SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS
December 3rd 2016, 3 - 7:0 0pm

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Deep Groove Records 110 Bridge Street
5-7pm Blanko Dave has been playing semi-pro lead guitar for the last quarter century+ in bands in the Philadelphia area.  In the last five or so years Dave has achieved moderate success as this tall Blanko Dave “songer-singwriter” character, whose shows include original songs as well as ‘60’s rock and pop, alt-country, folk, and assorted blues material.  Blanko Dave originals deliver a strong country-rock power-pop stomp and deal with everyday subjects like the pursuit of happiness, regret, old Chevy's, and how freakin' messed up love can be.  Blanko Dave can currently be found performing in the Phoenixville area as himself and also with bands The National Bird, The Mingo Creek Balladeers, and last but not least, lounge-music masters The Thrifty Discount DJs.
 
 
Phoenix Karate Center 316 Bridge Street
3 - 3:30 Danny Justice a punk rock trio from suburban Philadelphia
  Qwirk - a three piece experimental indie rock band joining the Firebird Festival for a fourth year. Eric Pilgren, Michael Schankel, and Bob Libby put together high energy complex rhythms that will get you warmed up for the burning of the bird.  
3:45-5pm
 
5-7pm Egocentric Plastic Men   - a Pop-Punk / Alternative band from suburban Philadelphia, whose influences include Green Day, Blink-182, Foo Fighters, and Fall Out Boy.
Twisted Cog 167 Bridge Street
3-5 pm Saint Phoenix is a rock n roll band from Philadelphia, PA. Eddie Meyer sings and plays guitars, Logan Moyer plays drums, and Jake Schaff plays bass and keys. Developing a sound of their own, the band has locked down a growing local fan base in the city and greater suburb areas. Having put out their debut EP, "Where Are We Going?" in March of 2016, they are currently back in the studio working on a full-length record that will be released in early 2017. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram, and can contact them at: saintphoenixband@gmail.com Long live rock
 
Design Grove 215 Church Street
3-5 pm Len Fennessy is a high-energy, solo performer.  He fuses many styles to create a sound that is uniquely his own.   Once considered a folk performer, Fennessy has branched off into rock, R&B, reggae and blues.  Some of his influences include Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, Michael Franti and Van Morrison.  Doing his own style of mostly cover songs, he is an act that you will surely not want to miss.
 
Visual Edge 227 Church Street
3-5 pm Vince Blance : An energetic acoustic singer/song writer, with catchy tunes. He has been performing the last 10 years, mostly solo. In 2012 he played with the band “Paging Samuel”. He is a treat worth hearing.
Taste Winery 236 Bridge Street
 
5th Street Remnants Nathan Durnin and Rachel Trainer bring a modern acoustic twist to classic rock, pop, R&B, and country hits.  They have performed at  Great American Pub , The Barrel, Guppy's, Fujiyamas, Coppefield Inn, and many other venues.
3-5pm
 
5-7 pm Stephen Dijoseph Anything can happen when award-winning multi-instrumentalist / composer / producer Stephen Dijoseph enters a studio. Whether it’s the percussive grooves of his solo guitar and vocals, the backing drives of a firey rhythm section, the quirk and funk of his trademark solo “Pianopoetry,” or the ease and flow of his ambient productions and collaborations, Dijoseph the recording artist is a man of many skills and moods. “Though technical preparation is required,” he emphasizes, “It’s all about what I feel.”
 
Liberty Vapor 322 Bridge Street
3-5pm The Great Endangered  With a classic sound pushed through an alt-rock filter, The Great Endangered is the Philadelphia area’s progressive-indie-blues band. With their genre-spanning influences, The Great Endangered rarely gets compared to the same band twice. Steeped in blues without being a throwback; driven to rock without being heavy-handed; and stretching-out a jam or two without losing focus,TGE mixes well-crafted songs, ranging from electrifying blues-based rockers to delicate chill-outs, with fiery jams that leave audiences in a musically-induced frenzy.
Fans of classic rock, xpn rock, and jam rock have to come out to Jaworski’s to check-out The Great Endangered!
5-7pm

House Plant is a Psychedelic Funk band from Phoenixville, PA. This trio of musicians blends today's Neo-Psychedelic sounds with classic Funk and R&B grooves to create a spacial-atmospheric-funkatronic-probiotic-syncopation that will keep your head dazed while your feet can't help but move!

