6pm – Zach Longoria Project
7:30pm – Low Cut Connie
9pm – Strand Of Oaks
Strand Of Oaks (9:00pm)
The project of Goshen, Indiana-based singer/songwriter Tim Showalter, Strand of Oaks specializes in bold and anthemic indie Americana that draws from classic rock and folk, skillfully blending traditional singer/songwriter catharsis with stadium-ready melodies in the vein of artists like War on Drugs and My Morning Jacket. Showalter, who began writing and performing in 2003, issued his first collection of songs under the moniker, Leave Ruin, in 2009 via the Pennsylvania-based indie label La Société Expéditionnaire. Strand of Oaks’ sophomore outing, the appropriately titled Heal, arrived in 2014 via Dead Oceans Records after a period of turmoil and self-reflection. Returning from a hectic and often hedonistic tour, Showalter reentered the studio to record his follow-up to Heal. Again using his own life experiences as inspiration, the album would meld the sound of Alan McGee’s Creation Records’ output with dub and classic rock influences. The resulting Hard Love, which was produced by Nicolas Vernhes (Speedy Ortiz, Dirty Projectors), appeared at the beginning of 2017.
Low Cut Connie (7:30pm)
Carrying the torch for good old rock & roll sleaze — the kind that can be heard on Jerry Lee Lewis’ Live at the Star Club and the dirtiest Rolling Stones records — Low Cut Connie separated itself from other new millennial rock & roll revivalists by not taking themselves as seriously as they took their big, danceable rhythms. To an extent, they’re distinguished by a focus on the piano, an instrument that isn’t heard much in straight-ahead rock & roll in the 2010s, but Adam Weiner’s pounding keys give the piano its proper rock & roll due. Weiner co-leads Low Cut Connie with drummer/guitarist Dan Finnemore, with the duo expanding to a full band for their fiery live shows.
Get out the Lotion New Jersey native Weiner, a veteran of piano bars where he performed under the name Ladyfingers (sometimes on bills also featuring Merrill Garbus, who later found fame as Tune-Yards), met Birmingham, England-born Finnemore in Manhattan in 2010, and they soon set up shop in Philadelphia. They knocked out their debut, Get Out the Lotion in the summer of 2010, releasing it independently in 2011. The record received positive attention from some heavy-hitter critics, including Robert Christgau and Ken Tucker. The more considered Call Me Sylvia followed in 2012, a record that was also well-received and helped expand their following; they got spots on NPR’s World Café and played a show at Third Man Records. For 2015’s Hi Honey, the duo hired Thomas Brenneck — a producer who cut his teeth with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and worked with Charles Bradley and Black Keys — and brought in Dean Ween and Garbus for cameos; they also filled out Low Cut Connie’s lineup by making Will Donnelly and James Everhart full-time members. Hi Honey appeared on Contender Records in the spring of 2015.
The Zach Longoria Project (6:00pm)
The Zach Longoria Project is an 11-member band from Louisville with an incredibly soulful vein. With R&B seated at the core of their music, ZLP weaves elements of jazz and a touch of old-school this & that to create what they like to call “Kentucky Fried Soul”. Their music has just the right amount of the south mingled in.
ZLP is a collaboration of musicians who are all in it for the love of music, and are driven by the passion of creating it. They came together in 2013 in a town that is much smaller than it seems. Zach had a vision early- to have a band that was made up of people who are good to each other and share the same set of values, musically and by virtue. This group is a close-knit partnership of kindred spirits, and it shines through in the music they put forth.
In July 2014, ZLP released their self-titled album. They were also featured on WFPK, a Louisville radio station, where they participated in the “Live Lunch” series.
The Zach Longoria Project has been working hard since July performing, and the touring continues, so please be sure to check out upcoming show dates.
Parking Information & Free Trolley Service
A map is available with parking locations here. The Republic Bank Easy Ride Trolley De Ville will offer free trolley service between Witherspoon and the event site from 6:00p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Find answers to other Frequently Asked Questions.