GIG: Philly Primary Stages: Oct 7 & 8, 7:30pm, Philadelphia

by Ji11

It’s time to sing “Happy Birthday!” (but only half of it so you don’t have to pay royalties) to Philly’s Primary Stages which turns 10 years old this month. Look at our little Primary Stages, growing up so fast! Soon it’ll be in 5th grade, trying to steal Dad’s Playboy magazines, playing video games, climbing trees, and eating boogers, like all 10 year olds do.

I stole this from Google Images. I have no idea what it means, but it somehow seemed surreal/appropriate.

I stole this from Google Images. I have no idea what it means, but it somehow seemed surreal/appropriate.

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 (of which Jill is a fan).

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.

The format of these events is that the PDC gives area playwrights a theme or topic, and then they write a 10-minute play based on that theme. Then we all get together to watch them! Because this is the 10th anniversary of the Primary Stages, they’ve chosen the theme of “X,” and playwrights can interpret and apply “X” to their new play in whatever way they like (X-rays, XXX-rated, ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, etc.!). If you’re feelin’ theatery, you could come both nights and see a dozen morsels of fresh, original theater. We can’t promise we won’t repeat any songs, however… :)

This month’s shows are happening on Tuesday October 7th & Wednesday October 8th. .  We play a 30-35 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.) 


WHERE:  The Meetinghouse Theater inside the Community Education Center: 3500 Lancaster Ave. (sorta by 30th St Station) Philadelphia, PA 19104-4916
WHEN: Tuesday October 7th & Wednesday October 8th. Doors open at 7:15ish, HB! plays at 7:30 sharp, the plays start at 8pm. Different plays both nights!
CASH: Because this is their fundraiser, this round is $10 each.

For a measly ten bucks ($10!), you get a night of terrific theater, snackies, beverages, and music.  What better way to spend a mid-week, autumnal evening, AMIRITE?

See you then!

Your pals,

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

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by Matt
That's not Photoshop. This is how Angela Sheik travels.

This is not Photoshop. This is how Angela Sheik goes to the store.


Greetings, all you wonderful Cool Little Brothers and Sisters!

You’ve probably noticed by now that Hot Breakfast! doesn’t have a lot of shows lined up for the fall. This realization undoubtedly led you to exclaim “hey! Hot Breakfast! doesn’t have a lot of shows lined up in the fall!” Unfortunately, this created an awkward moment for you, as you were in the middle of a quiet activity at the time, like checking out a library book or performing a bris. We’re sorry about that.


"What can I say? I like songs about pants."

“What can I say? I like songs about pants.”


Anyway, you deserve an answer. We’ve got lots of shows coming up – but not exactly as Hot Breakfast! Instead, we have the honor of backing our insanely talented friend Angela Sheik on select shows as she tours in support of her lush, haunting, all-around stunning new album Home Before Dark. Jill is singing backup and playing percussion and Matt is playing electric guitar on these shows.

If you’re familiar with Angela Sheik, well, then you know. If not, we’re not sure how to begin telling you about her, except to say to hear her music and watch her perform live is to become an instant fan. Angela is an incredibly skilled and creative looper – in fact, she was the Boss USA Loop Station Champion in 2011, and went on to represent America in the World competition. Loopers build their songs before your very eyes and ears, adding more and more layers until a single person can sound like a symphony. Here, take a look at the performance that won her the crown (her song begins around 1:20):



Looping, which requires multitudes of focus and concentration, is always impressive and mesmerizing to watch. There’s something hypnotic and damn near transcendent about witnessing someone create multiple layers of sound right in front of you. But it’s the amazing amount of creativity she puts into her music that really melts our brains – the vocals-as-percussion, the offbeat instruments, the flute lick that becomes a symphony, the theremin (holy moley, the theremin!)…everything. Plus, she’s got a gorgeous and versatile voice, she writes wonderful lyrics and melodies, and she’s delightful to watch onstage.

We like her, is what we’re saying. And we are thrilled to be in her band during these shows.


That's us, rocking out at World Cafe Live at the Queen on September 13th.

Here we are performing one of Angela’s new songs: “Jill Blows Her Nose in Bb Major.”


Angela’s band, which accompanies her on several non-looped songs, is loaded with goodness – it’s such a treat to hang out with these people, much less make music with them. In addition to Matt on guitar and Jill on vocals & percussion, we’ve got Derek Christopher on the bass, Rich Degnars and Ritchie Rubini (our good friend and producer of our upcoming album) on drums, Sharon Sable on vocals, Alfred James Goodrich on cello, and Christina von Duyke and Sarah Smith on violin.

We are on our knees, groveling at your feet, emoting like Sarah Bernhardt, begging you – begging – to catch at least one of these shows.




Here’s the schedule:

  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20: Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street, NY, NY 10002 (21 & older)
  • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25: IOTA Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA (all ages)
  • SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25: Melodies Cafe, 2 E. Langaster Ave, Ardmore, PA (all ages)

The links in the above list will direct you to information about venues and tickets.

