GIG: Wilmo Rock Circus: Saturday Nov 24th, ALL FARKING EVENING

by Ji11

Who’s got four thumbs and will be ROCKING YOUR FACES OFF at the Wilmo Rock Circus 2012? Only Delaware’s PREMIER acoustic dork-rock power duo, that’s who!

(Uh, that’s us.)

Tickets are on sale now folks, and there’s no better place to enjoy a 20+ course ALL ROCK BUFFET than the Wilmo Rock Circus. It’s all the rock you can eat for $15, and we’ll be playing several sets throughout the evening because the Wilmo Rock Circus’ dork-rock needs are HIGH, and we live to serve.

All ages, all awesome. Get yer tickets! Get ’em while they’re hot!

This is a really cool pop-up festival that is reinforcing Wilmington’s status as a great and supportive indie-music town. All bands (up & coming bands and bigger regional bands like Lovebettie) get 30-minute sets, so in just a few hours you can get a sampling of the east coast’s rockin’est offerings; and with two stages pumping at once, you always have a choice around who you go hear. SWEET!

Because of our status as Delaware’s PREMIER acoustic dork-rock power duo (and, OK, probably because we don’t take up much space), our 30-minute set will be split up into three 10-minute groupings and also simulcast throughout the Queen (really!) for MAXIMUM BREAKFAST SATURATION.

If you’re a Facebook-type person, you might wanna take a moment to:
[] “Like” the Wilmo Rock Circus page so you can get learn more about the bands that are playing, and
[] RSVP to the event so you can see what other cool kids are coming. Maybe you can coordinate outfits!


We’ll see you there!

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GIG: Philly’s Primary Stages, November 20 & 21, 7:30

by Matt

Just as Delaware is known for having a great acoustic dork-rock power duo scene (if you consider Hot Breakfast! a scene) (as we certainly do), Philadelphia is known for having a great underground theater scene, and one of the driving forces is Philly’s Primary Stages. PPS is a “down and dirty script-in-hand staged reading series of new 10 minute plays” where playwrights get to see their new works up on their feet, and actors and directors get a fun, short project to jump into. Audience members are bribed with beer, wine, sodee pop, bottled water, assorted chips, dips, vienna sausages and puddin’ packs.

Philadelphia Dramatists Center; purveyors of fine Philadelphia theater since... well... a while ago.

Philadelphia Dramatists Center; purveyors of fine Philadelphia theater since… well… a while ago.

We Hot Breakfastians come from pretty strong theater backgrounds ourselves, so we love getting to split our time between being on stage as pre-show and back-stage as the house-band/soundtrack.

This month’s shows are happening on Tuesday, November 20th and Wednesday, November 21st – right before Thanksgiving. We play a 30-40 minute set beginning at 7:30pm, and then a 15-ish minute set at intermission. We also play the outro music for each play– songs that are hand-picked by the directors. (The directors love to test us, so we’ve been asked to do everything from rap, Led Zep, play Sousa marches on kazoos, and even play TV theme songs. We never know what we’re gonna be asked to do for the out-tro music, but we have a blast retrofitting these songs for our dork-rock-duo instrumentation.)

There are six different 10-minute plays each night, so if you’re feelin’ theatery, you could come both nights and see a ton of fresh, original theater. We can’t promise we won’t repeat any songs, however… we have to play the crowd-pleasers! :)


WHERE: New Location! Community Education Center: 3500 Lancaster Ave. (sorta near 30th St. Station) Philadelphia, PA 19104-4916
WHEN: November 20th and 21st. Doors open at 7ish, HB! plays at 7:30 sharp, the plays start at 8pm. Different plays both nights!
CASH: Five bucks donation… feel free to give more if you’re so moved.

For a measly five bucks ($5!), you get a night of terrific theater, snackies, beverages, and music. What better way to spend a mid-week, pre-Thanksgiving night?

See you then!