 
Seven Stars Tattoo & Art Gallery 19 S. Main Street
3-4pm Elissa Janelle Velveteen  has been singing and writing songs for as long as she can remember and she has been slowly adding instruments to her arsenal. She just released her first solo album "One Sunken Ship" and is looking forward to releasing two new videos and playing shows in support of her album
4-5 pm

 Dirty Soap Blues Band is a chaotic group of buskers turned studio band. Rooted in Blues yet overwhelmed by 50s and 60s groups ranging from Elvis, Shirelles to Dion and the Belmonts - it all shines through them during their live performances. If you have a chance to witness a live performance you might have to sit through some bickering and arguing between songs which only creates the unique show they will eventually deliver.

5-7pm Chelsea Smarr a harpist from Frackville, PA, whirls together an improvised cacophony of experimental compositions during her live performances. Smarr has gained recognition as a solo international touring artist, using a variety of guitar pedals and percussive elements to create textural, cinematic soundscapes. She is going to perform with Jesse Sparhawk,  a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser. Between the ages of 10 and 17, he studied harp with principal harpist of the New York Philharmonic, Myor Rosen, and Eastman School of Music’s Kathleen Bride, and performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall at the age of 15. He has toured the US and Europe as a solo artist, and with several singer-songwriters and bands including Fern Knight, The Valerie Project, Timesbold, Marissa Nadler, and Greg Weeks. He currently performs in the US and around the world and continues to record solo and supporting work
 
GCGC Greek Yogurt  239 Bridge street
3-5pm

Swar Das is a treasure from India that has been performing and teaching music for the past 30 years. He has performed with a great many musicians over the years, aw-ing his audience with his amazing voice. His main instrument is the harmonium and chanting, however he also plays various Indian style drums and djembe

 
Soltane Breads and Spreads 138 Bridge Street
3-4pm The Barn Swallows   hail from Southeastern PA, within walking distance of the Philadelphia Folk Festival. The band’s core is made up of the duo of Sandy Pluta, dobro player and Matthew Gordon, guitarist, and frequently features special guest friends on bass, fiddle, accordion and/or percussion. Their eponymous debut studio CD fuses bluegrass, folk, blues, and country to explore themes of joy, heartbreak, humor, and longing.
4-5pm

Alex Allegra is no stranger to the stage. She has been dancing, acting and singing since she was  a toddler. She began writing lyrics at a young age and recorded her first song as a teen.  She performs regularly across the region, entertaining audiences with her original songs as well as select Country classics and Country Pop
favorites.
  Recently, she launched her first music video for her song, “Sayin’ Goodbye,” and celebrated the release of her debut album, “My Journey” that features seven of her originals , follow her on Facebook at Alex Allegra Music and subscribe to her YouTube channelAlex Allegra Music

 

Community Eco Center 252 Bridge street

 
3-7pm Drum circle. BYOD - Warm up, to partake in our procession going up to the bird.
Into the Sun Tattoos 323 Bridge Street
3-5 pm Adam Murray is a lifelong musician and plays solo acoustic blues. He is a member of Adam Murray and the Mud Mill Murderers who currently gig all over the Delaware Valley. Some of music career credits include: lead singer and songwriter of the 1980's LA based Rock band Cold Shot, lead singer of Brother Caine (1992-1994), lead singer and guitarist of The Amazing Carnies in Myrtle Beach, SC (1998-2005), and the Charlotte, NC based, The Murray Brothers (2005-2009).
 
Phoenix Village Art Center 207 Bridge Street
3-5pm Gypsy Funk Squad  plays a mix of classic belly dance songs from Turkey, Armenia, Egypt, The Balkans, Greece, Israel, Lebanon, and other points in the Middle east with a few revamped rock tunes and surprises thrown in...belly style! Dana will be belly dancing with them! The emphasis is on fun and a dancing good time!
 
..... Jack Lowry - vocals, oud, Mandoguitar
Luis Manuel - doumbek, riq, cahon
Jason Eaton - bass doumbek, 
Ohannes - riq, doumbek,
Rodney - upright bass, vocals, electronics
Edward Rollin - oboe, clarinet, multi-instrumentalist
5-7 pm Jeff Bradbury& His Seven Stars Revue - Jeff will perform a solo, multi-instrumental set, for which he'll be performing 7 songs on 7 different instruments - ranging from shruti and stringed instruments, to flutes and whistles!
 