These are all gonna be great shows, but we’re especially looking forward to that October show. Not only will we be back at one of our favorite venues – we last played at Melodies a couple days before Christmas with Jewmongous – but we’ll be breaking out the acoustic and performing a few songs as Hot Breakfast! as well!

So in conclusion – we love Angela, and we love making music with her, and we’d love to see you at any or all of these shows. And we know you’re gonna love it too. That’s a whole lotta love, Brothers and Sisters.

A whole lotta love,
The Suburban Legend (Matt) and Ji11

You read this whole thing? Sweet! Here’s some dessert for you.

This is the just-released video for “Bring it On,” the first single off Home Before Dark. If the guitar-playing clown looks familiar, that because he’s the same guitar-playing clown who wrote this post1.



1 If you look carefully, you’ll spot roughly half of the entire Philly/Delaware music scene in the melee as well. I’ll give you a hint about the bass player.

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GIG: COMEDY! MUSIC! COMEDY MUSIC! Friday August 1 8PM at The Kennett Flash

by Ji11


It’s time for our annual funny songs show! Yaaaaay!! Were back at The Kennett Flash again, and it wouldn’t be a comedy music for without our beloved Todd Chappelle on the bill with us. As an added bonus, we’ve invited our good friend (and, City Theater favorite) Melissa Bernard to work her stand-up and improv skillz. Wheeeee!

Come! Come!  The show will be not entirely squeaky clean, you’ve been warned… But I’m pretty sure you can handle it. You watch HBO.

The venue doors open at 7:15 and the show starts at 8 PM. Tickets are cheaper online, so swing over to and get them while they’re hot!

Don’t forget to BYOB!!

This show will be different than our show at The Queen on 7/26… We’ve worked out the set lists and only two songs overlap. BONUS: We’re giving anyone who can prove they attended both shows an exclusive reward which will never be offered again. Exciting stuff!

We’ll see you soon!

Your owl (I meant to type “pal” but my tablet autocorrected it to “owl,” which I’m totally keeping),


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GIG: Friday July 11, 7pm: Portland OR with The Industrial Jazz Group

by Ji11

It was on a high school band trip in 1986 when a high school junior named Andrew Durkin found out Jill Knapp could sorta carry a tune. A musical partnership was born that year and never stopped.

Andrew and Jill were in a zillion bands together in high school, college, and beyond… in NJ, in Los Angeles, and even in Portland. No matter how far apart they lived from each other, they still found ways to collaborate across the miles.

In 2000, Andrew created a small jazz combo who eventually called themselves The Industrial Jazz Group. When they needed a singer, Andrew called on Jill despite them living several states away. Over the next few years The Industrial Jazz Group grew in size from a quintet to a septet, to a nonet (9 pieces) to a dectet (10 pieces), and eventually all the way to a a 17-piece monstrosity. They toured extensively around the US and Europe, and their music even served as as bumper music for various NPR segments and shows. Critics almost universally loved them (except for one stabby New York Times review, but hey, even bad press is good press, right?) Neat!

What, you never saw a jazz singer dressed as a bee before? (Hague Jazz Festival 2007)

What, you never saw a jazz singer dressed as a bee before? (Hague Jazz Festival 2007)

In 2007 The Industrial Jazz Group played at The Hague Jazz Festival in The Netherlands, as well as at the world-famous Bimhuis in Amsterdam. From the Amsterdam show, the band got a magnificent live recording which ultimately became their 2008 release “LEEF” (which loosely translates to “Live” in Dutch).

Andrew took a hiatus from The Industrial Jazz Group so he could focus on writing a book (which comes out this November!), and coincidentally during that time, Hot Breakfast! gained lots of momentum… so Jill never stopped performing. It’s very different to front a big band dressed as a bee than it is to be one-half of an acoustic dork-rock power duo… but it’s an absolute joy either way.

These days, the center of Jill’s musical universe is undoubtedly Hot Breakfast!, but it sure feels nice to play with The Industrial Jazz Group when the rare opportunity arises… it’s like seeing old, dear friends and picking up where you left off as if no time has passed at all.

ANYWAY. All of that history is to tell you that this Friday is a dream come true for Jill: A joint gig of the two bands that are the great loves of her life. It’s happening in one of her favorite cities: Portland, Oregon, which has been the new home of The IJG since about 2006.

The show is taking place in a multi-purpose coffeehouse space in Portland called Tabor Space. The place has events ranging from yoga to children’s music classes to touring rock bands and fancy coffee tastings. It’s so very Portland. What’s not to love?

If you’re a regular reader of this website, there’s a good chance you’re located on the east coast… so we really don’t expect you to show up to this show. But if you know anyone in Oregon who is looking for a somewhat family-friendly musical experience this weekend, send them our way.

WHO: Hot Breakfast and The Industrial Jazz Group!
WHERE: Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, Oregon 97215
WHEN: Friday, July 11, 2014. Doors open at 7:00. Hot Breakfast plays at 7:30sharp; IJG plays at 8:30. We have to be out of the building by 10pm, so it’ll be an early night.
COVER: $10-$15, sliding scale.
FOOD: I don’t think there’s food, but there will likely be coffee. It is Portland, after all.

This is gonna be one hell of a show. We can’t wait.

