As mentioned in my previous post, I had to leave the WHYY Connections Festival a little early, before Dr. Dog’s set was over, to make it to Sigma Sound Studios in time for Work Drugs and Sun Airway. Sometimes my incessant need to be everywhere early doesn’t always work out. As it turned out, Work Drugs didn’t go on until well after Dr. Dog’s set ended, leaving me a little bitter that I left early for no reason. Oh well, who can complain with this much free live music in one day? I’m already over it. Sort of…

VITAMINWATER transformed Sigma Sound Studios into a Vitamin Water oasis of sorts. From decorations to free vodka infused mixed drinks, as well as free beer, I quickly found myself trying to settle my extreme hunger with these delicious beverages. That was a good idea, right?

Continuing with the I’ve-never-seen-this-band-live-before theme, I was looking forward to seeing Work Drugs. I’ve heard a song or two here and there, but am definitely not very familiar with their music. Enter a perfect opportunity to get to know a band better. Classified as sedative-wave and smooth-fi, their somewhat tropical tunes were complete with out of place sunglasses. Worn by every member. The lights weren’t that bright, guys… Anyway, I can now call myself a Work Drugs fan, as they instantly won me over with their kick ass set. Now I can listen to their music with a sense of appreciation.

Set list (courtesy of David Turcotte Photography): Golden Sombrero / Catalina Wine Mixer /  Third Wave / Swimmer Girl / Blue Steel / Sunset Junction / Ice Wharf / Dog Daze / Curious Serge / Rad Racer

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I saw Sun Airway for the first time back in July at XPoNential Music Festival. While I thought that they sounded great, and I was happy to finally say that I saw them live, an outdoor festival isn’t exactly their perfect venue. If you’re familiar with the band, you know what I mean. The Sigma Sound Studios was a million times more appropriate for their electro rock sound. It all came down to the lighting. What made making photos a tad more difficult turned out to be very visually interesting. Check out some of my photos below to get a better idea. While the crowd started out a little thin for a free show with free alcohol, it did increase somewhat for Sun Airway. Still, I thought more people would take advantage of such a cool event. Oh well, it made for a more intimate show.

Set list (courtesy of TheSwollenFox.com): Waiting On You / Oh, Naoko / Your Moon / Wild Palms / American West / Shared Piano / Symphony in White, No. 2 / Put the Days Away

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Sun Airway at vitamin water uncapped in Philly

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Sun Airway at vitamin water uncapped in Philly

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