Japan's Shonen Knife has been a relevant band in the pop punk scene in both the US and Japan since 1981. They have released albums and internationally toured constantly while featuring fresh, fun talent led by original founding member Naoko. Shonen Knife's sound has been heavily influenced by 1960's girl groups and pop bands like The Beach Boys and early punk rock bands like The Ramones. Their stripped down songs and simplistic lyrics are sung in both Japanese and English and they continue to be known for their underground garage rock instrumentation. Over the course of their long, celebrated career they have earned a gritty cult following that includes bands like Sonic Youth and Nirvana.
Internationally acclaimed guitar virtuoso Trace Bundy's music is poetry in motion, using harmonics, looping and multiple capos to deliver a memorable concert experience. Described as an "Acoustic Ninja," his live playing confounds even the most accomplished music lovers. Trace independently sold over 110,000 albums with video clips circulating virally at astonishing speed with over 36,000,000 YouTube views.
This April, ST94 welcomes John Tesh for his debut Sellersville performance. World renowned composer & performer of new age, "sports music," contemporary Christian and inspirational works, Josh Tesh has released over 50 recordings in 25 years over the course of an ever-evolving musical journey. His highly successful and varied career includes a 10-year run as anchor on ‘Entertainment Tonight,' six public television specials, a string of radio hits including "Give Me Forever (I Do)" with James Ingram, a nationally syndicated radio show "Intelligence For Your Life" and a high profile advertising & marketing company. Tesh's accolades since releasing his 1998 debut ‘Tour De France' include seven million units in total sales including two gold albums.
For a new kind of show on the ST94 stage, singer and veteran bandleader Eddie Bruce, with guest comedian Chris Rich, will pay tribute to the Golden Age of nightclubs in our region! The list of stars who played at The Latin in Philadelphia and other area nightclubs is incredible and includes the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joan Rivers and many more. Eddie will be singing the songs of some of these vocal greats and Chris will recall Joan and many more comedians.
Boise-born and Boston-based Eilen Jewell has quickly distinguished herself as one of the rising stars of a new generation of roots musicians. Her understated yet insightful songs blend the Americana styles of blues, pop, jazz. TV shows Sons of Anarchy and True Blood have featured Eilen's music as well as commercials such as T-Mobile's Fast Songs national TV campaign. Hollywood stars (Tom Hanks in Entertainment Weekly) to heads of state (British Prime Minister David Cameron in Britain's Telegraph) have praised Eilen's music in the press.
An adaptation of the traditional Russian folktale set to music by Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter And The Wolf" is an enchanting tale about the adventure of growing up. It provides a charming introduction to the world of music and musical instruments. This captivating story, enriched by music and visual effects, wins the hearts of all who view it and offers a special moment for school and family audiences to share
Best known for her number one hits "Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses" and "Goin' Gone" plus the Grammy Winning song "Where've You Been?," Kathy Mattea performs The Acoustic Living Room with longtime collaborator and guitarist Bill Cooley as they share songs and stories in a show that is sure to impress. Kathy's 18 albums have achieved multiple CMA, ACM and Grammy Awards and her most recent album 'Calling Me Home' celebrates the Appalachian culture of her native West Virginia and expands the vocabulary of acoustic roots music that's always served as her artistic center.
Annie Gong is a worldwide sensation bringing her unique sound to Sellersville for the first time. Annie's digital accordion performances cover a wide range of music repertories and genres from classical, pop, jazz, Chinese folk songs and more. Rated as one of China's greatest accordionists at the age of 15, Annie has been traveling and performing around the globe ever since, wowing audiences with a detailed, riveting performance they had not anticipated. Annie's shows also feature backing orchestration that she arranges as well as visual treats.