Your pal,


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GIG: June 13 8pm: Los Festingos’ CD Release Party at Kennett Flash, Kennett Square, PA

by Ji11

It was Halloween 2013 when a band named Los Festingos took the stage at Lickety Split in Philadelphia and played a song professing their love of Total Wine, and then another about how girls from NJ are questionable. Being a chick from Jersey myself (this is Jill writing, by the way), I fell in love. Hard. Not only were these guys funny, but they were great players, and had a bunch of sincere songs, too. They were kind and classy enough to stick around to hear our set, and whaddaya know, they dug us too… And the romance began.

Months later they asked us to share a bill with them at The Grape Room in Manayunk, and their set was fantastic. They were The Grape Room’s house band for that month, so they really had the chance to dig deep into their catalog and play some tunes that normally don’t get performed live. We loved what we heard: really great, interesting music with topics ranging from bright and playful to a downright epic song cycle in several movements. They’d make both Tenacious D and Yes equally proud. But best of all: They made us happy. :)

That same night they asked us to open for them at their CD release party at The Kennett Flash, and we agreed right there on the spot. The name of their new album is “Aquaculture Is Not A Game,” and what we’ve heard from it will rock your socks off. These guys are dork-rockers of the highest caliber, and we’re thrilled to be sharing a bill with them. (We’re also just happy that these young guys think we old farts are still cool or something…?)

The Flash is quickly becoming a regular venue for us… we’ve played there a bunch of times already this year, and now we’ve got two more shows this summer (this Festingos show, and another Comedy Music show on August 1st– see our calendar for details). Playing there is always a treat because the place is set up for listening. We feel like we can be dorky, but we also feel comfortable playing some of our sincere stuff too. We dig it.

[I need to mention that I’m on a plane right now and we are bouncing around SO MUCH it’s making me really nervous. I understand and trust physics more than anything, and I logically grok that the plane wants to stay in the air thanks to science, and the only way it’s going down is it the plane actually breaks, or if we get bitchslapped by a microburst– and the chances of those things happening are infinitesimal. But still… Yikes. It’s bumpy. I’m gonna cut to the chase and get to the deets because I need to put my portable electronic device away.]


WHAT: Los Festingos CD Release Party — we’re playing the first set, and we’re playing it just for you!
WHO: Hot Breakfast and Los Festingos! Los Festingos is a four-piece band from Kennett Square, PA. They don’t use the phrase “dork-rock” to describe their sound, but we will gladly let them into our dork-rock club. Read about them here. I love their bio.
WHEN: Friday the 13th of June (oooooh!). Doors open at 7:00PM; The show starts at 8PM sharp with Hot Breakfast!
WHERE: Kennett Flash, 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, PA. Click HERE for directions and a map.
FOOD/DRINKS: They have yummy sandwiches and simple appetizers. No bar, but you can (and should) BYOB. There’s a $4 corking fee per person. (BYOB! BYOB! BYOB! The more you drink, the better we sound!)
PARKING: Street parking is free in Kennett Square after 6:00. There’s a garage for The Flash only a block away…check this map for directions.
Facebook Event: Here you go!

See you there! (assuming my plane doesn’t crash because of these thunderstorms we’re flying by right now. No lie, the woman directly behind me on the plane just barfed. I’m not saying this for comic effect. There is actual, literal, real barf. And everyone knows that when one person barfs, there is often a barfy chain reaction… so yeah, I’m gonna close my laptop now and do some deep breathing, because I’m not gonna barf next, no siree!)

Sitting in a chair in the sky,

Your pal Ji11

We totally just flew by this. I'll show you the video I shot out my window next time I see you!

We totally just flew by this. I’ll show you the video I shot out my window next time I see you!

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GIG: Sat May 10th, Arden Gild Hall, Arden DE – Opening for Tony Trischka Territory! (HOLY CRAP!)

by Ji11

Apologies to Planet Ten Media for defacing their poster with our name with Paint Shop Pro 7.06.

Apologies to Planet Ten Media for defacing their poster with our name with Paint Shop Pro 7.06.

Arden, Delaware really is a remarkable place. For what is essentially a collection of neighborhoods (“population 474” says the Year 2000 census), they have at least five terrific performance spaces, several art galleries, clubs of all kinds, weekly community dinners, you name it. Their concert series is run by the Arden Concert Gild, and it’s impossible to predict who is going to grace their stage. I know there are many others involved with the Concert Gild, but in my mind it’s personified by Ron Ozer. Ron is such a music fan, and his tastes are all over the map. He is so passionate about live music and sharing it with everyone, and his enthusiasm is truly infectious. I love seeing shows with him. If I’m attending a show and Ron walks in, I know I chose the best show in town. Purely on Ron’s recommendations, I’ve seen bands which normally wouldn’t be on my radar: Debo Band immediately comes to mind. Ethiopian jazzpop? Never knew it existed, but thanks to Ron’s eclectic tastes and ability to bring musicians to our state, we danced our asses off to this incredibly complex but accessible and vital music. Wheeeee!

