Vitamin D Productions returns with the annual Worlds Peace Festival, featuring a wide array of local and touring acts.
In Vitamin D's words: "Celebrating 12 years of music in Philadelphia! Our annual World Peace Festival is every year in December. The World Peace festival started out more than 12 years ago at The Rotunda. Along the way, we have produced shows at venues like The Tin Angel, World Cafe Life and Clark Park. We have supported up and coming bands, known bands and un-knowns! The age groups of performers has ranged from 9 - late 60s.
A FREE, ALL AGE FESTIVAL!!!!!!! Always free, all ages, hosted and supported by Vitamin D and The Rotunda!
The festival was created to cross pollinate our old school artists and performers in West Philly with the newcomers and current University students, as well as create an environment of diversity with musicians, vendors and attendee's to create a WORLD PEACE ATMOSPHERE! We have expanded into all the joining neighborhoods such as South Philly, Norther Libs., NE Philly and more!
Every year, we try to bring attention to something that is World-news related, or honor past performers or causes. Bobby Wolter will always be remembered as one of the most fantastic drummers I ever had the pleasure of knowing and a man who supported many of my festivals. Vitamin D Productions would like to honor the Mayan's with respect to their predictions! Bringing in the new year with the Mayan's prediction including "The world will change as we know it!" Hopefully that means it will change for the better! COME OUT AND CELEBRATE!"
Featured this year (listed in random order):
THE REALLY COOKS
JOHN BYRNE BAND
BIBLE WHALES (pictured here)
The Really Cooks are Philadelphia's only "Food Rock" Band. They've created a half-human half-cartoon world in which music and food are more than platonic friends - They are lifelong lovers. The band combines late period 60's pop with a quirky American showtune aesthetic to craft catchy, palate-pleasing pop tunes. Food Accompanies their presence on-stage and off; Recipes, chef regalia and homemade hors d'oeuvres have their fans, singing dancing and cooking along with them. Food Music and Sex are inarguably the three basic necessities for survival. The Really Cooks can guarantee at least two....at least! facebook.com/thereallycooks, twitter.com/thereallycooks, reverbnation.com/thereallycooks
Ella Dars is a (mostly) acoustic band based in Philadelphia whose beautiful songs
emanate bittersweet melancholy that you can dance to. The band emerged from the longtime friendship of singer/guitarist Susan Rosetti and multi-instrumentalist Steve Margulis, who worked together in the 1990’s bands Boy Boy Nova and Cory. After the breakup of Cory, Susan went on to enjoy regional success with the bands Stargazer Lily and Slo-Mo, while Steve pursued his interest in bluegrass and old-time music. Through the years, they maintained their friendship and when Susan lined up her first solo gig, she called on Steve to join her. They brought in bassist Brad Haberle, whom Steve had met in local bluegrass circles, and Mike Blanche, the original drummer in Cory. Together, they create a sensual and original sound that is characterized by mandolin, ukulele and banjo and distinguished by Susan’s alluring voice and haunting melodies.
