Spirit Family Reunion

Johnny Brenda's Presents

Spirit Family Reunion

Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang, Rosu Lup

Tue, April 2, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


Spirit Family Reunion - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Spirit Family Reunion
Spirit Family Reunion play homegrown American music to stomp, clap, shake and holler with. Ever since they started singing together on the street corners, farmer's markets and subway stations of New York City, their songs have rungout in a pure and timeless way. When Spirit Family Reunion gather to sing, there is communion. Strangers and neighbors come to rejoice in the sound, and there is no divide between performer and spectator. In a strange barroom or a grand music hall, at a barn dance or on the sunny street corner, Spirit Family Reunion keep the book open, and that old familiar feeling that was almost lost is again new.
Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang
Juston Stens was a guitarist in a young punk band before turning to drums at age 20 after breaking his wrist. He ended up as the drummer for the popular rock band Dr. Dog after moving to Philadelphia, but always considered himself foremost a singer, songwriter and guitar player.

Stens left Dr. Dog to play guitar and write and record his own music, a hard decision that he marked by rebuilding a 1972 Triumph motorcycle and hitting the road. The resulting cross-country journey took him to visit friends in bands like Wilco, Spoon, Dr. Dog, Apollo Sunshine and Giant Cloud. Stens wrote and recorded songs with musical pals at each destination, and the trip was documented in an upcoming film, “I Lay Where I Fall.”

Stens’ debut album, Trash or Treasure, was released last year and reissued on vinyl in summer of 2013. It has a timeless sound that harkens back to classic ’50s rock and roll—part surf guitar, part Elvis and Bill Haley and the Comets. Stens is now on the road throughout the Northeast with his rock band, the Get Real Gang, and will release a new album, Share the Road, in October on limited-edition vinyl and digitally on all major download and streaming sites.
Rosu Lup - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Rosu Lup
"Backed by strings and light orchestrations, the core trio blends beautiful Americana-esque harmonies with the powerful elegance of cello, violins, and a bit of trumpet. Rosu Lup’s dynamic orchestrations stitch together a variety of thoughts and sounds seamlessly. I’m not one to catch too many trends before they happen, but this is definitely a band you should keep your ears on." (Elizabeth Mazenko, WXPN|The Key)

Though compared to acts such as Horse Feathers or Great Lake Swimmers, Rosu Lup has managed to achieve a sound that is "wholly Rosu-Lupien" (Fred Knittel, WXPN). While strings, brass, and woodwinds have become a common element in what the band presents, their lush harmonies and undeniable chemistry make this band something special.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125