Summer Fiction

Johnny Brenda's Presents

Summer Fiction

The Improbables, Midnight Singers

Sat, February 3, 2018

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


This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

Summer Fiction - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Summer Fiction
"Brian Wilson meets Johnny Marr." -SPIN
"Brilliant 60s-esque AM pop." -New York Magazine
"World weary yet heartwarming any time of year." -NPR
"Lovely songs with a hint of French new wave." -Vogue

Summer Fiction's songs meet at intersection of The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, Big Star power pop, Elliot Smith's XO and the best work of The Smiths.

In the grand tradition of great pop tunesmiths, singer/songwriter Bill Ricchini likes examining the perplexing ways of the human heart. This is melodic, exquisitely crafted music that's as honest as it is elegant. It's sure to delight and intrigue anyone with a taste for classic pop. The new single "Since You've Gone With That Boy" was recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks in NYC. Summer Fiction launched their most recent LP, Himalaya, with a filmed performance at Philadelphia's famed Divine Lorraine.
The Improbables - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
The Improbables
The Improbables initially formed in mid-1990s South Jersey out of a mutual and subsequently expanding love for Link Wray, Bo Diddley, Billy Childish, the Damned, Estrus Records, and the English Freakbeat comps. Spurred at the time by an oddly thriving Atlantic City independent music scene, the band honed their frenetic live set on the stage of the now defunct McGuire's Erin Bar and at a variety of Philadelphia venues. The Imps saw numerous lineup shifts over the ensuing years, disbanded for a while, and since reforming have established themselves as one of Philly's premier rock'n'roll trios. 2017 saw the release of their debut LP, “Object to be Destroyed,” on Baltimore’s Hidden Volume Records.

Equal parts 60-70's garage, soul, psychedelia and punk, the band's songs recall and preserve those moments in the life of rock 'n' roll when it was able to be self-aware without being self-conscious and when a good time was inevitable.
Midnight Singers - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Midnight Singers
"Fresh and invigorating rootsy rock’n’roll...Even the smallest hint of something new or different in the hydra-headed monster of a genre that calls itself Americana is to be welcomed, Philadelphia’s Midnight Singers is the proverbial breath of fresh air. they may be rooted in the classics—southern rock, classic rock’n’roll singles, even a hint of doo-wop, as well as the more expected rootsy rock’n’roll—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” -Maverick Magazine (uk)

"Midnight Singers, the rootsy quintet fronted by singer Jamie Olson, whose sharply and smartly written Last Great Saturday Night is an impressive set of welcoming and warm melancholic tunes that evoke Nashville Skyline-era Bob Dylan and the easygoing, country-leaning Grateful Dead. And that's a good thing.” Dan DeLuca, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125