Your pals,

Suburban Legend and Ji11
(a.k.a. Matt and Jill)

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GIG: Wilmo Rock Circus at the Queen! Saturday, November 24

by Matt

A long, long time ago (2011), Joe Trainor and Jeremy Hebbel and Gayle Dillman of Gable Music Ventures got together and decided to create the biggest, baddest, most ambitious “pop-up” festival of local musicians Delaware has ever seen: The Wilmo Rock Circus. Over a dozen bands got together to showcase their music at the Wilmington Riverfront, and man oh man, was it great.

But…something was missing. Something wild. Something daring. Something…dorky.

So THIS year, we’re pleased to announce that your favorite acoustic dork-rock power duo has been added to the bill of the Second Annual WILMO ROCK CIRCUS! Hot Breakfast, along with over 20 other great bands, will take over World Cafe Live at the Queen on 5th and Market Streets in Wilmington, Delaware for one great night of music on Saturday, November 24th. Some of our favorite bands, including the Joe Trainor Trio, LoveBettie, New Sweden, the Keefs, Rod Kim & Vince Cirino, and many, many more, will be rocking the whole place, upstairs and down. This all-ages event is gonna be amazing.

Now, we’re not sure when we’re playing yet – this much rocking takes a LOT of planning, and there are still some details to be ironed out. But you can look for us in the downstairs balcony, where we’ll be rocking out some short sets (a live feed will be broadcast throughout the building). And you might just catch us joining another band or two during the night.

The rocking starts at 6:00 pm on Saturday, November 24th. Tickets are $15 in advance ($17 at the door), which is quite a bargain for this much entertainment. They’ll be available soon online at the Wilmo Rock Circus official site.

So come celebrate Thanksgiving with a little Hot Breakfast! – and a whole lot of ROCK!!!

The Suburban Legend (Matt) and Ji11

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GIG: COMEDY ROCKS! 10/25 at 7:30pm, World Cafe Live at the Queen

by Ji11

The fine folks at Gable Music Ventures approached us at an open mic night a few months back, and suggested we once again join forces with musical funnyman Todd Chappelle and a standup comedian for a show at The Queen. We jumped on board, and were soon told that the lovely and talented stand-up comedian Ms. Shari Short would be our emcee for the evening. Shari is farking hilarious– we had a private performance the other night and just fell in love.

The show is scheduled for Thursday, October 25th, and it’s at 7:30pm. (Yes, really! Midweek shows start earlier sometimes, and this is one of those times.)

Todd will sing his signature funny songs, we’ll be leaning on our dorkier material (and we’ve got a new song to debut!), and Shari will perform stand-up between our sets. And you will laugh. And eat. And drink. And drink some more… which will make you laugh some more.

And you will also wish Brian a happy birthday, since he is the world’s first Cool Little Brother (CLBs are official fans of Hot Breakfast!) and he pulls rank.


WHO: Hot Breakfast!, Todd Chappelle, and Shari Short doing things to make you snicker
WHEN: Thursday, October 25th starting at 7:30
TICKETS: $10– cheap! Buy them here, or at the door.
AGES: All ages.
FOOD: Full tasty menu and good drinks.
PARKING: Street parking, and there’s also a lot on 5th between King and Market for cheap.

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Post-gig depression…

by Ji11

Hey all–

We are just beside ourselves from how amazing this weekend was. Between the Joe Trainor Trio CD release party at World Cafe Live at the Queen on Friday night to the super-secret show in Arden last night… seriously, we’re having some serious post-gig depression here. Both shows were packed to the gills, the crowds were so enthusiastic and giving us TONS of energy back… it’s times like these that make us so, so, so grateful that we get to do what we do.

A billion thank-yous to everyone who supported all of the amazing events of this weekend, in body and spirit. We really felt the love and are so incredibly appreciative. I don’t have the vocabulary to describe how we’re feeling; but the words “extreme gratitude,” “humbled,” and “rocktastic” are coming to mind.

The incredible Joe del Tufo took photos from last night’s super-secret show in Arden, where we opened for Kate Miller-Heidke. (The super-secret show is no longer super-secret– though it was a private, invite-only concert and not open to the public at all.) Kate is currently touring with Ben Folds Five, and she also toured with Ben back when he was touring solo, too… and Kate and Ben Folds Five are playing a their big Philly show tonight at the Tower Theater– we’ll see you there!