One thing I especially love about the Arden Concert Gild’s shows is how they pair headlining acts with opening bands: they often don’t match genres– SO COOL. Like, if I’m going to hear a jazz quintet, most promoters would book another jazz musician or ensemble as the opener– logical, right? Sure, but that doesn’t really expand anyone’s horizons. For example, when Debo Band (Ethiopian pop fused with with hella sick jazz and heavy funk) played in Arden in 2013, the flawlessly ethereal musician/looper Angela Sheik opened (She was the BOSS’ Looping Champion of the USA). You wouldn’t think they’d go together… but the Arden approach is, as long as the musicians are great at whatever it is they do, they’ll fit!

So with that, we have no earthly idea how the heck we’ve gotten to play in Arden so many times. (Could it be the subliminal messages we’ve been whispering outside Ron’s window for the past few years? That’s not creepy at all!)

We’ve had the honor of playing on Arden’s various stages over the years, both as a headliner and as a supporting band. It’s always a laid-back (but super-professional) vibe, with a great sound system and the magnificent George Brockelsby on lights. If you’re lucky to be playing on a non-summer Saturday night, performers also get treated to the Arden Dinner, which is a community meal prepared by volunteers and eaten with neighbors. It’s the best. The food is always incredible, and the company simply can’t be beat.

So all of this backstory is to tell you the news: As of just the other day, we’ve been invited to be the opening band for the Jedi Master of the Banjo, Mr. Tony Trischka…or more specifically Tony Trischka Territory, which is him and his band. Even if you don’t know diddly-squat about bluegrass, you’ve most definitely heard Tony Trischka. He’s a freakin’ legend not only in the bluegrass world, but also in Arden: He’s holds the title of Artist Who Has Played in Arden The Most. The New York Times called him “…the godfather of what’s sometimes called new acoustic music.”   And DUDE… we get to open for him! EEEEEEEEEE!!! By now you’ve probably figured out that this blog post was written by Jill and not Matt. :D

In true Arden style, it only makes sense to pair the bluegrass’ Banjo Deity with Delaware’s premier acoustic dork-rock power duo. :)

The show is this Saturday, May 10th and it starts at 8pm. We play right at 8, and we’ll serve up a 30-35 minute set… after which we’ll pour ourselves a glass of wine, grab our seats, and let Tony whisk us away on five strings of awesome.

We’ve got a ton of new material for you… so now we have to decide if we play the new stuff with an eyeball on the new lyrics, or if we stick to the classics. You’ll just have to show up to see. :-)


What: Arden Concert Gild and WVUD Present Tony Trischka Territory
Who: Hot Breakfast! opens, and Tony Trischka Territory headlines (of course!)
When: Saturday, May 10th, 8:00pm
Where: Arden Gild Hall: 2126 The Highway, Arden, Delaware 19810
Tickets: $20-25, via Brown Paper Tickets. Click For Tickets!
Food & Drink: Beer, wine, soda, water for sale. No food, though. (The dinner I mentioned above is for Arden Dinner Gild members only).
Parking: Plenty of free parking at the Gild Hall.
Facebook Event: Here you go!

We’re really excited about this show. We hope you are too.

Your pal,


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GIG: Thursday 5/8/2014, 9pm at The Social Lounge, West Chester PA

by Ji11

IT REALLY IS A HOLIDAY. Ask Joe Trainor how to celebrate it; he'll totally tell you.

IT REALLY IS A HOLIDAY. Ask Joe Trainor how to celebrate it; he’ll totally tell you.

A long, long time ago, 10 years ago to be exact, Matt and I were standing backstage at the Baby Grand with Joe Trainor as we rehearsed City Theater Company’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. Matt was the body of the famous man-eating plant Audrey 2, and Jill provided the voice. Joe played piano and led the pit band, as he does. It was early May, and the three of us were trying to find a time when we could all hang out. This was before smartphones, so you used the calendar in your head more than the calendar on your phone. One of us suggested we get together on a certain day, and another one of said that we couldn’t do that day since it was, “uh, whaddaya call it, Cinco de Ocho.” We laughed so hard over this until we couldn’t breathe, and every year since then, the three of us have been trying to get together for a celebratory drink on May 8th but have always had some kind of conflicting plan. Joe had a gig, Jill was out of town, Matt had a show… something.

And this year, my friends, is no different. We will not be having our celebratory Cinco de Ocho drink with Joe Trainor because Hot Breakfast! will be playing a gig at The Social Lounge in West Chester starting at 9PM. It’s a damn fine excuse, really.

The Social Lounge is a venue in West Chester, PA. Colin McGetrick (of Wave Radio fame) is the host of that venue’s weekly showcase known as The Thirsty Thursday Roadshow, and this is our week!


What: A Cinco de Ocho celebration thanks to the Thirsty Thursday Roadshow!
Who: Hot Breakfast!, hosted by Wave Radio’s Colin McGetrick
When: Thursday, May 8th, 9:00pm 11:00 pm; maybe even until midnight.
Where: Social Lounge: 29-31 East Gay Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania 19382
Cover: FREE! But please drink or eat something; that’s how they stay open, y’know.
Food & Drink: They have it! Pretty fancy and delicious stuff, too.
Parking: No idea. Whatever it is, I’m sure you can handle it, Scout.
Facebook Event: Here you go!

