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. :-)

DEETS:

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,

Ji11

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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 hearo.fm and their wonderfully low standards.

We’ll be traveling from Delaware to Austin courtesy of hearo.fm 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 Hearo.fm’s showcase at 219 West. Wooot!

Hearo.fm 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!

DEETS:
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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HOLY CRAP: A zillion thank yous! (Homey Awards nominations are in!)

by Ji11

I have no witty caption. It's almost 5:30am.

I have no witty caption. It’s almost 5:30am.

Folks, we owe you BIG. We asked you to send an email nominating us for some Homey Awards, and you all stepped up! Your efforts got us on the ballot, and thanks to you, judges are currently voting on who will win the 2014 Homey Awards… and we are on the list.

We are just flabbergasted and overwhelmed and overjoyed, all thanks to you!

OUR NOMINATIONS:

  1. Our May 2013 release 39 Summers is up for Album of The Year. We are so proud of our little album; we think it represents where we are as a band and what we’re about. The nominees in this category are out of this world though, and we don’t blame anyone for voting for John & Brittany or Angela Sheik. Their albums are absolutely fantastic.
  2. We’re also up for Best Band — how is this possible for a teeny duo? (Thank you!)
  3. Jill is up again for Best Lead Singer— HOLY CRAP! (Wow, I would absolutely love to win this again, but everyone else on the list is just fantastic. There’s no need to win it twice in a row. Gotta spread the love around!)
  4. Matt is up for Best Songwriter— I’ve always loved Matt’s songwriting, waaay before we were ever Hot Breakfast!. Perhaps it’s the fact that he’s a playwright; but he just understands lyrics like nobody else (and how I loooove a good internal rhyme!). His jazz and classic rock influences really shine through his sense of melody, harmony, and mood. It’s such an honor to sing his songs; I mean it. His song “You Were a Spider” is about redemption, but with the twist at the end, it just KILLS me, and I can’t get through it half the time without crying… but then we’ve got the funny stuff like “It Only Takes Two to Rock” and “The Garden of Bad Metaphors,” and that song that will haunt us for all eternity, “Hole in Your Pants.” Sometimes I worry that people just write us off as a novelty act, but hey… at least that meant they listened. :)
  5. Not helping our “silly band” case, our techno parody This is Our Hit Song is up for not only Best Pop Song (how is that possible?!) but it’s…
  6. also up for Best Collaboration thanks to our brother-from-another-mother Todd Chappelle giving us some, er, hip-hop cred. :)
  7. We’re also up for Best Live Act (This nomination makes makes us the most excited, we’ve gotta say)
  8. And our video, An Idiot for Christmas is up for Best Video thanks to mastermind Kevin Regan.

Wanna see all of the nominations? Here’s a link to the complete list of nominees.

Music competitions are very strange to me; I don’t know how to quantify how music is “better” than something else. I really don’t care if we win anything… I’m just so genuinely honored to have even crossed anyone’s mind long enough to be nominated. 2013 was a very good year for us; it feels really nice that people noticed. :)

Thank you so much. Really. Thank you. We’re just floored. <3 <3 The 8th Annual Homey Awards Ceremony and Concert is being held on Friday, March 7th at World Cafe Live at the Queen. We will be in attendance, and we might even be presenting an award, who knows? Here's a link to the Facebook Invite — keep checking there to see who will be performing that night at the ceremony!
And here’s the tickets link. Only ten bucks!

See you there?

See you there!

Your pal,
Ji11

ps: Here’s what some of the music community was saying when I said something similar on Facebook… and even if you don’t have a Facebook account, you can still (likely) read the comments.

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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) wstw.com 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 homey@wstw.com. 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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IF YOU’RE LAZY AND/OR TRUSTING, PLEASE COPY/PASTE THIS TEXT INTO AN EMAIL AND SEND IT TO HOMEY@WSTW.COM

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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

– – – STOP COPYING HERE. :) PLEASE PASTE IT INTO AN EMAIL TO HOMEY@WSTW.COM. THANK YOU! – – –

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

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GIG: Saturday December 21st 8PM at Melodies Cafe with JEWMONGOUS!

by Ji11
Sean Altman is: SHARING A BILL WITH US.

Sean Altman is: SHARING A BILL WITH US.

It was just after the new year in 2013 when we played a snuggly, dork-rockin’ show at Milkboy Coffee. Since then, a lot has changed… we’ve released our CD, Matt went through puberty, and Milkboy Coffee changed their name to Melodies Cafe. It’s still the same wonderful venue with the same terrific staff; they’ve just got a new name.

