December Feature Artist… Tinker & Bang

As promised, Philly (One) Unified is bringing you another feature artist of the month. Our hope is to expose local talent that appeal to the masses. With such a rich musical history, there are many bands to see in our great city. We hope you’ll check this band out soon (their links are below and we’ll list them in the calendar when dates are available). Also, check out the other featured bands from our site.  And we’d like to thank Heather Radcliffe, vocalist of Tinker & Bang, for taking the time to share the bands story with us! 

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What is the name of your band and who are the members?
Tinker & Bang. Heather Radcliffe: Vocals, Rebecca Richardson: Piano, Ben Radcliffe: Drums

How was Tinker & Bang formed?
Rebecca and Ben had been long time friends who used to hang out at local punk shows in the late 90’s/ early 2000’s. In late 2009, they asked the question, “why the hell have we never played music together?” They spent the better part of a year playing together for fun and developing a strong musical connection. Then, in the fall of 2010, Ben went to study audio engineering at the Institute of Audio Research in New York City. Tinker & Bang continued to play together when Ben would come home for weekend visits. Shortly after completing his course, the two decided to bring Ben’s girlfriend (now wife), Heather, into the band to sing. This resulted in the band releasing their fully self-produced album “Pressure” in 2013.

What type of music do you play?
Each member brings very different styles to the band. Rebecca’s influences are more drawn from Motown and soul music. Whereas Ben’s tastes are more obscure rock and punk bands, and hip hop. Heather has always been very passionate about blues and pop. We then try to keep an open mind to find a middle ground in our songs. Which is sometimes easier said than done.

Do you do covers or original music?
We primarily play original music, but we do work in some covers as well. Though we tend to like putting our own spin on them.

What covers do you find yourself playing when you do?
We like to keep it diverse and put our own spin on covers. Some of the songs we have covered include “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (The Beatles), “Feeling Good” (Nina Simone), “The Beautiful People” (Marilyn Manson), and “Black Horse And A Cherry Tree” (KT Tunstall).

Who influenced the music you play and write?
Heather: Regina Spektor, Paramore, The Black Keys. Ben: mewithoutYou, The Blood Brothers, and any band Jon Theodore has ever drummed with… holy shit can that man drum. Rebecca: Michael Jackson, Tori Amos, Ray Charles, and Fiona Apple.

Your influences are quite diverse, which is great! Would you compare your sound to anyone in mainstream music?
I’m not sure that we sound like anything mainstream, however we’ve heard that we remind people of elements of other bands. Some of those bands include Paramore and The Dresden Dolls.

What inspires the songs you write?
It usually starts with an energy. Ben might have a beat idea, Rebecca may have some music, Heather might have some lyrics. Then we take whichever starting point and work off of whatever vibes it gives us. Sometimes we will even work off our moods at the time, whether it’s angry or happy, we try to use it to create.

What role does music play in your life?  Was it always something you had a passion for?
It’s safe to say that music has always had an enormous role in our lives because it truly is the great equalizer. It can enhance an already good mood, and also help you cope in hard times. This in turn makes it a constant passion of ours because whether you’re performing, creating, or just listening. There is nothing like music.

Are you pursuing music as a full-time career?
We each have to work our day jobs, unfortunately. But, we all want to turn our passion into our livelihood.

If you could play any venue in the world, where would you play?
Any venue in the world sounds nice enough to us… so long as the people are nice, and there’s food and whiskey to be had. We would really just love to travel and perform for a living wherever that might take us.

Where can people hear your songs? Are you playing anywhere live anytime soon?
We don’t have any shows coming up at the moment, but we are planning on putting out a new record next year!! We’ll set up some shows soon, but in between, we can often be found at The SawTown Tavern on Tuesday nights.

Do you enjoy the process of creating an album?
Absolutely! It’s a lot of hard work, especially for Ben, who is our drummer AND engineer, but we love it.

Is your album, “Pressure”, available to the public?
Yes, we have CDs with us when we play shows and a digital download is available on our Bandcamp.com page.

The following links are all places you can check out and like Tinker & Bang:

https://tinkerandbang.bandcamp.com
https://www.instagram.com/tinkerandbang/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaKb8vvU_Z_n3Wdu46pvA5Q
http://artistecard.com/tinkerandbang

 

October’s Featured Band… The Mix

It’s been a while since we’ve had a featured artist. We’re back at it with a featured band and plan to have one a month to introduce you to. 

Today we’re talking to Vic Monaco of local cover band, The Mix. We think you’ll find their history and love of classic rock and roll fun and wanting you to go check them out. The information shared below was taken largely from the band’s website as well as directly from Vic. Thanks so much, Vic, for sharing your bands story with us. Rock on!

