Solstice In The City with Real Estate, San Fermin & Beverly

Kimmel Center & R5 Productions Presents :

Solstice In The City with Real Estate, San Fermin & Beverly

Sat, June 21, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Kimmel Center (Verizon Hall)

Philadelphia, PA


This event is all ages

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Solstice In The City with
Solstice In The City with
Kick off your summer on Sat June 21st at the Kimmel Center with a night of drinks, music, and spectacle! Stop by Verizon Hall for performances by acclaimed experimental wunderkind San Fermin and headliner Real Estate. Kick back with Foosball, Skeeball, Ping Pong, and Hammocks at the Solstice Lounge. Visit our intimate Jazz Lounge to hear world-premiere work by our Jazz Residency Artists.

Philly hometown favorite DJ MR BEST will transform Commonwealth Plaza into a late-night dance party beneath the soaring glass roof. The night ends with some percussive insanity courtesy of French provocateurs La Compagnie du Transe Express, who wowed hundreds of thousands of onlookers during the PIFA Street Fair in 2011.

Cocktails and small bites by Chef Jose Garces will be available for purchase. $30 admission grants you access to all venues—all night long. What better way to welcome the summer?
Real Estate
Real Estate
Atlas, the new album by New Jersey’s Real Estate, arrives through Domino on March 3rd 2014. A triumph of highly evocative, perceptive songwriting and graceful, precise musicianship, Atlas carefully refines, and ultimately perfects, the brilliantly distinct artistic vision that made its predecessors Days and Real Estate so beloved.
The most collaborative Real Estate record to date, Atlas was written by Martin Courtney, Matt Mondanile, Alex Bleeker and Jackson Pollis while cruising through the Arizona desert and during a presser in Madrid, in a practice room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and in an attic in the band’s hometown of Ridgewood, New Jersey. It was recorded in the summer of 2013 in Chicago with Tom Shick (Sean Lennon, Low, Cibo Matto) at Wilco’s loft studio where new member Matt Kallman (formerly of Girls) joined the fold on keyboards.
Over the course of five years of collaboration and friendship Courtney, Matt Mondanile and Alex Bleeker have honed a masterfully focused aesthetic feel and unique sense of atmosphere in their work, a kind of subtle American impressionism that belies their relatively small discography. Theirs is a subtly inimitable sound that achieves a unique timelessness in its assured identity. Nevertheless, Atlas does not represent a resting on the laurels of Days.
“We wanted to make a cleaner, more well-rehearsed record that reflected the way we’ve come together as a live band over the last few years”, explains Courtney. “Basically we wanted to make a better record than Days without changing the general structure of who we are as a band.”
The songs of Atlas still unfurl in iridescent, warm webs of Courtney and Mondanile’s guitar, they’re still anchored by Bleeker’s nimble bass and they’re still patient and deliberate – ebbing and flowing, frequently building to moments of euphoric release in a way that feels perfectly organic. Likewise the band’s searching, human songwriting still illuminates the quiet, important moments of life in exquisitely minimal language.
Intimate and spare, these ten new songs unfold as one impossibly warm, enveloping suite – conjuring quiet, late-night drives down wooded highways, rural rambles with friends (and maybe a love interest) on the sunniest afternoons of the year, and hazy summer evenings spent alone, thinking back to those times and the people who were with you for them. You can catch glints of Galaxie 500, Little Wings, Luna, Neu, Nick Drake, and Pavement, and also the art of Fairfield Porter, Milton Avery, and Albert York. It’s precise, taut and uniquely American, cut through with a melancholia that can feel variously heartbreaking and newly wise.
The record’s beautiful cover shows sections of a mural by a Polish artist named Stefan Knapp that hung for more than 30 years outside a department store in North Jersey that went under in the ‘90s. For a time it was regarded as the largest mural in the world. The band grew up a few minutes away and spent years driving by the abandoned building and its monumental painting. This vivid, nostalgic image, now lost, goes someway to explaining the concept of Atlas in the way it explores time, growth and change.
“I was trying to write more about where I was at in my life at the time”, explains Courtney, “which inevitably led to thinking about my future and where I would like to be. Thoughts of wishing to move away from the city and have a life for my family similar to the one I had growing up. It’s a little more uncomfortable writing about your present, a little more personal. The title of the record is meant to convey the idea of these songs as a personal road map for the future. I like to think of this record as an object that can be used and looked to for guidance and reassurance, at least for me personally.”
San Fermin
San Fermin
San Fermin is the work of Brooklyn composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone. His self-titled debut album is strongly influenced by his unique background in classical music, which includes a job assisting composer/arranger Nico Muhly.

After finishing his musical studies at Yale, Ludwig-Leone wrote the album in six weeks while holed up in a studio on the mountainous border between Alberta and British Columbia. He focused on lifeʼs top-shelf issues – youth, nostalgia, anxiety, unrequited love – and tied these vast themes to different characters through vocal contributions from longtime friend Allen Tate, as well as Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius.

The first track released from the album, “Sonsick,” tackles many of these larger themes head-on.  ”It’s like a panic attack disguised as a birthday party,” Ludwig-Leone says.  ”I realized that the most intense moments are the ones in which conflicting emotional worlds exist inside you, equally, at once.”

San Fermin is not an album of singles but rather a sweeping, full-bodied listen with multiple distinct peaks and ambitious thematic connections. Ludwig-Leone composed all of the album’s arrangements and lyrics in full prior to collaborating and recording, noting that “writing for a large group of unknown musicians infused the writing process with a kind of operatic scope.

Since then, the band has coalesced into a core of eight members in addition to Ludwig-Leone: Allen Tate and Rae Cassidy, lead vocals; Rebekah Durham, vocals/violin; John Brandon, trumpet; Stephen Chen, saxophone; Tyler McDiarmid, guitar; and Mike Hanf, drums.

San Fermin will be available on CD, vinyl and digital outlets via Downtown Records this fall.  The name is pronounced [SAN fur-MEEN]
BEVERLY began as a recording project between Drew Citron and Frankie Rose. Although Citron grew up in San Francisco and Rose spent many years there, it wasn’t until the two were living in Brooklyn that they started collaborating. In 2012, Rose found herself in need of a musician that could travel to SXSW on short notice, and Citron found herself in the right place at the right time. Since then, Citron has been a part of Rose’s touring band. During numerous tours, the two shared aspirations for making simple, clutter-free music. Beverly’s debut album Careers, out July 1st on Kanine Records, is a result of those ideas.

Conceived on the road, the songwriting and production reflects both Citron’s pop sensibility and Rose’s sharp ear for harmony and arrangement. In between tours, the two spent time at Dr. Wu’s, a studio in Brooklyn where Yale Yng-Wong engineered and mixed the majority the album. Careers combines raw pop, post-punk, and dreamy harmonies, drawing inspiration from lofi greats such as The Amps and The Clean.

To transport the songs out of the studio and to tour in support of the record, Citron will collaborate with additional musicians while Rose, treating Beverly as a side recording project only, will continue to maintain focus on her solo career. Live, Beverly is a four piece band that fills out the sound to create an energetic live show that the record demands. Citron will be joined by bandmates who have toured as members of Chairlift, Class Actress, Cat Power and Feathers.
Venue Information:
The Kimmel Center (Verizon Hall)
300 South Broad St
Philadelphia, PA, 19102