And… DUN DUN DUN… they’ve asked us to come back.

Turns out JEWMONGOUS is in town, so who better to share a bill with than another all-caps band?

Who is this JEWMONGOUS, you ask? Remember Rockapella, that amazeballs a cappella house band for “Where In The World is Carmen SanDiego?” Their founding member, Sean Altman, has formed a new group called JEWMONGOUS… and on this magical Winter Solstice night, we will share a freakin’ amazing stage. Jews, goyim, non-theists, dorks, rockers… we come together as one in dorkitude. Aaaaaaaa-maaaaaayn.

DEETS:
WHO: Hot Breakfast! and JEWMONGOUS
WHEN: Saturday, December 21st, 2013 at 8pm.
WHERE: Melodies Cafe (formerly known as Milkboy Coffee): 2 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA, 19003. (Transit friendly!)
PARKING: There’s a lot next door.
NOSHES: Of course! And some of the best coffee around, too.
TICKETS: $15-18. Get tickets here: http://www.melodiescafe.com/event/377285-hot-breakfast-sean-altman-ardmore/
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/1379939555589655/

See you there? See you there!

Your pal,

Ji11

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GIG: Comedy Music Night with Dave & Brian, Todd Chappelle, and HB!: Sat Nov 16th, 8pm at the Kennett Flash (Kennett Square, PA)

by Ji11

I have nothing to add.

I have nothing to add.

It was a warm summer night in 2012 when two outstanding music comedy bands and one dork-rock duo took the stage at the Kennett Flash and brought the place down with laughs, groans, shouts, and musical silliness aplenty. And thanks to some lovely people persistently nudging the Kennett Flash for another round, we’re doing it again! We’re PUMPED!

We’re lucky to have the same wonderful lineup as last year: Dave & Brian, Todd Chappelle, and little ol’ us.

Dave & Brian are not just your typical everyday acoustic guitar/glockenspiel duo. These guys are absolutely BRILLIANT, and when you see their live show you can see why they have a national following. Their music has been featured on NBC’s “The Today Show,” NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” show, and even on FunnyorDie.com where their songs “The Dork Anthem” “Red Rover” were both deemed Funny (no easy feat). When we saw them for the first time last year, our jaws were on the floor and our sides were aching from laughing so hard. Not only are these guys funny, but they’re so damn polished. Their material is silly, smart, quick, and edgy, while still being mostly clean (but never prudish).

Todd Chappelle is our brother from another mother, whose song about “Doritos” literally, no exaggeration here, made Jill cry because she was laughing so hard. Todd is not only a tremendously funny guy, but his voice is just gorgeous and so versatile, too. He’s known for his “how the hell did you write that song so fast” parodies on timely news topics– most notably his Fiscal Cliff song that borrowed the melody from Night Ranger’s “Sister Christian.” That song was played on radio stations all around the country at the end of 2012, and even wound up on Fox News along with an interview from the guy from Night Ranger. Todd is very much in demand, playing up and down the east coast to huge audiences. We love him very much.

And of course you know who we are… Hot Breakfast is Delawares premier acoustic dork-rock power duo, and also the least funny band on the bill. But what we lack in comic chops we more than make up for in dorkiness. BUT: We have new material for you, exclusively for this show! Hear a newly-updated song called “Facebook Status Update,” and we’ll be world premiering our first foray into EDM (electronic dance music) with a new techno song called “This is Our Hit Song,” featuring Todd Chappelle. It’ll be a night of big laughs, and we hope you’ll come.

The event is happening at The Kennett Flash, which is a 150-seat intimate venue with great sound, comfy table seating, a light menu… and it’s a BYOB establishment. We love the vibe there, and we’re very happy to be playing there again with these very talented musicians.

The evening’s festivities start at 8pm. There is no opening band– we’re all opening for each other. (So get there on time, is what we’re saying.)

DEETS:

WHO: Todd Chapelle, Dave & Brian, and Hot Breakfast! trade sets for a night of PG-13 comedy music
WHEN: Saturday, November 16th, 8pm
WHERE: The Kennett Flash– 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, PA 19348 484-732-8295.
TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased online for $15, or for $18 at the door.
PARKING: You can park in the teeeeeeeny lot behind the venue (it fills up fast), or you can park on the street– there’s plenty of parking.
FOOD: The Kennett Flash serves light fare– sammiches, snacks, drinks. It’s also a BYOB establishment, so they charge a corkage and a glass fee. There are about a zillion wonderful places to get dinner in Kennett Square, so if you’re looking for a bigger meal, get into town early.
FACEBOOK EVENT: Click here!

