Photos and Review by Barry Lindenmuth jr
On a hot Sunday afternoon, Northern Liberties in Philadelphia was transformed into the third Annual 2nd Street Festival. Celebrating its 50th year, the Philadelphia Folksong Society joined the 2nd Street Festival committee in producing a great day full of workshops, art, food, beer gardens and of course music. Four stages that took over a five city block span were host to over 15 of the areas hottest bands and solo acts who put on free shows unlike no other.
Some of the highlights of the days festivities -I have been a fan of Philly native, Res (pronounced Reece) for about 5 years. Missing her every other time she’s perform in the city of brotherly love, I was ecstatic to see her on this Festival roster. When Res took the Poplar Stage, the festival streets were really starting to get crowded. Singing songs from her debut CD How Do I, Res took the performances to another level. She kicked off with “They Say Vision” her biggest song to date. She then told the crowd, “Since this is a Festival so I’m gonna do some songs I love”. Right after that statement she belted out Stevie Nicks classic “Edge of 17” which was delivered flawlessly, as if it was her original song. That performance gave me chills.
After running from one side of 2nd street to the other, I was finally able to see East Hundred perform. I’ve missed their shows many times in Philly, so even though I was out of breathe and sweaty, I was stoked! There is a buzz among the Hipster crowd about how awesome they are, and the Hipsters weren’t lying. Their song “Spells”, instantly became one of my favorites. Showcasing the talents each member has to offer, its a great song to throw on when your’e getting ready for a night on the town. During their set lead singer Beril, joked with the crowd asking “do I look too sweaty?” Of course we all said no, and she kept on on rocking! After she got off stage, being slightly sweaty, Beril came down and graced us with an interview!
So many great bands, and so much going on, I wished I could be in two places at once to catch it all. I did get to see at least some of each set, so that was a treat. Even though I saw a small portion, I loved the energy Cheers Elephant brings when they’re on stage . “Shark Attack” was a great song. With high energy and lots of guitar, Cheers Elephant is a band I def have to see again! Other performers on the day included Nicole Zell Band, (stay tuned to TSI Live for her interview) Black Landlord, Banned Books, Painted Blue, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, Gillian Grassie, Great Unknown, Mason Porter, Delicate Steve, Kala Jojo, Wes Mattheu and the New Way Down, Krista Parrish, Boris Garcia, and Toy Soldiers to round out the night.