GIG: 9/7/13 – 12 hours of music to benefit MS Research! Aqua Sol, Bear DE

by Ji11

LivingWithMSMultiple Sclerosis sucks. My sister has it. You don’t want it. Each year I try to do a little something to raise money for the MS Society in her honor; I’ll either Bike to the Bay, I’ll do the MS Walk, or during lazy years I’ll send ‘em a check. For the last few years we’ve been able to contribute in an even cooler way: by playing music in a sweeeeet all-day music festival at a wonderful spot: Aqua Sol Restaurant.
If you haven’t been there before, Aqua Sol is pretty neat. It’s got foodie-quality food with a Cuban flair, really good drinks, and a South Beach vibe. It’s right on the water, and their giant deck is on the marina. It’s the perfect place to start the process of saying goodbye to summer. A mojito on the water? Don’t mind if I do!
 
For the past few years, the wonderful John Smith (of The Acoustic Jam fame) has been putting on this remarkable event, which raises an impressive amount of money (and awareness) for Multiple Sclerosis and the search for new treatments and a cure. John puts his heart into this event, and you’ll never meet a more fun and welcoming atmosphere. $15 gets you 12 hours of music on the deck (or inside the groovy restaurant if it rains)– how can you beat it?
 
The live music starts at noon and goes all the way until midnight. We take the stage at 6PM, and we’re the last band to play before Barrel House Blues plays a marathon 5-hour set. INSANE! (And insanely good, too.)

There’ll be a special guest artist this year, Ms. Kristie Salerno Kent, who will be performing and promoting and signing her new book during the event. She’s living with MS and was officially diagnosed in 1999, but when you see her perform you can tell she’s kicking MS’ ass with her ROCK.

They’re keeping things easy this year and selling tickets at the door only… and they’ve dropped the price, too. This year tickets are only $15, which is pretty incredible.

Here’s the band lineup as we know it… please note that times are a little loose.

Kona Shame — 12:00 PM
The Acoustic Jam — 1:00 PM
Kristie Salerno Kent — 2:00 PM
Time Warp — 3:00 PM
Billy and Friends — 4:00 PM
Katalyst — 5:00 PM
Hot Breakfast — 6:00 PM
Barrel House Blues — 8:00 – Midnight!

Here’s a link to the Facebook Page for the event– you don’t need a Facebook account to see it, just in case you want to learn more about the other sweeeeeet activities (poker!) happening as part of the event.

DEETS:
WHO: A bunch of bands, including Hot Breakfast!
WHAT: 3Rd Annual Music Extravaganza: Living with MS
WHERE: Aqua Sol Restaurant; 3600 Summit Harbor Place, Bear, DE 19701 (302)365-6490. Or, if you’re coming by boat, just head to the Summit North Marina.
WHEN: Saturday, September 7th, 2013. 12pm to midnight! (We play around 6pm.)
WHY: To raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research and support. It’s important, you guys
TICKETS: At the door only; $15.
OTHER STUFF: Yes, they will also be having their poker crawl as well, so if you’re the bettin’ type, bring a few bucks for that.
CONSIDER: Bringing sunblock for the daytime, and some bug spray for the evening.
FOOD: There will be food and drink specials all day, with a portion of your tab going to the MS Society.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/117344251806136/

Hope to see you there– it’s a Hot Breakfast! tradition.

Your pal,

Ji11

ps: We have an all-day rehearsal for the Queen show, so we won’t be arriving until right before our set, and we’ll have to duck out right after. Just so ya know.

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GIG: Saturday, August 24, 1984 (Wilmington, DE) with New Americans and Evangelina & the Boys

by Matt

There are three excellent reasons to come to the magnificent 1984 Barcade in Wilmington on Saturday, August 24th.

Pictured: several hundred hours of our youth.

Pictured: several hundred hours of our youth.

No, no, not those three reasons. We’re talking about three wonderful, female-fronted bands: The New Americans, Evangelina & the Boys, and your friends Hot Breakfast! We will all be rocking out at Delaware’s greatest arcade/bar on Saturday, August 24, starting at 10:00pm.

