“About four years after that start in 2004, I started to be proud of what I was doing — becoming the artist I am now,” said Sowers, whose influences range from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits.

“I hide those first two albums,” said the sweet-voiced and ultra-versatile singer. “They’re horrible. After those two, I released ‘Live at The Times.’ It’s a double-album and I love it.

“The next album was ‘Black Cloud’ in 2011 which was all original songs. It was the first studio album that represents where I’m at. I’m still playing a lot of songs from it in my live shows.”

The band features Sowers as vocalist along with acoustic bass, drums, and a lively trumpet and trombone horn section.

“Black Cloud” was named one of the 10 best releases of the year by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and awarded 4.5 stars from Downbeat Magazine. The next Davina & The Vagabonds’ album “Sunshine” hit number 13 in the Billboard Blues Chart, and led to an performance on the famed hit BBC show “Later with Jools Holland.”

“The latest album ‘Sunshine’ came out last year,” said Sowers. “It’s a mixture of blues, jazz and pop. There is a Patty Griffin cover and a Fats Waller cover. I recorded it in 2014 here in the Twin Cities at Pearl Recording Studio. I did it analog because I was also putting the album out on vinyl.”

Video link for Davina & The Vagabonds — https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mma11q2IMJI.

On November 10, Davina & The Vagabonds will headline a show at the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com). They will be back in the area on November 14 for a show at Triumph Brewing Company (400 Union Square, New Hope, 215-862-8300, http://www.triumphbrewing.com/new-hope).

The concert at Sellersville Theater will start at 8 p.m. with tickets priced at $15 and $25. The show in New Hope will get underway at 10 p.m. with a $5 cover.

On November 9, Jonny Wickersham will be back in Philadelphia for another show. He recently visited Philadelphia as one of the long-time members of Social Distortion. Now, he is back under his solo name — Jonny Two Bags — for a show on November 9 at the World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1400, philly.worldcafelive.com).12187839_1061817200504142_5111701891056024686_n

The tour — “The Blood and Trash Tour” — is a triple bill featuring Jonny Two Bags, Jesse Dayton and Scott H. Biram, who is billed as  “the bastard child of punk, blues, country, hillbilly, bluegrass, chain gang, metal, and classic rock.” The quote actually could be applied to any of the three talented musicians.

Wickersham played in a number of popular Southern California bands prior to joining Social Distortion in 2000. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of its “self-titled” album, Social Distortion toured in August and played at Festival Pier in Philly.

“The Social Distortion tour this summer was great,” said Wickersham, during a phone interview last week from his home in Los Angeles. “We’re kind of done for a while right now.

“We’ll be going back into the studio after the holidays. We’ll start working on a new album that will come out sooner-or-later. With this band, it’s usually later.”

Social Distortion, one of America’s all-time great punk rock bands, features Mike Ness (Vocals, Guitar), Jonny Wickersham (Guitar), Brent Harding (Bass) and Dave Hidalgo Jr. (Drums).

“We hadn’t toured the states in a while so it was time,” said Wickersham. “For a band like this, we have to stay on the road. We spend a lot of time touring. With us, records just sort of happen when they happen. We could do an album every two years like other bands but we won’t do it unless we feel like doing it.”

When Social Distortion takes a break, Wickersham keeps going on his own.

In 2014, he released his album “Salvation Town” on Isotone Records. Produced by David Kalish (Rickie Lee Jones), the album featured guests such as Jackson Browne, David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello), Greg Leisz (Lucinda Williams) and Grammy winner Gaby Moreno.

“It was mixed and mastered for a while before it was released,” said Wickersham. “It’s on Isotone and the distribution company is Thirty Tigers. It came out in April 2014 and I did a lot of work getting it out there. I did a full U.S. tour when it dropped and then spent two years touring with Social D.

“I tend to be super-meticulous so I took my time making the album. It took a while. It’s on CD and vinyl — 180-gram vinyl. I mastered it again specifically for the vinyl release. It’s a good-sounding record.

“There is no group of core musicians with Jonny Two Bags other than my buddy David Kalish, who co-produced the album and engineered it. There are a lot of guests all over the record — super-heroes that I looked up to. I feel super-honored to have these guests play with me.”

On this tour, Wickersham is out with a trio — Jonny Two Bags on guitar, Brent Harding on bass and Gene Louis on drums.

“I’ve done solo, duo, six-piece and a full band but this is the first time I’ve ever done trio,” said Wickersham referring to his various formats for live performances. “It’s quite an interesting road to go down. It’s cool.

