Featured Band of the Week: ILL DOOTS

July 13, 2015

Two emcees, a drummer and a percussionist, a bassist, two guitarists, a keyboardist, an occasional horn section, and special appearances from additional emcees and singers- Ill Doots is this week’s featured band.

It all began in 2009 with a few talented teenagers from completely diverse backgrounds messing around in a dorm room jam session. Their mutual love for music and art, and their desire to learn and grow individually/collectively built the foundation of what is now an 8+ piece hip hop/funk band know as Ill Doots. Ill Doots has coined the term 3EATKRACK to properly describe their raw, unencumbered emotion and soulful sound with elements of jazz, old school hip hop, and 60’s funk. The end result is a harmonization of sick beats, effortless flows, and damn good times.

Besides consistent live shows, and constant press (including Philadelphia Weekly’s “If you haven’t heard of these 10 Philly bands, you’re missing out), Ill Doots is on a lifelong mission to change the way communities respond to and value music, art, and life. This operation is called #ILLMOVEMENT. The ILL equally standing for “I Love Living” and “I Love Learning.” In other words, “to live is to learn.” The Ill Doots collective is committed to making a positive impact on Philadelphian youth through art-based educational empowerment. Now, more than ever, society needs creativity the most. Join the #ILLMOVEMENT.

Starting this Thursday July 16th, Ill Doots “Live Revival” one month Connie’s Ric Rac residency launches with an open mic style event including Wordplay, Rich QuicK, Mike Voss, Pat Durkin, CJ the Genesis, Prof. DexteR, Andrew Albitz. Running for the four following Thursdays(July 23rd, 30th, and August 6th) each night is a different spectacle of music and art.

Don’t forget to tune in all this week to hear Ill Doots in heavy rotation. You can catch a track at the beginning of every Gashouse Live (Tuesday/Thursday 7pm ET). If you like (or hate) what you hear, please share your opinion by using the thumbs up/down buttons! Check out IllDoots.com for music, videos, events, and more info on the #ILLMOVEMENT.

The Mainestreet Band

Our South Jersey friends have been a big part of Gashouse Radio for years; and these boys have a big summer ahead of them. The MaineStreet Band have decided to embark on world domination and begin in a wee place called Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s actually quite a large place, hosts the Fringe Festival every August and The MaineStreet Band will be there for 4 nights, Aug 28-31st. This is a giant festival, and a huge opportunity for The Mainestreet band. 

Plus, while overseas, they’re hooking up with our friends The Apparells for a show in Glasgow. Add their layover in London and all of sudden we have an international touring band on our hands.

If that weren’t enough, they’ve got a brand new album to promote. The Milk Album will be ready for release just in time for their trip to Land of Unicorns (google it). We’ve got a few tracks off the upcoming album which you’ll hear in heavy rotation this week as the featured band. This is going to be a very eclectic release for the South Jersey band.

As you can see, plenty to celebrate with The MaineStreet Band on this month’s #FFShowcase! On Friday, July 3rd The Mainestreet Band will be playing our First Friday Showcase at Connie’s Ric Rac.

Featured Band of the Week: Wine & Spirit

June 1, 2015

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Forming within the campus dorms of Slippery Rock University in 2006, featured band Wine & Spirit are now highly respected among the Pittsburgh music scene.

Roomies Paul Joseph (vocals, guitar, harmonica) and Derek Ruby (bass, vocals) came up with the name after glancing at a Pennsylvania liquor store sign while out on a booze run. Like most college graduates nowadays, four piece Wine & Spirit tucked away their degrees in order to pursue what they really love-making music, and I’d say they’re doing a pretty good job. Wine & Spirit is a healthy combination of classic rock n’ roll and modernized blues. Their alternative edge and solid performances ultimately led them to their 2012 Pittsburgh X Winter Rock Showcase triumph, and in turn a widespread fan base from Philly and New York to Indianapolis and Chicago.


Wine & Spirit are currently in the process of recording their fourth studio album, and gearing up for their Keystone Chaos Tour. The tour begins with Gashouse Radio’s very own open mike night at the Roadhouse Inn this coming Thursday. Additionally, join Wine & Spirit at Connie’s Ric Rac June 5th with Kings & Comrades, Blueheart Revival, and Paul Kurrey for our First Friday Showcase.


Don’t forget to tune in all this week to hear Wine & Spirit in heavy rotation. You can catch a track at the beginning of every Gashouse Live (Tuesday/Thursday 7pm ET). If you like (or hate) what you hear, please share your opinion by using the thumbs up/down buttons. For free streaming and more Wine & Spirit check out reverbnation.com/wineandspirit


#FFShowcase and Free Happy Hour This Friday at Connie’s Ric Rac

may 1st wordpressThis Friday we have back-to-back events happening at Connie’s Ric Rac, starting at 6pm and running through the night.


Come join us at 6pm ET for a special happy hour at Connie’s Ric Rac; #MAYFIRST. Ron Bauman, one of the owners of Connie’s Ric Rac, started a new marketing company, and this Friday we are celebrating the launch. This means an open bar and complimentary food from 6-8pm. Help celebrate this new venture and get an exclusive first glimpse of the new and exciting brand launched by RonBomb Associates!

