Bands

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Greg Sover Band

Known for his guitar playing, wordplay and distinctive voice, Greg Sover is not only here to be heard but also to be remembered. The Brooklyn-born, Philly raised singer/songwriter has musical influences that ranges from Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bob Marley, and Jay-Z just to name a few.

The release of the band's debut album, Songs of a Renegade & sophomore follow up, Jubilee, continue to garner praise as the records have successfully charted on Roots Top 50 Blues Rock stations. The group is currently in the studio tracking their next album, Parade, due out in Fall 2020.

The band represented the Phoenixville Blues Society chapter and appeared in Memphis, TN in January 2019, reaching the semi-finals for the second year in a row at the International Blues Challenge. Over 200 plus bands from US, Canada and the UK competed throughout the week.

Additionally, the Greg Sover Band continues to support renowned blues-rock artists including the Yardbirds, Jeffrey Gaines, Jimmy Vivino, Tommy Conwell & the Young Rumblers, Johnny A, Ana Popovic, Walter Trout, Sonny Landreth, Popa Chubby, Marcus King Band and Davy Knowles, while continuing to attract a growing and loyal following after each appearance.

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French Cookin'

French Cookin’- A New York Blues band playing a wide variety of styles, all firmly rooted in the Blues. Ranging from the dusty Delta to Chicago Blues, back down to hot Texas and Louisiana "second line", even some of that west coast jump style blues. Music you can groove to, feel in your heart and get you moving your feet. They add their own unique touch to present a new look at a vital American art form.

Going back to the late 70’s, the band has played many of the city’s iconic venues including the legendary Dan Lynch Blues Bar, The Bottom Line, The Lone Star Café and The Bitter End. For many years we were regulars at B.B. King’s Blues Club and Lucille’s Grill. We also play for many city organizations including the 19 Precinct Community Council, East River Esplanade and Riverside Park Conservancy. The band was inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame in 2015.

Led by ‘Doc' David French, the band is committed to preserving the history and heritage of the blues, playing classic songs from the great artists as well as an extensive selection of original titles. French Cookin’ has recorded three CDs, the self-titled “French Cookin’,” “Good Gravy” and our most recent, “If You Wanna,” which can be heard on YouTube and various other music sites.

French Cookin’ is committed to presenting the Blues in a more contemporary vein, but still preserving the basic essence that is the core of this vital, original American music.

 

The band makeup is:

David French - guitar/vocals

Josh Goldberg - harmonica/guitar (French Cookin')

Tim Tindall - bass (Phoebe Snow, Levon Helm, Staples Singers)

Don Castagno - drums (The Shirts, Debbie Davies)

Arno Hecht - sax 

Bob Funk - trombone... Arno and Bob are members of the Uptown Horns and have played with The Rolling Stones, Dion, Ronnie Spector, Solomon Burke and a who's who of rock, soul and R&B royalty.

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Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five Feat. Najwa Parkins

Philly band Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five travel year round to play festivals and venues all over the world. While they now have four albums and ten years of touring as a band, they got their start inside jazz clubs and ballrooms playing for swing and blues dancers. They have had the honor of sharing the stage with trumpeter Terell Stafford and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, who is featured on their 2017 release Spreadin’ Rhythm Around. Their 2020 release, Carolina Lullaby showcases original songs steeped in jazz, blues, and folk traditions where Reed’s vocals and swing musicality shine. When not composing, the band loves exploring the roots of jazz and finding creative ways to interpret long forgotten songs. Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five draw upon the intensity of powerhouse vocalists, the ingenuity of 20th century composers, and the soul of the dance floor. They are silly, passionate people who love playing this music. And that’s all there is to it.

Najwa Parkins is a Philadelphia-based vocalist, songwriter/composer, arranger, bandleader, and educator.  Helping aspiring jazz vocalists to develop strong musicianship, vocal technique, creativity, and confidence is a passion of hers, and she learns a great deal about herself as a performer and educator from teaching.