We’re gonna kick things off with an especially dorky 50 minutes (get ready for a new song or two!). Next, you’ll get a set from the mighty New Americans – a fantastic indie band who have been rocking Delaware since 2011. Finally, Evangelina will take the stage, and she is wonderful – she brings a mix of singer-songwriter soul with a true rock and roll spirit. Make no mistake – there will be some excellent music in the air at 1984.

But, of course, that’s not the only reason to go to 1984. We didn’t put that photo up there by accident – 1984 is loaded with an amazing selection of console video games and pinball machines. There are dozens of titles, all of ’em guaranteed to transport you back to your youth (unless you’re too young to remember console games, in which case, here, knock yourself out). And this is the best part: each game will only cost you a quarter. That’s right – in this era of $3.00 games at joints with names that sound vaguely like failed sitcoms (“Dan and Scooter’s” or whatever), here’s a place charging exactly the same to play Sinistar1 that you paid thirty years ago.

Great music. Great video games. Great beer. We are gonna party like it’s – well, you know. See you there. :)

DEETS!

WHAT: Hot Breakfast!, The New Americans, and Evangelina & the Boys at 1984 in Wilmington
WHO: Hot Breakfast, Evangelina & the Boys, The New Americans (links go to Facebook pages)
WHERE: 1984, 2511 W. 4th Street, Wilmington (link goes to Google Maps)
WHEN: Saturday, August 24, 10:00pm – 1:00am
TICKETS: $5 at the door. Cheap!
FOOD/DRINK: They’ve got an amazing beer & cider selection, but no food. But they have menus of local restaurants who deliver.
ACCESS: 21 or older only. They have a parking lot, but it can fill up – the earlier you arrive, the better.
FACEBOOK EVENT (IF YOU LIKE THAT SORT OF THING): It’s right here! Huzzah, Facebook!

Rock n’ roll, video games, and beer. THAT’S AMERICA, SON.

Love,
Matt (the Suburban Legend)


1 Speaking of Sinistar…F*** THIS GUY.

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GIG: Tuesday, August 20, 7:30, World Cafe Live at the Queen with Todd Chappelle & George Woods

by Ji11

You’ve often heard us declare that the local music scene, from the musicians to the venues to the deejays, is incredibly welcoming and supportive. But sometimes, even Delaware’s Premier Dork-Rock Power Duo travels outside of Delaware. And on one occasion, we ended up in Boston, where we met the amazing George Woods.

George is a true triple-threat: a fantastic songwriter, a wonderful singer, and a freakin’ AWESOME guitar player. (Click on that above link, scroll down a bit, and listen to a few songs – you’ll see.) But he’s also a great guy, friendly, smart, hilarious, and rather swoony.

Did you just look into his eyes? Congratulations – you’re pregnant.

And he’s coming to Delaware.

Here’s the story: a few months ago, we performed at the 6B Lounge Open Mic Night, hosted by George. He liked us, and asked us to come back to be the featured artist on an open mic night in July. But George was also planning a tour to support his new album Heartbeat, and he needed a Delaware venue. So George will be joining us at World Cafe Live at the Queen on Tuesday, August 20th at 7:30. (Click that link to purchase your tickets online!)

But that’s not all. Not by a longshot. Sure, a show featuring Hot Breakfast! and George Woods would kick a tremendous amount of butt. But your friends Matt and Ji11 wanted to kick more butt than has ever been kicked. Therefore, this show features not only Hot Breakfast! and George Woods, but also the most clever, snuggly, hilarious, and lovable folically-challenged singer-songwriter we know. He too is rather dreamy, don’t you think?

...and now it's twins.

…and now it’s twins.

That’s right…TODD FREAKIN’ CHAPPELLE, Delaware’s hilarious and ridiculously talented musical comedian, who happens to be our great friend. He’ll be joining us too, and guess what? He’s got a new album out! That’s right – this show, in addition to introducing the great music of George Woods to the great state of Delaware, will be Todd Chappelle’s Album Release Party. His new album, Morning People, was recorded live in May, and it is a RIOT. (Trust us. We were there.)

Because this show is at the Queen – and we cannot stress this enough – after you purchase tickets, you should call (302) 994-1400 to reserve a table. The last time we played a show with Todd Chappelle at the Queen, we sold the place out, and some folks with tickets were forced to stand because they didn’t also reserve a table. Please don’t let this happen to you. Besides, the Queen has some yummy food and excellent bartenders – you’ll want a table.