“It’s a way to deliver these songs in a new way. It’s interesting to learn where the song wants to go with the three of us. Gene is a real talented singer so we’ll have three-part harmonies. I want this project to be able to experiment.”

Video link for Jonny Two Bags — https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=UQEOmxcPvBU.

The show at World Café will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.

Not that very long ago, the Christmas season traditionally opened on the day after Thanksgiving — especially with regard to holiday shopping. That was the day that stores featured great sales. That was the day that became known as “Black Friday.”amt holiday

Now, the Christmas season unofficially begins the day after Halloween. Orange-and-black items and Halloween candy are swept off the stores’ shelves and are quickly replaced by Christmas items.

Retail stores and online shopping sites aren’t the only ones already in holiday mode.

The American Music Theatre (2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, 800-0 648-4102, www.AMTshows.com) is also getting out of the blocks quickly in the race to Christmas.

November 3 was the Opening Night for American Music Theatre’s “2015 Christmas Show: Deck the Halls.” The festival annual show will run through December 30 at the comfortable theater, which is located just east of the City of Lancaster,

With a brand-new setting  — a lavish Christmas-themed hotel as the backdrop — the show features an all-new program with spectacular singing, dancing and live music presented by the AMT’s talented cast and veteran orchestra.

“2015 Christmas Show: Deck the Halls” is directed and choreographed by American Music Theatre’s Artistic Director, Andrea McCormick.

“This is the first show that I wrote, directed and choreographed,” said McCormick, during a phone interview last week from her office at the theater. “My first Christmas show as Artistic Director here was in 2010. I’ve been writing them for the last five years.”

McCormick, a Massachusetts native, graduated from New York University with a BFA in theater. She performed in “Wizard of Oz” and “Footloose’’ and was in each show both on Broadway and National Tour.

“I sang at American Music Theatre a little while ago,” said McCormick. “I left and became a director. I saw that AMT was seeking new shows so I came down and directed two shows. Now, I’m the Artistic Director.

“This year’s holiday show is not a full-scale musical but it has a musical twist. There is a theme and it has an arc. I take it to a location. This year, we’re in a big grand hotel in a big city. It could be New York but it’s not specifically any one city. It all takes place in this grand hotel and in a city park.”

The lively and colorful production features classic and contemporary holiday songs and carols including “Sleigh Ride,” “Silent Night,” “Silver Bells,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “I Wonder as I Wander,” “O Holy Night,” “Do You Hear What I Hear,” and “Deck the Halls.”

“Act I features different families who are guests at the hotel — and the hotel staff,” said McCormick. “It’s all glued together by action songs. The vibe in the first act is holiday whimsy and fun with songs such as ‘Happy Holiday,’ ‘Silver Bells’ and ‘Sleigh Ride.’

“In Act II, Santa and his elves come to the hotel and there is a section for the kids. By the end, we’re in a majestic concert. We come out of the hotel and end up in a church concert with the women in gowns.

“It’s a grand concert with more songs that are more traditional like ‘Deck the Halls’ and ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.’ There’s a Hallelujah choir with songs such as ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘God Bless Us Everyone.’ And, of course, there is ‘Silent Night.’

“The cast has four female singers, five male singers and six dancers. There are also 20 youth and teen cast members. All of them together play millions of characters.”

Featured in this year’s cast are Adrianne Chu, Missy Clayton, Wess Cooke, Cameron Edris, Kevin Faraci, Daniel Gold, Isaac Hunnicutt, Randy Jeter, Julie Keough, Jared Mancuso, Corey O’Brien, Michelle Rajotte, Marisa Rivera, Erisa Sloan, Sarah Timm and Ric Zimmerman.

Music Director Andy Roberts leads the American Music Theatre Orchestra which features Mike Lambertson, John Lemke, John Maurer, Andy Mowatt, David Shultz, Gabe Staznik, Aaron Trasatt, and Mike Wittrien.

Video link for “2015 Christmas Show: Deck the Halls” — https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Xruo1J2cbf8.

The show will have both matinee and evening performances each week with the addition of 10:30 a.m. performances on Sundays throughout December. Show length is two hours and 15 minutes with a short intermission. Tickets are $42 for adults and $21 for children.

November is always a good month for live music. Concerts face less competition from outdoor activities and people are looking for indoor attractions. And, a lot of bands are on the road trying to get in a final round of live shows before the holidays arrive.