Click here to RSVP to the Lunch Party Facebook Event 


Immediately following the happy hour launch party is the Gashouse Radio monthly #FFshowace. This first Friday event will feature our great friend Katie Barbato with her newest project, Dirty Holiday. Special guests include Paul Edelman & The Jangling Sparrows, who will be making a triumphant return to Philly, along with Daniel Collins, American Schoolyard and acoustic opener Rob Petitti. Doors start at 7pm with an $8 cover and the music starts at 8:00pm.


Click here to RSVP to the #FFShowcase Facebook Event

Both events this Friday night are very important to Gashouse Radio, and we would love for you to celebrate them with us in person. So come early for the happy hour, stay late for the crazy amount of talent playing this Friday night at Connie’s Ric Rac!

Italian Market Festival, May 16th & 17th

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The Italian Market Festival is back May 16th & 17th, 2015


The Italian Market Festival is probably the biggest block party of the year, and this year the market is celebrating their 100th Anniversary. That means the stakes for this year’s festival are raised just a little higher. So Connie’s Ric Rac put together 2 stages of incredible music from some of the best local talent. Take a look at the bands playing this year’s Festival:

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We’ve still got a few bands to add to the list, so stay tuned to Gashouse Radio for more updates on the 2015 Italian Market Festival.

The Late Saints – Gypsy Night this Friday!

April 6, 2015

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You mean to tell me you don’t like gypsy punk? Well screw you, cause this week’s featured band is The Late Saints.

Jacopo de Nicola, leader of the self-styled “Italian gypsy folk” The Late Saints, was born in Italy and originally trained as a bass player. He performed in a variety of bands ranging from a goth act to a twelve-piece traditional Italian orchestra and a techno-jazz trio. In 2003, he began writing original music and it quickly became his main focus. Now guitarist and trademark kazoo player… Yes, I said kazoo player. In 2005, during a studio sessions in Torino, Jacopo de Nicola was handed a kazoo as a substitute for a trumpet player he did not have the budget to hire. It was love at first sight, or sound, and they’ve been together ever since.


Founded at the beginning of 2013, The Late Saints immediately received an overwhelmingly positive response establishing their sound as one of the freshest bands amongst the Philadelphia music scene. “The Late Saints have become something different,” Nicola says. “It’s a folk-rock because we like to take it different directions. It’s very much in grass roots nature since we had a cello for a little while. But it’s gotten a little more aggressive. But I feel like I’ve finally found my core.”


Heavily influenced by the musical stylings of Gogol Bordello, Manu Chao, Lucio Battisti, Devotchka and Franco Battiato, this gypsy trio is known for their entertaining high-energy performances, mishmash of English and Italian lyrics and, of course, kazoo lines.


Join The Late Saints, This Way to the Egress, and Zap Goes Pop Friday April 10th at Connie’s Ric Rac for Gypsy Night! Don’t forget to tune in all this week to hear The Late Saints in heavy rotation. Catch a track at the beginning of every Gashouse Live (weeknights 6pm ET), and if you like what you hear please share your opinion by using the thumbs up/down buttons. Check out the below links for more info and free streaming!



Featured Band of the Week: St. Maurice

March 30, 2015


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Get on down with your bad self with this week’s featured band- St. Maurice

Straight out of Spartanburg, these South Carolinians are bringing guitar solos back in style. Modern prog-rock with a dash of metal, and heavy influences in blues, funk, reggae and hip-hop; Really, St. Maurice is a little bit of everything minus the country. Featuring two lead singers and a tight rhythm section, this four-piece delivers high energy performances reminiscent of early jam bands.


St. Maurice is currently working on a follow up album to their 2013 EP, 3120, set to be out this summer. At present there is no concrete release date, BUT don’t worry because all six tracks of 3120 is available from free streaming at soundcloud.com/stmauricemusic


Join St. Maurice, Could’ve Been Kings, E. Joseph & the Sparrows, The Outhouse, and John Hebert for Gashouse Radio’s First Friday Showcase at Connie’s Ric Rac April 3rd (www.facebook.com/events/789875117734237/). Don’t forget to tune in all this week to hear St. Maurice in heavy rotation. You can catch a track at the beginning of every Gashouse Live (weeknights 6pm ET), and if you like what you hear please share your opinion by using the thumbs up/down buttons.


Check out this short interview by Yellow Mama Music.

April 3rd First Friday Showcase at Connie’s Ric Rac


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Here comes the next installment of the Connie’s Ric Rac and Gashouse Radio #FFShowcase! Every First Friday we put together a handful of great bands, both local and touring.


Click here and RSVP to the Facebook Event Page

St. Maurice: St. Maurice’s version of modern progressive rock is heavily influenced by blues, funk, R&B, reggae and hip–hop, but expands to something more wildly experimental.  Their frequent improvised jams  are often reminiscent of the Jam Bands of earlier eras,.   The band, featuring two lead  singers and an exceptional rhythm section, delivers high energy performances  offset by mellow grooves and ethereal vibes.   The EP “3120” was released in 2013 to critical acclaim.


