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WXPN Philadelphia Folksong Society and The Trocadero Present Philly Rocks For Haiti on February 4th

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An assortment of Philadelphia's finest musicians are coming together for a Haiti benefit at The Trocadero on February 4th
An assortment of Philadelphia's finest musicians are coming together for a Haiti benefit at The Trocadero on February 4th

The earthquake that rocked Haiti was a monumental disaster. The earthquake caused major damage to Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and other settlements in the region. Many notable landmark buildings were significantly damaged or destroyed, including the Presidential Palace, the National Assembly building, the Port-au-Prince Cathedral, and the main jail. Among those killed were Archbishop of Port-au-Prince Monsignor Joseph Serge Miot, and opposition leader Micha Gaillard.The headquarters of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), located in the capital, collapsed, killing many, including the Mission’s Chief, Hédi Annabi. And many victims have since been left to forage for food in the disasters wake.

Appeals for humanitarian aid were issued by many aid organisations, the United Nations and president René Préval.Raymond Joseph, Haiti’s ambassador to the United States,and his nephew, singer Wyclef Jean,who was called upon by Préval to become a “roving ambassador” for Haiti, also pleaded for donations.

Many countries responded to the appeals and launched fund-raising efforts, as well as sending search and rescue teams. The neighbouring Dominican Republic was the first country to give aid to Haiti, sending water, food and heavy-lifting machinery.The hospitals in Dominican Republic were made available, and the airport opened to receive aid that would be distributed to Haiti.The Dominican emergency team assisted more than 2,000 injured people, while the Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (Indotel) helped with the restoration of some telephone services.The Dominican Red Cross coordinated early medical relief in conjunction with the International Red Cross.The government sent eight mobile medical units along with 36 doctors including orthopaedic specialists, traumatologists, anaesthetists, and surgeons. In addition, 39 trucks carrying canned food were dispatched, along with 10 mobile kitchens and 110 cooks capable of producing 100,000 meals per day.

On February some of Philadelphia’s finest musicians are all set to come together during an event that will benefit Haiti relief on February 4th. Philly Rocks For Haiti is being presented by WXPN’s Philadelphia Folksong Society and the Trocadero Theatre, who will also be hosting. Here is a look at who will be playing.

West Philadelphia Orchestra

West Philadelphia Orchestra plays music
that is mostly rooted in Eastern European folk music traditions, but we do it with our own voices, Philadelphia voices nourished by our jazz heritage, tinged with punk rock, soul, and cheesesteaks, and blended with the voices of our community.
As a village band, we aim to uplift, inspire, and unify the Philadelphia community by playing music that renders boundaries obsolete and represents excellence.
We play concerts on big stages, concerts in tiny corners; we play hoise parties and block parties; benefits and protest rallies; weddings and any occasion for celebration; and everywhere we play, feet stomp, hands clap, hips sway, people grab hold of one another, lift their glasses, and celebrate life, absurdity, and what is best in us.

Since its inception in Fall of 2006, when the group was just 7 neighborhood friends who basically met at a local bar, the group has expanded to become a broad musical community. These days we have up to 14 musicians currently playing with us, including trumpets, tenor horns, sousaphone, sax, clarinet, violins, viola, drums, and 3 singers. In 2 years, not once has the band been exactly the same combination of players on any 2 concerts. For parades and acoustic outdoor events, our brass players come together; sometimes our string players combine with the clarinet, recorder, and percussion to form our ‘chamber’ version of the band. Many folks in the band play several different instruments, making us a versatile and unpredictable bunch. In the age of Fab Fours, we are just a collection of people who come together to make good music.