The following is a look at the coming attractions at most of the music venues around the area. There will be live shows that will pique your interest — no matter what your tastes in music are.


The Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org) will present Jeffrey Gaines and Ray Weston (Nov 6), Dead Flowers (Nov 7), Turnage Royals Band, Hannah Scarborough, Amanda Nolan, Brooke Falls (Nov 8), California Guitar Trio (Nov 10), Better than Bacon (Nov 12), Rust (Nov 13), The Melton Brothers and WILD NORTH (Nov 14), Sam Kwietniak (Nov 15), Stand Up Comedy Night at The Kennett Flash with Rob DeSantis, Christian Alsis, Garrett Smith, Marc Staudenmaier, and Mike Brooks (Nov 18), Satisfaction (Nov 19),

Seagreen, Bomb Shelter Dropouts, Nine Kings (Nov 20), Billy Penn Burger CD Release Show (Free CD with Admission), Keli Vale (Nov 21), Joe Bublewicz and Chris Coccia (Nov 27), The Nik Everett Band and Angelee (Nov 28).


The Steel City Coffee House (203 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, 610-933-4043, www.steelcitycoffeehouse.com) will host Cliff Hillis, Jacob Snyder and Matthew Szlachetka (Nov 5), Lucy Kaplansky (Nov 6), J.D. Malone and the Experts with Kyle Swartywelder (Nov 7), Cliff Hillis, Kyf Brewer and Frank Brown (Nov 12), the Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam Show (Nov 13), Time Gap, Alyssa Garcia and Ciera Crespo (Nov 14), Jesse Terry, Korby Lenker and Lizane Knott (Nov 19), Beaucoup Blue with Steve Zinno (Nov 20), Christine Havrilla with Porter & Sayles (Nov 21), Jeffrey Gaines with Ben Kessler (Nob 27) and Cliff Hillis and the Forward Thinkers with Smash Palace (Nov 28).

The Colonial Theatre (Bridge Street, Phoenixville, 610- 917-1228, www.thecolonialtheatre.com) will host shows featuring Al Stewart on November 7 and Paul Reiser on November 21.ardmore -- George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic

Chaplin’s (66 North Main Street, Spring City, 610-792-4110, http://chaplinslive.com) will have Last Chance, Marcus Angeloni, Justin Nast and Shabby Road (Nov 6), Bacchus Boys (Nov 7), Stu and the Gurus and nxt2normal (Nov 14), Rofo Audio, Bret Alexander, and Eric DiSanto (Nov 20), Gabbii Donnelly (Nov 21) and Redtail Court, Nose Goblins and Seption (Nov 28).

The Ardmore Music Hall (23 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, 610-649-8389, www.ardmoremusic.com) will present “Without A Net: A Sonic Exploration of the Music of the Grateful Dead” (Nov 6), Will Hoge (Nov 7), Donna the Buffalo, Peter Rowan (Nov 11), Stephen Kellogg (Nov 12), Toadies (Nov 13), Hezekiah Jones (Nov 14), Broken Arrow –Neil Young Tribute, Big Jangle — Tom Petty tribute (Nov 15), Conspirator (Nov 19), Everyone Orchestra (Steve Kimock, Zach Deputy, Todd Stoops, Hash from Thievery Corporation, Cris Jacobs, John Morgan Kimock, Matt Butler) (Nov 20), Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers (Nov 21), Tom Hamilton’s American Babies (Nov 25), George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (Nov 27) and Splintered Sunlight — Grateful Dead Tribute (Nov 28).

The Valley Forge Casino (1160 First Avenue, King Of Prussia, 610-354-8118, www.vfcasino.com) will have four major headlines over the next two months — 38 Special (Nov 27), Artie Lange (Nov 28), Kenny Rogers (Dec 18) and Third Eye Blind (Dec 31).The Casino will also present Laura Lee & Tripp Fabulous (Nov 7), Soul Joel Comedy Club (Nov 13), JJRupp Band (Nov 14), Nick C (Nov 15), Crazy in Stereo (Nov 21) and Burnt Sienna (Nov 28).

Burlap & Bean Coffeehouse (204 South Newtown Street Road, Newtown Square, 484-427-4547, www.burlapandbean.com) will present Tony Halchak and Dylan Jane(Nov 6), Allison Polans, Ross Bellenoit & Dana Alexandra (Nov 7), Emilie & Ogden and Luray (Nov 12), Caleb Spaulding and Bill O’Meara (Nov 13), Sparkle Pony and The Deer Run Drifter (Nov 14), Mark Erelli with Michael Braunfeld (Nov 19), Harmonious Wail with Andrea Carlson (Nov 20), JiHAE (Nov 21), Andrea Nardello and Matt Duke (Nov 27), and The John Grecia Band and Drew Nielands (Nov 28).


