Archive for September, 2008

Weekend Recap: The night time’s the right time.

Monday, September 29th, 2008

It was truly an honor to share the stage with Old School Freight Train at Chaplin’s on Thursday. Their musicianship and professionalism on stage is top notch. They are back this way October 26th with out friends Hoots and Hellmouth and Tin Bird Choir at the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville. In the mean time their live record is good listen.

And while we love Chaplin’s, probably the nicest room around, it was just as nice to get down to Dawson Street Pub on Friday and let loose a bit. We played a few new songs, Thunder in The Valley and a yet to be named Paul song. Jack and Phil from the Chicken Shack joined us for out third set. We did some Jack songs like Abrahams Lincoln, Hen House Door. We got a Dylan tune out of Phil. By the end we had Paul on dobro, Joe and Jack on guitar, Phil on bass and a whole lot of singing from everyone. But this was just a preview of the all night shenanigans that took place Saturday night at Wind Gap.

With that said, we’re happy the rain held off Saturday for the most part. Mountain View Park is such a beautiful venue. It’s a great feeling to be up on that stage looking out on a natural amphitheater of wooded hills rising up around the field below. There is a signed mural of Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin and all the greats as the back drop of the stage. Mason Porter did two sets plus a Chicken and Porter super band set to close out the night which was the highlight of the weekend. Much thanks to Sandi “Texas Rose”, Sully, Brian Pierce and everyone at AFBA for a great time!

Here’s a video from Saturday of us doing Maggie’s Farm

Exciting Week Ahead [Chaplin’s, Dawson, Wind Gap]

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Thursday, Sept 25th, Chaplin’s w/Old School Freight Train, Spring City, Pa
It’s been a while since we played this unique venue and we can’t wait. We go on around 8:15ish. BYOB. Pre-sale tickets and more info available at Check out OSFT here

Friday, Sept. 26th, Dawson Street Pub, Manayunk, PA
We love the Dawson Street Pub for its good people and good beer! Come for a full night of MP.

Saturday, Sept. 27th, Mountain View Park, Wind Gap, Pa
A beautiful park just outside Bethlehem, PA. Come see a bunch of good bands and camp for only $17.

Don’t be shy, send us an email if you need more details on a particular show (or if you just want to say hi!). We love to hear from you.

One last campout for the season

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Want to get one last night of camping and playing music until dawn in before the cold weather hits? On September 27th we will be doing just that at Mountain View Park in Wind Gap, PA. The Fall Shindig is being held by the Appalachian Fiddle and Bluegrass Association who are a great bunch of folks and they would love nothing more than to see a bunch of people from the Philly and surrounding areas come up and enjoy a night of music at there park. Other acts include Wissahickon Chicken Shack, Dan Hubbard and more. Plus there will be a fiddle contest! It’s $7 for the day plus $10 if you want to camp. We play sets at 1:00 and 6:00 There are hot showers too! Fro directions and more info checkout the AFBA website

Chaplin’s w/Old School Freight Train

Monday, September 15th, 2008

We just picked up a last minute show opening for Charlottesville, VA’s Old School Freight Train. The show is Thursday, September 25th at Chaplin’s in Spring City. For those of you who have some to see us in Phoenixville, Spring City is about 10 minutes West on 23 from Phoenixville. With a little help from the MP fans out there this will probably sell out, so go to the Chaplin’s website to get your tickets. We’d love to see you there, and you don’t want to miss OSFT!

Here is a little about Old School Freight Train

Old School Freight Train, from Charlottesville, VA combines thought provoking lyrics with captivating melodies, soulful vocals, virtuosic instrumentals and imaginative arrangements. Blending folk, jazz, soul, pop, bluegrass, latin and celtic, OSFT offers a unique musical experience the BOSTON GLOBE claims is “the Next Big Thing” and the CHICAGO TRIBUNE claims is “accessible but uncompromising in creativity.” DAVID GRISMAN says, “After forty years of recording acoustic music, it’s not very often that a new band catches, and keeps, my attention. Old School Freight Train has done that and more.” “Shades of Jack Johnson, Ben Harper… even a kiss of Van Morrison… Old School Freight Train is off on a timeless new track blending roots and rock to create a sound that’s all their own.” – Tim Dickinson, National Affairs Correspondent, Rolling Stone

Old School Freight Train