THE BROKEN RIVER REVUE: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Evening Of Authors & Music

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THE BROKEN RIVER REVUE: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Evening Of Authors & Music

Thu, July 6, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


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THE BROKEN RIVER REVUE: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Evening Of Authors & Music
THE BROKEN RIVER REVUE: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Evening Of Authors & Music
IN HONOR OF BROKEN RIVER (Graywolf Books), the eighth novel just published by author, podcaster and sometimes musician J. Robert Lennon’s, join us for a full evening of author readings, music and sometimes both at once! On the bill:


J. Robert Lennon
J. Robert Lennon is the author of two story collections, Pieces For The Left Hand and See You in Paradise, and eight novels, including Mailman, Familiar and Broken River. He teaches writing at Cornell University.

Andrew Ervin
Andrew Ervinis the author of Bit by Bit: How Video Games Transformed Our World and the novels Burning Down George Orwell’s House and Extraordinary Renditions.

Elizabeth Scanlon
Elizabeth Scanlon is the Editor of The American Poetry Review. She is the author of Lonesome Gnosis (Horsethief Books, 2017) and two previous chapbooks: The Brain Is Not the United States/The Brain Is the Ocean (The Head & The Hand Press, 2016), the title poem of which won a Pushcart Prize, and Odd Regard (Ixnay Press, 2013).


I Think Like Midnight
I Think Like Midnight is an instrumental rock band formed by lovers of the lost art of the rock instrumental. Formed by Andrew Chalfen (The Trolleyvox, The Wishniaks, Gimme) and Dean Clean Sabatino (The Dead Milkmen, Baby Flamehead) along with Josh Newman (The Silver Ages, Heyward Howkins Band) and Philly Joe Drones Genaro (The Dead Milkmen, Butterfly Joe, Low Budgets). The initial spark was a reoccurring desire on the part of ITLM found Andrew Chalfen to hear a new record by the band Pell Mell (somewhat apocryphal, somewhat true). As no new Pell Mell record has been released since 1997, Chalfen formed ITLM in an attempt to make a Pell Mell record, which they did, up in Ithaca NY at the home recording studio of J. Robert Lennon. The result is the super-melodic groove and riff-filled "Warm Seclusion Structure," ITLM's debut album released in late 2014. Various members of Pell Mell have been shocked and stunned by it. ITLM are currently at work mixing on their 2nd album with producer Brian McTear at the controls at Miner Street Recordings for release later this year.

Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease
Joey Sweeney has been writing songs and prose since he was a teenager in the 1980s. Over the years, he has fronted the groups The Barnabys and The Trouble With Sweeney, as well as recording and performing as a solo artist. (Meanwhile, he’s also written for a wide array of publications, including, Philadelphia Weekly, the Philadelphia Inquirer and his daily perch,, the cityblog he established in 2004 after a decade-long run as a rock critic.)
His songs and records have received widespread critical acclaim over the years; of his last record with The Trouble With Sweeney, Fishtown Briefcase, Pitchfork said “[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.” In early 2013, Sweeney went on to record Long Hair, with Grammy award-winning producer Aaron ‘Luis’ Levinson and Lushlife aka Raj Haldar.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125