WXPN Welcomes


Ali Awan, Sean Danger Smith

Sat, June 23, 2018

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

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

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

Deadfellow - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
As heard on 88.5 WXPN and Radio 104.5, Deadfellow is the moniker of prolific singer-songwriter Hayden Sammak, who will be releasing his newest record Millennials in Love (And Other Pre-Apocolyptic Standards) Saturday, June 23 at Johnny Brenda’s.

Drawing influence from a wide spectrum of artists from Bob Dylan and The Velvet Underground to Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys, Sammak blends aesthetics to achieve the unique sounds of his largely conceptual albums.

His first releases, Love Songs for the Contemporary Listener (2017) and Mescalifornia: A California Dream (2017) are parts one and two of a trilogy, soon to be completed by Millennials in Love (and Other Pre-Apocalyptic Standards).

Recorded in Nashville, Millennials In Love (And Other Pre-Apocalyptic Standards) is a dark yet optimistic look towards the future. It’s title track, Millennials In Love, was featured as WXPN’s “Gotta Hear Song of the Week” in Feburary. Showcasing the work of Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), Rob Crowell (Midland, Deer Tick), produced by Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses) and mixed and mastered by grammy winning producer/engineer Phil Nicolo (Lauryn Hill, Bob Dylan), the record may be his most ambitious to date.
Ali Awan - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Ali Awan
Ali Awan is a Philadelphia based singer-songwriter. Born in Abington, Pennsylvania he moved with his parents to Turkey and then Saudi Arabia, finally settling back down in Abington where he would spend the rest of his childhood. 

He began playing shows as a guitar and bass player in West Philadelphia basements at 15 years old, and eventually got turned onto songwriting by classic artists such as The Velvet Underground, Chuck Berry, David Bowie, and The Rolling Stones. He has been in various bands while working on his own material ever since.

Often compared to The Brian Jonestown Massacre & Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Awan's emphasis on groove and feel are paramount as his intention is to give his audience an interesting and unforgettable place to go and feel for themselves.

Awan's debut single "Citadel Blues" is an ode to nay sayers one may encounter while pursuing a dream or goal and was released with the B side "Last Resort", a love song.

After extensive touring as a member of Needle Points he joined Brooklyn based Jane Church, and is currently writing and recording his debut album which also features the talents of Owen Staszewski & Sean Hur of Ruby the Hatchet, as well as David Ulrich of Davey and the Chains, among others. The album is set for release late summer 2018.
Sean Danger Smith - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Sean Danger Smith
Sean Danger Smith is a Philadelphian musician. Combining influences like TTNG, Radiohead, and Nick Drake, Smith developed his unique sound best described as complex and approachable.

Smith’s lyrics are as relatable as they are personal and esoteric. With emotional range to cover everything from depression and the awkwardness of youth to love and social complex, Smith’s strong lyrical content and matching delivery deeply connect with his listeners.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125