Hellos –
Excuse the rare Tuesday mailing. We have two extra special nights of music ahead of us this week and wanted to give extra special attention to them…This Saturday (Oct 5th) we are extremely proud and excited to bring 26 year old Icelandic composer, Ólafur Arnalds to play his first show ever in Philadelphia.Over the past year or so we have slowly but steadily found success in reaching out to young composers from all over the world to come perform in Philly. Typically these artists play performing arts venues, which are a little “dry” for our tastes. We want to instead provide an alternative setting which reflects our ideals and ethos from past punk shows and hopefully bring along some new people who typically do not listen to “classical music”. In other words – we want to have these young artists play a cool show in a weird venue for some new fans.When people ask what shows we are looking the most forward to, we always mention these specific shows. This Saturday will without a doubt be the highlight of the series. Ólafur Arnalds is emerging as a strong voice in a new wave of modern classical inspired majestic sounds. He employs strings, piano, guitar, organ, melodica and subtle ambient electronics to create incredibly rich and lush songs. So highly recommended. We realize this music isn’t for everyone but we ask that you give it a chance. His songs are the perfect soundtrack for an early October night.We encourage you to check out this live performance from a recent KEXP broadcast w/ Ólafur. Don’t skip through and fast forward about. Instead when you have a few minutes – take some time and really give this music the time that it deserves. He’s also a really personable and funny guy. We absolutely love the song at 13:26. He’ll be performing this Saturday with a full string section and live projections which should all work out to be a beautiful evening in the sanctuary of The First Unitarian ChurchIn continuing the theme of having somewhat unknown artists playing non traditional shows we have the very first Communion Records night in Philadelphia this Thursday (Oct 3rd). For those not in the know –  Communion was formed in London in 2006 by musicians Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons), Kevin Jones and producer Ian Grimble. Following the underground success achieved in London, the club night moved first to Brighton and then gradually to 15 cities in the U.K. and U.S.Heralded across the British press for its unique and deliberate community spirit and an enviable reputation for introducing some of the globe’s most highly acclaimed young acts (NME called Communion “one of the greatest indie success stories of recent years”), Communion’s events have become one of the U.K.’s foremost homes for eclectic, exciting parties for respectful, passionate music fans.We hope we can produce the same results right here in Philadelphia as the series comes to nine different cities in the US this fall. The idea is simple : cheap tickets, new bands, lots of different music from a variety of genres and a really fun night. Or in the words of our new friend / Communion founder Ben Lovett, “We champion musicians who encourage one another, regardless of genre, or level of commercial success. This support in turn led to many of our artists inadvertently becoming successful. We hope to continue and build on this reputation”The debut of the first Communion night in Philadelphia is this Thursday (Oct 3rd) at Johnny Brendas. For more information you can visit our site or http://www.communionmusic.com/


THU 10/03
Communion Records & WXPN 88.5 Present
Prowler, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Willy Mason, Birdie Busch

Johnny Brenda’s
Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 7:30 PM

21 and over
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$12.00 – $15.00

SAT 10/05
An Evening With ….

First Unitarian Sanctuary
Doors: 9:00 PM / Show: 9:00 PM

All Ages
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