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From left to right: Ric Lake, Vic Monaco, Billy Walp, and Bill Mecaughey

 

 

Who are the members of The Mix? And where did the band name come from?

The Band is me, Vic Monaco, Bill Mecaughey, Ric Lake and Billy Walp.

The band used to be called Vic’s Mix, when I had somewhat of a revolving cast of musicians playing with me. Once the personnel got settled, we changed it to The Mix.

The Mix represents the end of a musical chairs existence, both figuratively and literally, for me.

When did you get together as a group? How has it evolved into the current lineup?

We’ve been together about two years.

When my last band, Stealin’ The Covers, disbanded, I decided to try something different: a duo with STC guitarist (and cousin), John Daly. That project, Daly Double, was a leap of faith, not only due to its loss of a rhythm section but, also given Daly’s nomadic musical life that included touring with the late, Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys.

I soon needed to find a replacement for Daly and once again turned to an STC bandmate, multi-instrumentalist and Grammy-winning producer, Pat Robinson.
The project was re-named Musical Chairs, with the idea that on any given night, the audience wouldn’t know which of the duo’s musician friends might sit in. The name turned out to be even more appropriate as guitarist Brian Nagy eventually became a regular presence.

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With me serving as booker and musical director and the project alternating between a duo and trio, the name was changed to Vic’s Mix in the summer of 2013.

At a summer house party, I performed some songs with Bill Mecaughey, my very first musical partner from our teen years in the Fox-Chase-based band Hot Ice. Our collaboration lasted about seven years until Bill turned more toward R&B and jazz fusion.

We remained friends and the musical shorthand we shared was obvious to them at that party. The two of us started rehearsing in earnest in the spring of 2014 and played our first gig Memorial Day weekend.

The project took a giant leap ahead when Ric Lake added his bass and vocals to the musical mix in November 2014.

A couple of months later I invited another former bandmate, drummer and vocalist Billy Walp, to make the project a full band.

Apparent by this time that the lineup and camaraderie was rock solid, Vic’s Mix became simply The Mix in January 2016

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What type of music do you play?

We play music from the 1960s through the 1980s, including a “Beatles” set. The latter is unique in that it is largely acoustic and includes some music from the individual members of the “Beatles”. There are some folks who come to see us just to hear that set, which is always evolving. For instance, we’re learning “Eleanor Rigby” right now.

The band also plays an acoustic and harmony-laden show featuring a great mix of tunes. Think The Eagles , The Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen. While those names are very familiar, The Mix’s tunes are often songs you just don’t hear from other bands such as “No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature” and “Hand Me Down World” by The Guess Who or “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen.

What (and/or who) influenced the music you play?

Being close to 60, many of these are the songs I grew up on. Plus, many of them are tunes Bill and I played in our first band together (Hot Ice) when we were teens. (We do them a WHOLE LOT BETTER now.)

What role does music play in your life? Was it always something you had a passion for? Are you pursuing music as a full-time career?

I started taking guitar lessons when I was 8 and took them for six years. I also had voice lessons both privately and at Temple University. I’ve been in bands since I was 15. I am very passionate about a lot of different music, not just the “oldies” we play, and I go to concerts often. It is not a full-time thing for me. Most of my full-time career has been spent as a newspaper reporter and editor.

 

If you could play any venue in the world, where would you play?

I’ve played some great venues (with other bands) including Citizens Bank Park and World Cafe Live (main stage), which were both VERY cool. I guess to answer your question, I’d like to keep it local (so friends can come) and intimate, so I’d say a place like World Cafe Live or The Keswick Theater.

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Where can people hear your songs? Are you playing anywhere live anytime soon?

We play at a lot of local venues including Baker’s American Grill in Southampton; The Dog & Bull Brew & Music House in Croydon; Curran’s in Bensalem; The Fireside lounge in the Brunswick Zone in Trevose; and Squirrel Murphy’s in Warminster. Our gig schedule is on our website (www.themixpa.com) along with our audio demo.