Hope to see you there– it’s going to be a really fun (and funny!) night!

Your pal,

Ji11

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Hot Breakfast Autumnal Update

by Ji11

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GIG: Monday, September 30, World Cafe Live (Philly), 7:00

by Matt
"There! A UFO! You guys see it too, right?"

“There! A UFO! You guys see it too, right?”

We’re gonna keep this brief.

All the way back in May, we took our act to World Cafe Live in Philly for their Philly Rising Open Mic Night. The good people of World Cafe Live must have liked us, because we were selected the winners of the evening. They they invited us back for the Philly Rising Showcase in July, in which we performed along with all the other weekly winners in May.

And guess what? We won that night, too!

We could get into a whole diatribe about how odd it is to “compete” against other musicians, especially when the Open Stage hosts so many different styles of music. But we’re not gonna do that. Instead, we’re gonna invite you to the Philly Rising Open Stage on Monday, September 30th, where we will be the Featured Artist of the night.

What’s this mean? It means that after the host (and our pal) Boy Wonder kicks things off and several incredibly talented musicians perform ten-minute sets, we will do our dork-rock thing for a half-hour (starting around 8:15). And then, you’ll get to see even more talented musicians do their thing.

The best part: it’s all FREE. The Philly Rising Open Stage is a fantastic weekly showcase of musicians, some experienced, some brand-new. Hot Breakfast! is a big fan of open-mic nights; we’ve gotten some gigs through them, but more importantly, we’ve seen some wonderful musicians and met some great people. Sure, come for the Hot Breakfast!, but stay for the rest of the entertainment – it’s sure to be a great night. Plus, the noms are tasty and the drinks are plentiful – what’s not to love?

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DEETS!
WHAT: Hot Breakfast! at the Philly Rising Open Stage at World Cafe Live (Philly)
WHO: Hot Breakfast!, Boy Wonder, and a bunch of fabulous open-mic musicians
WHERE: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
WHEN: The evening starts at 7pm. Be there by 8pm 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 after 6:00.
FACEBOOK EVENT: Right here.

Thanks y’all – this’ll be our last public show for a month or so. We’re taking a little time off to work on DOMINATING THE WORLD er, like, our tans and stuff.

Love,
Matt (the Suburban Legend)

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GIG: Wednesday, September 18, Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar (Philly) with Joe Trainor Trio

by Matt

September has been one crazy month for your pals Jill and Matt. And it’s just gonna get crazier.

 

Not that crazy.

 

We kicked things off a day early, August 31st, with a terrific outdoor gig in Middletown, Delaware. A week later, we played another outdoor show, a benefit for MS research, and met some wonderful people while raising money for a great cause. Then, of course, it was time for In the Light Presents “Queen at the Queen,” a massive concert featuring the music of Queen performed with an 8-piece band, a 6-person chorus, and 18 members of the Rainbow Chorale of Delaware.

Normally, that’d be enough for any month. But September isn’t just any month…it happens to be the birthday month of many of our favorite people, including one Mr. Joe Trainor.

 

He's on a boat.

Hi, I’m Joe Trainor. Ask me about boats.

 

And this calls for a celebration.

So we’ll be playing with the mighty Joe Trainor Trio on Wednesday, September 18thJoe’s actual birthday – at Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar in Philadelphia, PA. For only $5, you get to rock out with two 93.7 WSTW Hometown Heroes Homey-Award winning bands as we celebrate the birthday of the guy who helped give us some of our very first gigs, all the way back in 2009.

 

Some people still prefer our earlier work.

Some people still prefer our earlier work.

 

So please come on out to Jolly’s on the 18th. It’s a Wednesday night, and believe us, nothing makes Thursday and Friday more bearable than a mid-week dose of great beer, great people, and lots and lots of ROCK.

DEETS

WHO: Hot Breakfast and the Joe Trainor Trio
WHAT: Joe Trainor’s Birthday Celebration at Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar
WHERE: Jolly’s is at 3801 Chestnust St, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (215) 222-1232. Click on these words for directions.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 18. We go on at 8:00; the Joe Trainor Trio follows at 9ish.
WHY: Because ROCK, that’s why. Also, because birthday!
COST: $5 cover charge.
FOOD & DRINK: Hell yes, food & drink. They’ve got a full bar, an amazing beer selection, and yummy noms, including 35-cent wings.
ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible. Lots of parking on the street (you should be able to park on the same block), and meters only go until 8:00.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/119417978233349//

With Birthday Love,
Matt (the Suburban Legend)

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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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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: 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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