Here are links to the photos:

If you’re the Facebook type, you can use this link:

If you’re an anti-Facebookite, you can use these links below to view all of the photos from the evening (as opposed to the smaller subset that are on Facebook above):
Here are the Hot Breakfast shots:
And here are the Kate shots:

OK, more sleep now.

Thanks again, everyone. :)

Your pal,


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GIG: Friday, October 5, Joe Trainor Trio CD Release Party at the Queen

by Matt

As our Cool Little Brothers and Sisters know, we’re big, big fans of our friends the Joe Trainor Trio. We played some of our first gigs with the hard-rockin’ piano-based trio, and to this day we seldom pass up a chance to see ’em play live.

But it’s not just about music. Joe Trainor, Kevin Niemi, and Jeff Dement happen to be three of our favorite people. We dine with ’em, we play with ’em, we hang and talk and laugh with ’em, and sometimes we’re even fortunate enough to make music with ’em.

Because we like them so much, you might wonder if we’re overhyping their music. You can rest assured this is not the case. The Joe Trainor Trio BRINGS IT, yo. They rock and they rock hard, but they bring melody, great lyrics, and incredible musicianship to their rock. One listen and you’ll be hooked.

This is why we’re proud to be opening for their CD release party on Friday, October 5th at World Cafe Live at the Queen on 5th and Market Street, Wilmington, DE, at 8:00. This’ll be your first chance to hear the new JT3 album, Twelve Stories, in its entirety and purchase your copy.

But before that happens – HOT BREAKFAST! will be rocking the house!! (Hey, it ain’t all about Trainor. I mean, they’re good and all, but c’mon.) We love playing at the Queen (we’re there a lot this fall!), and we can’t wait to melt some faces before Joe and the boys take the stage.

So be sure to be there by 8:00 to hear Hot Breakfast! Actually, we really recommend getting there early – say, 7:00 – and ordering some food. Particularly the eggplant fries, because Holy Cow, the eggplant fries.

Reservations are strongly recommended for this show. You can order your tickets online by clicking here, or you can call the Queen at (302) 994-1400.

The Joe Trainor Trio and Hot Breakfast! – melting faces together since…well…for quite a while now.

Love n’ ice cream sandwiches,
The Suburban Legend (AKA Matt) and Ji11

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GIG: October 6th: Top secret show that we can’t advertise…

by Ji11

Yes yes, we blogged about this top-secret gig before, but I’m really excited about it, so I needed to talk about it more… and also bring the new folks up to speed in case they haven’t scrolled back far enough in the blog to hear the story.

So, we’re in this quandary.

We’ve been asked to open up for one of our favorite artists ever… and this artist is pretty dang famous.
But this is, contractually, a 100% non-advertised gig for the artist we’re opening for, and therefore, us as well.

So we’re not allowed to tell you about it.

And we were only given a few tickets for it since it’s a semi-private affair.
I mean, it’s being held at a public place, but you can only buy tickets if you know about the show.

But we’re not allowed to tell you about the show because it’s private.

BUT WE REALLY WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT IT because it is such a GIANT HONOR to open for this artist!

Yes, we are intentionally being ambiguous about this artist’s gender. And we’re not being entire truthful by using the word “artist” because that sort of implies that it is only one person. But you get the idea.

We were given a very small number of tickets to sell for this show, and they were all offered to our most loyal Cool Little Brothers and immediately snatched up. So it’s kinda silly us even typing up this blog post here, but we wanted you to know that we’re just really so excited and honored to be playing this gig. So, if you’re in the know, make sure you’re there on time… 8PM. We’ll see you there.

Your pal,


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GIG: Saturday, Sep. 29, 7 PM: Rod Kim’s Birthday Celebration at the Queen

by Matt

One of the best things about being Hot Breakfast! is that we get to meet and play with wonderful people.

From here to Arizona, we’ve met so many great musicians, some famous, most just happy to have a gig or two and money to make a homemade album. We’re proud to count Rod Kim among our talented new friends.