 

Your Week of Live and Local Music

Philly (One) Unified loves our local bands. You will too! Go see one, and read more about them on the links below. (Calendar follows)

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http://oneunifiedproject.com/archives-2/backstage-pass/
Brodi Valos, Steal Your Face, Jah People

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2015/04/15/mitch-schecter-from-local-philly-bands-to-a-successful-musical-career/
Mitch Schecter of the Rip Chords

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2015/09/06/sunday-spotlight-stems-and-seeds/
Stems and Seeds

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2016/01/10/spotlight-sunday-is-back-the-dead-leeves/
The Dead Leeves

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2016/01/31/sunday-spotlight-great-scott-band/
The Great Scott Band

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2016/03/13/sunday-spotlight-aj-slick-band/
AJ Slick

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2016/03/20/music-and-unity-1-thief-0/
Paul Keen

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2016/03/27/sunday-spotlight-spinning-straw/
Mike Brill of Spinning Straw

https://oneunifiedproject.com/2016/04/20/wednesday-spotlight-no-thats-not-a-typo/
AM Radio

https://oneunifiedproject.com/?p=6108
The Mix

Thursday 9/29/16:

AJ Slick: The Rhawnhurst Cafe,  9PM-1AM

Friday 9/30/16:

Root 13 (Brodi and Jason): Fluke’s ,  State Rd., Phila., 7-11

Steal Your Face: 9:30pm-1:30 AM, Nick’s Roast Beef Northeast, Cottman Ave., Phila.

The Great Scott Band: Reale’s, Frankford Ave., Phila., 7-11pm

Saturday 10/1/16:

Root 13: Finn McCool’s, 2-7pm

Jah People: Weequahic Park Track , Newark, NJ,  7:30 AM

Jah People: Paradise Farms – Downingtown, PA,  7:00 PM

Stems and Seeds: 9:00 PM, Dagwood’s, NE Philly **OCTOBERFEST!**

AJ Slick: Solo Acoustic,  Ashburner Ino, 4-8PM

AJ Slick: Full Band Electric,  Celtic Cross,  Ashton Rd.,  9PM-1AM

The Mix: Squirrel Murphy’s, 872 E. Street Rd., Warminster, PA

Sunday 10/2/16:

The Rip Chords: SELLERSVILLE THEATRE IN SELLERSVILLE, PA. GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS AND THE RIP CHORDS!! TWO SHOWS! 3PM & 8PM. GO TO WWW.ST94.COM FOR TICKET INFO.

The Dead Leeves: Fluke’s, State Rd., Phila., 4-8pm

AJ Slick: Ralphie’s Bar, every Sunday,  RT 232, Newtown, PA, 2-6PM, If  Eages game is early, 4-8PM

AM Radio: Peppers Italian Restaurant, 4-8pm,  King of Prussia, PA

Monday 10/3/16:
Brodi and Shon: Maggie’s on the Waterfront, 9pm-1am, #HonoringHeroes, 1/2 Price Everything for Police, Fire, EMS & Military active/retired

Tuesday 10/4/16:

AJ Slick: Open Mic + O’Mare’s Irish Pub,  Bustleton  Ave.,  8PM-12AM

Paul Keen: solo at Rogues Gallery Bar in Philly 8pm-12am

Wednesday 10/5/16:
AJ Slick: Lumpy Magee’s,  Welsh Rd., Bluegrass Plaza, 8PM-12AM

Here it is…Your Band Calendar!

Philly (One) Unified loves our local bands. You will too! Go see one, and read more about them on the links below. (Calendar follows that)

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http://oneunifiedproject.com/archives-2/backstage-pass/
Brodi Valos, Steal Your Face

http://oneunifiedproject.com/archives-2/backstage-pass/backstage-pass-kevin-kirk-of-kirko/
Kirko

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2015/06/28/sunday-spotlight-hotlanta/
Hotlanta

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2015/08/16/sunday-spotlight-pure-jerry/
Pure Jerry

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2015/09/06/sunday-spotlight-stems-and-seeds/
Stems and Seeds

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2015/10/18/sunday-spotlight-music-man-saver/
Saver

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2016/01/10/spotlight-sunday-is-back-the-dead-leeves/
The Dead Leeves

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2016/03/13/sunday-spotlight-aj-slick-band/
AJ Slick

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2016/03/20/music-and-unity-1-thief-0/
Paul Keen

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2016/03/27/sunday-spotlight-spinning-straw/
Mike Brill of Spinning Straw

Thursday 9/15/16:
Kirko: solo, Fireside Smokehouse, Elmwood Ave., Feasterville, PA, 8-11PM
AJ Slick: Lumpy Magee’s, ‪2417 Welsh Rd.,‬ Bluegrass Plaza, ‪7-11PM‬
Saver: ‬The Barbary (POP PUNK COVER NIGHT) – Phila., PA, 7:00 PM, $10 cover

Friday 9/16/16:
Steal Your Face: 9pm-1am, Sweeney’s Saloon, Philmont Ave. & Bustleton, Phila.
Pure Jerry: Loud Love Reunion, Lake Ontario, NY
Stems and Seeds: 5:00PM, Parx Casino, Bensalem, PA
AJ Slick: Dagwood Pub, 7-11PM, 4625 Linden Ave., Phila., PA
Mike Brill solo: Tir Na Nog, Trenton, NJ, 9pm-1am