This world premiere presentation will be a rare treat for fans of both artists and for fans of the blues in general. It features two of the most accomplished and acclaimed entertainers on the blues scene today. Tommy Castro and Mike Zito have a combined eight Blues Music Award wins. DownBeat magazine gives Tommy Castro's current album 'Method To My Madness' (Alligator) four stars and rave reviews. Jazz Times proclaims Mike Zito's "music flows into the veins and moves the body in ways that can only be described as free and wild." The evening will feature vocal and guitar collaborations on Tommy Castro's and Mike Zito's favorite songs, creating something new and fresh when these acclaimed guitarists combine their individual styles of playing and singing. Backed by Tommy Castro's band the Painkillers, this promises to be a special, high energy evening in Sellersville.
The all girl powerhouse act Lez Zeppelin has gained worldwide critical acclaim for the musicianship, passion and gender bending audacity that they bring to the music of Led Zeppelin. Guitarist Steph Paynes founded the group in 2004 and their first album was produced by Eddie Kramer, renowned for his work as recording engineer on several of Led Zeppelin's albums. The New York Times says that "...this all girl quartet pays tribute to its swaggering namesake Led Zeppelin, ripping through the catalog with blazing accuracy."
In addition to fronting her own blues rock band, Dana Fuchs portrayed Janis Joplin on Broadway in "Love, Janis" and Sadie in the highly acclaimed film "Across the Universe." Dana's latest release, "Songs From The Road," combines rock, soul, gospel and blues, capturing the visceral energy she brings to the stage every night.
Sellersville rock fans, welcome Joe Lynn Turner for the first time to the ST94 stage. With dozens of credits to his name including Rainbow and Deep Purple plus collaborations with artists like Billy Joel, Cher, Michael Bolton and John Waite, Joe Lynn Turner is rock royalty. In a career that spans nearly 40 years and includes over 60 album credits, Joe Lynn Turner remains one of rock and roll's most distinctive, soulful and expressive vocalists and this is your chance to see him live.
Best known for their classic "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," Iron Butterfly burst onto the Southern California music scene in the late 1960s. While on the road with the likes of The Doors, Airplane, The Dead, Traffic, The Who and Cream, Iron Butterfly's debut album 'Heavy' stayed on Billboard's album charts for almost a year. They followed it up with the monumental quadruple platinum 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida' whose title track clocks in at 17:05, an entire album side, shaking up the music industry! It stayed on the charts for almost three years, with 81 weeks in the Top Ten. Don't miss your second chance to see Iron Butterfly on the ST94 stage.
Guitarist Robben Ford shines as an artful, contemporary songwriter and stunning player. He's become a favorite foil of Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison and other legends. The five time Grammy nominee has more than 35 albums under his own name and with his various bands including Tom Scott & The L.A. Express. Robben's resume of concert appearances and albums also include Bonnie Raitt, Barbara Streisand, Charlie Musselwhite, KISS, Rickie Lee Jones, Phil Lesh and Bob Dylan. By the time he joined Miles Davis' group in the 1980s, Robben developed a signature approach based on an axis of blues, jazz, pop and rock. Sellersville is known for great blues guitarists and it's been a few years since Robben has played our stage, don't miss this appearance!
A veteran of the ST94 stage, Graham Parker is returning with a special guest, Brinsley Schwarz of The Rumour! Fans can expect to hear some of their early album favorites live again plus hits from Graham's solo career. Some classic releases include 'Heat Treatment,' 'Squeezing Out Sparks' and 'The Up Escalator' featuring hit songs like "Protection," "Local Girls" and "Passion Is No Ordinary Word."
For nearly five decades David Bowie helped define our universe through his music. He pushed the boundaries, blurred the lines, held up a mirror and reflected back to us the state of our culture, our world and most importantly, ourselves. David Bowie was a musical trailblazer. He influenced countless musicians and consistently surprised the world with his artistic prowess. Established in 2004, Life On Mars presents the genius of Bowie across the decades. Maintaining the integrity of the music, Life On Mars presents a two hour retrospect of classic Bowie hits uniquely arranged into a soaring concert experience. Life On Mars is not an imitation of Bowie, but an emulation of his music and a celebration of his spirit.