So we were thrilled when Rod asked us to join him at his birthday celebration! It starts at 7:00 on Saturday, September 29 at World Cafe Live at the Queen on 5th and Market Streets in Wilmington.

We’re not sure exactly when we’ll play, but we’ll be trading acoustic sets along with our good friend Rachel Schain and songwriter Jake Wilder Chapman. And then, Rod Kim and Vince Cirino will rock the house, followed by headliner Katie Dill, who happens to be half of the awesome trip-hop chillwave duo Mean Lady.

Those of you who’ve been to the Queen know it’s a great venue – the food’s wonderful, the bar’s bountiful, and the stage is great. We’re always happy to play there, and we’re thrilled for the opportunity to join some incredibly talented friends while we make new ones. Tickets are only $5, but reservations (for the eating of the food!) are recommended.

So please come on out and join us in wishing Rod Kim a rockin’ birthday! We’ll be the acoustic dork-rock power duo in awe of the awesomeness surrounding us.

With love,
Matt (The Suburban Legend)

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Gigs: Sep. 23 at Fergie’s Pub (Philly), Sep. 24 at Delaware History Museum (Wilmington)

by Matt

Hey there, Cool Little Brothers and Sisters!

We’ve got a couple open-to-the-public gigs coming up this weekend, and we wanted to let you know all about ’em.

First, on Sunday, September 23rd, we’ll be playing at Fergie’s Pub in Philadelphia. But before you read on, please note that this is no ordinary gig: unless you’re a die-hard theater geek/playwright stalker, this might not be the gig for you. Just being honest. We will be background music.

Here’s the deal: this is a fundraiser for the PDC and will feature live music by Hot Breakfast! and other artists, a silent auction, drinks, complimentary finger foods, guest bartenders, and most importantly…a chance to enjoy a Q & A with Nicky Silver, fresh off from a Broadway run of his hit play “The Lyons.”

The PDC is Philly’s premiere organization for new play development, so it makes sense that Nicky, originally from the Philadelphia area, should return for a visit!

In addition to “The Lyons”, Nicky Silver has written great plays like “The Food Chain”, “Pterodactyls”, “The Eros Trilogy”, “Fat Men in Skirts”, and many others. His awards include the Oppenheimer, Helen Hayes Award, and the Kesselring. He has also been nominated for other awards including the Outer Critic’s Circle, Drama Desk, and Drama-Logue Award.

To buy tickets online, please click here.


On Monday, September 24, your favorite acoustic dork-rock power duo from Delaware will open up an evening of great music to celebrate Wilmington! We play at the Arts TastIN’ at the Delaware History Museum (505 Market Street) at 6:30. We’re only playing for 20 minutes or so, but there are lots of neat acts that follow us, including our friend Jessica Graae and the cast of City Theater Company’s upcoming musical Bat Boy. Tickets are only $5.

Stay tuned, friends. We’ve got some great stuff coming up on the horizon.

Yours in ROCK,
Matt (The Suburban Legend)

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Gig: Friday, September 14 at The Young Bean in Clayton, Delaware

by Matt

Hot Breakfast! spends an awful lot of time hanging out up north…that is, if Wilmington and Philadelphia count as “north” to you. Sometimes we venture as far south as Bear, but that’s about it. We admit it: we’ve been missing out.

We plan to remedy that with two full sets at The Young Bean, a funky little coffeehouse in Clayton, Delaware, south of Middletown but north of Dover. And we cannot wait.

Why? Well, because we’re really excited to go somewhere new, for one. The Young Bean asked us to play and we’re thrilled they did – they’ve got a great tradition of live music, and we look forward to melting some new faces. We go on at 6:30 on Friday, September 14 and play through 9:00. No cover!

But mostly, we’re going because of the menu. Here, see for yourself. We’ll wait.

Back? Great. HOW GOOD DOES THAT LOOK? The coffees? The foods? Paninis? Hot chocolates? Bacon Cake? Once again…freakin’ Bacon Cake?

So please come on down (or up!) to The Young Bean on September 14. We’ll be the dork-rock power duo scarfing down bacon cakes in-between songs.