E. Joseph & The Sparrows: EJ is an American songwriter-composer-singer performing and writing both as a solo artist under the moniker E.Joseph and in several bands. The Phantom Heart, Wooden HEZ, and Stellarscope are just 3 of his projects to get some airplay on Gashouse Radio. I ave not seen this formation yet, but if EJ is involved, it’s going to be a good show.


Could’ve Been Kings: Philadelphia alternative rock group, Could’ve Been Kings, got their start in the December 2012 and quickly took the local scene by storm playing some of Philly’s most notable venues – The Trocadero Theater, The Legendary Dobbs, World Cafe Live, The Fire, Hard Rock Cafe, etc while building a loyal fan base. In September 2014, Could’ve Been Kings released their freshman EP, Through the Darkness with hits such as “Waste of Time,” “Summer Scene,” and “Believer”. CbK has also received local and national airplay!


The Outhouse: This trio out of Lancaster, PA is rock n’ roll personified. They are known for high-energy shows, supporting communities fighting for justice, and issuing well-honed blasts of sonic energy. Recently a few of their tracks have been added to rotation, and I’m looking forward to seeing the real deal. Check out their vinyl available on their Bandcamp page – http://theouthouse.bandcamp.com/.

Featured Band of the Week: Yeah Son!

March 2, 2015

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You want Funk? You got it. YEAH SON is this week’s featured band.

Fusing components of Alt-Rock, Punk, Reggae, Hip-Hop, and a hell-of-a-lot of Funk; these six South Jersey-ians ain’t playin. Heavily influenced by their predecessors (Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Soundgarden, The Police, Rage Against The Machine), YEAH SON is chock full of killer vocals, face melting guitar solos, and lyrics relevant to political and current events.


Featured twice on WMMR’s “Local Shots,” and performing live in our own Gashouse studio (December 9, 2014); YEAH SON has been around the block a few times. They’re coming back March 6th to play Gashouse Radio’s First Friday showcase with Shinobi Ninja, Rockers Galore, 46 Reasons, and Dr. Beardface and the Spaceman. For more info click on www.facebook.com/events/1530162640586639/. This show won’t let you down.


Tune in all this week to hear YEAH SON in very heavy rotation. You can catch a track at the beginning of every Gashouse Live (weeknights 6pm ET). If you like what you hear, share your opinion by using the thumbs up/down buttons. Check out www.reverbnation.com/yeahson for free streaming.

See you Friday!

Featured Band of the Week: Shinobi Ninja

February 23, 2015

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Here at Gashouse, we like bands with originality and an undeniable uniqueness. Merging elements of Hip-Hop, Punk, Reggae, Metal, and the occasional Techno beat; this week’s featured band is Brooklyn’s Shinobi Ninja

I have recently noticed the widespread conjecture that Craigslist is the best and only way to fully form a decent band. Whether you believe that to be true or not, the story of how Shinobi Ninja came to be is quite an interesting one. Around 2008, vocalist D.A. had been working as musician, producer, and engineer at NYC’s Progressive Studios. This is where he met vocalist Baby-G (aka Edara Johnson) who, at the time, was professionally singing and dancing for major label artists including Rihanna, Diddy, Ricky Martin, LL Cool J, Nelly, and Cassie. D.A.’s cousin, bassist Alien Lex, was working as an engineer for a different recording studio, called the Sound Machine, which was run by twin brothers; guitarist Maniak Mike and drummer Terminator Dave. DJ Axis, an accomplished battle and club DJ, had already known Mike and Dave from playing together in previous bands. That March, these six diverse characters joined forces to create the super-group known as Shinobi Ninja.


Within just a few years of recording, non-stop touring and social networking, Shinobi Ninja developed into a national epidemic with a fierce following. They have even been compared to the Beastie Boys; an honor within itself. Besides scoring second place in the 2011 New Music Seminar’s “Artist on the Verge” category, Shinobi Ninja has written the theme song for Marlon Wayan’s film A Hunted House 2. Not to mention, Shinobi Ninja is the first independent band to release an app based upon their music. The Nintendo style video game, called “Shinobi Ninja Attacks,” was downloaded over 60 thousand times and spawned the album app frenzy.


Shinobi Ninja has performed alongside The Black Keys, AFI, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Tokyo Police Club, and Rise Against. However, on March 6th, Shinobi Ninja will be coming down to our own Connie’s Ric Rac to play Gashouse Radio’s First Friday Showcase with Rockers Galore, Yeah Son, 46 Reasoms, and Dr. Beardface and the Spaceman. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this. Click this link to RSVP on the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/1530162640586639/


Tune in all this week to hear Shinobi Ninja in very heavy rotation. You can catch a track at the beginning of every Gashouse Live (weeknights 6pm ET). If you like what you hear, share your opinion by using the thumbs up/down buttons. Check out soundcloud.com/shinobininja for free streaming, and www.youtube.com/user/ShinobiNinjaMusic for awesome videos.