So to sum up: Tuesday, August 20th. World Cafe Live at the Queen. Hot Breakfast!, George Woods, and Todd Chappelle. Two swoony guys, and one pair of dorks. Tickets are only $8 for the show people1 are already calling “the most incredible thing ever that hasn’t happened yet” and “if I say what you tell me to say will you get out of my garden?”

DEETS!

WHAT: Todd Chappelle, George Woods, and Hot Breakfast! at World Cafe Live at the Queen
WHO: Todd Chappelle, George Woods, and Hot Breakfast!. Try to keep up.
WHERE: World Café Live at the Queen (upstairs), 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE
WHEN: Tuesday, August 20th. 7:30 PM
TICKETS: $8 (+$2 processing fee). Purchase tickets here or call (302) 994-1400. Dinner reservations are strongly recommended in addition to your ticket purchase. All tickets are General Admission.
FOOD/DRINK: Full menu (yum!) & bar service.
ACCESS: All ages event. Wheelchair accessible. Parking garage next door.
FACEBOOK EVENT (IF YOU LIKE THAT SORT OF THING): http://www.facebook.com/events/120791031424748/

Yours in rock,
Matt (the Suburban Legend) and Ji11

1 Technically, Jill and I are people. So…yeah.

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Benefit Gig: OpenNet Foundation Pig Roast, Sat July 27, 6-10PM. Wilmington DE

by Ji11

This here is the logo for the OpenNet Foundation. They were formed by Jill's former co-workers; they're good people.  We used this logo instead of showing a picture of a roasted pig. (You're welcome.)

This here is the logo for the OpenNet Foundation. They were formed by Jill’s former co-workers; they’re good people. We used this logo instead of showing a picture of a roasted pig. (You’re welcome.)

I’ve been donating my time and vocal cords to the OpenNet Foundation for years, singing The National Anthem before all of their all-star hockey games. The OpenNet Foundation is a wonderful volunteer organization created by former co-workers of Jill’s, and they are dedicated to raising money for worthy charities through hockey tournaments and hockey-themed events. Last year The OpenNet Foundation donated $10,000 (!!) to Juvenile Arthritis research at AI DuPont Childrens Hospital, and this year we’re raising money for them again. Wooot!

So yep, this is a fund raiser, and we hope you’ll attend! It’s a pig roast, but don’t worry, there will be all sorts of food options there (not just roasted pig), with performances by Hot Breakfast!, and the female-fronted hard-rock band Souls of Fate (in their unplugged state). Beer and wine will be available, too.

Tickets are $30, and it will be a really good time. Plus, you don’t have to get all gussied up; they say “outdoor casual attire.” I would bring bug spray in addition to your shorts, though. (And if it rains, I *believe* it’ll be moved inside.)

DEETS:
WHO: Hot Breakfast! and Souls of Fate (unplugged)
WHY: It’s a fundraiser for the Open Net Foundation, benefiting the AI DuPont Childrens Hospital for Juvenile Arthritis research
WHEN: Saturday, July 27th from 6-10PM
WHERE: The Shands House on the grounds of A.I. duPont Hospital for Children: 1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803
PARKING: On the grounds there. You’ll see it.
MORE DETAILS: Here’s a link to OpenNet’s event page: http://www.opennetfoundation.org/events.htm
COST: It’s a fund-raiser, so tickets are $30 and need to purchased ahead of time at their ticket site here.
FOOD: Well, it’s a pig roast, so there’ll be roasted pig. We understand there will be other foodstuffs there as well. (They didn’t run the menu by us, though.)
OTHER INFO: Wear “outdoor casual attire” the invitation says.

Hope to see you there!

It’s good for the soul, and good for your ears, too. :)

Your pal,

Ji11

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Happy news: We are May 2013’s Philly Rising winning band!

by Ji11

Jill takes a wicked triangle solo

What’s more awesome, Jill’s expression, or Erin’s dress? (Erin’s dress, definitely.)