The band has played many places, including Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Rosenbach Museum, Khyber, North Star Bar, Fiume, and we play every 2nd Thursdays at Tritone Bar. We’ve also played NYC’s Goldenfest and Mehanata Bulgarian Bar, as well as clubs throughout the Northeast. We’ve collaborated with other Philly bands, including being the horn section for our fellow West Phillians Dr. Dog. In 2009, we are planning a collaborative concert with the Camerata Philadelphia orchestra, and are seeking other collaborative projects in the future.
West Philadelphia Orchestra
Burkan Cocek

Black Landlord

2009 Philadelphia Magazine – Best Local Band

From Myspace:

This is a project started by me, MAxx (formerly of the Goats and Incognegro). It is a TRUE collective. The idea began 4yrs ago with friends and super-electro producers Leonard de Leonard and Olaf Hund. We worked together in Paris and Berlin, writting songs and daydreaming about how to bring talented people together. So, after learning German, some ghetto French and drinking great beer, I returned home to PHILLY. I wanted to put a live band together and the end result was a diverse mix of PHILLY ALL-STARS. Each one of them has added something new and amazing to Black Landlord. I hope you enjoy it, because there is much more to come. Also, we are always looking to include artists, graphic designers, performers and photographers. WE’RE TAKING THE LAND BACK, BABY!!!!! Thanks, MAxx
Black Landlord
Mind Over Matter

Get The Led Out

Get The Led Out , also known as “GTLO”, and “The American Led Zeppelin”, is a group of professional rock musicians dedicated to re-creating the recorded music of Led Zeppelin as authentically as possible. With performances at House of Blues in Atlantic City NJ, Oswego New York’s “Harborfest” two years in a row and countless other theatres and national concert venues, Get The Led Out have brought the music of Led Zeppelin back to the big concert stage!
Get The Led Out
Stairway To Heaven

Blood Feathers

Ben Dickey and Drew Mills formed Blood Feathers in 2005 to perpetuate America’s most important export, Rock n’ Roll music. Sailing the same tradewinds that brought rhythm to the New World and shipped gospel, blues, and jazz back as a thank you note, Dickey and Mills write songs that snug into the grooves of your grandmother’s 78s as easily as they download into the mystery of your IPod.

Both new band bachelors, Ben Dickey (Amen Booze Rooster, Shake Ray Turbine) and Drew Mills (Aspera, Benjy Ferree) came together and wrote their first record, Curse and Praise, in less than a week. Within a few months, the album was recorded, mastered, and out the door of Philadelphia based label, Box Theory. Philebrity, the media outlet for all things Philadelphia, immediately recognized the debut as, “one for the ages,” but the album only reached a small audience, and was recently cited in Relix magazine as, “an overlooked gem; packed with highly melodic ’60s / early ’70s guitarrock, imagistic lyrics, and subtle harmonies,”

While some bands may have lamented their album falling through the cracks, Blood Feathers took the opportunity to further hone their craft. Dickey and Mills wrote songs by the bushel, culled them to a baker’s dozen, and reformed the band with a stellar lineup that includes Mickey Walker (Lilys, Mazarin), Tracy Stanton (Bardo Pond, Matt Pond PA), Patrick Marsceill (A-Sides, Sun Airway), and Sam Murphy (Pink Skull, Mountain High). Preened and cleaned, this new version of Blood Feathers features horns, keys, four-part harmonies, swirling guitars, and a rhythm section that would make Bo Diddley proud.

Recorded and mixed by Quentin Stoltzfus (Mazarin) between Hawke Island, Nova Scotia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the new album is something to behold. With Blood Feathers once more ready to take wing, eyes and ears are cast skyward in lofty expectation. As one child exclaimed following a recent show, “Goodness Gracious!”
Blood Feathers
You’re Welcome

Free Energy

From The Deli Philadelphia:

Free Energy was the local band that seemed to skyrocket from nowhere this year. They went from being Dave P’s fun-loving neighbors with a band to the torch carriers of classic rock ‘n roll who found themselves in the studio with LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy. With more hooks than the opening day of fishing season, they are making big guitar riffs, tight pants and having a good time a prerequisite for all their shows. This year was their coming out party with DFA Records, but expect the full monty when they release their first full length album Stuck on Nothing on Astralwerks this February 23, 2010.
Free Energy
Free Energy

Many special guests will be on hand throughout the evening. There will also be a raffle for select prize packages. Tickets for the event cost $12 and all proceeds earned benefit Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia. Tickets can be purchased at The Trocadero Box Office, or online.