Melodies Café (2 East Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore, 610-645-5269, www.melodiescafe.com) will host Bazmati Vice and Bohdan Harik (Nov 6);  Cosette Gobat, Piper Bateman, Julie Wanner, Sean Smith and Daisy Abrams (Nov 7); Nick McKean and Ben Kessler (Nov 13); Rob Robinson (Nov 14); Marian Call and Scott Barkan (Nov 19); Just Beto (Nov 21); and Craig & Aislinn Bickhardt, Beaucoup Blue and Lizanne Knott & Ciara (Nov 28).

World Café Live at the Queen (500 North Market Street, Wilmington, 302- 994-1400, www.queen.worldcafelive.com) will have the following shows on its Downstairs Stage — Jenny & Tyler with Jillian Edwards (Nov 4), Amillion The Poet  (Nov 6), Madeleine Peyroux with Lili Añel (Nov 11), Spokey Speaky (Nov 27) and Wilmo Rock Circus 2015 (Nov 28).

Acts slated for the Upstairs Stage are Alejandro Escovedo with Brian Dunne (Nov 6), Vinyl Shockley (Nov 7), Jason Reed, Angela Sheik, IVA (Nov 8), David Mayfield and Sean McConnell (Nov 12), Amy Black and Sarah Borges (Nov 13), The Core: The Eric Clapton Tribute Band (Nov 14),  Last Chance (Nov 19), Mike Maguire (Nov 21), Satellite Go, The Headies, Twin Coves, Worth, the Cloth and B’Gosh, Paint The Sun (Nov 25) and Jubilee Riots (Nov 27).

The Grand Opera House (818 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware, 302-652-5577, www.thegrandwilmington.org) will host Joe Bonamassa (Nov 9 and 10), Scott Bradlee (Nov 13), Delbert McClinton (Nov 14) , Joe Papa (Nov 14 in Baby Grand) and former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and his band (Nov 18).

Hackett will also play the Keswick Theater (291 N. Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 215-572-7650, www.keswicktheatre.com) on November 20. The venue will also host Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (Nov 5), The Hooters (Nov 6 and 7), Ry Cooder (Nov 12), Joe Papa (Nov 13), Colin Hay (Nov 14), The Robert Cray Band with Shemekia Copeland (Nov 19), Arlo Guthrie (Nov 21), the Laurie Berkner Band (Nov 22), Acoustic Hot Tuna (Nov 25) and The Machine (Nov 27)

The Scottish Rites Theatre (315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, N.J., http://www.collingswood.com/entertainment/theater-and-ballroom) also will be a tour stop for Steve Hackett and his band with a show on November 21. Other shows this month at the comfortable venue will be Blue Oyster Cult and Vanilla Fudge (Nov 6), The Olate Dogs (Nov 7), Ani DiFranco (Nov 11), Buddy Guy (Nov 12) and Will Downing (Nov 28).

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The Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com) will present great artists from a variety of genres including rock, Cajun, comedy, classic rock, blues, jazz, country, prog rock, Americana and  60s British rock.

The schedule features George Winston (Nov 5), Seldom Scene and Chatham County Line (Nov 6), Robert Klein and Freebo (Nov 7), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone along with The Large Flowerheads (Nov 8), The New Christy Minstrels (Nov 9), Davina & The Vagabonds (Nov 10), Acoustic Alchemy (Nov 11), California Guitar Trio

(Nov 12), BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and April Mae & The June Bugs (Nov 13), and Joe Conklin with Sudsy and Mike Donovan (Nov 14).

The list of upcoming shows also has Paul Thorn Band and Gary Douglas (Nov 15), Le Vent Du Nord (Nov 18), Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys and Rootology (Nov 19),  Rubix Kube (Nov 20), Alfio (Nov 21), Lee Ann Womack (Nov 22), Barleyjuice and Karmic Repair Company (Nov 25), Martin Sexton (Nov 27), Almost Queen (Nov 28), A Rat Pack Christmas (Nov 29), Iron Butterfly (Nov 29), and Nik Turner’s Hawkwind with Hederslebend (Nov 30).

The World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1400, philly.worldcafelive.com) has a heavy line-up for its Downstairs Stage including Natalie Prass and the Oh Hellos in addition to Johnny Two Bags.