The Artie Shaw Orchestra remains one of the "swingingest" outfits around. Featuring director, clarinetist and saxophonist Matt Koza, the group hails to the Shaw legacy and continues the time tested tradition that pleases their full spectrum of fans from yesteryear to new jazz fans. NYC born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky was in the top echelon of soloists from the great swing era of 1935-45. Within a short time Artie Shaw made the hit record of "Begin The Beguine," catapulting him into the ranks of top bandleaders and earning him the nickname of the new "King Of Swing."
The Sellersville Celtic crowd always enjoys an exciting live Celtic rock act and The Young Dubliners are one of the most popular. Their reputation for engaging live shows comes from their dedicated fan base and their fun party anthems that keep you moving. While the Irish influence is most certainly prominent, the band is also proud of their diversity, as several band members have no Irish roots and call upon other influences when making music. The result is a one of a kind sound that fans can't get enough of.
Stop by ST94 for another night of supporting great local music. Returning are Philly area favorites Si Senorita and Chestnut Grove, both previous popular Local Connection acts. Chestnut Grove will start off the night with their laid back brand of Americana blues jam. Si Senorita's fun jam sound jumps around from blues to reggae to surf and more. Swing by for talented local artists in a relaxed show setting.
Putting the smooth into jazz, Spyro Gyra brilliantly blends soul, Latin, pop and world beat influences to become one of most famous instrumental ensembles of all time. They hit the pop charts with their number one single "Morning Dance," the title track off of their platinum selling album and have gone on to sell more than 11 million records and rack up nine Grammy nominations. Featuring founder and saxophonist Jay Beckenstein, Spyro Gyra's innovative and eclectic sound makes them a dynamic live act and a crowd favorite in Sellersville.
The 1960's and early 1970's saw Vocal Group Hall Of Famers The Lettermen score over 25 chart hits including "When I Fall In Love," "Theme From A Summer Place," "Goin' Out of My Head/Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "Hurt So Bad" and "The Way You Look Tonight." They also charted with 32 consecutive albums, four going certified gold and made countless classic TV appearances including Sullivan, Carson, Dick Clark's American Bandstand, Shindig and Hullabaloo. The Lettermen still feature original and founding member Tony Butala. Don't miss their return performance in Sellersville, with two show times to choose from. This is a show to be enjoyed by everyone as The Lettermen make you nostalgic for the '60s and '70s, whether you were there or not.
If you haven't seen one of Joan Osborne's sell out shows in Sellersville, you are missing out on experiencing a performer who has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation. A multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee, the soulful vocalist is a highly sought after collaborator whose career has taken her from the hit single "One Of Us" to her own Soul Revue band, from the regrouping of The Dead to supergroup Trigger Happy, from worldwide residencies to the award winning documentary Standing In The Shadows Of Motown. And now Joan is touring her latest album "Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan."
Formed by Mike Peters in the early 1980s, The Alarm featured a daring mix of amped up acoustic guitars, harmonica and passionate vocals that invited the enduring description "Bob Dylan meets The Clash." They were around the world with 17 Top 50 UK singles, a host of successful albums and fans worldwide. After 30 years in the rock and roll business, The Alarm still commands sold out crowds of loyal fans and Sellersville is next on the list. Mike Peters appeared here last September and returns with the whole band.
One of the most successful instrumental artists of the past three decades, Ottmar Liebert thrills audiences throughout the world with his exhilarating live concerts and classic recordings. Ottmar returns with his band Luna Negra as they perform selections from various worldwide gold and platinum albums including the classic debut "Nouveau Flamenco."