Alien Architect writes, paints, arts, plays instruments, vocalizes, performs theatrically. He digs his band. He loves to play and art all the time! An Alien Architect film is in the works, being finished up, set to this Alien Architect musical piecing:
Check Alien Architect out at these following links, and feel free to dig in the crates of the net and elsewhere as to find more Architectural Alien:
Inky Glass, Blues for the Lost Soul
Inky started out in the theater as a "Triple Threat". She has performed internationally as such in established and original work, tap dancing, singing, acting, and doing an annoying street mime act based on Charlie Chaplain. Since 2008, Inky picked up her guitar, and has been singing the Blues in Coffeehouses, Festivals, and Bars up and down the East Coast. Inky is influenced by a wide variety of brilliant artists with favorites such as Robert Johnson, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Big Mama Thornton, Bob Dylan and Lou Reed; Inky's sound is Smokey, achy, and opaque. She’s got thoughtful emotion pulling lyrics, and one powerhouse of a voice. If you don’t already drink Jack Daniels, you will after you hear her. "Inky Glass has a raw, genuine delivery and a somewhat ironic songwriting style. Her lyrics take you by surprise, and while they may be a little dark, they do display a clever use of words." Admin – Indie-Music.com "...Glass' stark, simple explanations provide a more artistic view than the most high-brow poetry... Miss Fit represents the mostly lucid triangulations of a mind that's traveled life's emotional rough waters. Wildy Haskel – WildysWorld.com "She is definitely a talent, singer Inky Glass. She lets With her debut CD. "Miss Fit" a huge impression on me...she sings in a way that the inside of the human brain in stirring vigorously. Twenty minutes is the singer and understated then raw and furious..." Johan Shoemacker Altcountryfolk.org
Check out: youtube.com/Inkyglass, Twitter.com/InkyGlass, FaceBook.com/InkyGlass
The John Byrne Band is led by former Patrick’s Head front man and Dublin native John Byrne. His first solo effort, After the Wake, was released to great critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic in 2010. With influences ranging from The Chieftains to Planxty to Bob Dylan, John’s songwriting honors and expands upon the musical and lyrical
traditions of his native and adopted homes. John and the band promoted the albums with a series of sold out shows at World Café Live in Philadelphia and many of the East Coast’s premiere live acoustic venues. In the past year John and the band have sold out World Cafe Live on 4 separate occasions, in Feb 2011 bringing 500 jubilant fans to the storied Philadelphia venue. John has toured with and opened up for acts as diverse as The Hothouse Flowers, The Young Dubliners, Ian Gillan (of Deep Purple), Gaelic Storm,The Screaming Orphans, Black 47, The Greencards, The Motels, Patti Smyth, Murder by Death and Enter the Haggis. He has also been frequently featured on WXPN, NBC 10 (2 live performances on the 10! Show) WSTW and local College Radio. John and the Band performed the VIP reception for the Liberty Medal Presentation at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia before President Bill Clinton and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair alongside the Irish Tenors. John continues to tour throughout the United States, building his fan base while also playing solidly in the New York/N/Philadelphia area. “John Byrne’s After The Wake is the sort of album that an artist spends their entire career trying to create. Every once in a while someone actually manages to do it; mix splendid story-telling skills, top-notch musicianship, and a grand creative sense with just the right mix of songs. After The Wake is nothing short of a brilliant collection”
Wildy’s World “One of the few musical artists today who truly manage to be traditional and modern at the same time.” ---Philadelphia Inquirer “Up and coming Trad star hits the sweet spot . . . beautifully played . . . its Byrne’s natural vocal delivery that makes
the album stand out from the crowd” Hot Press (Ireland) “He’s good, period, with material that’s edgy yet accessible in a Luka Bloom meets Bob Dylan kind of way.”---Philadelphia Daily News “After the Wake is the perfect combination of Celtic and American folk music.” ---Record-Journal Newspaper
The Jawsons, A Mia Johnson production
Steven Garnet, in his own words: "My name is Steven Garnet and I am a guitarist/vocalist from NYC now living in the Philly area. I play classic rock, folk & blues from the 1960s & 1970s. I take pride in my playing and to that end, I always do my best to give the audience the best show. Now, Let’s have a good time!
Philadelphia based Bible Whales asks the listener to join them in a battle against a broken economy, a broken home and lost loves With stories of inherited struggle, broken dreams and the faith and heart to persevere, the songs are ones of hope amidst constant financial struggle, heartache, questions of self-relevance and self-reliance. They are to be an inspiration and anthem to a lost generation of 20/30 something’s struggling to find meaning and value in a time where losing your shirt is now not only the norm but expected. Pulling inspiration from the romanticism and hope of Bruce Springsteen, the skepticism and angst of a young Elvis Costello and modern sounds and energy of The National and Arcade Fire, brothers Jarrad and Evan Stallone are joined with Tom Wolter (Drums), Jeremy Hahn (Guitar) and Bobby Carra (Bass). http://Facebook/BIBLEWHALES
More info coming soon!
Admission is FREE