Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why

Bonfire Presents:

Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why

Max Swan, Josh Miller, Nik Greeley

Thu, January 28, 2016

7:00 pm

$6.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why
Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why
After 5 years, 400+ shows, and four award-winning albums, New Jersey-based 21 year-old singer/songwriter Quincy Mumford released his 5th album "Its Only Change" on July 2013.  Its Only Change was recorded in Nashville, TN with producer Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) and features performances from Jerry Roe (K.D. Lang), David Labruyere (John Mayer) and Aubrey Freed (Black Crowes, Sheryl Crow).  Producer Ken Coomer, states, "Quincy Mumford is a true artist that can bring raw 70′s style rock and funk highlighted with the voice of an old soul, it's a perfect blend."

Its Only Change displays many different emotions and musical styling's including rock, soul, jazz, funk and hip-hop.  States Quincy, "This record is like nothing I have ever done before. For the first time, I was able to mesh all of my influences into one complete piece of work." Several different life changing experiences during the past year have provided Quincy with an array of lyrical content to complement the expansive sonic approach to Its Only Change.

Its Only Change opens with "Change", the final song written for the album completed during pre-production in Nashville with Coomer.  The album title draws from the song name and speaks towards a new musical direction for Quincy and the band.   "Time Won't Wait" explores a young man's struggle with accepting reality and features an emotionally charged refrain with heavy jazz/R&B inspired verses.  "Under the Covers" funky bass and driving drum beat draw the listener in and "Eventually", an introspective ballad, speaks to a need for a simpler life.  "A Hard Place", the first single on the album, is a bouncy, energetic reggae inspired metaphor for feeling small in this world.

Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why's 2012 release "Live At The Saint" captures the band's live sound featuring songs from Quincy's three previous studio albums.   Quincy states, "after recording Live at the Saint, I was ready to take on a new challenge" as evidenced onIts Only Change.  The Live at The Saint DVD includes footage from the concert shot on multiple cameras, interviews with the band, scenic cinematography and a documentary featuring Quincy and the band members' musical getaway and adventures in the mountains of Vermont. The film was directed, edited, and filmed by Quincy's award winning brother, Kyle Mumford, and his Lifted Pictures' film crew.
Quincy and The Reason Why are excited to continue their tireless performance schedule which has found them sharing the stage with Slightly Stoopid, Rusted Root, moe., Donovan Frankenreiter, Tedeschi Trucks Band and performing at major music festivals The Gathering of the Vibes and Musikfest.  Quincy and the band also volunteer their time for The Surfrider Foundation and hold other environmental causes close to their collective hearts.

Optimistic, charismatic, and undeniably genuine, Quincy's music possesses the same "feel good" attitude that the young man himself does.  
Max Swan
Max Swan
A saxophonist, vocalist, and producer from Philadelphia by way of Perkasie, PA, Max Swan channels influence from the likes of Stevie Wonder, James Blake, Donny Hathaway, Michael Brecker, and Lenny Pickett. He's gone from nothing-but-jazz, to everything-other-than-jazz, and all stops in between. Initially being the loud alto player that showed up for the jam session every week, Max slowly took on more opportunities in hip hop production, as both a bandleader and a studio producer, playing with a number of artists and groups during their growth in the Philly music scene; notable names include LP Stiles, Kuf Knotz, Mic Stew, and most recently, Aime. Over time, the saxophone he'd lay on tracks led to supplementing keyboards, and writing string and horn section arrangements, many of which can be heard on Aime's most recent release, "The Book of David", available on iTunes, Spotify, and Pandora. The work that was done with these artists led Max to start laying vocals on his newer music, starting with "So Much Chime" (also available on iTunes, Spotify, etc.). Swan received accolades during his new process with Councilman David Oh's PHLlive Center Stage Music Conference, Ernest Stuart's Center City Jazz Festival, all while continuing his rigorous study of saxophone, mainly by way of Lenny Pickett (SNL), in order to truly reach proficiency in the altissimo (higher) registers of the instrument. Swan's music combines his passions for jazz fusion, 21st century soul, and contemporary hip hop, featuring his vocals, saxophone, and EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument). "The Fisherman", his debut, was made possible via The Kimmel Center, and will be available soon.
Josh Miller
Josh Miller
"The talents of the Mayfair native as a songwriter, singer and guitar player surpass his age. By decades. The audience silently focuses as Miller soulfully works his vocal chords and fingers."
— Chris Malo, Jump Magazine
Nik Greeley
Nik Greeley
Nik Greeley is known for being arguably the best frontman & performer in Philadelphia, and just in the last few years has established himself as one of the most entertaining & hard working musicians in the area. With his solo career set to launch, Greeley is looking forward to sharing his new songs & releasing his debut EP Town Gypsy. He has the privilege for opening up for respected acts such as Gene Ween (Ween) Bernie Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads) MAN MAN, The Stone Foxes, Beware of Darkness & more. While in his former band, Black Stars, they appeared live on Radio 104.5 and received airplay on regional radio stations such as 93.3 WMMR and 88.5 WXPN. In 2013 the band was named Artist of the Month by the Deli Magazine AND 93.3 WMMR respectively. The band was crowned champions of Had Rock Rising Philadelphia in 2014 and represented the City of Brotherly Love internationally.
Venue Information:
MilkBoy
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107