The schedule for November includes Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds with Smooth Hound Smith (Nov 6), Tim Kubart with Mario the Magician  (Nov 7), Black Violin (Nov 8), Natalie Prass with Loamlands, Ron Gallo (Nov 11), Edwin McCain with Jenn Grinels (Nov 12), The Oh Hellos (Nov 14), Morgan James with Boh Doran (Nov 15), The Philadelphia Moth Story Slam (Nov17), Against The Current with Vinyl Theatre, Jule Vera  (Nov 19),  The Ocean Blue  (Nov  20),  Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change  (Nov 21), DJ Brother Mister  (Nov 22), Jeff Campbell with Everything Turned to Color, Joe Marson (Nov 25),  Breakwater  (Nov 27) and Beru Revue (Nov 28).

Some of the highlights on the Upstairs Stage’s scheduyle for the month are Jess Klein on November 19, Angela Sheik with special guest Arc Divers and Ponyhof on November 21 and Deb Callahan on November 28.

The Trocadero (10th and Arch streets, Philadelphia, 215-922-6888, www.thetroc.com) will have Turnoike Troubadours and The Black Lillies (Nov 5); Plain White T’s, Matt McAndrew, Beta Play (Nov 6); Public Image Ltd (PiL) (Nov 11); Carly Rae Jepsen, K.FLAY (Nov 13); Onyx, Fredro Starr & Sticky Fingaz, Yikes The Zero, 30 and Over League, Reef The Lost Cauze (Nov 14); Lee Mazin, Ondeck Ent, Spadeo Quilly, City & Bigg Homie (Nov 20); and” Saved By The 90s Party” (Nov 25).

Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal Street, Philadelphia, 215-309-0150, www.thefillmorephilly.com) will present a variety of shows — both in its main room and in the Foundry, its smaller venue upstairs.

The schedule for the Fillmore includes EOTO and Mike Rempel (Nov 5 — Foundry), Earphunk and Tweed (Nov 6 — Foundry), STS9 and The New Deal (Nov 7), Questlove (Nov 8 — Foundry), Kirko Bangz, Jordan Bratton, Ja$on Payback (Nov 9), AWOLNATION and Meg Myers (Nov 10), Eli Young Band, LoCash, Lanco (Nov 11), Papadosio, Quantic DJ, Thriftworks  (Nov 12),  James Bay (Nov 13),  Futurebirds  (Nov 13 — Foundry), GTA, K Camp, Sweater Beats, Hermitude (Nov 14), Puscifer (Nov 15),  and Parkway Drive, Miss May I, Thy Art Is Murder, In Hearts Wake (Nov 17).

The ambitious line-up of shows also includes Matt Pond Pa, Completions, Laura Stevenson (Nov 18 — Foundry), Mary Lambert, The Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement (Nov 19 — Foundry), Travis Scott, Bryson Tiller, Skepta (Nov 20), Young Rising Sons, Night Riots, The Mosers (Nov 21),  Ryn Weaver, HOLYCHILD, Astr (Nov 22 — Foundry), King Diamond, Exodus (Nov 25),  Robin Schulz (Nov 27), Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, New Politics, The Griswolds, Lolo (Nov 28), and Niykee Heaton  (Nov  29 and 30 — Foundry).

The Tower Theater (69th and Ludlow streets, Upper Darby, 215-922-1011, www.thetowerphilly.com) will have two shows in November with Beirut performing on November 6 and My Morning Jacket headlining a show on November 19.

The Academy of Music (Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia, 215-731-3333, www.kimmelcenter.org) will host a show by Don Henley with Shawn Colvin on November 12.

Tin Angel (20 South Second Street, Philadelphia, 215-928-0770, http://www.tinangel.com) will host Loretta Allen, Julia Levitina and Clara Bell (Nov 6),  Joseph Arthur with Jonathan Terrell (Nov 7),  Jay Nash (Nov 12),  Giovanni Vitacolonna (Nov 13),  Kasim Sulton (Nov 14), Steve Davidson & Ken Bonfield (Nov 18),  Cory Wade (Nov 19),  Brian Flanagan, Kicking Down Doors and Silver Skies Nov 20),  The Weeklings Featuring Glen Burtnik (Nov 21), Mutlu (Nov 25) and Susan Werner (Nov 27 and 28).

