ROP’s Make Music Philly Day at Joe Coffee

In honor of the citywide Make Music Philly Day celebration this past Saturday 6/21, Rock On Philly planned a day of performances at one of our best local coffee shops, Joe Coffee. The beautiful day was filled with acoustic performances right out front of the cafe on the Walnut Street sidewalk across from the bustling Rittenhouse Square Park. Check out a slideshow of photos below.

Matt Chylak kicked off the morning with an hour set of of classic and modern covers, and a handful of down to earth originals. Covering tracks like “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley, “Free Fallin’” by Tom Petty, and “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” by Jack Johnson, while singing about more personal topics on his own works. Definitely a local up-and-coming artist to keep an eye on, and from the sound of it you can catch him playing in Rittenhouse Square Park pretty frequently.

Like Crazy rang in the afternoon with a lovely explosion of pop rock; the girl/guy duo sang amazing harmonies above the ever-increasing buzzing of Walnut street. Guitarist Greg Pearse even hopped atop the flowerbed to holler even further as he continued to pluck away. Check out their latest EP, A Short Story, on bandcamp.

The White Cheddar Boys came through big time, with two last minute cancellations on our schedule, they jumped at the opportunity to play a set in front of Joe Coffee. Huey West skillfully handled the banjo throughout the entirety of their set, Russ kept the song steadily moving on the acoustic, and they each carried melodies at different points. Check out some of their folk jams on bandcamp.

The Here & Now put on a great set filled with originals and covers, including a spot-on rendition of “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men. The second guy/girl duo of the day at Joe Coffee, we heard beautiful harmonies that made for a truly heartfelt set, which made even more affectionate with the added help of some tiny fans. Listen to some of their tracks and covers here.

Twin Pines closed out the day with a set of songs from their debut EP, Nice Guys. Indie rock with a whole lot of grunge and punk influence makes for an energetic EP, and hearing it played stripped down on the sidewalk was very cool. The dual guitars and three part harmonies made for an uplifting set that was less aggressive than their EP, but way more personal and reflective. Listen to/download Nice Guys here.

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Thanks to all the musicians for coming out and to Joe Coffee and their awesome staff for housing the performances and serving up delicious coffee!

Photos by Jay Breslin.


  1. Kyle Ong

    July 2, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    I fail. I live right on Spruce and 18th and completely missed this. What great exposure though!

  2. Victoria watts

    July 3, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    This is such a great idea! Nothing beats local music mixed with community support 🙂

  3. Amie

    July 3, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    What a great way to incorporate the local community to get familiar with the up and coming bands of Philadelphia.

  4. My Info

    July 3, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Yeah we need more music events like this. I met great friends through rock out sessions at rittenhouse.

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