As you may recall, our CD Release Party for 39 Summers was on May 18th 2013 at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington.
The album release was really successful (We sold out the venue! We got a lot of hugs! We got to make music with people we love! We sold a lot of CDs!), and we thought it would be a good idea to keep the momentum going by playing at the World Cafe Live in Philly as quickly as possible afterwards. So on the following Monday, just a few short days after the album release party, we headed up and played WCL Philly’s open mic, called Philly Rising.

The open mic was packed with really good players: both seasoned soloists, full bands, and a few new people trying out their material. It was a big crowd, pretty loud, mostly friendly, and we were grateful that we reserved a table near the front so we’d have a place to sit and we could see. We were happy that the lovely Em McKeever, her friend Harley, and Rodney, all joined us. We had a blast listening to everyone, cheering each other on, and keeping each other entertained.

We could only play two songs, so we played 39 Summers and It Only Takes Two to Rock, both songs went especially well. The crowd, which was a very chatty bunch, seemed to quiet down when we took the stage, and when I introduced It Only Takes Two in my silly Tenacious D ripoff voice, people were really paying attention. We played the crap out of the song, and we had strangers yelling “HOT BREAKFAST!” by the time our little two-song set was over. Gotta say, it felt really good to win over a crowd like that.

We didn’t know that Philly Rising was a competition, so we were rather surprised to hear that we had won the night via email after we’d gotten home. The prize for winning the night was that we’d get to compete against all of the other May winners in July.

So, the July competition just happened on July 2nd, and we were up against really talented folks. You could feel the energy in the room– the competitive energy, but also the camaraderie too. Some bands and waitstaff recognized us (“Hey! You’re the Breakfast people, right?”) which felt really nice.

The April bands played first and the fabulously tight, piano-based quartet (quintet? I can’t remember because I’m old) Dan Orlando Band won for the April folks. Then the May bands played, and we were scheduled to play at 10:30, but things were moving at a rapid clip, so we wound up playing at around 10pm. The May bands were fabulous, and we knew we weren’t going to win, and we were also totally OK with that. We’re just two people, and competitions are really kind of silly anyway… how could you possibly compare what we do to a solo blues guy or to a jam-band or to a full-blown rock band with three-part harmonies? How do you determine who is “better?” And what does “better” even mean?

They called us to the stage, and as we walked up I heard someone say, “Oh, I love these guys.” I winked at them and said, “Keep your expectations nice and low, folks.” We had a bunch of friends from Philly at the show to support us, so there was some enthusiastic fist-pumping happening to get the crowd primed; we were very, very appreciative. We were allowed to play three songs, so we picked “39 Summers,” “Act Surprised” and “It Only Takes Two to Rock.” People seemed pretty into 39 Summers, we got applause for the big vocal ending of Act Surprised, and once again, people dug It Only Takes Two.

This funny thing happened: At the end of It Only Takes Two, Matt and I were really laying the rock moves/rock scowls on super-thick, so I thought it’d be funny to take the mic off the stand and twirl the mic stand over my head at the end of the song to be magna-ridiculous. So right after Matt counts off for the big ending, I start taking the mic off the mic stand, but the mic cable unplugged itself, and I let out a very dainty “FUCK!” and just start belting the rest of the song without a mic… and I could tell that people could still hear it (thank goodness for having a big mouth). Then I saw Matt move over, so I just hopped on his mic to finish out the rest of the song– he was on both knees on the floor– I’m sure I had one arm in the air or something silly, and the place went nuts. Instead of laughing at us for the mic breaking in my hand, they were totally on our side and laughing at the ridiculousness of it, which again, made me so happy because they absolutely could have made us feel like total tools.

Anyway, we left the stage and a few more bands played. One of the remaining bands were these two 20-ish girls playing guitars with great harmonies. After they were done playing, they came up to us and said, very nicely: “It’s really obvious that you guys have been doing this for a long time.” She didn’t mean it as a dig at our age, but to be funny I turned it into one, and we all laughed about it.

Keep taking your Centrum Silver, kids.

So… we were packing up to leave as the judges tallied the votes, and HOLYCRAP, we won! While we would have been happy with just this little feather in our caps, we found out there are some prizes, as well: Three hours of studio time at Cambridge Sound Studios in Newtown, PA; a couple spins on 93.7 WSTW, our band’s Hearo.fm profile (should we decide to make one, that is) will get featured on Hearo.fm’s front page, and a featured performance spot upstairs at World Cafe Live in Philly on September 30th.