Who knew that those three legendary chords could create such a long, interesting history for The Shadows of Knight. The band was formed in 1964, originally as The Shadows. They became The Shadows of Knight in 1965 featuring Jim Sohns, Warren Rogers, Wayne Pursell, Tom Schiffour, and Norm Gotsch. Right as they were hitting it big, Pursell and Gotsch left the band, recruiting Jerry McGeorge and Joe Kelley. This is the lineup that recorded the two most well known Shadows of Knight albums, "Gloria" and "Backdoor Men". David "Hawk" Wolinski was recruited as the organ player, and later replaced Rogers on bass after he was drafted into the US Military. This lineup lasted about 18 months before Sohns fired the entire band. After 4 billboard charting hits, the "classic" lineup of SOK was no more. Sohns performed as the SOK with many different lineups, and in 1969, the Shadows of Knight released one last million seller, "Shake," featuring Sohns and a totally different Super K lineup. Sohns has never stopped touring as The Shadows of Knight. After 37 years of no new albums, The Shadows of Knight released "A Knight to Remember" in 2006, to critical acclaim. In August of 2016, the original Shadows of Knight got back together for one last show in Arlington Heights for the first time since 1967. But the history doesn't end there: Sohns continues to play festivals, arenas, casinos, clubs, and anywhere he's so inclined to this very day.
The Bird Dogs are bringing a genuine and youthful Everly Brothers experience to the Sellersville stage for the second time. The Zmed brothers, Zachary and Dylan, celebrate the genetic intimacy ever present in the harmonies created by Don and Phil Everly. The Everlys bridged country and rock with countless classics like "Wake Up Little Susie," "All I Have To Do Is Dream," "Bird Dog," "Cathy's Clown," 'When Will I Be Loved" and "Bye Bye Love" plus they inspired The Beatles, Kinks, Buddy Holly and Simon & Garfunkel. The Zmeds skillfully cover the Everly Brother with a bit of their own style mixed in.
The Philadelphia Funk Authority is indisputably the area's best party band and they're making their triumphant return to Sellersville this Memorial Day Weekend to kick off your summer season. Come ready to dance and groove to their signature Motown sound with hits from your favorites like Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Sly & The Family Stone and more!
The award winning Ana Popovic is now a renowned blues guitarist and vocalist, and fans in Sellersville were among the first to join her legion of fans throughout the world. Her accolades are many, such as being the only female guitarist on the 2014-17 all star Experience Hendrix lineup, and her albums being chosen Pick Of The Week by USA Today. Ana recently released the triple album "TRILOGY," three albums in one containing 23 funk, rock, blues and jazz tunes. You won't want to miss Ana this time around.
Everyone remembers Scottish singer Lulu's hit "To Sir with Love," but did you know she is the only singer to have a UK top 20 hit record in each of 5 consecutive decades? Now, Lulu is back again with her 2015 album release, "Making Life Rhyme," an almost completely self written album that showcases her big soulful voice.
The family legacy of bluegrass icon Ralph Stanley continues with Nathan Edmond Stanley as lead singer for his grandfather's band The Clinch Mountain Boys. He charted several singles in Inspirational Country Music and Southern Gospel Music including the #1"White Dove" plus recorded with Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, George Jones, The Isaacs, Patty Loveless and Ricky Skaggs. Nathan also won GMA Dove Award for "Best Bluegrass Album of the year" and "Classic Country Album of the year" by the National Traditional Country Music Association.
The Godfather Of British Blues John Mayall returns. John's Bluesbreakers, formed in the early 1960s, are well known for cultivating talent that would become legendary. Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce of Cream, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, Andy Fraser of Free, Mick Taylor of The Rolling Stones, Coco Montoya and more began by John's side. John's successful solo career includes the gold album 'The Turning Point' that produced the classic rock staple "Room To Move."
Fans of Pink Floyd will love the recreation of your favorite sights and sounds as Wilmington based Echoes takes the Sellersville stage for their first time. Pink Floyd's music has endured decades with hits like "Another Brick In The Wall," "Money," "Time" and "Wish You Were Here."
Performing some of your favorite music from the 1950's, 60's and 1970's, The Fabulous Greaseband is the ultimate rock and roll party band. Their highly entertaining and energetic show features the greatest dance songs ever written, which has kept the group on top for the last forty years.