(The Suburban Legend)

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Gig: Sat September 1st, 11:15am, at the Arden Fair!

by Ji11

OK, I admit it, I’ve been attending Burning Man pretty much every year since 2004; I really love it. Last year (2011) was Matt’s first time and he loved it too, especially when we got to play a nice set at The Lost Penguin on Burn Day. It was incredible!

One thing we don’t like about attending Burning Man each year is missing the Arden Fair, which is a wonderful music/arts festival in Arden, DE that always coincides with Burning Man week. But since we’re staying home this year, we didn’t have to turn down the Arden Fair people when we were asked to play. Yaaay!

We asked for an early slot because we have a wedding to attend (and play a song for!) later that afternoon, so come visit us when we play from 11:15-11:45am.

Anyway, the nice folks who run the event have set up a helpful website with all the pertinent info, so I’m not going to reinvent the wheel here. Instead, I’ll just be lazy and point you to the source of the best info: The Arden Fair website. Please take a moment to read it– they’re asking everyone to use the shuttle bus instead of parking in Arden.

As of right now, the weather looks like it will be absolutely gorgeous.

We hope to see you there!

Your pal,


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SECRET GIG is secret (October 6, 2012, 8pm)

by Ji11

If you’re on our mailing list, you probably saw we had some bits there in fine print about a top-secret show that we weren’t allowed to announce, even if we got the gig. Well… guess what… WE GOT THE GIG! Wheeeeeeeeee!

But it’s kind of a mixed blessing– it’s a really big deal for us, but it’s strange because nobody (not even the promoter) is allowed to advertise it. It’s a secret-invite-only thing, and there are very few tickets available because of the size of this venue.

So here’s what we can tell you:

On Saturday, October 6th, a Rather Famous Person is doing a private concert for a private event at an intimate venue in Arden, DE. This show is purposely not being advertised. The promoter asked us to be the opener for this Rather Famous Person and his/her Band, but we had to get The Rather Famous Person’s approval first. We were originally told that this Rather Famous Person didn’t want a female-fronted band opening for him/her, so we figured we’d be out of the running, but I guess they changed their mind, so we’re on!

The thing is, we can’t tell you who this Rather Famous Person is. We’re not allowed to advertise the show in any way that Google could ever get a hold of… so no Facebook, no Twitter, no blogging, nothing… not even after the show has passed. We are allowed to invite people via email and phone only, and we have to get the invitees to swear that they will not mention it online.

So it’s kinda like winning a medal but not being able to tell anyone about it. But that’s OK… some things you do for the experience and not for the glory.

If you’d like to get an invite to this show, email us and tell us why you’d like to come. We’ve got a few tickets left, and it’s a first-come, first-served kind of thing. Tickets are $20. Yes, we realize you’re considering paying $20 to see us play a 40-minute opening set and then sitting through a concert by a person you may actually hate passionately (very doubtful), but you’re the gamblin’ type, we can tell.

We should also mention that we are thoroughly in love with this Rather Famous Person and have been for a few years, and we would be attending this show even if we weren’t opening. We have their albums and they are wonderful. You will *not* be disappointed.

(And for those of you keeping track… yes, we copied the contents of our recent mailing-list newsletter to a blog entry, but the promoter asked us to remove the fine print because he feared it gave away too much info. So if you’re looking for that fine print in the online version of the newsletter, it’s gone.)


WHEN: Saturday, October 6, 2012, 8pm.
WHAT: Hot Breakfast! plays a 40-minute opening set for A Rather Famous Person in a Very Intimate Venue. If you email us requesting a ticket, we’ll tell you who the Rather Famous Person is, but you will be sworn to secrecy.
WHERE: The Buzz, Arden DE
TICKETS: $20. If you want to attend, you need to email us, and then we’ll put you in touch with the promoter who will get payment from you. It’s very secret.
PARKING: There’s a parking lot, and also street parking.
FOOD: No food. There may be beverages… not sure.

Anyway, we’d love for you to attend. We’re only advertising this show stealthily through this blog and by pointing people to the blog. You’ve gotta be a fan to attend.

We’d love to see you!

Your pals,

Ji11 and Suburban Legend

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