On Wednesday, January 22nd 2014, we’ll play a 12-band showcase downstairs at World Cafe Live in Philly as part a showcase all of 2013’s monthly Philly Rising winners. That concert will also be a competition, and we’ll need you there to cheer us on! As of right now we’re scheduled to play at 8:15pm, but sometimes these events move quickly, so we could go on earlier. Of course, we may also go on later, but not much later… so please come support us!

Stay tuned!

Your pal,

Ji11

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GIG: Tuesday, July 9, 7-9pm, Stango Park in Lewes, DE

by Matt

Woohoo! The dork-rockers are coming to the BEACH!

We said "dork-rockers," not "coolest kids ever." (RIP, Annette.)

We said “dork-rockers,” not “coolest kids ever.” RIP, Annette. (What’s on John Ashley’s face?)

Your pals Hot Breakfast! are performing a free outdoor concert as part of the 2013 WSFS Bank Summer Concert Series in Stango Park on Tuesday, July 9th. Stango Park is next to the Lewes Library in Lewes, Delaware, one of the most charming beach towns you’ll ever see.

And all you have to do is show up with a beach chair or a towel (and perhaps some bugspray). We’ll do the rest! The rockin’ kicks off at 7:00 and goes until 9:00 – so you’ll still have plenty of time to hit the town when the sun goes down.

Oh, speaking of the sun – it’s true, we haven’t seen a lot of it lately. If it’s raining in Lewes, please check this site or the Facebook Event page for updates. Things are looking pretty good right now.

Hot Breakfast! and the beach – what a great way to spend a summer night in Delaware! See you there!

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DEETS!
WHAT: Hot Breakfast! the 2013 WSFS Bank Summer Concert Series in Stango Park (Lewes, DE)!
WHERE: Stango Park, 111 Adams Ave, Lewes, Delaware (next to the Lewes Library).
WHEN: Tuesday, July 9th. 7 – 9pm.
COVER: FREE!
FOOD/DRINK: Nah. We recommend bringing some lemonade and a picnic basket. We also recommend giving the band food.
PARKING: Plentiful!

See you in the park!

Love,
Matt (the Suburban Legend)

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GIG: Tue, July 2, 10PM, World Cafe Live (Philly)

by Matt
That's us.

That’s us.

We’re gonna keep this one brief.

A couple months ago, we took our act to World Cafe Live in Philly for their Philly Rising Open Mic Night. We had a great time, partly because we got to hang out with our friends Rodney, Em, and our host Boy Wonder. We also got to perform a couple of songs.

Well, the good people at World Cafe Live must have liked us, because they invited us back for the PHILLY RISING SHOWCASE on TUESDAY, JULY 2nd. We’ll be performing three songs sometime shortly after 10PM (we’re officially scheduled for 10:30, but they often run early). We know, we know – that’s pretty late for a school night. But we’re only playing three songs, and there will be a bunch of wonderful musicians making music all night. So if you’re up and around, we’d LOVE to see you. This is another competition – if the judges like us, we may end up with more gigs at World Cafe Live in Philly.

So come on over and give us some love! C’mon, it’s a short week. You can sleep in on the 4th.

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DEETS!
WHAT: Hot Breakfast! at the Philly Rising Showcase at World Cafe Live (Philly)!
WHERE: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
WHEN: The evening starts at 8pm. Be there by 10pm to hear Hot Breakfast!
COVER: No cover! It’s free!
FOOD/DRINK: Heck yes! WCL has a great menu and a full bar.
PARKING: They don’t have a garage, but you should have no problem parking on Walnut Street.

Thanks! Everyone have a wonderful and safe holiday!

Love,
Matt (the Suburban Legend)

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GIG: SAT June 29th 6PM – 8PM – Penn’s Place, New Castle, DE

by Matt

And here it is: our SECOND gig of the day. But first, a question:

What will you need after walking around in the summer sun and eating ice cream all day?

You’ll need COFFEE.