Will you be there to have a drink with us?
Come on out. We’ll toast to Joe.

Your pal,


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SXSW GIG: 3/15/2014, 7:30PM at 219 West ( 612 W. 6th St., Austin, TX)

by Ji11

We’ve been in love with Austin for a very long time. Between the music scene, the food, the technology, the food, Alamo Drafthouse, Barton Springs, Congress Street bats, the food, the people, the creative communities, the weather, Burning Flipside, and the food, it only seemed to be a matter of time before we decided to pack up and move there.

But Delaware has its charms (not to mention our families), so perhaps being bi-state-ual makes more sense. But could we ever be Texas’ premier acoustic dork-rock power duo? Texas sure is a big place; I mean, you can fit 107.95 Delawares in Texas. That’s a lot of area to fill with our awesomesauce… so I think we’ll stick to living in smaller states for now.

We'll be traveling from Delaware to Austin courtesy of and their wonderfully low standards.

We’ll be traveling from Delaware to Austin courtesy of and their wonderfully low standards.

But we’re no strangers to playing in Austin; no ma’am! We played at ye olde Burning Flipside Festival in 2012 and had a blast, and we’ve played a few house concerts there too. But this year, we’re playing at South By Southwest as part of’s showcase at 219 West. Wooot! is taking over the downstown gastropub named 219 West on Saturday March 15th and the music site’s favorite bands will be playing all afternoon and into the night. We’ve got a gig the night before in Delaware that there’s no way we’d miss, so we’ll be flying into Austin the morning of the 15th, which means we get to play an evening slot!

Here are the details of the Saturday, March 15th’s events at the venue/gastropub named 219 West. NOTE: The venue’s name is NOT its address, which is confusing. The venue’s address is 612 W. 6th St. (which is between Rio Grande and Nueces), Austin, TX 78701. Their phone number is (512) 474-2194. Please don’t go to the wrong place. :-)
219 West has a comfy indoor stage as well as a gorgeous roofdeck! As of now, we’re scheduled to play on the indoor stage. Here’s the schedule:

Inside Stage:

2:00pm – 3:30pm: Songwriter’s Circle (round-robin style)

Jennifer Logue
Mary Scholz
Samantha Aurelio

3:50pm – 7:20pm: Hearo Folks

3:50 – 4:20 – Lover’s League
4:40 – 5:10 – No Good Sister
5:30 – 5:50 – Keelan Donovan
6:10 – 6:40 – Granville Automatic
6:50 – 7:20 – Jamie Kent

7:40pm – 9:40pm: Songwriter’s Circle (round-robin style)

Michele Karmin
Alyse Black
Hot Breakfast!
Dylan Andre

10:00pm – 2:00am: Indie Rock SuperHearos

10:00 – 10:30 – Senior Fin
10:50 – 11:20 – The Yawpers
11:40 – 12:20 – Drowning Clowns
12:40 – 1:10 – WaveRadio
1:30 – 2:00 – Heatwarmers

Roof Deck

2pm – 6pm: Indie Rock SuperHearos

2:00 – 2:40 – Gang of Theives
3:00 – 3:40 – KingFisher
4:00 – 4:40 – Southwork
5:00 – 5:40 – Sirsy

6:00pm – 10:00pm: Hearo Soul

6:00 – 6:30 – Damien Anthony
6:50 – 7:20 – Davon
7:40 – 8:10 – Dan Orlando
8:30 – 9:10 – Julia Figueroa
9:30 – 10:10 – Boy Wonder

10:00pm – 2:00am: Hearo Rocks

10:30 – 11:10 – The Swear
11:30 – 12:10 – SDRA
12:30 – 1:10 – Trendy Trendy Space Vegans
1:30 – 2:00 – Langton Drive

We’ve played with a bunch of these bands before on the big stage at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, and we’re here to tell you: they’re outstanding! Heck, if you wanted to park yer butt at 219 West all day and eat their delicious foods, drink their delicious drinks and listen to all the music, that’s a great freakin’ day right there. And best of all: You don’t even need a wristband!

WHO: A bunch of bands, including Hot Breakfast!
WHAT: South By Southwest Interactive, baby!!
WHERE: A venue confusingly named 219 West, which is located at 612 W. 6th St. in downtown Austin. (That’s on 6th between Nueces and Rio Grande.)
FOOD: Yup! This is a highly-rated gastropub with outstanding food/drinks.
PARKING: Likely nada. This is SXSW, so you’re taking the shuttle and hoofin’ it. It’s part of the fun!
COVER: I’m fairly certain it’s a free show. We’re trying to find out from the promoter.
AGES: We pretty sure it’s 21+.

So come on out– there will be press coverage, food, and Hot Breakfast. It’s the next best thing to brisket.

Your pals in dork rock,

Ji11 and The Suburban Legend
(aka Jill and Matt)

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GIG: Tomapalooza II, Friday, March 14, JB McGinnes, 7:00

by Matt
Matt, Tom Hutchins, and Jill. That guy in the middle made a lot of lives better.

