The Vernes & American Trappist
Johnny Brenda's Presents

The Vernes

American Trappist

Grace Vonderkuhn

Ages 21+
The Vernes and American Trappist with Grace Vonderkuhn at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia
  • 8PM Doors
  • 9PM Grace Vonderkuhn
  • 10PM American Trappist
  • 11PM The Vernes


Conceived in the San Francisco Bay Area and realized in Philadelphia, indie rockers The Vernes are “part of the welcomed migration of talented, young artists continuing to flow into our City of Brotherly Love.” Their songs are often happy in tone though somber in content, combining singer/guitarist Matthew Gragg’s unique vocal style and introspective lyrics with touches of fuzz guitar, synth, and drum machines. The four piece, also consisting of Fabian Mera, Cole Berggren, and Pat Degan, offer a contrast between tightly produced recordings and dynamic live performances. Their first album, a collection of homemade EPs and singles, was released in March of 2017. Their debut studio album "Maybe I'll Feel Better When I'm Dead" was recorded and produced by Joe Michelini (American Trappist) at Berlin Studios in South Jersey.


American Trappist is the second catalogue of work from Philadelphia-based songwriter/producer Joe Michelini, following nearly a decade of touring with New Jersey folk-rock outfit River City Extension. His most recent record, “Tentanda Via,” was recorded at Trax East in South River, NJ by producer Pat Noon. His parents like it “better than the last one.”

Michelini and his wife currently own and operate Berlin Studios, a recording and animation studio in Camden County. Their client list includes The Vernes, Cave People, Speedy Ortiz, American Aquarium, and William McCarthy (of Augustines). More info on Berlin Studios can be found at


Grace Vonderkuhn - Wilmington, DE - Egghunt Records

A 3-piece rock and roll band from Delaware.

"Singer-guitarist Grace Vonderkuhn has been making weird and wild rock music out of her home city of Wilmington for a hot minute, and 2018 is poised to be a breakout year for her.

Her latest full-length, Reveries, is [out] on EggHunt Records, and it’s already attracted attention from tastemakers at GoldFlakePaint (which premiered the undeniable rager “Worry” back in December), NPR Music (which recently included “Bad Habits” on their All Songs Considered podcast) and The Grey Estates (which just yesterday unleashed the cosmic “Cellophane” into the world).

So, what’s different this time around that Vonderkuhn is getting all this love? The record collects ten of the best songs she’s ever written, for one thing. Her style has a newfound focus as well, moving from the trippy fringey home-recorded psych that marked her earliest jams (though, to be fair, Reveries is still plenty trippy) and into a hard-edged, hard-hitting take on punky fuzz rock (or fuzzy punk rock, if you prefer). And her lyrics are like elliptical puzzles; filled with detailed, vivid imagery about solitude, happiness, life, and death; 'there is no pain when you’re wrapped in cellophane' is a macabre af hook that gives me serious Twin Peaks vibes. At the same time, her words are delivered in quizzical puzzles that remain so even after weeks of unpacking." - John Vettese, The Key

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