When big time bands come to Philly, we can always count on some good after parties. Saturday night was no exception. City Bisco, a three night festival at three different venues, included seven sets by the Disco Biscuits, as well as sets by American Babies, Risky Disco and Giorgio Moroder. It culminated with the best of the Bisco sets, at the best venue, one of the finest spots to hear music in Philly, the Mann Music Center. Less than a mile away, is the One Art Community Center, which I know by it’s former name Wall St. International. This space is an urban yard, which has been transformed into a wonderful venue for all types of events, most of which revolve around music. They have a large stage and very professional sound. They serve awesome food, including authentic jerk chicken and ital stew, Jamaican specialties, as well as a number of other items. They hosted a couple of great parties after this summer’s Phish shows at the Mann, and did a great job again after Saturday night’s City Bisco finale at the Mann.
In addition to great music and food, One Art has plenty of space for the promoters to bring in vendors, as well as performance artists. Live painting on stage, fire spinning, hooping, video projections, and a crowd of hard partying but well behaved people made for a great atmosphere with very positive vibes. When the evening finally got chilly, there was a nice warm fire. But enough about the venue, what about the music?
The night started off with Out Of The Beardspace, an extremely creative and energetic group of young musicians who are dedicated to their craft, to having a positive impact on the planet, and assuring that the audience gets fired up. They have a number of albums out and are soon to release another, and they produce their own Beardspace Music, Art and Sustainability festival. They definitely rock hard, and incorporate influences of funk and avant garde jazz – think Zappa meets King Crimson and evolves to the twentyteens.
Next up was Mun, the headliner, plays jammy rock music that has a definite edge of electronic dance music. The audience was doing some serious dancing during their set, and for good reason. Some of their songs sound funky, some jazzy, and others are straight jams. These talented musicians from New York perform a lot in the northeast, at great venues like Capital Theater, Brooklyn Bowl, 8X10, as well as festivals like the Big Up and Catskill Chill.
By 4am the party was still going strong, with one band yet to play; Awesome Teenage Democracy. I was able to stay for their first few songs, and I was definitely impressed with their edgy sound, and their well crafted songs. They are worth checking out and keeping an eye on. By 5am, after 11 hours of pretty much non stop music, I was ready to pack it in. It was a great night and I couldn’t have asked for anything more in an after party. Great venue, great music, great snacks and drinks, great dancing, art, crafts, and an amazing crowd of fun having young people. I can’t wait for the next one!