Matt, Tom Hutchins, and Jill. That guy in the middle made a lot of lives better.

We met Tom Hutchins the night we performed at Tomapalooza 2013: the blowout event created by Dave McGurgan and Vincent Kilpatrick (among others) to celebrate Tom’s birthday while helping him purchase a new, motorized wheelchair. It was a genuinely incredible night, filled with love, belly laughs, good vibes and some INCREDIBLE rock from killer bands like Randy America, The Prisoners, The Stiffs, and Clashing Plaid.

And once we met Tom and his super-cool wife Jennifer, we immediately understood why he had so many loyal friends (who ended up raising and donating an enormous amount of money). Muscular dystrophy and a recent stroke had robbed him of so much of his energy and control of his body, but he was freakin’ funny and wonderful to talk with, and the guy just radiated goodness. By all accounts, Tom was one hell of a teacher, and a generous, kind, gentle soul, up until the day he died just five months later. Nobody expected him to leave so soon, but he also knew his time was limited, so Tom and Jen came up with a plan.

The plan? Tomapalooza would continue every year around Tom’s birthday whether he could attend or not; and every year the proceeds from the show would go to a worthy charity. So this year, the charity is Brian’s Run, an event in West Chester, PA which “raises funds for disabled people from the community who need help with physical mobility, seeing and communication.” ( We are excited and honored to be a part of this great event, to share a stage with our friends and fellow rockers, and to contribute to Brian’s Run in Tom’s memory.

You have our word: Tom is a guy worth celebrating, and we hope you’ll join us at TOMAPALOOZA II. On Friday, March 14th (Pi Day!), a fantastic selection of rock bands are gonna take over JB McGinnes in New Castle, Delaware. Check out this lineup:

1. Hot Breakfast!: 7:00 – 7:25
2. Kitty Rotten: 7:25- 7:50
3. Nomads OK: 8:00 – 8:25
4. The Prisoners: 8:35 – 9:00
5. Clashing Plaid: 9:10 – 9:35
6. The Keefs and Randy America: 9:45 – 10:10
7. SwitchKitten: 10:20 – 10:45
8. Van Halen Nation: 10:55 – 11:25
9. Altar Of Dagon: 11:35 – ?

Now THAT is a freakin’ lineup!

We kick off the show promptly at 7:00, so make sure you’re there nice and early! Each band is only getting 25 minutes to cram in as much ROCKING as humanly possible.


What: TOMAPALOOZA II – A Celebration of the Life of Tom Hutchins
Who: Hot Breakfast!, Kitty Rotten, Nomads OK, The Prisoners, Clashing Plaid, The Keefs and Randy America, SwitchKitten, VH Nation, Altar of Dagon
When: Friday, March 14, 6:00pm – 1:00 am. We play first, from 7:00 to 7:25.
Where: JB McGinnes, 519 E. Basin Road, New Castle, DE. Click HERE for directions and a map.
Cover: $10. All proceeds benefit one of Tom’s favorite charities – the bands play for free.
Food & Drink: They have it! Many drinks to choose from, and you can download their menu here.
Parking: No worries there. It’s in a big shopping center.
Facebook Event: Here you go!

Much Love,
Matt (The Suburban Legend) and Ji11

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We need you! VOTE in the 8th Annual WSTW Homey Awards!

by Ji11
We salute you.

We salute you.

It’s Homey Awards Season ladies and gentlemen, and now is the time when we beg you to nominate us for an award or two. We know it’s gross; we know it’s shameless. But we’ve worked really hard throughout 2013, and we’d love to be recognized for some of it. Can you blame us? Even the most ego-secure people need validation every once in a while.

This time, we’re asking you to vote in the 8th Annual WSTW Homey Awards (the link goes to a Facebook Note that lists the categories and nominees you can choose from, but don’t worry, you don’t need a Facebook account to view it). This is where you get to vote for all your favorite Delaware musicians, bands, songs, albums, and videos from this past year.

And as you most likely know, 2013 was an amazing year for Delaware music.

How do you do it? Simple. Just send an email to Homey (at) with your picks between now and February 7nd, 2013. All of the categories, eligible albums, EPs, and songs are listed on that Facebook Note, but you don’t need Facebook to vote – and you can even add your own categories in your email. Because this is the preliminary round, you can pick up to five nominees in any category, but you only get one email entry per person… so make it good!

As hey, as it turns out, your pals Hot Breakfast! are eligible for this round’s voting! We’d love it if you’d consider us for:

  • Album of the Year: “39 Summers,” Hot Breakfast!
  • Song of the Year: “We Are Not Cool” and “Defender,” Hot Breakfast!
  • Band: Hot Breakfast!
  • Lead Singer: Jill Knapp of Hot Breakfast!
  • Live Act: Hot Breakfast!
  • Comedy-Music Artist: Hot Breakfast!
  • Best Songwriter: Matt Casarino, Hot Breakfast!
  • Best Rock Song: “We Are Not Cool” and “Defender,” Hot Breakfast!
  • Best Alternative Song: “Defender,” Hot Breakfast!
  • Best Collaboration: Hot Breakfast! and Todd Chappelle, “This is Our Hit Song”
  • Best Pop Song: “This is Our Hit Song,” Hot Breakfast! and Todd Chappelle
  • Best Video: Hot Breakfast, “An Idiot for Christmas” (Kevin Regan, dir.)
  • Best Producer: Ritchie Rubini (for Hot Breakfast’s “39 Summers”)
  • Best Engineer: Ray Gagliardino< (for Hot Breakfast's "39 Summers")/li>
  • Best Studio: Studio 825 (for Hot Breakfast’s “39 Summers”)

…and any other category where you think we deserve a nod!

