Midnight Singers
Johnny Brenda's Presents

Midnight Singers

Travel Lanes, Joey Sweeney

Ages 21+
Midnight Singers with Travel Lanes and Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease
  • 8PM - Doors
  • 9PM - Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease
  • 10PM - Travel Lanes
  • 11PM - Midnight Singers


Midnight Singers, after a long recording hiatus, are back with “Nowhere Else" a set of hook-layered, mostly hopeful tunes that finds the band sonically in step with their favorite indie-rock/alt-country albums of the 90’s, a much beloved era of music for the band. The Band delivers “fresh and invigorating rootsy rock ‘n’ roll.” Maverick Magazine (UK) recognized that “they may be rooted in the classics—but it’s what they do with those well-worn items that counts, and what they do is make music that has a freshness, a youth to it.” The band’s first two albums, 2008’s “Living Room Sound” and 2010’s “Last Great Saturday Night”, with their looser, Sun Records vibe, garnered critical praise upon release, resulting in the albums being chosen for Top Ten Albums of the Year by both Philly Weekly and Philadelphia Inquirer, respectively - as well as receiving national and international radio airplay, including local spotlights on WXPN 88.5 FM in Philadelphia.


WXPN's Bruce Warren says, "... for three minute pop songs, there isn't a better songwriter around than Frank Brown."

Former Buzz Zeemer/Flight of Mavis frontman Frank Brown leads local favorites Travel Lanes. With their latest release Let's Begin to Start Again winning critical praise as well as being included in the Inquirer's Best of 2015 local releases, the band has put together a great set of tunes spanning Brown's career. Longtime stalwarts John Bicer and Mitch Cojocariu, will be joined by Jim Fogarty and Albert Kleinschmidt for this event. Hope to see you there.

With comparisons made to the sound of The Replacements, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Nick Lowe and Graham Parker, Travel Lanes combines a mix of power pop and rock, with smart hooks, lyrics, melodies and harmonies.

We even have some surprises up our sleeves for 2019 and beyond. Stay tuned…


“[Sweeney] mixes autobiography and fiction against the group’s 70s-inflected indie pop, resourceful— and unabashed— enough to digress into an E Street interlude or an AM-rock guitar coda.” - Pitchfork

"The riotous new LP from Joey Sweeney is full of jagged-edged, bristling Americana." - Bandcamp Daily

"Quite simply, he knows how to tell the story of his Philadelphia through songs. Sweeney and his cohorts excel at playing fun music, and very visibly having fun while doing it, but you can say the same about any number of artists. What makes Sweeney stand out is his skill, not just as a scene setter, but a narrator. As much as his music reveres the past, his words intensely study the now, consider the future, and accept the inevitability of change — something that all of us could stand to be a little better with." - John Vettese, WXPN's The Key

Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125