Steel City  203 Bridge Street
3:30-4:45 Midnight Flyer is straight ahead, traditional bluegrass - and nobody in our area is doing it better. A performance not to be missed.
5-5:50 pm Sam Schmidthuber -Nashville Recording Artist, Sam Schmidthuber, a gifted singer and performer at age 15. He has been performing locally at different venues since the age of 9.  Sam won the 2016 "PA Farm Show Has Talent Contest" for vocals. When not performing his own shows, he is frequently a guest singer with local bands. Sam recently finished recording in Nashville, with many legendary Nashville musicians. His debut EP was releas ed on October 2nd, 2016 and is now available for purchase through his website.
6-7 pm

Mystic Song is a fusion of acoustic and world music improvisational styles, which bring one on a journey through familiar melodies and rhythms to mystic sounds. Lynn Miller (vocals, guitar, Swarmandal Tambur) was the original organizer who ignited the Firebird Festival. She will be joined with her husband Eric Miller (guitar) and Tim Baum (oboe). Lynn Miller also sparked the community Mosaic Phoenix mural on the North side. Come be inspired-she will also have book signings of her book SpiritArts, which describes the creative process

Maddie's Castle 178 Bridge street
3-5pm Eileen Tipping  Award winning writer and performer Eileen Tipping presents an eclectic mix of tasteful, thought provoking compositions in a voice that wraps the listener in a warm embrace. She has been compared to Laura Nyro, Tracey Nelson, and even Van Morrison. But she remains a truly unique stylist whose aim is to touch the hearts and minds of all those who hear her songs.
` All kinds of Fast 214 Bridge Street
3-5pm Jake Fleming plays acoustic classic rock, some country, some current songs, ballads, oldies, deep cuts and all in between Over 30 years of experience performing in various rock bands in his home town of Virginia Beach, Virginia and has been living in Philadelphia since 2008.
 
House of style 112 Bridge street
3-5 pm Michael de Salvo - Phoenixville musician and songwriter.  Local acoustic performer with a love for people, music and God!  Rock, blues, folk & gospel influence. Performing regularly at the Great American Pub and worship leader of Express Church of the Y!  A grateful participant of Vegan Festival 2016, Phoenixville 1st Fridays and East Coast Zoner Jam!  My music is my testimony!
 
5-7 pm Canadian Tuxedo - Featuring Larry Hoy on Guitar and Vocals, and Monica Meilleur on Violin, Guitar and Vocals - they perform a unique, genre bursting blend of blues, rock, folk, and traditional original and cover songs that appeal to a wide ranging audience    
 
Club 212  212 Bridge street
3-4 pm

Joe Kenney, is a pianist, performer, and recording artist who heads up the Joe Kenney Trio - which is comprised of professional musicians, all with roots in West Chester and graduates of WCU.
As a group, the Joe Kenney Trio is very eclectic, performing everything from upbeat jazz standards, to covers of popular tunes/rock tunes, and original blues/jazz/soul.
They are regulars at The Fenix Bar (Phoenixville), recently made their Philadelphia debut to sold out crowd at Warmdaddy's, and also perform at Media Jazz by Night, and private & corporate events.

 
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4-5 pm Rhodes Less Traveled is a trio shaped by many years of individual performance, and forged with eclectic flavors. Now together..., Taylor Rhodes, Corrine Remolde-DiSpirito, and Chris Straigis blend style and substance with melody, dynamic harmonies and percussion to perform classic and modern hits and b-sides.
 
