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Butter Queen Sister

Quimby Mountain Band, Alfred James Band

Thu 3/24

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$7.00 - $10.00

Butter Queen Sister
Quimby Mountain Band
Quimby Mountain Band
Known for their incredible live performances, Quimby Mountain Band is quickly reaching new heights as they have opened up for several major acts in the last few months. With the release of their newest CD, Quimby Mountain Band III, the band is looking to expand their horizons bigtime in 2014. This on the heels of their second CD, "Move On", which gained national attention as two of the songs on the disc received solid air time on the Sirius XM Jam Station.


Whether playing in the Northwest part of New Jersey or at venues throughout the Northeast, Quimby Mountain Band continues to garner tons of attention and new fans. High Times Magazine named them one of the Best Unsigned Bands of 2013.

While the newest CD is getting plenty of accolades already, the two lead songs on the CD, "Town of Love" and "Breakin' The Bank", have gotten a tremendous amount of acclaim.

In concert, the band plays predominately originals with a sound that spans a wide range of genres, with parts funk, blues, southern rock, reggae and soul mixed in, or as band members like to say, "We are all over the place." Some of their music has a jam-like flare to it, but the band isn't confined to any one style, which makes them unique in their approach and good reason for celebration among their rabid following. The band's last CD release party in September 2011 was a sellout at the Blairstown (NJ) Theater, making them only the third group to do so that year, following in the footsteps of national acts From Good Homes and Steve Earle. Among the many notable venues they've played are: The Stone Pony, Starland Ballroom, Sherman Theater (Stroudsburg, PA), Havana (New Hope, PA), The Stanhope House, Mexicali Live, Sullivan Hall (NYC), Crocodile Rock, Hat City Kitchen (Orange, NJ), Blairstown Theater, Lackland Center at Centenary College, Triumph Brewery (New Hope, PA), Twisted Tail (Philadelphia), Clementine Café (VA), The Taphouse (VA), National Underground (Nashville/New York City), and Smith's Old Bar (Atlanta).

Quimby Mountain Band has been a festival favorite, as well, having appeared at MusikFest, Rock Hops, the Waterloo Music Festival, Festival in the Borough, Bourbon Street Blues Festival, the Great Pocono Raceway Festival, Centenary Blues Bash, WNTI Stage, Peacock Palooza in Jersey City, NJ, Wagnerstock in New York, Skylands Music & Arts Festival, Groove in the Grove, and other festivals. The New York Times highlighted the band in an article about the Skylands Festival ("Youth Movement at an Old Festival"). Lenny Bloch, formerly of CBS Radio in New York, says, "I have watched this band evolve, mature, and crystallize over the past few years. They combine hard energy and spirited musicianship. Their sound is rooted in a blues/rock vain with elements of punk, power-pop, and pure rock. The songwriting is impressive, unique."

The band has opened up for a host of major acts, including Railroad Earth, Marshall Tucker Band, 7 Walkers (featuring Grateful Dead's Bill Kruetzman), Edgar Winter, Bernie Worrell Orchestra, Dark Star Orchestra, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Keller Williams, former Blood, Sweat & Tears frontman Rob Papparozzi, and Cabinet, to name a few. They are opening up for Foghat in January 2014 at the Starland Ballroom.

The band features Bob Noble, bass, Harry Noble, guitar, Matt Schmidt, guitar, Jesse Bardwell, lead vocals and mandolin, and Matt DiPaolo, drums. Everybody chips in to sculpt each song into its finished product.

The Hackettstown, NJ-based musicians first joined forces in 2005 while in high school and quickly gained a strong following in the Northwest part of NJ. That core following has become even larger as the members graduated from high school and spread their wings throughout the tri-state area. They have since gained a following in parts of the south, where they play regularly now in Virginia, and also in Eastern Pennsylvania. They've also toured in the deep south and most recently in New England. An expanded tour this summer is being worked on.

During the band's formative years, the musicians shared a house in a Latin neighborhood in New Brunswick, NJ where they began to hone their act while living from day to day as they tried to earn enough money to pay the rent - and eat. Quimby's memorable "Basement Shows" at the house doubled as food drives for the band! To this day, they are determined to help people truly in need and often play at worthy fundraisers.
Alfred James Band
With past venues that include the White House, NBC's The Today Show and ABC's Good Morning America, Carnegie Hall, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and The Academy of Music, the Alfred James Band is making waves with their cello-driven acoustic rock sound. Inspired by a variety of musicians including Yo Yo Ma, Sting, and Dave Matthews, Alfred James reminds audiences that the cello isn't just for classical music anymore!

AJB is currently in the studio recording their second album with Grammy winning producer, Ian Cross. Slated for a Fall 2013 release.

NPR featured their song, Better Days, on their online music show, All Songs Considered where it received the highest rating of any artist on the program.

XM Satellite Radio's XMU named Alfred James one of their Elite 27 of 2007 - the best 27 unsigned artists in the XM Nation and featured them on their year-end best of show.

The band toured Greece and Turkey in June 2007 accompanying The Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale. While they were on tour, XM Satellite Radio selected us as their Artist of the Week on The Radar Report.

AJB won a Grammy songwriting contest and performed at 2 Grammy showcases.

AJB has opened for... Rufus Wainwright, Bruce Hornsby, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Marc Cohn, They Might Be Giants, and Suzanne Vega...

Alfred was featured in Main Line Today Magazine as one of the Main Line's Artists to Watch.

Lucky If Easy was nominated for 2 Underground Grammy's in 2006 -- for Album of the Year and Song of the Year. After a trip out to LA, it took home 4th place out of over 3000 submissions!

Alfred started playing the cello as a young boy after his father (a surgeon and amateur cellist) suffered a stroke that ended both his surgical and musical careers. Alfred picked up his dad's cello where he left off and the rest as they say is history...

The Alfred James Band is...

Alfred Goodrich: Cello, Vocals, Didgeridoo
Avery Coffee: Electric & Acoustic Guitars
Pat Brennan: Bass
Valerie Vuolo: Violin
Brian "Fitzy" Fitzgerald: Electric Violin
Venue Information:
Bourbon and Branch
705 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
http://bourbonandbranchphilly.com/

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