If you’re very trusting (or just lazy), scroll down and copy/paste our pre-written nomination note and email it over to See how helpful we are?

But tell you what, friends – even if you DON’T vote for us, we still want you to vote. There are so many wonderful musicians in Delaware – the original music scene here is as active, essential, and vibrant as ever – and this is a great way to show some love to your favorites. We are so indebted to WSTW’s Hometown Heroes for their wonderful focus on, and commitment to, Delaware music, and hosting these awards is a great way to give recognition to the many, many wonderful artists in the area.

So vote, won’t you? Again, in this preliminary round, you can vote for up to five artists/venues in each category. And all of them will love you and find you wildly appealing.

Why? Because VOTING IS SEXY, that’s why.

Your fellow Americans,
Hot Breakfast!

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Hi! I’d like to nominate the following acts for the Homey Awards. Thank you!

  • Album of the Year: “39 Summers” by Hot Breakfast!, “Start Sinning” by John and Brittany, “One by One” by Angela Sheik, “Morning People” by Todd Chappelle, “Better Late than Never” by The Keefs
  • EP of the year: “Wrong Decision” by Brene Wilson, “Soul” by The Honey Badgers, “Nature Tunes” by Em McKeever, “Dismantled” by RKVC
  • Song of the Year: “We Are Not Cool” by Hot Breakfast!; “Defender” by Hot Breakfast!
  • Band: Hot Breakfast!
  • New Artist: WaveRadio
  • Male solo artist: Dan Orlando; Brene Wilson
  • Female solo artist: Angela Sheik; Noelle Picara; Rachel Schain; Jessica Graae
  • Lead Singer: Jill Knapp of Hot Breakfast!; Dan Kauffman of Glim Dropper
  • Best Producer Ritchie Rubini
  • Best Songwriter: Matt Casarino of Hot Breakfast!
  • Guitarist: Ben Geise (Glim Dropper), Chris Malinowski (The Collingwood), Colin McGetrick (WaveRadio)
  • Bass player: Kevin Niemi (Joe Trainor Trio), Dan Kauffmann (Glim Dropper), Joe Testa (Noelle Picara), Ray Gagliardino
  • Drummer: Jeff Dement (Joe Trainor Trio), Rob Schnell (Glim Dropper), Ritchie Rubini, Jeff Dombchik (Lori Citro), Kenn Koubek (The Keefs)
  • Keyboardist: Joe Trainor (Joe Trainor Trio), James McGlaughlin (WaveRadio)
  • Live Act: Hot Breakfast!
  • Rock song: “We Are Not Cool” by Hot Breakfast!, “Defender” by Hot Breakfast!, “Talkin’ to a Wall” by The Keefs, “Zzzoloft” by John and Brittany
  • Best Alternative Song: “Defender” by Hot Breakfast!
  • Folk/Americana artist: The Honey Badgers; Halley/McKeever/Palko; Jessica Graae
  • Best Collaboration: Hot Breakfast! and Todd Chappelle, “This is Our Hit Song”; and Angela Sheik and Dante Bucci
  • Best Video: Hot Breakfast, “An Idiot for Christmas” (Kevin Regan, dir.); Angela Sheik, “My Turn”; Wave Radio, “Out of Reach”
  • Best live music venue: World Cafe Live at the Queen, Arden Gild Hall, 1984
  • Best original music concert/event of the year: Wilmo Rock Circus
  • Comedy-Music Artist: Hot Breakfast!; Todd Chappelle
  • Best Pop Song:: “This is Our Hit Song,” Hot Breakfast! and Todd Chappelle
  • Best Engineer:: Ray Gagliardino
  • Best Studio:: Studio 825


And yes, sincerely… thank you. We love you, and are so grateful for your support!

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GIG: Saturday, January 18, Le Grand Fromage, Atlantic City, NJ, 8:00

by Matt

Yep…that’s a lot of beer. We can handle it. We’re professionals.

New Jersey…we’re comin’ for ya.

And no amount of politically-motivated lane closures is gonna stop us.

Thanks to the good people at Philadelphia Music Coalition and Little House Booking, your pals Hot Breakfast! are part of this incredible bill of rockin’ bands on Saturday, January 18th. The night includes some of our favorites, including The Magnificent Birds of Prey, The Lost Will Follow, Amber Ladd, Terrible Friends, and more. That’s right…there are ELEVEN BANDS playing on two stages. And every one of them will melt your face off.

Le Grand Fromage is a rockin’ bar on Gordon’s Alley in Atlantic City. They specialize in craft beers and some of the most diverse music acts on the East Coast. And on Saturday the 18th, they’ll be servin’ up some Hot Breakfast!