Saturday 9/17/16:
Dirt Road Anthem: 9-1, Annual Boots At The Beach, Flip Flopz, North Wildwood, NJ
Paul Baroli Jr: solo acoustic , Hippies 6th Annual, HippiesAnnual.com
Kirko: duet, The Churchville Inn, Churchville, Pa, 8pm-12am
Hotlanta: 8:00, Filomena’s, 13 Cross Keys Rd., West Berlin, NJ
Stems and Seeds: 9:00PM, The Five Four, Levittown, PA
The Dead Leeves: Sweeney’s, 10-10:45PM, (opening for SIN)
AJ Slick: Deb’s Place, Street Rd., Southampton, PA, 8:30PM-12:30AM
Spinning Straw: Peddlers Village Scarecrow Festival, 10am to noon
Mike Brill solo: O’Mares Irish Pub, NE Phila., 8pm to 12am

Sunday 9/18/16:
AJ Slick: Ralphie’s Bar, Rt 232, Newtown, PA, ‪2-6PM‬
AJ Slick: ‬Solo Acoustic, The Post Office Bar, Bridge St., Bridesburg, PA 8PM-12AM
Mike Brill solo: Slopeside Pub, Blue Mt., 2pm to 5pm

Monday 9/19/16:
Brodi and Shon: Maggie’s on the Waterfront, 9pm-1am, #HonoringHeroes, 1/2 Price Everything for Police, Fire, EMS & Military active/retired

Tuesday 9/20/16:
Paul Keen: solo at Rogues Gallery Bar in Philly 8pm-12am

Wednesday 9/21/16:
Steal Your Face: 7-10pm, Open Jam, Curly’s at the Nest, Knights of Columbus, Woodbourne Rd, Levittown
AJ Slick: Open Mic, Rhawnhurst Cafe, Rhawn St. & Castor Ave., 8PM-12AM

A Holiday Weekend Event Calendar…

Before heading out to see one of our featured bands, check out a little behind the scenes interviews. It’s not mandatory, but is recommended.

http://oneunifiedproject.com/archives-2/backstage-pass/
Brodi Valos, Steal Your Face,  Red Letter Life

http://oneunifiedproject.com/archives-2/backstage-pass/backstage-pass-kevin-kirk-of-kirko/
Kirko

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2015/06/28/sunday-spotlight-hotlanta/
Hotlanta

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2015/09/06/sunday-spotlight-stems-and-seeds/
Stems and Seeds

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2015/11/29/sunday-spotlight-think-pink-floyd/
Think Pink Floyd 

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2016/03/13/sunday-spotlight-aj-slick-band/
AJ Slick

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2016/03/20/music-and-unity-1-thief-0/
Paul Keen

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Live and Local…This Week in Local Music

Get up close and personal with One Unified Project’s bands and musicians by clicking on the links below.

http://oneunifiedproject.com/archives-2/backstage-pass/
Brodi Valos, Steal Your Face

http://oneunifiedproject.com/archives-2/backstage-pass/backstage-pass-kevin-kirk-of-kirko/
Kirko

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2015/08/16/sunday-spotlight-pure-jerry/
Pure Jerry

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2015/09/06/sunday-spotlight-stems-and-seeds/
Stems and Seeds

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2016/01/10/spotlight-sunday-is-back-the-dead-leeves/
The Dead Leeves

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2016/01/31/sunday-spotlight-great-scott-band/
The Great Scott Band

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2016/03/13/sunday-spotlight-aj-slick-band/
AJ Slick

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2016/03/20/music-and-unity-1-thief-0/
Paul Keen

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2016/03/27/sunday-spotlight-spinning-straw/
Spinning Straw

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This Weeks FULL Entertainment Calendar..

Get a behind the scenes look at our featured bands by clicking on the links below:

http://oneunifiedproject.com/archives-2/backstage-pass/
Brodi Valos, Steal Your Face, Chowder, Jah People

http://oneunifiedproject.com/archives-2/backstage-pass/backstage-pass-kevin-kirk-of-kirko/
Kirko

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2015/08/16/sunday-spotlight-pure-jerry/
Pure Jerry

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2015/09/06/sunday-spotlight-stems-and-seeds/
Stems and Seeds

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2015/11/29/sunday-spotlight-think-pink-floyd/
Think Pink

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2016/03/13/sunday-spotlight-aj-slick-band/
AJ Slick

http://oneunifiedproject.com/2016/03/20/music-and-unity-1-thief-0/
Paul Keen

https://oneunifiedproject.com/2016/04/20/wednesday-spotlight-no-thats-not-a-typo/
AM Radio

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