This here’s the most ROCKING coffee mug we could find. In fact, this might be more rock than we can handle during our 8am coffee.

Well, we certainly know we’ll be needing it. That’s why after we eat our weight in gelato and Fat Rick’s BBQ, we’re heading over to Penn’s Place in Historic New Castle, DE for a TWO HOUR SET. That’s right – spend two hours with us at a great venue!

About that venue: Penn’s Place (that link goes to their Facebook page) is a great coffee house and gathering place with wonderful coffee, food, and WiFi. And starting this month, the good people of Gable Music Ventures have been booking FREE ENTERTAINMENT! Already, this month has seen the likes of Todd Chappelle, Beth Goldwater, and Fearless Improv, among other great acts.

And on Saturday, June 29th at 6:00pm: it’s our turn.

Here’s a pic of some of the goodies and patrons at Penn’s Place. And by “goodies and patrons,” we mean Ben Freakin’ Franklin.

So come on over to Historic New Castle and soak up some history (along with coffee and noms) with some Hot Breakfast!

DEETS!
WHAT: Hot Breakfast! at Penn’s Place in New Castle, Delaware
WHERE: Penn’s Place, 206 Delaware Street, New Castle, DE (link goes to Google Maps/Directions)
COST: Free, but you will want food and coffee. Trust us.
FOOD: Look at that pic! Noms & coffee goodness await you!
PARKING: There will be street parking.
IN FACT: Historic New Castle is lovely on a nice summer night. Plan on taking a walk before or after the show.
HEY, CAN I BUY A COPY OF 39 SUMMERS THERE? Why, yes. Yes, you can.

There you go, Comrades of Rock. That’s how we do it.

Two gigs.

One day.

LOTS AND LOTS OF REALLY GOOD FOOD.

Stick with us, kid…and you’ll never! Be hungry! AGAIN!

Okay, that was an awkward Gone With the Wind reference.
But in our book, Johansson ain’t got nothin’ on O’Hara.

Love,
Matt (The Suburban Legend)

P.S. Since I used their image, it seems only fair to provide a link to Creative Imports, who makes that coffee mug. But please note this is not an endorsement: we know nothing about the good people of Creative Imports. And honestly, do you really need another coffee mug? You’ve got too many as it is! (But yeah…it’s pretty cool.)

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GIG: SAT June 29th 1PM – Rockwood Ice Cream Festival

by Ji11
This is the rockingest image we could find of ice cream. Is it us, or does the one on the right look like Marge Simpson?

This is the rockingest image we could find of ice cream. Is it us, or does the one on the right look like Marge Simpson?

They say you slow down as you get old, but not us. We’re the kind of band that plays TWO GIGS IN ONE DAY. Yep, you read that right…we’re the rough, hard-edged rockers who can bring two giant slabs of tasty rocking within one 8-hour period. THAT IS SERIOUSLY HARDCORE1.

It’s 2013, and they figure this is the year to have a final creamy hurrah before the world ends, since it didn’t end in 2012. And thanks again to the spiffy people at Gable Music Ventures, there will be a bunch of great live bands playing all day on the various stages peppered throughout the event, and we’re stoked be playing for you on the main stage, which is right by the mansion. you can’t miss it!

I’m also excited to be stuffing my face full of gelato (and Lactaid pills) because WOOOOT I love that stuff.

DEETS:
WHEN: We play on Saturday, June 29th from 1:00 – 1:50pm.
WHERE: Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Park.
Details about COVER, PARKING, and FOOD can be found on the event’s website, which is here: The Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival

If you’re the kind of person who likes Facebook, here’s a link to the Facebook event for the entire Ice Cream Festival itself.

Don’t forget that you can’t park on site, so you’ll have to park at a remote location and take a shuttle. This takes time, so if you’re wanting to see our show, make sure you leave enough time. (Yes, Mom.)

And also don’t forget: It’s BYOB: Bring Your Own Blanket! Otherwise you might get dirt or ants on your butt. (Nobody wants an ant-butt.)

See you there!

Your pal,

Ji11

1 Of course, in the true hardcore fashion, we’ll be napping in between shows.

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GIG: Bellefonte Cafe, Wilmington, Friday, June 21, 7:00 PM

by Matt
You. That's right, YOU. (Photo (c) 2011 Joe Del Tufo.)

