50 Songwriters Shuffle for Philly’s Newest Tradition - The Only Live Song Shuffle Anywhere

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In an effort to reproduce the sounds of a CD player (or iPod) set on "SHUFFLE" more than fifty singer-songwriters and folk musicians will cram the best moments of their craft into a three-hour show of fast, dirty fun involving four-minute sets, four-second set changes, and a Philly-sized dose of complete mayhem.

The Xtreme Folk Scene and Small Boned Creature Productions present the Philly Song Shuffle, Wednesday, September 14th, 7-10pm, at Warmdaddy’s, 4 S. Front Street, Philadelphia. The show, celebrating the great musical talent in this city, is part of the Philly Fringe. Tickets are $10.

Without a sound check, without introductions or thank you’s, each of the 50 artists will perform a song, with only four seconds to soak up the applause before the next artist begins. The non-stop line-up of Philadelphia musicians includes established artists and up-and-comers, solo artists and groups, ranging from the virtually unknown to folks more used to playing in front of thousands.

The artist scheduled to perform include: Alfred James, Andrew Lipke, Birdie Busch, Bob Beach, Bradley Keough, Cabin Dogs, Charles Nolan, Chris Hyland, Christina Ward, Christine Havrilla, Connie Koppe, David Kleiner, Deb Callahan, Devin Greenwood, Electric Man, Frank Malley, Frank Porter, Full Frontal Folk, Gary Walmsley, Jacob Balshan, Jennie Avila, Jezebel, John Conahan, John Faye of IKE, Josh Komorowski, Kate Gaffney, Katie Barbato, Kierstin Gray, Leigh Goldstein, Liam Gallagher, Mark Boucot, Matt Cremers, Melody Gardot, Michelle Nagy, Mick Choder, Miles Thompson, Miss Nay & Mr Maas, Mo Stroemel, Nora Whittaker, Pat Smith, Sherry Somach, Stephen DiJoseph, Stephen Marmel, Tania Alexandra, Think of 3, Tim LaBorie, Trisha O'Keefe, Vincent Tomasso, William Dominick.(List current as of 8/30/05.)

Singer-songwriter Mick Choder conceived of the Shuffle as a dynamic way to bring some of Philly’s best independent artists together under one roof for music fans to sample. “We’ve got immense talent and a diverse original scene in the region. The Shuffle has great energy, and song-for-song it’s cheaper and a lot more fun than a jukebox!” says Choder. Patrick Rapa of the Philadelphia City Paper wrote, “Far from amateur hour… an eclectic and lively assembly of established and up-and-coming artists aiming to put their best stuff out there.”

The original Philly Song Shuffle, which premiered in 2003 with 42 acts and an enthusiastic packed house, was followed up in 2004 with 50 artists. Such respected performers as Phil Roy, Chistine Havrilla, and Susan Werner have joined the Shuffle.

The Philly Song Shuffle is jointly organized by the Xtreme Folk Scene (http://www.xfsmusic.org) and Small Boned Creature Productions. The Xtreme Folk Scene is a Philly-based, non-profit membership organization with a mission to overcome outdated perceptions and restore some measure of controversy to folk music by elevating “all attempts at originality, however daring, however extreme.” The XFS produces the annual Spring Mosh and XFest, exciting house concerts throughout the year, and since 2003 has been an integral part of the Philly Song Shuffle. Small Boned Creature Productions is the unofficial production company of Mick Choder, a singer-songwriter, organizer, teacher, music therapist, and Licensed Professional Counselor. The originator and organizer of the first Philly Song Shuffle and numerous multi-artist showcases and benefit concerts, Choder continues in his mission to present and promote great original music, bring audiences and artists together, and make Philadelphia the place to be for independent artists and music lovers.    

Performance Summary:

Show Title:    Philly Song Shuffle

Artists:    50 diverse original artists from the Philadelphia region

Date:    September 14, 2005 at 7pm

Running Time:    approximately 180 minutes

Location:    Warmdaddy’s, 4 S. Front Street, Philadelphia

Tickets:    $10, $3 off for festival members, $2 off for students and seniors

Box Office:    119 Arch Street, http://www.livearts-fringe.org, or call 215-413-1318

Festival Information:

The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe run from September 2-17, 2005. Tickets prices range from free to $25, and can be purchased online at http://www.livearts-fringe.org or by calling 215.413.1318. Fringe guides which include dates, times, and venues for all performances for both festivals, will be available in the Philadelphia City Paper on August 25, 2005 and after this at all festival venues.

The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe were originally founded in 1997 as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Today, the Live Arts Festival serves as a series of selected cutting-edge, boundary-breaking performing arts events, created by some of the most renowned contemporary artists from our region and around the world. The Fringe serves as a collective home for artists bringing their work to audiences in every conceivable form - in traditional and untraditional venues, using new artistic forms and established ones, breaking rules or refining them.

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