The night kicks off at 8:00pm with The Last Great Hero on the downstairs stage. We’ll open the upstairs stage at 8:20pm, and play until 9:00. The two stages will be rockin’ out until 1 in the morning – and Rocker’s Dive Radio will be there as well!

Speaking of Rocker’s Dive Radio… if you can’t attend the show, you can listen for free! Just tune in online, and we’ll be the first band you’ll hear. We’re excited, and so grateful for everyone’s effort to pull together such an epic, hard-rockin’ show!

So come on over to AC with us. We’re hungry for some cheese. Some BIG cheese.

WHO: Hot Breakfast! with Magnificent Birds of Prey, The Lost Will Follow, Wave Radio, Amber Ladd, Terrible Friends, The Last Great Hero, For What it’s Worth, Ego Alien, Angry Bears, and Lila
WHEN: Saturday, January 18. Doors open at 7pm; first band starts at 8pm. Hot Breakfast! goes on at 8:20pm.
WHERE: La Grande Fromage Nightclub: 25 Gordon’s Alley, Atlantic City, NJ 08041. Here’s the map.
PARKING: Looks like there’s free street parking.
FOOD & DRINK: Not sure about food, but they’ve got a great bar and some incredible craft beers.
TICKETS: $10 at the door.
LISTEN LIVE FROM HOME: Rocker’s Dive Radio:

Rockin’ with the heat of a thousand suns,
Matt (The Suburban Legend)

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The Christmas Video is done! WOOT!

by Ji11
I'm totally shopping, I swear.

I’m totally shopping, I swear.

With loads of gratitude to Kevin Regan, Georgie Staley, Julie Snow-Regan, and YOU, our zillions of patient extras… we are thrilled to announce that the video is complete and we’ll be releasing it on Sunday, December 1st! (That’s today! So here it is!)


We are SO excited about this video! It took us a year to make since it had to span three seasons: Summer, Fall and Winter. (Nuts to you, Spring!)

A brief timeline:

  • December 6 2012: Kevin Regan left us a voicemail pitching the idea of shooting a video for our song “An Idiot for Christmas.” He envisioned it being shot over the course of a year, with the shots corresponding to the seasonal lyrics.
  • December 2012: Brainstorming, planning, storyboarding
  • January 2013: Waiting patiently for snow!
  • Early February 2013: We had a snowstorm finally, so we grabbed the shots about scraping off the windshield and heading to the mall while we had snow on the ground. Snow angels happened, hot cocoa was sipped while staring wistfully out the window, and light-up Santa hats and glittery eyeliner were donned.
  • July 28: We shot our outdoor baseball game scenes at Brandywine High School
  • August 3-4: We headed to Rehoboth Beach, where the wonderful Georgie Staley taught a bunch of wonderfully talented and gung-ho people a 16-bar dance routine. We were SUPER-excited that our filming day just happened to coincide with the annual sandcastle contest at Rehoboth Beach, so Matt was able to steal a shot in front of one of the award-winning sandcastles! We also grabbed shots of skee-ball, bumper cars, ice cream eating, Gravitron barfing, and beaming kids with beach balls.
  • August 21: Uncle Henry’s Creepy BBQ in Media PA. Kevin Niemi played a delightfully creepy Uncle Henry… that shot of Kevin staring into the camera cracks me up.
  • August 24: We shot the swimming pool scenes at Kevin’s folks’ place. (Thanks, Momma Regan!)
  • September 16: We shot some concert footage at 1984 in Wilmington, recruiting Jeff Dement on drums and Randy America on bass. We also begged some friends to come watch us play through the song a few times to make it seem like people like us. :)
  • October 12: We grabbed some autumnal shots at Linvilla Orchards, and some Halloween footage (featuring a horrifying Guy Fieri and Phantom of the Opera) in West Chester
  • November 24 2013: We wrapped it all up on November 24th at the Christiana Mall, just as soon as the Christmas decorations went up.

    It was a whirlwind, and also pretty fun trying to play with the continuity between the shots. (What color is Jill’s hair this week?)

    Like the song? download it for free by clicking here.

    Yes yes, we know it’s hella schmaltzy. From the midi drums and gratuitous jingle bells to Jill’s prissy over-pronouncing of words and loungey delivery, it doesn’t get cheezier than this. The irony of all this is that Jill reeeeaally hates shopping (which also makes her a commie terrorist)… but hey, we’re not above stooping this low in hopes of getting on WXPN’s holiday compilation. :)

    So… let’s see how many stupid YouTube Comments we can get. Maybe we can turn it into a drinking game. Everytime someone comments using any of these words, take a drink:

    • OLD
    • LAME
    • DUMB
    • STUPID
    • O_o
    • RON PAUL 2012

    It’ll be a party! :)

    No seriously.. we are really proud of the video, and we’re so happy you were all a part of it; whether on camera, in spirit, or even now just by watching it, reading about it, and spreading the word. Many, many, many heartfelt thanks to you all, and especially to Kevin Regan. Now go watch his series of web series: The Clink, The League, OK?

    Your pal,


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