Ali Awan and  Slomo Sapiens
WXPN Welcomes

Ali Awan and Slomo Sapiens

Grace Vonderkuhn, Dominy

$12.00 - $15.00
Ages 21+
Ali Awan and Slomo Sapiens with Grace Vonderkuhn and Dominy at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia
  • 8PM - Doors
  • 9PM - Dominy
  • 9:45PM - Grace Vonderkuhn
  • 10:30PM - Ali Awan
  • 11:15PM - Slomo Sapiens


Like a bad 90’s rom-com, this one starts with a boy following a girl to the other side of the world. In this specific instance it starts with lead singer and guitarist Ceallaigh Manaaki following a girl from Australia (he’s from New Zealand though, do not get them mixed up) to Philadelphia. If you believe in horoscopes, ghosts and fairy tales you might think it was destiny that Ceallaigh was to meet Greg Geiger (bass) and Jon Pritchard (drums) within his first week in Philadelphia. Slomo Sapiens came thumping and crashing into existence the very next week.

Since then Slomos succession has been swift and unforgiving. With WXPN’s Dan Reed labelling the boys as ‘Nice and Loud’ and XPN’s the key claiming ‘Slomo Sapiens come across as more distorted, east coast version of Ty Segall’ the boys have gained themselves a reputation. After the release of their debut EP ‘Hot Milk’, Slomo Sapiens have shared stages with Bass Drum of Death, Night Beats and many other bands across the country on their ‘Ketchup Tour’ and in Vermont at ‘WAKING WINDOWS FESTIVAL’.

Now, with the release of their Debut album ‘Cabin Fever Dreams’ we see Slomo Sapiens evolve from a three-eyed garage-goblin to a five-headed psych-serpent. Mike sanzo (The Dawn Drapes) jumping in on guitar & percussion and Ciaran Wall (Lady HD) holding down the keys.

Cabin Fever Dreams is a concept album about a character isolated and trapped in a cabin located on the border of ‘Sanity’ and ‘Lala land’. Deep in the uncharted back-woods of the mind. The album explores the causes and effects of losing one’s mind through the sounds of fuzzed out guitar, snarling vocals and 60s psychedelia. Join us in celebrating the release on March 20th.


Born in Abington, Pennsylvania Ali Awan grew up in Turkey and Saudi Arabia finally settling back down in the Philly suburb where he would spend the rest of his childhood.

He began performing and writing collaboratively as a guitar and bass player in West Philadelphia basements/house parties at 14 years old.

While playing in various bands throughout his teens & early twenties, Awan eventually got interested in writing songs of his own. Once a touring member of the psych-boogie outfit Needle Points, he then spent time in LA based Jane Church and has been writing, recording, and performing his own material ever since.

Since his 2019 release “Butterfly EP”, Awan has been writing & recording new material to be released early 2020, as well as planning a Spring 2020 Southern/Midwest US tour with fellow Philly psych rockers Slomo Sapiens.


Grace Vonderkuhn is a rock musician based out of Wilmington, Delaware. Her music combines psych and garage rock aesthetics with a sharp pop sensibility. Her recordings are made using an 8-track cassette recorder.


Dominy was formed in 2016 in Philadelphia, PA. They are currently John Dominy (big jefe, guitar, vox), Michael Youngkin (guitar, bass, vox) Alex Dominy (keys, vox), and Zak Iannitelli (drums), and Turquoise Cobb (Vocals, Percussion)

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