Come enjoy a night of modern singer songwriter greatness with Steve Poltz and Peter Mulvey. Steve Poltz may be commercially known for co-writing chart toppers like "Silver Lining" and "You Were Meant For Me" with Jewel, but he is known throughout the live music circuit for his high octane performance, singular wit and entertaining storytelling. Joining him this evening is Peter Mulvey, who has developed a strong following in the indie folk rock scene through relentless touring and critically acclaimed albums, including his latest, 'Silver Ladder.'
Guitarist Eric Johnson is returning to Sellersville. Eric has been named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists Of The 20th Century for Musician Magazine and is most popularly known for the Grammy winning song "Cliffs Of Dover." Eric's platinum album 'Ah Via Musicom' features some instrumentals as well like the hits "Trademark" and "Righteous." Eric holds the admiration of fellow players as well as fans. He's played with Chet Atkins, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani and he appeared on Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival and the Experience Hendrix Tour. Eric returns this time with an electric band.
Cracker has been described as a lot of things over the years: alternative rock, Americana, insurgent country, and even punk and classic rock. More than anything, Cracker are survivors! Cofounders David Lowery and Johnny Hickman have been at it for a quarter of a century, amassing ten studio albums, multiple gold records, thousands of live performances and hit songs that are still in current radio rotation around the globe ("Low," "Euro-Trash Girl," "Get Off This" and more). They have earned a worldwide fan base that continues to grow each year. Cracker has performed numerous shows in Sellersville to sold out crowds, so grab your tickets now.
Stop by Sellersville for an evening of up and coming Americana rock that's got a 'something for everyone' sound. Start the night off with Have Gun, Will Travel. Their sound easily blends folk, pop, rock and classic country and NPR's Robin Hilton described it as "...a great energy...with infectious, sing along choruses and refrains." The Whiskey Gentry closes out the show with an edgy, complementing sound of honky tonk Americana, bluegrass and gritty rock and roll.
The talented Danielle Nicole returns to Sellersville to take the spotlight solo. The Blues Music Award winner was a singer, bassist and songwriter with her brothers in the popular Trampled Under Foot, who have played ST94 to strong ovations.
Rik Emmett gained international recognition as the lead singer/songwriter/guitarist with Triumph. The adjectives ‘prolific' and ‘eclectic' frequently pop up in Rik's profiles, after five decades in the biz. Following over a dozen platinum albums from his Triumph years, he produced 19 more as an indie, ranging from rock to blues to jazz to folk to classical. International notoriety earned him entry into three Canadian Halls of Fame, a star on the Walk of Fame in his hometown of Mississauga, and he picked up a few ‘Best Guitarist' awards in various style categories from different organizations along the way. Author of a GUITAR PLAYER magazine column for over a dozen years, the resulting compilation instruction book, "For The Love of Guitar", recently landed at #4 in Shawn Persinger's review of "The 50 Greatest Guitar Books". As a music educator, Mr. E. remains humbly proud of his long-standing inclusion on the heavily-respected Humber College faculty, where he's taught Songwriting, Music Business and Directed Studies; he's also been Artistic Director of the Songstudio Songwriting Workshop every summer for the past 12 years. This show will be an acoustic duo performance with Dave Dunlop.
Brand X are recognized as true musical pioneers who helped create their own genre and influence a broad spectrum of musicians and bands, from Phish to Dream Theatre. They craft a unique blend of jazz, rock and world influences, now widely known by fans worldwide as Fusion. Their last Sellersville show left patrons cheering as they rocked their songs, old and new.
Devon Allman's Sellersville fan base continues to expand, so come see what the buzz is all about when Devon returns with his band! He has performed here several times over last 10 years with Royal Southern Brotherhood featuring Cyril Neville and Mike Zito and Honeytribe. Experience Devon's music live and see why he has been able to successfully established separate his music from his legendary dad, Gregg Allman and Uncle Duane.
