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Live at the Blockley – Three Years of shows In Philly

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With The Blockley closing soon at the end of this month it felt like I should uncork the past years in memories. I met Chris Perella in March of 2011 after he contacted me when he saw a video I made of Akron/Family playing at the Blockley. I went into the club a few days later and we chatted about me shooting video at more shows. Now it’s the end of 2013 and I sit a bit shocked and saddened by the news of the Blockley closing its doors for the foreseeable future. Chris and Jesse opened the Blockley up and just let many of us do what we wanted to creatively. I am really happy to have a record of these past few years to share with others. The following are just some of the many memories that many of us shared at this club over the past years. Kudos to the entire Blockley staff for making this place shine as a stunning example of what the Philadelphia music scene can be at its finest moments. It was driven by Chris and company who are fans of music first and produced shows as much for them as all of us, the live music fans of Philadelphia. These past few years have made me really proud to be part of our scene.
Cheers to the Blockley!
Jake Krolick

This could take you a bit of time, but I promise it’s a worthwhile visual trek through these past few years at the Blockley in the videos below. These include several Akron/family shows, a bunch of Marco Benevento shows including the evening with The Soul Rebels, an evening with Otis Day and the Knights, Lettuce, Arrested Development, Kermit Ruffins, The Mother Hips, Israel Vibration, The Everyone Orchestra, The Funky Meters, Bombino and many more.

Akron/Family 3.4.11

Marco Benevento 6.24.11


Mutaytor 7.6.11


Jim Jones revue 9.16.11


New Mastersounds and Soul Rebels Brass Band 11.19.11

Akron/Family with the Sun Ra Arkestra 1.20.12

Promo for Otis Day and the Knights Feb 2011


Show with Otis Day

Marco Benevento with the Soul Rebels Brass Band 2.24.12

Dumpstaphunk 6.2.12


Arrested Development 9.26.12

Marco Benevento 10.13.12


Kermit Ruffians 10.12.12


Cheers Elephant 11.30.12


Reptar 12.6.12

Rubblebucket 12.6.12

The Mother Hips 11.29.12

Israel Vibration 3.9.13

The London Souls 3.21.13


The Everyone Orchestra 4.19.12


Lettuce 5.16.13


The Funky Meters 10.1.13


The Mother Hips 11.15.13

Bombino 12.5.13

Rubblebucket and Reptar – 12.6.12

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Reptar-and-RubblebucketThe Blockley gave up the goods on 12.6.12 with a double bill of Reptar and Rubblebucket. Peep both bands showing what they are made of below.

Cheers Elephant Live at the Blockley

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The Philadelphia band Cheers Elephant has been recommended to me several times over the past six months. I can see why – with great stage presence, fatty guitar riffs and some cool three part harmonies these guys are a band on the rise. Look for big things from these cats in 2013. Here is them doing a frisky little version of “Shark Attack” from the Blockley this past week.

Marco Benevento Slays Philly with Three sets

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So the Blockley has been blowing it up recently pulling in the likes of Akron/Family, everyone’s man Otis Day and The Knights (Animal House) and this past Friday an epic 3 set show with Marco Benevento, Dave Dreiwitz and Andrew Borger. Set one contained a new B side off of the 7″ record that Bene was selling at the show called “Fireworks.” Peep it in the first video below as well as the fiery end to “The Real Morning Party” from the beginning of the second set. The band kicked out stellar versions of “Atari” and “Heartbeats’ before the Soul Rebels Brass Band stopped in after opening for Galactic across the city. The combo of musicians bounced through the second half of the second set with a wild horn honking cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Sleigh Bells’ “Infinity Guitars.”
At 2 am the Blockley sold cases of beer for the crowd late night consumption as Bene laid out some stellar work on Elton John’s “Benny and The Jets” before finishing the night around 4 am.

“Fireworks” and more

The Benevento Trio with The Soul Rebels

Otis Day and the Knights doing an Animal House Toga Party 2.18.12

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Otis Day and the Knights are still around – alive and kicking. Sure everyone’s man Otis is now in his 60’s but he can still get the crowd moving! Peep the Video below to see him get the masses moving at the Blockley in Philadelphia.

Akron/Family – 1.20.12 – Video of “Everyone Is Guilty” with members of the Sun Ra Arkestra.

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Akron/Family stopped by the Blockley on 1.20.12. Just as they did last year they brought life to the crowd with amazing versions of “So It Goes” “River” and an amazing version of “Everyone Is Guilty” with members of the Sun Ra Arkestra. Miles Seaton talked briefly about how Etta James would have wanted us to party in the beginning of the show. They brought up Etta James “At Last” as fitting house music to end the show. The video below is a slice of the evening including most of the spirited “Everyone Is Guilty.”

The Mutaytor – Live at the Blockley – 7.6.11

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Watch The Mutaytor throw down some seriously funky sounds and sights at the Blockley in Philadelphia – 7.6.11

Marco Benevento Trio – Live at the Blockley – 6.24.11

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Marco Benevento ‘s Trio dropped by Philadelphia’s up and coming Blockley on Friday evening for a rousing two and a half hour set of music.  It would seem that Mr. Benevento has finally found a venue suitable for his spirited work on piano and effects.   The set was stacked with highlights including an early “Atari” done with a dainty touch on the keys and then beefed up at the end with by Benevento adding plenty of pepper and kung-fu hand action.  Dave Dreiwitz held down a pumping low-end pocket with a smile and bounce adding in a chugging rumble when cued by Benevento.  Back on the kit sat drummer Andrew Borger who was no stranger to the jazzy flow erupting from
Benevento’s musical whims.  He connected beautifully with both Marco and Dreiwitz throughout the long and winding set with some exceptional standout snare work on “Greenpoint,” the first track off Marco’s new album Between the Needles & Nightfall.  Borger, who was comfortable with the jazzier numbers, lacked some of Andrew Barr’s punch on “Heartbeats” leaving room for Dreiwitz to bounce in the open holes.  Benevento turned up the juice towards the end of the set as he dropped a cheery and upbeat booty shaking version of “Fearless”  on us that carried directly into Elton John’s “Benny and the Jets.”  Benevento
had been probing all evening for singers to step up from the crowd.  Since no one had obliged his earlier requests, he turned the rocketman’s tune into a sing-along.   With the crowd all properly loosened up on sauce, plenty of shenanigans ensued as Benevento got his wish with a majority of the “spirited” crowd singing the highs on the repeating lyric “Bene! Bene! Bene!”  By two am with several versions of the “Real Morning Party” under our belts the show concluded.   Learn more about Marco Benevento here and Peep the Benevento Trio in action in the video below.

Akron/Family – Mash-up Video – Philadelphia 3.4.11

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Friday evenings Akron/Family show was tremendous!

Watch the video mash-up from The Blockley as these freak folk rock monsters throw-down a heavy dose of their goodness…