A diverse selection of local Philadelphia artists will be featured at Thursdays from June 9 – August 25, 2016 at Spruce Street Harbor Park!
Spruce Street Harbor Park, presented by Univest/Valley Green Bank (SSHP) brings back it’s popular Waterfront Sessions Live Music Series to the Waterfront this summer season with a notable selection of diverse local artists Thursday nights from June to August. Patrons can enjoy beer specials while listening to live music in the park
JUNE SSHP WATERFRONT SESSIONS LINE-UP
June 9th, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Spruce Street Harbor Park Waterfront Sessions live music series opens with Philadelphia natives, Oldermost, accompanied by local artist Joey Sweeney and His Band.
Philadelphia’s OLDERMOST have been called “Atmosphericana Rockers” whose “sound is gorgeous and expansive, blending traditional songwriting motifs and blue-eyed soul harmonies with an uplifting and emphatically modern guitar rock attack … with a surplus of texture and ambition, one that doesn’t recognize the self-imposed barriers you typically find in the Americana scene,” (WXPN’s The Key). They “mix pop elements with nodes of soulful Americana and alternative rock laying the foundation for Bucknum’s booming voice,” (thatmusicmag.org). Their latest EP, It’s Difficult To Know Anything At All, was released in the Spring of 2015. New music is forthcoming.
Joey Sweeney Joey Sweeney has been writing songs and prose since he was a teenager in the 1980s. Over the years, he has fronted the groups The Barnabys and The Trouble With Sweeney, as well as recording and performing as a solo artist. His songs and records have received widespread critical acclaim over the years; of his last record with The Trouble With Sweeney, Fishtown Briefcase, Pitchfork said “[Sweeney] mixes autobiography and fiction against the group’s 70s-inflected indie pop, resourceful— and unabashed— enough to digress into an E Street interlude or an AM-rock guitar coda.” Sweeney is also the co-curator of the 215 Festival, Philly’s longstanding literary festival, and a creative director at Quaker City Mercantile. He is currently at work on several new writing projects, and an album of new songs.
June 16th, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Philadelphia rapper-producer Lushlife combines his talent with enigmatic production trio, CSLSX, and pop trio Vexxed.
Lushlife + CSLSX From the moment you hear the bristling boom-bap chorus on album-opener, “Totally Mutual Feeling,” it becomes apparent that Lushlife’s third full-length finds the Philadelphia rapper-producer at his most introspective. Themes of isolation and mortality permeate Ritualize, a cinematic hour-long odyssey co-produced by enigmatic production trio, CSLSX (pronounced “Casual Sex”) and featuring contributions from Ariel Pink, Killer Mike, Freeway, Marissa Nadler, RJD2, and more. With CSLSX at the boards, an entire universe opens up for Lush, where the pulsating Juno synths of ‘80s LA night music sit side-by-side with gorgeously propulsive indie-leaning jams, and low-fi soul burners too. The resulting LP is a post-blog-era joint that seems to exhale the whole of the 20th century in a single, fascinating breath.
“After toiling over two self-produced LPs in the last half-decade, I felt compelled to bring on an outside production team for Ritualize,” Lushlife explains. “Not only did I want to broaden the musical palette, but I felt like the group production effort would give me a depth of focus on lyrical content and emotion that I hadn’t previously been afforded.” After a chance encounter with CSLSX, who had been quietly self-releasing low-fi dance gems to remarkable organic blog buzz, the newly-formed team set out on a three-year journey that would eventually yield their new joint album. By the time work began on Ritualize, Lush had already been riding a small wave of critical acclaim for his 2012 full-length, Plateau Vision, an album that made several year-end lists and was described by the Sunday New York Times as a melding of, “captivating rhymes with audacious, gorgeous production.“ Still, with Ritualize, Lushlife and CSLSX seem to have gone one deeper.
Vexxed Set to release their debut LP later this year, Vexxed is Drew Blood (Max Steen), Luke Warm (Zach Sewall) and Yazul (Lucy Stone). Along with co-conspirator Papi Fields (Naeem Juwan), Vexxed delivers cough syrup-y pop-lullabies with a melancholic ambience that compliments their dark wit.
June 23rd, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Philadelphia hiphop collective Hardwork Movement joins forces with the upbeat, soulful melodies of New Sound Brass.
