As Rock On Philly hosted the last summer installment of Bands and Bites on Aug. 27th, new local talent was discovered, fresh food and drinks were served, and the turnout was amazing. As sad as we all are to see summer go, this edition of Bands and Bites surpassed expectations in terms of music, company, and good times!
The third installment of Bands and Bites was held outside on the Plaza at Table 31, and DJ Al Capps opened up perfectly. The lovely singer/songwriter, Jennifer Logue hosted the event as well. The showcase featuring local artists started around 7 p.m., beginning with an acoustic set by Adam Web.
If there’s anything to be said about optimism and happiness today, it’s that music can really inspire these things, and Web has hit the nail on the head with this. His acoustic-funk performance was very reminiscent of Jason Mraz, but still original and unique. His songs, “You Are Everything” and “I’m on Top of It”, off his second album, Pendulum, were optimistic and upbeat with pop rhythms and melodic scats. Web’s performance had the audience feeling good on a sunny day, which is exactly what his music is intended for.
Following Web’s performance was the band, Hopscotch Jefferson. These four guys rocked, comprising of Hank Brady on vocals/rhythm guitar, S. Walz on lead guitar, Pat Shire on bass, and Anthony Brunke on drums. Their smooth, blues-rock sound took the night in another direction, giving way to a more chilled-out vibe. Their song “Alone on Main St.” really epitomized blues-rock, with hollow vocals, smooth baselines, and accentuated drumbeats. On a different note, their fast-paced “Silly Little Thing” was light-hearted and fun, more like early Beatles. Hopscotch Jefferson is diverse in sound and serious about music, making them a local favorite in Philly, not to mention the winner of this edition of Band’s and Bites, as they will be ROP’s October Featured Artist of the Month!
Wrapping up the showcase competition was the soulful and powerful CC Davis. Her set opened up with a cover of Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven”, which honestly might have been better than the original. Everyone in the audience immediately felt the fun and emotion as they clapped and started dancing. Following this cover were Davis’s original songs, which combined heavy rock and R&B funk. The crowd’s favorite, “I’m Bad”, displayed her on stage prowess and vocal talent. CC Davis is a local starlet not to miss.
All of these musicians brought amazing talent to the stage and performed flawlessly. Each artist owned their set and for sure made loyal fans from this event. Again, congrats to Hopscotch Jefferson again for winning ROP’s October Featured Artist of the Month! Also, many thanks to the event’s sponsors, Uber, Technically Philly, UpcomingEvents.com, and Marvin Capps Realty! With that said, stay tuned for our feature on Hopscotch Jefferson, and for ROP’s next edition of the Bands and Bites series! Rock On!