Mason Porter

Mason Porter

The Levee Drivers, The Lawsuits

Sat, December 15, 2012

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Mason Porter
Mason Porter
From a whisper to a roar Mason Porter will take you by surprise. Combining lush harmonies with hand clapping sing-along’s and the unfiltered emotion of a hungry young rock band, Mason Porter is a force that evokes the spirits of each and every person whose life they touch. Blending folk, rock, blues and bluegrass with creative songwriting and constant experimentation; Mason Porter is a group of musicians working together to push the limits of American music. This is clearly evident in Story Of The Rifle (2010) and Thunder In The Valley (2009).

Since the release of their self-titled EP (2008) the band has steadily made a name for themselves and have spent the last year and a half playing clubs and festivals from VT to TN. They have shared the stage with many nationally recognized acts including Peter Rowan, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, The Hackensaw Boys, Enter the Haggis, Carrie Rodriguez, and Caravan of Thieves.

Their recent performance at the 2010 Philadelphia Folk Festival, (with headliners Jeff Tweedy and Taj Mahal) was testament to their hard work and was followed with great reviews. “The band I was most impressed with, was Mason Porter” says Dennis Bakay of Philly2Philly.com. And Helen Leicht of WXPN says “They really rallied everyone at the Folk Fest around with their old timey folk feel – but with a real indie spirit,”.

The band came to together through late night jam sessions in West Chester, PA. Through this process the core of the band was born in late 2006 with Tim Celfo on upright bass, Joe D’Amico on mandolin, and Paul Wilkinson on guitar. Since the band has grown to include Pat Hughes (drums) and Brad Hinton (Dobro); and if your catch the right show, Bob Beach (harmonica).
The Levee Drivers
The Levee Drivers
Levee Drivers are a blues, country, rock group from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The Deli Magazine says, “it might just be a matter of time before the boys who have a sound that’s reminiscent to Johnny Cash and Hank Williams blow up big time." Members are August Lutz on Vocals, Guitar and Harmonica, Jeff Orlowski on Drums, Jason Schultz on Guitar, and Kyle Perella on Bass. They have been influenced by Johnny Cash, Son House, Bruce Springsteen, The Drifters, Dick Dale, Hank Williams, Elbow, The Clash, Levi Stubbs Jr. and The Four Tops, Patsy Cline, Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt, The Walkmen, CCR, Robert Johnson, Black Sabbath, Ryan Adams, Blaze Foley, The Shangri-las, every Quentin Tarantino soundtrack, Radiohead, The Doors, Neil Young, Elmore James, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Bob Dylan, Whiskeytown, The Black Keys, Prince, The Temptations, The Misfits, Loretta Lynn, Howlin' Wolf, The Strokes, Wilco, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, The Velvet Underground, Grinderman, and any Jack White project.
The Lawsuits
The Lawsuits
Recognized as the City of Brotherly Love’s ‘crown jewel,’ The Lawsuits have secured their place in Philadelphia’s vibrant music scene. With a fearless approach to music, the group doesn’t follow traditional rules of genre, pulling inspiration from blues to reggae, Americana to gospel, to make a sound that is effortless and beautiful.

The band released their debut full-length album, Cool Cool Cool, in October 2013 to wide critical acclaim. Their sound has been described as “one that incorporates strong storytelling, crisply built up instrumentation, and heartfelt vocals. These components infused with an omnipresent energy create songs that creep into one’s head for the long haul.”

In Fall 2014, the group released Tumbled. Culture Collide describes the EP, "serving as the follow up to 2013’s full-length debut Cool Cool Cool, Tumbled comes packaged as a teaser representation of The Lawsuits' next release. They've found a way to seamlessly traverse indie-folk, feel-good pop, soulful classic rock, and bluesy Americana in four digestible tunes."
Venue Information:
MilkBoy Philly
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107