WE ARE ROCK STARS AND ROCK STARS LIKE TO POINT. (Photo © 2011 Joe Del Tufo.)

Your friends Hot Breakfast! love a good tradition.

Fireworks on the Fourth of July – now there’s a great tradition. Who doesn’t love to watch things explode in the sky? We also love giving & getting presents in December, flipping Jill’s Extraordinary Chickens calendar at the start of each month, and splashing naked in a creek while singing Billy Joel’s “No Man’s Land” every Thursday morning at 2am1.

And we’re prepared to announce a new tradition: a Hot Breakfast! concert at Bellefonte Cafe on the solstice.

That’s right – on Friday, June 21, we’ll play our third straight solstice concert at the awesome Bellefonte Cafe. We never get tired of playing at this wonderful venue – owner & chef Donna Rego is an excellent cook and a gracious host, and the vibe is funky and laid-back. They’ve got a full bar and everything is lovingly homemade. Plus, as we learned this New Year’s Eve, she’s one hell of a DJ. Just remember that she’s the only chef: this isn’t a fast-food joint. But everything is worth the wait, believe us.

Oh, and devil horns. ROCK STARS DO DEVIL HORNS BECAUSE ROCK.

OH, AND DEVIL HORNS. ROCK STARS ALSO DO DEVIL HORNS BECAUSE ROCK.

It’s the longest day of the year, and we’ll be there, rocking out all…freaking…night (or until 9:15 or so, when they kick us out). Remember, the Winter Solstice was December 21, 2012 – it was supposed to be the end of the world, but the earth somehow didn’t implode2. Was the Hot Breakfast! show at Bellefonte the key to survival? Experts can only speculate, but the answer is undoubtedly yes. So just IMAGINE what might happen on the Summer Solstice!

There’s only one way to find out: join us for the Hot Breakfast! solstice concert at Bellefonte Cafe (link goes to Google Maps), Friday, June 21, 7:00. The show is free – our summer gift to you! (However, there are tip jars, if you’d like to give us a gift in return.) See ya there.

Here’s a link to the event on Facebook, if that’s your thing: Woot! Facebook!

DEETS:
Who: Hot Breakfast!
When: June 21, 2013. 7:00 – 9:15ish, give or take
What: Our annual solstice concert!
Where: Bellefonte Cafe: 804 Brandywine Blvd, Wilmington DE 19809 (in the Bellefonte neighborhood)
Cover: None! It’s free! However, the band gets paid only via tips, so… take that as a hint. :) Also, please buy food and drinks and show your servers the love.
Parking: Street only, but it’s easy!

Remember: when you think “longest day of the year” you think Hot Breakfast!

See you there!

Your pals,

Suburban Legend and Ji11


1 Hey, you have your traditions, we have ours.
2 Although recent headlines make this debatable.

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GIG: Fergie’s Pub (Philly) with Arcati Crisis, Friday, May 10, 10:00 PM

by Matt

No surprise here: we love to play. We take a lot of gigs in a lot of places – bars, coffee shops, bookstores, festivals, house parties, even rodeos1. And one of the benefits of playing so much is that we meet a ton of great musicians.

Two of those musicians are Gina Martinelli and Peter Marinari of Arcati Crisis. In addition to having killer last names, Gina and Peter make wonderful, unique music, an indescribable blend of styles about quirky subjects like King Arthur’s romantic dilemmas and what not to do at bachelor parties. We met in Philly as we played one of our Primary Stages shows – Gina saw us and had a feeling we’d make a great double bill.

Dammit, why didn't we think of doing this?

Damn, that’s clever. Why didn’t we think of doing this?

We think so, too. So we’re gonna prove it at Fergie’s Pub at 1214 Samson Street in Philadelphia. It’s a great place for a gig – our only one before our huge Album Release Party at World Cafe Live in Wilmington.

The show starts at 10:00 – we’re splitting the night, so each band will take two half-hour sets. We’d love to see you there!

DEETS!

