A lot of questions have been floating around about who/what exactly is Charles Barkley‘s Golf Career. I’m here to give you all I know about this new Philly group.
CBGC is made up of current and former members of Toy Soldiers Ron Gallo & Mike Baurer along with Up the Chain’s Reed Kendall. Their catalog of music mostly derives from the original Toy Soldiers duo project from years ago adding in a few of the Toy Soldiers songs that have fallen to the wayside along the way. Mixing it up a little with Kendall taking lead vocals on “Love Ya Like I Love Ya.” CBGC has claimed to have started a new genre of music called “Party Blues” and since the sky rocketing success of their 2 song debut EP “Slam Putt!” the prices for their songs have increased to $30 dollars a song or $60 dollars for the complete album.
Charles Barkley’s Golf Career will be at Hard Rock Cafe TONIGHT with Don McCloskey, New Sweden And The Quixote Project. $7 Adv / $10 D.O.S, 8pm
“If you were at either sold-out performances of “The Nightman Cometh” starring the cast
of It’s Always Sunny at the Tower Theater in 2009, you may have asked yourself, “Who
was the opening act who did the mash-up of The Action News Theme Song, White
Rabbit and Peter Gabriel’s Games Without Frontiers? And furthermore, why?
The answer to the first question is Don McCloskey. The second question is harder to
There’s a wide breadth to what this eclectic, independent, Brooklyn-based songwriter and
performer tackles musically and lyrically. McCloskey has developed a dedicated fan base
and has been selling out venues large and small in Philadelphia for almost a decade. His
music has appeared cross platform on Philly radio from WXPN to WMMR and has been
featured in everything from MTV’s reality show The Hills to Michael Moore’s Academy
Award-winning documentary, Bowling For Columbine. Several songs of his have
appeared in episodes of Sunny, including this season’s upcoming “High School Reunion”
episode and his unabashed jock jam “Unstoppable” is played at every Phillies postseason
home game since 2009.
McCloskey manages to will these disparate musical worlds together to make for a
cohesive, energetic and compelling live show. In addition to his own national touring he
has toured in support of Donavon Frankenreiter and G Love and Special Sauce.
Hot on the heels of recording his newest album with Philly record producer, Bill
Moriarty, McCloskey brings his eclectic universe to Milkboy Philly for the second time on Saturday, June 23rd.”
“New Sweden has been sharing their unique flavor of Americana, Folk, and Indie Rock with the greater Philadelphia region since forming in late 2009. The 5-piece outfit molds their sound using a blend of traditional folk instruments (viola, banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, pump organ, bass, percussion) with a modern twist and energetic live performance. The lyrics are sincere, complex, and powerful; sure to speak to any listener willing to lend an ear.
2011 has been a great year for New Sweden; the recording and release of their first studio record, “The Mountain” (Recording Engineer Nick DiDia, Producer Ritchie Rubini) stands out as an exciting milestone and huge success to date, but not to be overlooked were: sharing the stage with the likes of The Felice Brothers, Kevin Devine, James McMurty, and all artists at the 2011 WXPN NON-COMM Convention, radio appearances on Philadelphia’s WXPN and Wilmington’s WSDW, competing with local Philadelphia artists and ultimately winning the Beta-Hi-Fi Emerging Artist Competition, and a whole slew of other shows along the away.
In less than two years as a group, New Sweden has built a strong, loyal fan base in the Philadelphia/Wilmington region through a relentless live performance and undeniable connection with all types of audiences. Support for the band has been evident with over 1,000 albums sold independently, packing the World Cafe Live’s Queen Theater to capacity for “The Mountain” record release party, and consistent growth of followers through Facebook, Twitter, and newswedenmusic.com.
So what’s in store for 2012? New Sweden will continue to support their new release, “The Mountain” through East Coast U.S. tours, local performances, and radio appearances. A new batch of songs is already in the works and recording of an LP will likely take place early in the year. Also, keep an eye out for new online video content, raw New Sweden-produced home studio recordings, and a live concert album.”
The Quixote Project
“We hail from the great state of New Jersey and are a neo-roots music outfit. From Rock to Rockabilly, Bluegrass to Soul we like to pull from traditional lines to kick in the doors of modern music. Call this musical hodgepodge what you will but at the end of the day we strive to create one cohesive musical experience. With engrained stylings derived from the Pines Barrens, steel-toed foot stomping beats, and fine crafted melodies and lyrics we are a band of musicians known as The Quixote Project.”