Live Music

Nathan Bowles prefers to play “hyper-nuanced percussive drone or tranced-out solo clawhammer banjo” in his solo sets. Image:  Lisa Elmaleh

Nathan Bowles brings his banjo fusion to a dynamic triple bill

To the average listener, traditional Appalachian music has little in common with avant-garde drones and improvisational noise. Nathan Bowles has forged a career in each of these genres. The brilliance of his body of work is the suggestion that these styles share a common aesthetic and inform one another. “They’re both fueled by the same spirit,” […]

ARTS Pick: Three Notch’d Road: The Charlottesville Baroque Ensemble

ARTS Pick: Three Notch’d Road: The Charlottesville Baroque Ensemble

Indulge in the sounds of the 1600s with Three Notch’d Road: The Charlottesville Baroque Ensemble’s season opener, “O Sacred Oracles: Handel Oratorios & Sonatas.” Local instrumentalists perform using period instruments, like the baroque violin and recorder, which were popular in the era between Renaissance and Classical music. Highlighting works by German composer George Frideric Handel, […]

Reed Kendall is taking his talent on the road under the moniker Up the Chain, and making a name for himself outside of the Philly scene.

ARTS Pick: Up the Chain

Singer-songwriter Reed Kendall is an up-and-coming force within the booming Philly music scene. His touring act, Up the Chain, has been deemed a “collective of some of the city’s finest musicians.” With its smooth trumpet work and skillful blues guitar harnessed by a flow of rhythm, the band draws comparisons to Paul Simon’s solo work. […]