After thousands of shows worldwide, the chart topping international stars Gaelic Storm return to the Sellersville stage. Their particular brand of upbeat Celtic rock pleases everyone from bluegrass fans to rock and rollers, as they have one of the most diverse fanbases in modern music. Their latest album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences and creates a sound that is as wide-ranging as the band's audience.
There is no denying the immeasurable impact that pianist, guitarist and songwriter Bobby Whitlock has made on music history. As a cofounder of Derek & The Dominos and cowriter of such iconic classics as "Bell Bottom Blues," Whitlock has also appeared on some of rock and roll's most celebrated albums (George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass' and The Rolling Stones' 'Exile On Main Street').
The Band of Heathens was formed in 2005. This Austin, Texas band is comprised of four singer-songwriters and a rhythm section. In 2011 the group released their fifth studio album 'Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster's Son.' It was listed as one of the Top 10 Most Played Americana Albums of 2011. Since then the band has released a Live from Denver CD titled 'The Double Down.'
California's Dead Winter Carpenters have been described as being at the forefront of a youthful generation trying to redefine what string music is and what it can do. They've built a reputation for great, progressive live shows and for being genre benders reminiscent of Jack White, Chris Thile and Sam Bush.
Giada takes her audience on a romantic journey as she performs her interpretations of American and Italian hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s, as well as your current favorite songs. Her performance is both familiar and new. Born and raised in Venice, Giada has always been influenced by her hometown and brings its passion to her musical style. A treat to see live, Giada sings and speaks in five languages, performs love songs originally made famous by Dean Martin, Domenico Modugno, Gino Paoli, Rosemary Clooney and many more. She has been featured in her own music special on PBS, "From Venice With Love."
Known for musical masterpieces like "echo park," "even tho" and "can't exist," Joseph Arthur has won legions of fans around the globe with his truly eccentric and engaging live show persona. Joseph returns to Sellersville to perform his ‘Redemption Son' album in its entirety, which includes his breakthrough hit "Honey And The Moon." The celebrated album will be re-released now, 15 years later, on Real World label with extra tracks. No two shows of Joseph's at Sellersville have ever been the same, so be sure to be amazed and surprised by what he has in store.
At the ripe age of 17 Quinn Sullivan was known one of today's most respected guitarists and he's kept up that reputation since. He's been touring the world with mentor and friend Buddy Guy and promoting his latest album 'Getting There.' Since the age of seven, Quinn has shared stages with legendary players like Los Lobos, Joe Bonamassa and BB King at iconic venues like Hollywood Bowl, MSG and Red Rocks. He's also performed at some of the world's most prestigious festivals like Montreux Jazz, Austin City Limits and Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival. This June he returns to the Sellersville stage; don't miss him.
Spending a lifetime traversing the bridge between words and melody, Alejandro Escovedo embraces multiple genres and fans from all over the world. Primarily a guitarist, he's impressed the punk rock, roots rock and alternative country scenes. His resolute voice weathers the emotional terrain of our lives in search for ultimate release and the healing truth of honesty. Claiming The Boss among his many fans (who has covered "Always A Friend"), familiar favorites include "Put You Down," "Arizona" and Iggy Pop's "I Wanna Be Your Dog." Alejandro returns for a special full band performance!
Christine Ohlman, The Beehive Queen, is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. As The Daily News put it, "you may not know [her] by name, but you surely know the beehive haired blonde by sign and sound." In addition to being in a number of successful recording bands, Christine is the long time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live band. Her tough-as-nails persona and contemporary Americana rock sound fit right into what rock fans love in Sellersville. Her latest album 'The Deep End' was honored on numerous Top Ten lists and her dedication to preserving the good ol' sound of rock and roll keeps her current in the music industry today.
Hailed by fans in Sellersville and beyond as the world's best journey tribute, Voyage singer Hugo is a dead ringer for Steve Perry visually and vocally and the band features top New York musicians. Voyage takes you back to the late 1970s and mid 1980s when the timeless music of Journey ruled the airwaves with classics like "Open Arms," "Who's Crying Now," "Separate Ways" and of course "Don't Stop Believin'."