WHAT: Hot Breakfast! and Arcati Crisis at Fergie’s Pub
WHO: Hot Breakfast! and Arcati Crisis. This isn’t difficult.
WHERE: Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom Street, Philadelphia.
WHEN: Friday, May 10, 10 PM – 1 AM
TICKETS: No charge! But order expensive drinks – that’s how we get paid.
FOOD/DRINK: They’ve got food! They’ve got drink!
ACCESS: We’re pretty sure it’s 21+, and there are stairs to negotiate. Plenty of parking in garages, or a few laps around the block should yield a spot on the street. It’s in a cute section of town; we dig it there.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/149289655251214/

Hot Crisis? Arcati Breakfast? Let’s just see how this goes, eh?

Yours in Rock,
Matt (the Suburban Legend)

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GIG: ALBUM RELEASE PARTY. Saturday, May 18, World Cafe Live at the Queen

by Matt
Some bands like soft, subtle images. We're more of a "LET'S JUMP OFF A TALL BUILDING" band.

Some bands like soft, subtle images. We’re more of a “LET’S JUMP OFF A TALL BUILDING” band. (photo by Joe del Tufo, with less photoshopping than you’d think.)

Our new album is almost here!

And when it gets here, we’re gonna celebrate!

And we wanna celebrate with you.

We’ve been recording 39 Summers since November of 2012, and we are delighted to announce that our Album Release Party will be Saturday, May 18th, at World Cafe Live at the Queen. Joining us will be The Honey Badgers and The Joe Trainor Trio, two insanely talented bands who also happen to be our great friends.

We are often asked if we are the most attractive acoustic duo from Delaware with the initials "H.B." No. No, we are not.

We are often asked if we are the most attractive acoustic duo from Delaware with the initials “H.B.” No. No, we are not.

Both bands are performing sets of their own, and will join us later onstage for MIND-MELTING WORLD-DOMINATING COLLABORATIVE ROCK. That’s right – not only will you get to be among the very first to purchase 39 Summers (at a discount, no less), but you’ll also get to experience your favorite acoustic dork-rock power duo backed by a full band!
 
AND THAT’S NOT ALL! Other special guests include Joe Testa (who currently plays with Zombie Girl Noelle Picara) on guitar, percussionist Javy Diaz of Tilting Windmills, drummer Kanako Omae Neale, and bassist Ray Gagliardino, the owner & engineer of Studio 825, where we recorded much of the album. We could not be more excited.
 
Don’t get us wrong – we’ll still be performing several tunes as a duo. It’s what we do. But these are some of our favorite musicians and people in the whole world, and it’s an honor – and a rare opportunity – to share the stage with them.
 
The Honey Badgers kick off at 8:00. They’re a terrific young folk duo from Newark – please go here to listen to their music. See what we mean? You’re gonna love them.
 
You’ll also love the Joe Trainor Trio – but then again, you probably already do. These fine-looking and hard-rocking gentlemen will begin playing around 8:30. They came out with a great album last year that deserves every bit of your attention, and not just because Jill and Matt are lucky enough to show up on a couple of songs.
L to R: The de-evolution of sleeves.

L to R: The de-evolution of sleeves.


 
World Cafe Live has quickly become one of our favorite venues. The stage is great, the sound guys are superb, the staff is super-friendly, and the food is delish. Important Tip: in addition to purchasing your tickets, make sure to call (302) 994-1400 to reserve your table, especially if you want food. And you’re gonna want food – everything on the menu at World Cafe Live is fantastic.
 
This is a really, really big night for us. Our many thanks and eternal gratitude to everyone – and there are a whole lot of you – who helped make all of this happen. Come on over and celebrate with us!

DEETS!

WHAT: 39 Summers Album Release Party!
WHO: Hot Breakfast!, The Joe Trainor Trio, the Honey Badgers
WHERE: World Café Live at the Queen (upstairs), 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE
WHEN: Saturday, May 18th, 8:00 PM
TICKETS: $12 (+$3 processing fee). Purchase tickets here or call (302) 994-1400. Dinner reservations are strongly recommended in addition to your ticket purchase to ensure a seat. All tickets are General Admission.
FOOD/DRINK: Full menu & bar service.
ACCESS: All ages event. Wheelchair accessible. Parking garage next door.

Yours in rock,
Matt (the Suburban Legend) and Ji11

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