5-6 pm Danielle and Jennifer A dynamic and diverse sister duo driven by strong sisterly harmonies backed with piano, guitar and ukulele. They started singing and acting professionally at the young ages of 3 and 6 years old, having performed on and off Broadway and at music festivals including The Liberty Music Fest, Dewey Beach Music Conference, Popfest, and the South Street Spring Fest. Their single, "The First Time You See Me" was recently nominated for a Homey Award for "Best Pop Song" and continues to get airplay on 93.7 WSTW.
6-7 pm Dirk Quinn  is the guitarist for a high energy funk/jazz band based out of Philadelphia that travels extensively throughout the US and Canada. Utilizing over a decade of steady performing, Quinn has developed a unique and progressive style - one that appeals to a wide variety of music listeners with fans ranging from the jam band hippies to the jazz snobs. Drawing inspiration from every musical genre, his solo acoustic sound has been compared to the guitar “pyrotechnics” of Keller Williams and Michael Hedges, while his full band compositions bear resemblances that range from the honest, urban funk of Soulive to the brave experimentation of Medeski
 
Country Charm  28 S.Main Street
5-7 pm DJ Blackjack Shellac - And you thought vinyl was old school. Welcome to your pre-vinyl DJ experience. DJ Blackjack Shellac uses hand-cranked record players with gears, springs, steel needles and pure acoustics to bring original recordings to life. Played just as they were meant to be heard. No MP3's. No CD's. Just revolutions - 78 revolutions per minute - the speed at which time travel becomes possible. But remember, these are OLD records. Fragile. Irreplaceable. So be careful...there may be dancing!
After the burn music and parties:
The Polish Club 328 High Street (close to the burn site)
9pm-1am The Fire ball- a fundraiser party for the festival
The Barrel 222 Bridge street
8pm-12 Paul Donovan Recording artist Paul Donovan is a singer-songwriter/guitar player whose EP "Glow" is filled with stories of a life well lived, full of encouragement and hope. He can't wait for you to hear these songs!
Fenix Bar and Lounge 193 Bridge Street
9 pm-12 DennisGrabowski - Acoustic guitar
Molly MacGuires 197 Bridge Street
10 pm-2am Funzaluv Band - good party music to dance the night away.
Great American Pub 148 bridge street
9:30- 1am

Whiskeyhickon Boys - Uniquely Energizing, Fun, Folksy, and Extreme talent are the terms used to describe this trio known to dish out huge doses of Mother Funkin’ Gangsta Folk! The sounds in their repertoire of award winning originals, interspersed with covers make all their stuff sound brand new enabling them to entertain and simply WOW audiences of all ages. This group also recognized as a minimalistic power trio brings Funk, Blues, Rap, and Scat influences and whatever else they feel when they hit the stage. Their energy is contagious and always contributes to the excitement and eccentric sound that presents itself when the feeling moves them. They pretty much are a different sound each and every time they perform. This Trio is certainly worth seeing…guaranteeeeeeed!!

 
Stable 12 368 Bridge Street
7-10 pm Hey Fever - Mainly country music while still providing crowd pleasers from every decade since the 60's.
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  Fire dancers for the Firebird Festival are provided by The Playing Mantis ,Burning Hearts and Adamo Ignis.Throughout the day, they will entice you with their mastery of fire, building up the excitement of the burning of the Phoenix.
8:00pm Pageantry parade arriving with drummers, dancers, giant puppets and the torch that lights the bird.
8:15pm LIGHTING THE PHOENIX
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The street performers up and down Bridge street, called buskers, are performing for tips. Please support local artists on the street and at the craft bazaar.
Catch the colorful inspiration of the Firebird dance ensemble in the parade or around the bird   organized by Lara Vracarich of Creative Spirit Fusion.
Who all will be there? We don't know, but the Morris Dancers will be back again; dancing by Bank street. Take a look at their website, they are a facinating bunch.  
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Adamo Ignis shows you the passion of dance, the danger of fire, and many other tricks that will leave you longing for more and in love with more than just the flame.. performing acts such as fire eating and breathing, fire dancing, broken glass, bed of nails, and much more.

Grandpop Bubbles , Brian Maloney
is a performance Artist teaching kids of all ages to create giant bubbles.

The Burning Hearts perform dazzling fire and light shows with hoops, poi, fans, staves and more. The Allentown-based troupe began in 2010 and performs throughout the northeast at festivals and events and choreographs a free theatrical performance every summer  
The Playing Mantis . They're very excited to be attending this unique and exciting community event, and are looking forward to a great burn! The Playing Mantis are based out of Wilmington,DE, They travels the east coast providing fire performance,instruction, and supply.
Barenheim is a medievalist group that focuses on recreating martial and peacetime aspects of life in the pre-modern era with a fantasy twist. Join them as they will be showcasing their finery and demonstrating their safe, full contact combat, in the field right next to the Phoenix, from 9am – 5 pm.