The Theatre of the Living Arts (334 South Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1011, http://www.lnphilly.com) has a line-up featuring PEPPER (Nov 5), Copeland with Eisley and We Are The City (Nov 8), Angie Stone (Nov 11), Allen Stone (Nov 12), Yonder Mountain String Band with Henhouse Prowlers. (Nov 13), Heaven’s Edge (Nov 14), Knuckle Puck with Seaway, Sorority Noise, and Head North (Nov 15), Hudson Mohawke with The-Dream (Nov 17), Kevin Gates (Nov 19), Lights & The Mowgli’s with Phases (Nov 20), Dopapod with The Nth Power (Nov 21), Chris Robinson Brotherhood (Nov 22), August Burns Red (Nov 27) and Flightschool with The Burgeoning (Nov 28).

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N Front St, Philadelphia, 215-291-4919, www.kungfunecktie.com) will host Peacers, Elisa Ambrogio, The Pretties (Nov 5);

Fell Into Yesterday, Automatic 253, Mute City (Nov  5);  L.A.W. (Nov 6); Flufftronix, Trey Frey, BLVCKOUT (Nov  6); Sun Club, Straw Hats, Sherman Whips (Nov 7); White Hills, Ancient Creature, Space Merchants (Nov 7);  In The Pines, Decades, Northern Lakes, Explorers (Nov 8); Atlantic Thrills, Honey Radar, Telepathic (Nov 9); Laura Cantrell and Amy Pickard (Nov 9); Black Tar Prophet, Astroseer, Chimpgrinder, Seagrave (Nov 10); Extra Dark (Nov 10); Promise Land Sound, Zachary Cale, Tin Horses (Nov 11); Bul Bey, Torito, iAlive, Xfctr, Johann Sebastian (Nov 12); Dilly Dally, A Victim Of Good Times (Nov 13); and Gringo Motel, Brian Carpenter & The Confessions, F.Woods (Nov 14).

The rest of the month’s schedule includes Hoser, Bruiser Queen, CaveWomen, Mercury Milk (Nov 14); KFN’s schedule also features Scott Kelly and Bruce Lamont (Nov 16); Diane Coffee and Pine Barons (Nov 17); Extra Dark (Nov 17); Bombadil (Nov 18); ILL BILL (Nov 19); S.T.A.R.W.O. O.D., Not Blood Paint, Impressionist (Nov 20);  Daniel Martin Moore, Paul Josephs of Metrosonics (Nov 21); Skinless, Horrendous, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder (Nov 22); The Mountain Chiefs, PA Angelo, Garbage Brain, Tim Allen Iverson (Nov 23); Doomroller, Obey The Ooze (Nov 24); Extra Darkv (Nov 24); Creepoid, Worriers, Mercury Girls, Legendary Divorce (Nov 25); Nik Turner’s Hawkwind, Hedersleben (Nov 27); BOOGALOO! with RK$TDY (Nov 27); and GRIP and Caustic Casanova (Nov 30).

Fire (412 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, 267-671-9298, thefirephilly.com) always presents a diverse line-up of fresh acts and will have Choke Up, After The Fall, Address and Brackish (Nov 5); Stepping Razor (Nov 6); Frank Porter, SJW Bush, Lainey Quinn, The Howling Fantods, Ghosts of Sailors At Sea, Reindeer Castle and Doug Whartman (Nov 7); Chamber Band, The Absolute Sky, Gladys The Gardener and Line Leader (Nov 8); PA Angelo, The Mountain Chiefs, Garbage Brain and Oyster Shell (Nov 10); The Jumping Juvies, Above The Mendoza and Just The Architects (Nov 11); The Big Time, The Stolen, We Are Forever and Final Showcase (Nov 12); and The Murderburgers, City Mouse, Honah Lee, Andysocial and The Antidotes and The Slotcars (Nov 13).

The club’s schedule also features Theresa Pettignano, Wicked and Weathered, Anna Ladd, E-dubble and Waxx (Nov 14); Moto Surf, daisychain, On Your Marks and Along The Way (Nov 15); Community Center, Charlotte Berg and Straight White Teeth (Nov 18); Mark Lanky, Otan Vargas and Dirty Soap Blues Band’s 60s Doo-Wop Tribute featuring Tracy Hill, Sarah Williams and Bridget Moran (Nov 20);  Kyle Nachtigal and Megan Davies (Nov 21); Bryant Vasquez, Patrick Kinsley The Deadeyes and Gene Wildest (Nov 22); Flux Capacitor, The Royal Noise, Chronicles of Sound and The Jawn (Nov 28); Resilient, Alright Junior, Young Fox and The Loud Company (Nov 29).



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