Hardwork Movement is a hiphop group based out of Philadelphia, PA.
“We aim to make music that is inclusive, original, and inspires all listeners to strive towards uniqueness in all that they do. We believe that the power of the group is much stronger than the power of the individual, and we aim to push ourselves and those around us to new heights inside and outside of the music.”
New Sound Brass is a Philadelphia based brass band that offers a fresh and soulful twist on various styles of music. This multicultural unit draws influence and inspiration from its vast and diverse background to produce a sound that has been described as Philly Soul spoken through brass.
June 30th, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Local New Jersey band, Pine Barons, combines their rock/folk/jazz/pink combination with West Coast transplant and songwriter, Bryan Eugene Vazquez.
Born among the pitch pines of southern New Jersey, Pine Barons is a brotherhood of four artists aiming to find their rock n roll destinies. With a wide spectrum of influences, from classic rock to folk, jazz, and punk, Pine Barons is an amalgamation of four personalities and visions whose friendship and respect shape their craft. After many half-magical high fives, this troupe of ultra-pals have scribed their plans to spread their music to the thinkers, friends, lovers, and magicians of the world and combat forces of malice.
Native of East Los Angeles, Bryant Eugene Vazquez has made Philadelphia his home for the last two years, having relocated from Northern Arizona. Praised, or criticized, for his prolific and borderline compulsive songwriting, Vazquez stands out as an artist compelled by the craft as opposed to the trend.
You’ll doubtless hear nods to the masters in the songwriting of Bryant Eugene Vazquez: Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan. But this local rock and roll dude – who moved to Philadelphia in 2013 after growing up in Flagstaff, Arizona – has a strong and singular voice at the center of it all. It’s husky yet melodic, poppy yet vicious, the sound of celebration and desperation, as showcased in WXPN’s The Key Studio Sessions.
The June Waterfront Sessions Live Music Series is brought to SSHP by Muller, Inc. Leinenkugel Summer Shandy will be on special during the June series.
July and August Waterfront Sessions line-up coming soon. Please refer to the Spruce Street Harbor Park Events Page for the most up-to-date listing.
SSHP GENERAL INFORMATION
- Sunday – Thursday: 11AM – 11PM
- Friday – Saturday: 11AM – 1AM
- Visit the website for food and beverage hours
Columbus Blvd at Dock Street / Spruce Street
The park can be accessed via car, RiverLink Ferry, public transit, bike and walking. For more detailed information, please see the website.
The RiverLink Ferry System provides daily transportation to local attractions on the Camden and Philadelphia waterfronts. Visit the website for more information.
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Univest/Valley Green Bank
Founded in 1876 and headquartered in Souderton, Pennsylvania, Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania and its subsidiaries serve the financial needs of residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Univest Bank and Trust Co.SM is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender and offers customers a full range of financial services through 34 financial service centers. Its banking subsidiary is the parent company of Valley Green Bank, which expanded Univest’s presence in the Philadelphia market as of January 1, 2015 with three branches in Philadelphia and commercial loan offices in Center City and Radnor, Pa. Valley Green Bank has lent more than $500 million to businesses in Philadelphia in the last seven years. Univest’s other subsidiaries include Univest Capital, Inc., a small ticket commercial finance business; Univest Insurance, Inc., an independent insurance agency which serves commercial and personal customers; Univest Investments, Inc., a member of FINRA and SIPC and a full-service broker-dealer and investment advisory firm; and Girard Partners Ltd., a registered investment advisory firm headquartered in King of Prussia, Pa. Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania is traded on the NASDAQ Global Market System under the ticker symbol UVSP.
Delaware River Waterfront Corp
DRWC is a 501(c)(3) created in January 2009, exclusively for the benefit of the City of Philadelphia and its citizens. The fundamental purpose of DRWC is to design, develop, program and maintain public amenities such as permanent and seasonal parks, trails, and streetscape improvements to transform the waterfront into a vibrant destination for recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for the residents and visitors of Philadelphia as is consistent with the goals of the Master Plan for Central Delaware. Daily programming throughout the entire year is changing the way Philadelphians see and converse about the waterfront, and is helping to create spaces and communities that connect residents and visitors to the waterfront.